BEIJING, Nov. 17, 2017On the morning of November 12, two very important events were held in the main building of Tsinghua University: “The XuetangX International Forum for the Future of the Education” and the release of the “2017 Report on Chinese College Students' Online Learning Behavior”. The forum was co-hosted by XuetangX and Tsinghua University Online Education Office with the academic support of the Education Research Center of MOE and the Muhua Institute of Education. Both events were part of the celebration of the XuetangX fourth anniversary.

Event participants included prominent speakers such as Yang Bin, Vice President the Tsinghua University; Dr. Nie Fenghua the Chairman of XuetangX; Li Xiaoming, Director of Academic Committee of China Education Technology Association; Nurlan Kiyassov, Vice President of Education in the Rybakov Foundation; Deng Feng, founder of Northern Lights Venture Capital; Jin Naili, Vice President of iResearch Institute; Li Chao, President of XuetangX; Li Quan Sheng, Chairman of Tus College; Zang Kang, Deputy General Manager of Aliyun University; Hu Haifeng, Vice President of Liepin; Wang Xiaodan, Dean of Rococo Innovation Institute; Zhang Hanyu, Operations Director of Huawei e-Learning; Liu Chunyang, founder and CEO of Huawei Education Co., Ltd; Jiang Yunyun, Academic Cooperation Manager of Microsoft Research Asia; Bian Kai, Senior Manager of AWS Digital Marketing and more than 400 experts, scholars, businessmen and students. During their presentation, keynote speakers used “Rain Classroom”, an innovative LMS developed by XuetangX.

Experts and scholars discussing and imagining the future of education

In his speech, Yang Bin reviewed the exploration made by Tsinghua University in the field of education and teaching in recent years and affirmed the role played by smart online educational tools like the XuetangX Cloud platform and the Rain Classrooms in the blending learning. “I hope my colleagues will continue to make new innovations, boldly practice and dare to explore, bringing more and better learning resources to learners nationwide and globally, to learn more about techniques and learning concepts so as to make a greater contribution to the future development of education,” said Yang Bin.

Nie Fenghua delivered a keynote speech entitled “Lifelong Learning for the Future”, envisioning future education, expanded by the XuetangX's vision of becoming the world's leading lifelong learning platform. He believes that the Internet, intellectualization and socialization are the main characteristics of future education.

Nie said: “They should follow the trend and promote education reform in due course. XuetangX is working hard to this end and has launched a series of products and services such as Xuetang Cloud, Rain Classroom, X Class and the robot Xiaomu to better meet the teaching and learning needs. After four years of development, the number of registered online students in the school has exceeded 9 million and the number of courses exceeds 1300, ranking among the top three in the world. Only Rain Classroom, for instance, has effectively reached over two million users within a year and a half of its launch.”

Combining with the development of MOOC in the past five years, Li Xiaoming introduced in detail the changes of the educational informatization from the perspectives of teaching contents, teaching methods, teaching management, education system and educational ecology. He said that online and blended learning will be the major trends in education in the future. “Only by emancipating the mind and grasping the opportunities brought by the Internet Plus inside the China's educational system and implementing open sharing we can promote the innovation and development of education in the future and promote the modernization of education in an all-round way”.

Deng Feng mainly focused on the characteristics of the Internet and analyzed trends of Internet + Education. In his view, the future of education is a combination of online and offline personalized learning and group discussions. At the same time, the content of education and the role of teachers will change. Education will be more universalized and charitable. The traditional education model will be subverted by incremental innovation.

XuetangX released the first batch of micro degree products to help Job-oriented professional training

On the forum, XuetangX released the first batch of its micro degree products, covering artificial intelligence, software engineering, cloud computing, user experience design, business and other fields. Unlike the traditional university degree, the micro degree offers practical skills in a certain direction through short-term online learning and flexible offline practice. In the next three years, XuetangX will rely on the Online Education and Research Center of the Ministry of Education to bring together top teachers, practical experiences from prestigious Universities and famous enterprises in order to cultivate and deliver courses to over 100,000 application-oriented talents who meet the needs of the hot job positions, helping with the construction of a learning society.

Analyzing Online Learning Behavior of Chinese College Students

“The 2017 Report on Chinese College Students Online Learning Behavior” was released in the forum by Jin Naili, Vice President of iResearch Institute.

The report shows that online education is in a period of rapid development that implies a logical growth in the number of users. More than half of the online learners, aged 18-30 years, are male. The population is mainly concentrated in first-tier and second-tier cities, with a large proportion of them having a bachelor's degree or above. In terms of learning needs, the demand for language and vocational skills courses is the highest. The learning needs are different at different stages. The needs of lower grades students are more extensive. The higher grades attach more importance to focused training and skills development; and in terms of drivers and attitudes of learning, self-improvement is the biggest motivation for learning. Top teacher's courses are an important factor to attract online learners.

College students have a high degree of participation in both online and offline courses. The big advantage of online education is the non-limitation in time and space. Popularity of a course depends on high-quality, tailored teaching, diversified learning styles and academic certification. At the same time, due to a supervised, good learning atmosphere and better interaction in the classroom, students also choose offline courses.

Looking to the future, the Internet + Education will gradually mature to open the online + offline integration mode and speed up the transformation of traditional education.

The celebration of this forum has pointed out the direction for the future development of education. XuetangX is willing to join hands with colleagues in the education sector, continue to actively explore new modes of education and teaching based on new technologies, leading the new era of Internet + Education, on the path of creating the world's leading platform for lifelong learning, to improve the quality of education.

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