(Yicai Global) April 13 -- One of China’s most prestigious centers of higher education has shared with US academics its experience of transforming to an internet-based teaching model during the Covid-19 pandemic in a series of online exchanges hosted by a Chinese-American non-profit organization.
The shift to digital has thrown up new challenges such as network congestion, extra work loads for professors, greater pressure for students, copyright protection issues and the logistics of holding exams online, Fudan University Vice President Xu Lei said during three separate livestreaming sessions hosted by the New York-based Committee of 100.
"E-teaching on such a large scale is a first for the world,” Xu said. However, it is also an opportunity to reform teaching methods and get students to learn more pro-actively. Feedback from both teachers and students has been better than expected, he added.
"It opened another window for students to ask questions and interact with their teachers,” said Xu, adding that the move has brought interesting changes to China’s normally 'quiet' classrooms.
Even once things get back to normal, this episode will have a profound, long-term effect on educational practices at the Shanghai-based university, Xu said.
A teacher from the City University of New York also shared how to reduce students’ loads and how to access various discussion groups through the online conference software function.
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Committee of 100 has joined up with the American National Education Association and the American Association of School Administrators to launch a series of online exchanges. It has invited business leaders and educational administrators to share their experiences, solutions and methods to help companies and schools in the US cope during these challenging times.
Editor: Kim Taylor