Remote learning expands options for public universities

Higher education providers across Latin America are turning to online study instead of traditional lecture halls as a way of bringing university education within the reach of growing numbers of less affluent students, writes Richard House for Financial Times.

Already, a 10th of Latin America’s 25 million university students study online using distance learning, with over half of that total in Brazil and a survey by FT Confidential Research, a Financial Times service, shows that adoption of remote learning continues to soar region-wide.

Distance learning is helping to expand options for publicly funded higher education in remote areas of Brazil such as the Amazon basin. From Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, the main university is starting to use distance learning equipment already installed in rural state schools to enrol students in higher education evening classes.
Full report on the Financial Times site