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In Asia, Distance Education (DE) is providing major solutions in the areas of education and training. DE methods that are standard in other parts of the world, however, have yet to demonstrate their full potential in Asia. Covering nine DE projects by 39 researchers from 13 countries, this book analyzes the DE scenario in Asia, the successes, the failures, and the reasons behind them.

This book is a unique collation of the results of studies of educational technologies across an extensive network of Asian countries. It also provides a useful snapshot of DE's development in Asia in the early years of the 21st century. The surveys reported cover different DE contexts, methodologies, and levels of generalisability, and add to the existing scholarship on the subject by providing previously unavailable, firm evidence about DE's prospects in Asia.

The contributors give important recommendations that can be translated into practical and political actions to help solve critical socio-economic problems of Asia as well as other parts of the world.

E-Learning in Chinese Schools and Universities
E-learning in Chinese schools and universities
China: ChenLi (sub-project leader), WangNan and ChenHuiNa

New practices are rapidly emerging in two major areas of Chinese distance education (DE): elementary and middle schooling (K-12), and higher education. This chapter discusses the development of these two areas since 1996, and China's educational usage of radio, television, multimedia, satellite and the Internet. Emphasis is laid on video-conferencing and the World Wide Web, and uses of real-time and non-real-time educational methods are highlighted. Patterns and characteristics of e-learning, student support systems, management and business approaches and quality assurance methods are discussed, and the Chinese government's policies for standardising and sustaining online schools. Finally, the current problems and challenges of e-learning in China are identified in terms ...

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