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Radical Solutions for Digital Transformation in Latin American Universities

Artificial Intelligence and Technology 4.0 in Higher Education


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  • Facilitates the understanding of how artificial intelligence helps and integrates digital transformation in institutions in Latin America

  • Provides possible solutions to upgrade universities in Latin America by implementing digital transformation

  • Presents case studies of digital transformation by region in Latin America

Part of the book series: Lecture Notes in Educational Technology (LNET)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Higher Education (HE) Across the Continent. How HE Is Addressed by Region

    • Edison Spina, Carlos Mario Zapata-Jaramillo, Marcel Simonette
    Pages 1-18
  3. A Roadmap for Digital Transformation of Latin American Universities

    • Sandra Martínez-Pérez, Guillermo Rodríguez-Abitia
    Pages 19-36
  4. Virtual Education in CEIPA: New Educational Paradigm at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

    • Julián Andrés Zapata Cortés, Ángel Rodrigo Vélez Bedoya, Martín Darío Arango Serna, Diego Mauricio Mazo Cuervo
    Pages 37-53
  5. Advances, Opportunities, and Challenges in the Digital Transformation of HEIs in Latin America

    • José Humberto Serna Gómez, Flor Nancy Díaz-Piraquive, Yasser de Jesús Muriel-Perea, Alejandro Díaz Peláez
    Pages 55-75
  6. Digital Transformation of Academic Management: All the Tigers Come at Night

    • Marcel Simonette, Mario Magalhães, Edison Spina
    Pages 77-92
  7. Education in Latin America: Toward the Digital Transformation in Universities

    • Amadeo-José Argüelles-Cruz, Francisco-José García-Peñalvo, María-Soledad Ramírez-Montoya
    Pages 93-108
  8. State of Digital Transformation in the Universities of Central America

    • Aris Castillo, Vladimir Villarreal, Dafni Mora, Lineth Alaín
    Pages 109-128
  9. Behavior Analysis of Digital Transformation in Latin American and Colombian Universities, Based on a General Identification of Variables

    • Lina María Castro Benavides, Johnny Alexander Tamayo Arias, Daniel Burgos
    Pages 129-156
  10. Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 Across the Continent: How AI and 4.0 are Addressed by Region

    • Nilda Yangüez Cervantes, Carlos Mario Zapata-Jaramillo
    Pages 157-177
  11. Artificial Intelligence as a Support Philosophy for Change: Comunidad Andina Case Study

    • Ben Y. P. Yabar-Vega, Yvan F. Diaz-Zelada
    Pages 179-195
  12. Mining Pre-Grade Academic and Demographic Data to Predict University Dropout

    • Álvaro Martínez-Navarro, Elena Verdú, Pablo Moreno-Ger
    Pages 197-215

About this book

This book presents how Digital Transformation is a requirement to upgrade Latin American universities to a next level in management, lecturing and learning processes and strategies. The book starts with a thorough introduction of the Latin American context addressing the three main topics in the book: Digital Transformation, Higher Education and Artificial Intelligence & Industry 4.0. They will be depicted by region, with a clear distribution between Central America & Mexico, Comunidad Andina (Perú, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia), Mercosur (Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay and Uruguay), and other countries.
The book also shows how online learning is a key part of the transformation, with a clear focus on learning management systems, innovation and learning analytics. Further, personalised services for every single profile at the university (students, lecturers, academic managers) are presented to guarantee inclusive education service aggregation for networked campuses. Following, the book addresses strategy and overall services that concentrate on sustainability and revenue models integrated with a strategic planning.

Finally a set of chapters will show specific experiences and case studies of direct application of Artificial Intelligence and Technology 4.0, where the readers can learn from and transfer directly into their educational contexts.


  • Digital Transformation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Learning Analytics
  • Technologies 4.0
  • Latin America
  • Academic Management
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Higher Education
  • Process Innovation
  • Paradigm Shift

Editors and Affiliations

  • Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Logroño, Spain

    Daniel Burgos

  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia

    John Willian Branch

About the editors

Daniel Burgos works as a Full Professor of Technologies for Education & Communication and Vice-rector for International Research, at Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR). He holds a UNESCO Chair on eLearning and the ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources. He is the Director of the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED). He has implemented more than 60 European and Worldwide R&D projects, and published over 180 research papers and over 25 books. He is a Professor at An-Najah National University (Palestine), an Adjunct Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL, Colombia), an Extraordinary Professor at North-West University (South-Africa) and a Visiting Professor at Coventry University (United Kingdom). He works as a consultant for United Nations (UNECE), European Commission & Parliament, and the Russian Academy of Science. He holds degrees in Communication (PhD), Computer Science (Dr. Ing), Education (PhD), Anthropology (PhD), Business Administration (DBA), Theology (PhD), Management (PhD), Open Science and STEM (PhD) and Artificial Intelligence (MIT, postgraduate).

John W. Branch received the B.S. degree in Mining and Metallurgical engineer and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, in 1995, 1997, and 2007, respectively. Since 2000, he has been a full-time Professor with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has directed 50 master’s theses and 15 Ph.D. theses and currently directs five Ph.D. theses and ten master’s. In the last 20 years as a Professor, he has more than 200 scientific publications in national and international journals and conferences, mostly related to his research theme Artificial Intelligence,Computer Vision Digital Transformation and related areas. He has received the following prizes and distinctions, namely the Meritorious degree Work on mining and metallurgy engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in 1995, the Fourth Place Best Grade Contest VI Version from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in 1996, the Thesis of Meritorious degree, Postgraduate in computer engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in 1997, and the Meritorious Ph.D Thesis from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in 2007.

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Buying options

USD 119.00
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  • ISBN: 978-981-16-3941-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)