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Title: The Role and Reformations of Higher Education Institutions in a Learning Society ---------A Case Study of Tsinghua University


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The Role and Reformations of Higher Education
Institutions in a Learning Society
---------A Case Study of Tsinghua University
  • Yongbin Ma, Aiyi WANG
  • The School of Continuing Education
  • Tsinghua University
  • May. 23-26 2010

2
Outline
  • Lifelong learning in ChinaPolicies and Practices
  • Challenges and reformations for Higher Education
    Insititutions in the learning society
  • The responses of higher education institutions a
    Case Study of the School of Continuing Education,
    Tsinghua University

3
1. Lifelong learning in ChinaPolicies and
Practices
  • Lifelong learning has a long history in China

4
1. Lifelong learning in ChinaPolicies and
Practices
  • Since 1990s, lifelong learning has become a hot
    topic

1993 The national outline of Education Reform and Development in China put forward the concept of lifelong education for the first time
2002 The Sixteenth National Congress of the CPC put forward that China should build up an all people learning and a lifelong learning society
2007 The Seventeenth National Congress of the CPC emphasized lifelong learning again
2010 The outline of Education Planning put forward the target to form an all people learning society without the limitations of the time and places in 2020.
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1. Lifelong learning in ChinaPolicies and
Practices
  • By the year 2009, there are more than 200 cities
    in China have definitely set up their goals on
    constructing a learning city, more than 10 cities
    have instituted and implemented a series of
    policies and resolutions to enhance lifelong
    learning activities, and a number of cities have
    listed the goal of constructing learning cities
    into The Tenth five-year Plan.

6
1. Lifelong learning in ChinaPolicies and
Practices
  • The special significances for China in
    constructing a lifelong learning society
  • Transforming China from a country hindered by a
    heavy population burden to a country with rich
    human resources
  • Promoting harmonious development of individuals

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2. Challenges and reformations for Higher
Education Insititutions in the learning society
RD
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2. Challenges and reformations for Higher
Education Insititutions in the learning society
  • Providing lifelong learning opportunities
  • Adopting new enrollment policy
  • Adjusting curriculum system
  • Applying ICT in delivering learning resources

9
2. Challenges and reformations for Higher
Education Insititutions in the learning society
  • Cultivating lifelong learners

Professional knowledge
General knowledge
Lifelong learning attributes
10
3. A Case Study of the School of Continuing
Education, Tsinghua University
Pilot Project of Learning Countryside
Pilot Project of Learning Community
Technical Platform
Learning resources
Pilot Project of Learning Army
Pilot Project of Learning City
Lifelong Learning Theory
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Technical platforms for a lifelong learning
system
  • Applying multi-transportation modes and terminals
  • Internet
  • Satellite
  • Cable TV
  • Video Conference
  • CD-ROM
  • F2F
  • -----------------
  • Constructing advanced network learning platforms

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Web-based learning platforms
  1. Synchronous virtual-classroom
  2. Courseware On-Demand
  3. Administration
  4. Accounting
  5. Question Answer
  6. Assignment
  7. Quiz and Test
  8. Resource Management
  9. Quality Evaluation

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Lifelong learning resources for all
  • Constructing more than 3,000 coursewares
  • Recreational learning resources (Drawing,
    Handwriting, Dancing, fishing)
  • Professional skill training resources
    (Homemaking, Planting, Sewing, Repairing,..)
  • Survival skill training resources for the
    disadvantaged
  • Literacy training resources
  • Executive Development Training resources
  • Popular learning resources of law, health and
    sanitation, family education, ..

14
Why to start learning countrysides?
  • China still has 12 provinces in the west which
    are lagging behind in economic development
  • 592 key impoverished counties in China
  • Economic development is quite unbalanced in China
  • Lacking of high quality of education resources
  • Using ICT we can delivery high quality education
    resource to the people most requiring it.

15
Teaching course video Frequency broadcast, Data
courseware Broadcast transfers, Satellite real
time alternation
No 2 Asian Satellite
Distance Learning Center (DLC)
Tsinghua Main Center
Satellite Receiver System
Courseware service system
Satellite Broadcast System
DLC
Software Database
Online Management System
Satellite Receiver System
Multi-spot and channel live alternation system
Network Server Cluster
Live Broadcast Classroom
Internet
Working Scheme of Tsinghua University, Distance
Education Platform
16
Tsinghua University Education Poverty Alleviation
Project setting up satellite receiver at Guangxi
Debao County Learning Center
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Current Status
  • By the end of 2009, we have established more than
    708 learning centers at county level, 2,275
    learning centers at town level
  • More than 3,000 learning hours
  • More than 800,000 people from rural areas have
    benefited.

18
Beijing excellence Middle School teachers
tutorial for rural school students passing
university entrance exam 3X (Sichuan Pingchang
DLC is watching English tutorial )
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Many volunteers go to DLCs for tutorial English
tutorial in Huade County
20
Future Development
  • Coverring 592 key impoverished counties in China
  • Developing more useful education resources
  • Establishing three levels of learning centers in
    counties, towns and villages

21
Conclusion
  • Lifelong learning is a guideline for higher
    education reforms
  • Developing new evaluation system
  • Whether it is conducive to cultivate lifelong
    learners at its maximum
  • Whether it is conducive to provide lifelong
    learning opportunities for all the people
    throughout their whole life
  • Through continuous adjustments and adaptations,
    the higher education institutions are sure to
    play important roles in the learning society.

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