Abstract for Lecture
Dr. Mohamed Ally

Reaching New Learners Through the Use of Emerging Technologies

According to recent statistics, approximately 26 percent of the Brazilian population is under 14 years old. Also, 16 percent of the population lives in rural areas. At the same time, the literacy rate of Brazil is very high at 88 percent. With this impressive demographics, Brazil has the potential to become a more developed and prosperous nation in the 21st Century. However, before this can happen the large upcoming generation of Brazilians and those who live in remote locations must be educated with the correct knowledge and skills to prepare them to function in the 21st Century society and workplace. Educating all of the next generation of Brazilians and those who live in remote locations will require more than the traditional system of education. The education system must incorporate distance education to deliver instruction so that all Brazilians are educated and prepared for the 21st century. This will require the use of emerging technologies such as, Information and Communication Technologies and mobile devices to deliver education anywhere and anytime. The use of distance education will make learning more flexible for existing learners and, at the same time, will reach new learners, especially those who do not have access to education and those who live in remote locations. If implemented properly, the use of distance learning materials delivered by emerging technologies will allow new learners to achieve the knowledge and skills required to function in society and will allow existing learners to learn new knowledge and skills to prepare them for the global and competitive world.