Virginia Rodés Paragarino defends her doctoral thesis "A grounded theory about the adoption of repositories and open educational resources in Latin American universities"

On 21 January in the room of boards of the Faculty of Sciences of education, the thesis "A grounded theory about the adoption of repositories and open educational resources in Latin American universities" was defended. Work done by Virginia Rodés Paragarino, under the direction of Adriana Gewerc Barujel, Coordinator of the research group Stellae, and Martin Llamas Nistal, Coordinator of the GIST group of the University of Vigo. 

This research examines the dimensions of the adoption of open educational resources and repositories by Latin American University professors.

After more than 15 years of driven initiatives around the world for the adoption of open educational resources, these are still far from part of the everyday life of teachers and universities; the developing country-led initiatives are understudied, creating difficulties to identify their particular characteristics and provide a perspective in the global concert of the REA.

Virginia Rodés Paragarino has developed a conceptual, multidimensional, model theoretically based, the adoption of open educational resources from Latin American critical perspective. Implementing a qualitative methodology based on the grounded theory, biographical method and Digital Ethnography; in twelve subjects, teachers from three public universities in three Latin American countries (Uruguay, Costa Rica and Venezuela).

The thesis won the highest rating, outstanding cum laude, granted by the Court composed of specialists Mª Lourdes Montero Mesa, Juan Bautista Martínez and Beatriz María de los Arcos.