Online education in China has experienced remarkable growth since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, and a new trend is emerging with Internet platforms entering the sector. On June 8, popular Internet platforms Douyin (TikTok), Toutiao and Ixigua launched a joint program to support online content creators in the education sector. The program intends to encourage teachers to move their classes online by helping them produce, distribute, and also make money from the contents.
That is seen as a new opportunity for online education but the challenges for the sector remain. The disadvantages of online learning include difficulties for students to stay focused and for teachers to apply classroom practices.
The key is to diversify the form and content of online education by fusing the traditional style of online teaching provided by online education companies and this new form led by Internet platforms, and by combining online and offline education. It is essential for the sector's long-term development when the epidemic is over.
Another challenge is to make regulations for this new form. The rules for online education published last July need to be updated to include the new kid on the block.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article originally published in Beijing Youth News on June 14)
(Print Edition Title: Mobile Classrooms)