A recent report has been published, detailing the development of e-learning and online education in China. According to companyandmarkets.com, the sector has reached its "growth phase", which grew by 20.7 percent between 2006 and 2007 ($ 14.5 billion to $ 17.5 billion). So where does the industry develop from here? And what can the West provide for the successes of China's long distance and mixed learning systems?
Distance learning, online courses and adult education have long been popular in China. This is due to a number of factors, such as extensive and rural geography in the country, low levels of enrollment (at least the United Kingdom or the United States), and recent incentives encouraged by the government to provide compulsory learning for everyone, national project for compulsory education of impoverished areas (founded in 1995).
The latest report on e-learning and its involvement in pre- / primary / middle school education does not reflect the final consolidation of the vast school system in the country – quite different from others. Those who provide online education services to pre-schoolers are private individuals and companies, while the most general primary and secondary schools say they use e-learning techniques and offer distance classes. The size of primary and secondary education markets grew by 18.5 percent between 2006 and 2007.
For higher education and older students, the report shows the growth and diversification of online education, but there is some doubt among the members of the public about the value of online institution diplomas. Nevertheless, there is a healthy enthusiasm for online education for professional certification and increased demands for customizable services. In addition, corporate e-learning has become more and more integrated with business, especially in the past year, by improving services. As a result, predictions suggest that corporate e-learning will grow by 40% year-on-year by 2011.
China is an interesting country to discuss distance learning – due to the country's country and, in particular, the provincial government. education and the huge population. As a result, the country has played a pioneering role in some aspects of education through the use of online courses and media. It included not only the Central Radio and Television University, but also the long-distance institutions that specifically support markets such as adult farmers and workers. It will be interesting to see technological advances and better access to education for the next few years.