A Study on the Democratization of Knowledge Promoted by E-Learning in China

A Study on the Democratization of Knowledge Promoted by E-Learning in China

Xin-Bin Xe (School of Education at South China Normal University, China)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9304-1.ch008

Abstract

E-learning users in China grew at a rate of 25.0% in 2015-2016, and the number of e-learning users exceeded 130 million in 2016. The number of users who take e-learning courses via mobile phone is growing at a rate of 85%, according to the 39th Report of Internet Development in China. In recent years, Chinese government has continuously issued policies to support the development of e-learning. More importantly, Premier Keqiang Li pointed out the needs of expanding e-Learning for the first time in the 2017 Chinese Government Work Report. As a new teaching mode, e-learning breaks the constraints of traditional teaching by providing access anytime, anywhere, and fast communication. It breaks many restrictions of traditional teaching mode. Various forms of e-learning are emerging, as citizens demand more e-learning. The unique attributes of e-learning and its diversified contents cannot only make individuals get access to education equally, but also better the allocation of educational resources.
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Background

E-Learning users in China had grown at a rate of 25.0% in 2015-2016, and the number of e-Learning users has exceeded 130 million in 2016. The number of users who take e-Learning courses via mobile phone is growing at a rate of 85%, according to the 39th Report of Internet Development in China (CNNIC, 2017). In recent years, Chinese government has continuously issued policies to support the development of e-Learning. More importantly, Premier Keqiang Li pointed out the needs of expanding e-Learning for the first time in the 2017 Chinese Government Work Report (The State Council of China, 2017).

As a new teaching mode, e-Learning breaks the constraints of traditional teaching by providing access anytime, anywhere and fast communication. It breaks many restrictions of traditional teaching mode. Various forms of e-Learning are emerging, as citizens demand more e-Learning. The unique attributes of e-Learning and its diversified contents cannot only make individuals get access to education equally, but also better the allocation of educational resources.

Therefore, this study focuses on how e-Learning promotes knowledge democratization. It explains the essential role of e-Learning in propagating knowledge, providing access for people of different social classes, meeting the needs of different groups of people, and strengthening decision-making power in knowledge learning of the public. By analyzing the status quo of e-Learning in China, this paper elaborates on the significance and means of realizing democratization of knowledge and lists potential problems in an attempt to bring more attention to e-Learning for a better development and benefit more people with learning needs. It is expected that the development of e-Learning will be attracted more attention, and meet individuals’ learning needs.

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