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China Launches Integrated Platforms for Online Education

With 20K courses, the new platforms aim to make China’s online education more discoverable and navigable.

On March 28, 2022, China’s Ministry of Education announced the “Smart Education of China” initiative, a network of three new online education platforms: one for higher education, one for K–12 education, and one for vocational education.

The initiative aims to leverage technology to narrow educational gaps across China. It “represents a notable milestone in the nation’s education digitalization strategy,” stated China’s Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng.

Higher Education Platform: Chinaooc

The various providers aggregated by Chinaooc

Chinaooc is an integrated platform for higher education in China. It catalogs over 20,000 online courses made by universities and offered through various Chinese MOOC platforms. So it’s a course aggregator for China, much like Class Central is a course aggregator for online education at large.

You can directly find a course through the search bar or filter courses by platform, university, subject, or topic. The “Learn Now” button will take you to the course page on the original provider’s website, where you’ll be able to take the course.

K–12 Platform: Basic Smartedu

Basic Smartedu breaks down its catalog into subjects from history to ecology

The platform Basic Smartedu includes a wide range of educational resources for K–12 students. But these are not not limited to the academic subjects usually taught in primary and secondary schools. For example, students can also learn about mental health, Chinese traditional culture, and law on the platform. It also offers learning materials that go beyond the classroom context, like physical exercise, readings, and movies.

Vocational Education Platform: Vocational Smartedu

Vocational Smartedu’s homepage

The platform Vocational Smartedu aggregates online learning resources for vocational training and career development. Courses are categorized into primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors of the economy, covering topics like mining, manufacturing, and entertainment, for instance.

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With a background in Health Statistics and Sociology, she has built a career path in Data Analytics. She joined the team as a Data Analyst and is helping Class Central to improve its services for global MOOC learners.

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