Friday, August 7, 2015

Global E-Learning: The State of E-Learning in India and China

The countries of India and China are the rising stars in their area of the world  in the development of  self-guiding E-Learning  for their populations now and in the future.

The ancient country of  India has a long tradition for the pursuit of  learning, science and technology. One of the world's first universities, Nalanda University, was first established as a Buddhist institution of learning in the 5th century AD and lasted continuously for 800 years until the 12th century AD. Its architecture suggested a seamless co-existence between man and nature, between living and learning.

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On Sept. 1, 2014, the ancient university, Nalanda, was re-opened for classes. The following is an artist's rendition of what the new campus will look like:

 Interest in the pursuit of Education, Science and Technology in India is still a high priority for its people. According to E-Learning statistics published in Jan. 2015 (E-Learning Industry, Christopher Pappas), the two countries with the highest growth rate in the adoption of self guiding E-Learning were India(55%) and China(52%) respectively. With respect to mobile learning products, it is worth noting from the article:

"...While in 2012 the top buyers of mobile learning products and services were the US, Japan, South Korea, China , and India, it is expected that by 2017 the top buyers of mobile learning products and services will be China, US, Indonesia, India and Brazil..."

With respect to China, it too has a long history of the pursuit of knowledge and education. Ancient Chinese academies set up to pass on wisdom to their populations. This was especially evident during the Tang Dynasty.

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The curriculum was largely based on the learning principles of Confucius (551-479 BC).

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Today, China continues to pursue Science, Technology and Education as witnessed by some of its more modern universities such as Soochow University in Suztou.

So, both countries, India and China are moving ahead in pursuit of the next frontier in learning, E-Learning. This brings me to my appeal to hear from these countries in regards to advances in E-Learning.

The Appeal for Thoughtful Collaboration and Exchange of Ideas
The purpose of this appeal is to open conversations that will allow all of us to truly understand the "mosaic of global E-Learning". I would like to entertain these conversations in the professional forums on E-Learning in but you can also comment in the blog. I will transfer any comments into the appropriate forums. The conversations should elaborate on three main questions:
  1. What is the state of E-Learning in the education sector of your country?
  2. What are a few successes you can highlight that you have experienced in E-Learning in your country?
  3. What are a few serious challenges that you see now and in the future for E-Learning in your country?
Who Should We Hear From?

 Naturally, we would like to hear from all those who are involved in E-Learning in some way. Government officials, higher education, instructional designers, educators, corporate trainers and even students taking E-Learning.
Framing Your Responses

In order that conversations not be cumbersome, I would suggest the following:
  1. Identify the country you are from
  2. Identify your professional role
  3. A brief response to the questions
If you are reading this and know of an Indian or Chinese colleague who might be interested in contributing to this discussion, then please share this via Facebook, Twitter or any other social media means. Conversations only work if there is more than one person involved.

I must say that so far, we are dealing with many countries who are a little shy about sharing their stories but I would like to assure them that we are not looking for you to share state secrets or proprietary methodologies;)

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