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Employer:University of Minnesota
Occupation:ICT4D - Latin American Development - Education Policy
Other roles:IT Fellow
Languages:Spanish, English
Skype address:Fastfonz
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Hi! Welcome to my user page. I hope you find this information useful. My name is Alfonso Sintjago. I am a PhD student at the University of Minnesota. I am currently interested in promoting the use and production of OERs. I am also interested in conducting research projects and studies that would help increase the effectiveness of OERs. One of the aspects that I am currently very interested in is the production of OERs in multiple languages. Having an interest in preserving endogenous cultures as well in the implications of modern technologies for the the improvement of human life, how should technologies be adopted and appropriated? Between the local and the global, where does the balance lie? I believe that OERs are a great collaborative contribution to human society, but to prevent the erosion of local values, we need to increasingly promote the local development of OERs. By doing so, materials will not only be free but also contextualized. Information and education should not only be openly accessible, but they should also address the needs of the local community.  

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Research Interests

  1. OER and their implications for low income students and developing countries
  2. M-learning and leapfrogging technological development
  3. Development and sustainability issues in reationship to technology
  4. Technology / Knowledge transfers - Their directionality
  5. What is considered academic knowledge and why? - Subjugated or marginalized knowledges / cultures
  6. Relationship between USA and Latin America
  7. OER as a social movement - its history, current developments, future - outcome?


  • Grew up in Venezuela
  • Studied High School in the United States (Gainesville, FL)
  • B.A. in History / Political Science / Sociology / Spanish from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas
  • M.A. in Latin American Studies - University of Florida (Emphasis on Development) PhD Student at the University of Minnesota - Comparative and International Develoment Education (Began Fall 2010)


  • Hoping to be involved with the growth of OERs and the increased access for all to lifelong education materials and credentials
  • With a particular interest for low income students and individuals from developing countries
  • Enjoy my life with my wife and future runts. Live a balanced life? [Work (Research - Service - Teaching) / Family (Kid - Wife - Parents) and Friends / Travel, Sports and New Experiences]


  • You're almost there in getting your first wiki certification. Practice lists, headings and subheadings on your sandbox page. --Wayne Mackintosh 22:04, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Thank you Wayne! Its been a bit busy at work but I think I just caught up :).-- Alfonso Sintjago 09:38, 22 February 2012 (UTC)  Alfonso Sintjago 07:59, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Hey, congratulations on you first certification ;-) -- your pretty close to getting your 2nd certification. Just need to refine you image placements and captions. - 08:13, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Thank you Wayne. I think I just fixed it. Let me know what you think. Best. -- Alfonso Sintjago 09:51, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
  • I liked your sandbox where methodically all the lessons are being done. I feel this is the way everyone should do. It is indeed a best practice. --Ravi limaye 12:11, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Hi Alfonso, Congrats on earning WikiEducator Apprentice Level 2. (I saw your request in the wikimaster certification request page.) I've enjoyed reading about you on your page. You have done a good job of learning the basics. I look forward to working with you in the wiki. --Alison Snieckus 21:51, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Thank you Alison. I look forward to working with you as well :). -- Alfonso Sintjago 11:24, 29 February 2012 (UTC)