Distance Education in the Lusophone Space

The Association for Distance Education in the Portuguese-speaking Countries (EADPLP) organized its II International Meeting from the 9th to the 11th November 2020. The main working areas of the Association were addressed during this event: online teaching training, pedagogical innovation and quality and regulation in distance education.

The reflection on the change and sustainability of distance education is fundamental, in order to anticipate today the new scenarios of network learning in the digital society, and in particular in the community of Portuguese-speaking countries.

The event took place onlineand synchronous live conferences were combined with asynchronous recorded conferences and discussion forums, moderated by the chair-person of each panel

About 600 participants from all over the globe were registered and able to interact and share their ideas on the different virtual spaces/forums available. Allowing for the different time zones, these forum’s were kept open for an extra couple of days after the end of the event, which resulted in thousands of interactions.

The Association for Distance Education in the Portuguese-Speaking Countries was established in 2018 under the auspices of the Community of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) with the intention to create knowledge in Portuguese language for the Portuguese-speaking communities, a goal that implies an intense collaboration amongst the member institutions: the Universidade Aberta of Portugal, the University of Cape Verde, the University Agostinho Neto of Angola, theUniversity Eduardo Mondlane of Mozambique, the University of Sao Tome and Principe, the National University of Equatorial Guinea, the National University of East Timor and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) of the Brazilian Ministry of Education.