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Ke Zhang

In: Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality

Chapter One: China's Online Education: Rhetoric and Realities

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China's Online Education: Rhetoric and Realities
China's online education: Rhetoric and realities

Although little is currently known of distance education in China, especially in Western educational circles, there is a long-standing well-established instructional television system of distance education that has flourished in China since the 1960s (Howells, 1989). In fact, one of the world's largest education systems is the Dianda system in China, a combined radio-television university system capable of enrolling upwards of 100,000 learners (Keegan, 1994). With the advent of online education, however, China must face a brave new world of innovation. This chapter examines the political rhetoric surrounding the allocation of funds and energies to online learning, considers the critical components of that rhetoric, and discusses the impacts on the way China adopts the ...

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