http://www.globaltimes.cn/Portals/0/logo.jpgBy Liao Fangzhou. They are called MOOC (massive online open courses) and they are the latest form of interactive online education. These courses offer free access to some of the world's most exclusive and elite universities and now they are being embraced by Shanghai students, young and old, in a variety of courses.
Distance education is not new - in 1728 a Boston shorthand teacher offered mail order lessons. But radio and television changed the method of communication and approach. By the end of the 1930s when radio had become widespread, many US colleges and universities began broadcasting educational programs for public schools. In 1969, the Open University was founded in the UK, offering course-related radio and television lectures through the BBC. More...