Web-Based Education at Conventional Universities in China: A Case Study


  • Weiyuan Zhang
  • Guozhen Jiang
  • Jian Niu




distance education, China, web-based education,


With advances in information and communication technology (ICT), Web-based education has become an increasingly popular instructional mode all over the world. In recent years, the Chinese government has authorized a total of 45 universities to offer Web-based educational programs. One is China Central Radio and Television University, the Open University in China. The other 44 universities are all leading conventional universities. This case study is intended to provide a descriptive analysis of Web-based educational practices at the 44 leading conventional universities, by focusing on the current state of Web-based education in China and its discernible trends for the future. It is hoped this analysis of Web-based educational efforts in China will provide some insight for other countries.

Author Biographies

Weiyuan Zhang

Dr. Zhang earned his B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from East China Normal University and his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Prof. Zhang was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Hong Kong from 1996 to 1997. He currently has had fifteen years experience as educational researcher at East China Normal University, the University of Victoria, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Hong Kong. Since 1998, he has been a research fellow at the Open University of Hong Kong. Prof. Zhang's research interests are open and distance education, adult learning, educational psychology, teacher education, guidance and counseling. Prof. Zhang's email address is: wyzhang@ouhk.edu.hk

Guozhen Jiang

Guozhen Jiang is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Distance Education Research, China Central Radio and Television University (CCRTVU). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Central China Agriculture University, and a Masters of Education degree from Beijing Normal University. His research interest covers open and distance education, instructional design and course development. Prof. Guozhen Jiang's email address is: gzhjiang@263.net

Jian Niu

Prof. Jian Niu is an Associate Professor of English at China Central Radio & Television University (CCRTVU). His research interest covers applied linguistics and distance education. He has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Shanxi University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Cross-Cultural Communication from Peking University, China, and an M.A. in Discourse Studies for English Language Teaching and Learning (TEFL) from the University of Liverpool, Britain. Prof. Jian Niu's email address is: jian.niu@polyu.edu.hk




How to Cite

Zhang, W., Jiang, G., & Niu, J. (2002). Web-Based Education at Conventional Universities in China: A Case Study. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v2i2.63



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