Diego Leal

Research & Design, EAFIT University (Colombia)
Medellin, Colombia

About Diego


I hold a Master in Computer and Systems Engineering from University of Los Andes (Colombia), and since 1999 I've been working on issues related to the use of ICT in learning and education. Until October 2007, I was part of the R&D Laboratory on Educational Technology at University of Los Andes (Colombia), serving as co-director (2001-2005) and researcher on the use of ICT in higher education, instructional design, creation of virtual learning environments and strategic integration of ICT, at the classroom and institutional levels.

Between 2005 and 2008 I was in charge of the National Program on Media and ICT use in Higher Education at the Colombian Ministry of Education. There, I was in charge of leading the Learning Objects national initiative, developing teacher training programs and networks of teachers and leading projects aimed to the creation of strategic plans for ICT use in higher education institutions. Also, I led the organization of conferences and seminars, and several large-scale training activities on the use of emerging technologies.

In 2008 I moved to Rio de Janeiro. From there, I worked as a consultant and advisor to several educational organizations in Latin America, including the Colombian Ministry of Education, EAFIT University (Colombia), Universidad de la Sabana (Colombia), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia), Universidad del Valle (Colombia), Universia (Peru) , Centro Ceibal para el Apoyo a la Educacion de la Ninez y la Adolescencia (Uruguay), Consumers International (Chile), Sistema Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (Mexico) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), among others. I helped these organizations in creating and experimenting with innovative learning environments, reflecting and making use of the possibilities of today's technologies. In the projects I've led in the past few years, TED talks are always an inspiring component. I've had the chance of sharing them with hundreds of teachers from all over Latin America.

Now I'm back in Colombia, working as researcher at EAFIT University (Medellin, Colombia). I'm part of the Horizon Report Advisory Committee for Latin America (initiative led by the New Media Consortium), the Virtual Educa Committee of Experts (initiative of the Organization of American States) and the Experts Group of the Ibertic Institute (initiative of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture). I'm a speaker at academic events in the area of educational technology in Latin America.

My thoughts about the situation and potential of ICT in education in Colombia and the impact of new media on learning and society are part of my personal blog since 2006 (http://reaprender.org).


English, Portuguese, Spanish

TED Conference

TEDActive 2009

Areas of Expertise

Instructional Technology, Problem Solving, Instructional Design, Software Development, Project Management, Teaching

An idea worth spreading

A simple but powerful one: We are all learners. We're not just students, but learners through all our life. School is a means, not an end.

I'm passionate about

learning, education, understanding how the world works, helping to change the world.

Talk to me about

Anything! I'll try and listen, and learn all I can about it. However, I'm especially interested in education, learning and the possibilities of technology to improve our educational systems.

People don't know I'm good at

comedy, music (knowledge about it)

My TED story

I don't remember how I found TED. I think it had to do with Jeff Han's presentation of his touchscreen technology, or maybe Wurman's Information Anxiety book. I'm really not sure.

But I have enjoyed every single minute I spend watching TED talks, or reading member contributions. I'm amazed at how many things we are able to do as a species, and at the same time how little do we know about our world.

I had the chance to attend TED@PalmSprings in 2009, which led me to get involved in the translation program. Right now I'm figuring out new ways to spread TED's message around.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Diego Leal
Posted about 7 years ago
Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
Hi there. If anyone is interested in an spanish text translation of Sir Robinson's talk, you can find it at http://tinyurl.com/47y5cn . This is intended to be sort of a "public service", not an ad, by the way. :-D. Thanks for this inspiring and entertaining talk. Now I wish so many more of us could go through a presentation without any slides at all... *wink*