Peruvian students completed a two-week Internet course at Victoria University last week - without leaving Peru.
Twenty five newspaper journalists from Lima took part in the course on "cyberjournalism", run by Victoria's chair of communications, Dr Howard Frederick. He and Peruvian IT specialist Manolo Pedreschi taught the course in Spanish using real-time audio and video streaming, a chat channel, email and Microsoft PowerPoint.
The course covered Internet navigation, research, Web design and journalism techniques such as fact finding, online interviewing and Latin American media resources. Peru has only 20,000 Internet users out of a population of 22 million, says Frederick. "While other Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile and Columbia have high Internet use, it hasn't fully reached Peru yet."