International Research Conference, Lancaster UK, 10-12th April 2006
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Networked Learning in China's Higher Education Institutions: Opportunities and Challenges

Ronghuai Huang
Beijing Normal University, China


The objective of this paper is to present the opportunities and challenges in popularizing networked learning in China. As one of the largest and an economic developing rapidly country, China is facing the need of extending the scale of higher education, and then, to popularize networked learning. This paper presents the opportunities, including ICT infrastructure well equipped and Internet popularizing rapidly, the demand of popularizing higher education, and strong governmental support in using ICT to promote the quality of higher education. After that, four challenges faced by institutions and staff in popularizing networked learning are analyzed: 1) the task-focused activities, (2) appropriate resources to support task-focused activities, (3) learner's strategy and learning support, and (4) obstacle of new evaluation methods in traditional education context.


Networked learning, ICT, higher education, infrastructure

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney

Ronghuai Huang,

Beijing Normal University

Vera A. Solis, Universidad Centroamericana

Lawrence Hamburg, Higher Education Academy

Sten Ludvigsen, Intermedia, Oslo

Lancaster University


Higher Education Academy

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