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As many Chinese parents have tried to give their children a head start on education, online education services, with their relative cheap prices, are mushrooming across the country. What do you think? Should this kind of teaching mode be encouraged for students?


A physics teacher made 18,842 yuan ($2,890) in an hour for his online course, but educational authorities are calling for ban on this teaching model, according to China National Radio.


A total of 2,617 students have signed up for Wang Yu's tutoring course on high school physics, which is carried out online at a cost of 9 yuan for each audience member. The seven-classes have attracted 9,479 students in total.


With an online portal hosting the course charging 20 percent of Wang's income, the teacher made an average of 18,842 yuan per hour.


A college English teacher also using an online teaching platform said she she earned about 50,000 yuan in two months, with the largest class attracting 1,700 online students.


Online education services are mushrooming in China. One tutoring site offering eight middle and high school courses boasts 15 million registered student users. Online teachers are generally happy with the extra income because the Internet has greatly reduced travel costs and allows more flexible instruction.


"A computer with a camera will do, as long as the network is stable," Wang said.


Low costs and high efficiency of online classes have also attracted various parents.


"Compared real classes that cost one or two hundred yuan, online equivalents are available for less than 10 yuan. I prefer this mode if it helps my child," one parent explained.


But it has raised eyebrows among local educational authorities. An official from the Education Bureau in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, said the city bans teachers from offering paid tutoring to students including online services.


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Post time 2016-3-28 21:16:49 |Display all floors
and rules about online learning should be made and law .

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Post time 2016-3-29 09:34:53 |Display all floors
There are several issues regarding this. Online education is not new. It has been found effective in many countries where access to schools is difficult. It is very effective where it is used properly and provided by reputable and professional companies and teachers. It lacks the opportunity for social learning of course, but in most systems there are weekend, Summer and Winter "camps" where students can arrange to meet and interact with others as part of the courses. Such education is valuable in China for remote learning in inaccessible regions.
Secondly corruption in China has caused a ban on private tuition of any kind, which is ridiculous. Students often need tuition for subjects and activities that the schools cannot always provide. As usual in China it is a case of taking the easy way and ban everything instead of tackling those few corrupt and unprofessional teachers who cheat pupils or favour paying students over others in class.
Also in China there is the real problem of over-study. Students are expected to study for unreasonable amounts of time, leaving little time for rest, interaction with family and friends and no time to reflect and internalize what they have learned. Now some parents are buying online courses for children to use in addition to homework. The phrase "We have no life" becomes even more relevant.
In other countries, companies offering online learning have to be inspected and certificated as reputable and to ensure they meet required standards. Unfortunately China lacks this and there are now many companies and individuals who only want to make money from the inadequate and poor courses they offer. This has always been so here with private schools teaching very bad English, but now the internet has opened up this to a virus of cheaters. (See my blogs on Education and on Cheating).
Technology is a tool for professional teachers to use, and not a solution. Teaching is a profession and should not be just a poorly paid job, as it is in China. Turn teaching into a proper profession instead of spending money on vast amounts of technology. (see blog; Jumping on the band wagon)
Finally, many parents in China regard the use of computers as a waste of time. They are only games machines! One school in China even banned them! Parents need educating about how to raise children and provide them with worthwhile education. But changing attitudes is a long term process.
What about educational television programmes? Are they part of this argument?
English teacher and education adviser. China needs a teaching profession with less fear and more trust and honesty.

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Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman "Sal" Khan with the aim of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The organization produces short lectures in the form of YouTube videos(sorry China). In addition to micro lectures, the organization's website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. The main language of the website is English, but the content is also available in other languages.
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With the development of internet,  the mushrooming of online learning is necessary.  Actually, online learning is a kind of study method. Choose what method you like, and get what you want to learn.

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There are several issues regarding this. Online education is not new. It has been found effective in ...

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