5th September 2005




An expert in online learning from the University of Lincoln has been seconded to help a university in Mexico set up an online learning system for its students.


Professor Terence Karran is a Visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) and is heading up a team of eight to set up a Virtual Campus online learning structure for the university.


Situated in Mexico’s second largest city, UAG is the oldest autonomous university in Mexico. It has a very large medical faculty and owns its own teaching hospital as well as hotels, a regional newspaper and a football team, the Tecos Owls. 


Since arriving here from the UK in February I have been very busy,” said Professor Karran. “The university is going to upgrade the computer infrastructure and bring in Internet2 with fibre-optic cables and to demonstrate what I am trying to do I have had to give presentations to the Rector, the Vice Rector and the Head of the Graduate School, all of which went well, despite my delivery being in English!


“I have also had to help out in some unusual circumstances. The Indian Ambassador to Mexico paid a visit to the university recently as part of a project to improve trade relations between India and Mexico. As he was a Sikh and did not speak any Spanish I was brought in to brief the staff and converse with him during his visit. He was very pleasant – and also very keen on cricket!”


Since arriving in Mexico, Professor Karran has participated in a high-level UNESCO/Club of Rome video-conference on ‘ICT for Capacity Building in Latin America, where he presented the Mexican case study.


He has also travelled to Lima in Peru to give a keynote paper at the annual World Bank Global Development Learning Network Workshop entitled: ‘E-moderating: A Learner-Centred Approach to Knowledge Creation’. More recently he spent a week in San Antonio with colleagues from the University of Texas, assessing potential collaboration between UAG and UT in e-learning.


In 2000, while a Visiting Professor at the University of Oulu in Finland, Professor Karran worked on a similar project to help create a national virtual university, which uses new educational technologies to ensure that people across Finland, even in remote areas in the Arctic Circle, have access to university education.


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