Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde April 2021, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 7 Number: 1, Article 6
ONLINE HIGHER EDUCATION IN CHINA DURING THE PANDEMIC: A NARRATIVE
The purpose of this study is to provide a narrative and analysis of online Chinese higher education with their experiences and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and after it. Being descriptive, this is a study of literature review. The data sources of the study are mostly relevant Ministry of Education documents and international peer-reviewed academic articles. On January 10, 2020, the World Health Organization published a package of guidance documents, covering the management of a new disease, COVID-19. On February 4, Chinese Ministry of Education promulgated a directive requesting provincial education departments facilitate the provision of online education, as the spring semester was approaching. In mid-February most institutions started their semester as scheduled, but education moved on line without students on campus. Online education stabilized the situation during the pandemic. While there were achievements, there were also challenges. In practices instructors and students were inadequately prepared. Technologically there was a significant room for improvement. Online education needed the appropriate assessment, quality assurance, and policy incentive. Online provision allowed higher education to carry on during the pandemic. Indications are that online education will continue to play an increasing role in China, helping the country catch up with developed countries.