Universities remain shut but offer online courses

China’s Ministry of Education has required colleges and universities nationwide to offer online teaching and learning resources following the postponement of academic semesters due to the coronavirus outbreak, reports Xinhua.

According to a set of guidelines recently issued by the ministry, colleges and universities should make full use of all kinds of quality open online courses and laboratory resource platforms to organise online education activities. Efforts should be made to make sure that online learning can be as efficient as learning in the classroom, said the guidelines.

Official data showed that as of 2 February, 22 online course platforms had opened more than 24,000 free courses covering 12 undergraduate disciplines and 18 majors of technical and vocational education. The ministry in late January announced the postponement of the 2020 spring semester for institutions amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, but did not specify the opening dates of colleges and universities under the ministry.
Full report on the Xinhua site