Capacity Building Models Through Distance Education

  • Carlos A. VillanuevaEmail author
  • Marcia Ortega
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)


This document addresses three examples of success cases on distance education within (a) an important financial group with presence in Latin America and Spain, (b) a nongovernmental organization based in Europe, and (c) a government department in an African country, through programs jointly designed with a prestigious Mexican higher education institution. Challenges faced by the involved parties will be presented, such as the translation of training needs to specific educational objectives, quality contents, and delivery methods, in addition to the participants profile diversity, ranging from education and organizational level to cultural, technical, and socioeconomic level differences. As a result of these projects, robust tailor-made programs were developed or are currently in process of being developed, supported by experience-based learning, well-defined objectives and subject areas, a carefully conducted instructional design, and the use of innovative online education technologies, which have an impact on the lives and jobs of thousands of people.


Capacity building Continuing education Distance education E-learning Instructional design 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sistema Tecnologico de MonterreyMonterreyMexico

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