The Latin American Community of Learning Objects (LACLO) is an open group of people and institutions interested in the research, development and deployment of Learning Object related technologies in the Latin American educational sector. Its main goal is to articulate different regional efforts to spread the advantages and benefits of Learning Objects. All its work is focused in preparing Latin America for the great educational challenge of this century: offering personalized educational resources to anybody, anywhere and in anyplace.
The main tools that LACLO use to reach its goal are:
- FLOR (Federated Latin American Learning Object Repository) : A federation of the Learning Object Repositories of the different educational institutions in the region. Each interested institution can share their learning objects in FLOR. Currently FLOR has more than 6000 Information and Learning Objects and we expect to duplicate that number by the end of 2008.
- LACLO (Latin American Conference on Learning Objects): An annual scientific gathering where researchers in Technology Enhanced Learning field could present their research and where deployment experience can be shared. In 2008, LACLO will be organized in Mexico.
- Joint Projects: LACLO support the creation and submission of joint projects between its members. These projects are usually financed by regional or international funding organizations. This year, LACLO is executing 2 of international project
The main communication channel between LACLO members is its Web Site: www.laclo.org. This community oriented Website provides a virtual venue for discussion and information dissemination. Currently, more than 100 individuals are active members of LACLO.