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China Launches a National Cloud Learning Platform

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China's launching a national cloud learning platform so students can continue their studies at home during the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

With schools remaining closed during the coronavirus outbreak, China has launched a national cloud learning platform for students.

The new school semester in China was supposed to begin on February 17. But China has postponed the resumption date indefinitely due to safety concerns.

As of Sunday, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) had infected 70,548 people in China, and a total of 1,770 had died of the disease.

As part of nationwide epidemic control, the authorities have restricted millions of students to their homes. Then, it launched a national cloud learning platform to enable students to study online.

Primary and middle schools in the nation now have to open online curriculums using the official educational website. That way, the 180 million students in China will be “occupied with the guided study at home.

Speaking to the state-run news agency, Xinhua, Beijing municipal education commission said:

“It is not a holiday in the traditional sense, nor does it mean that the new school semester has started online.”

So, how does the new education system work?

A Cloud Learning Platform For High School Students

The approach varies depending on age.

For example, one of China’s state TV channels broadcast primary school classes. Meanwhile, junior and senior high school students in China can use a cloud learning platform.

The platform covers 169 lessons across 12 subjects for the first week, based on the nation’s curriculum. However, teachers will update the curriculum has required.

To enable 50 million students to access the cloud learning platform simultaneously, the government enlisted the help of China’s telecom giants. These include China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. 

Other tech companies like Huawei, Alibaba, Baidu are supporting the platform with 90 terabytes of bandwidth and 7,000 servers. Also, roughly 600,000 teachers have been using Alibaba-owned DingTalk to conduct their online classes.

Many universities across the world have offered online classes in the past. However, high schools haven’t explored the method until now.

The epidemic situation poses a challenge to us, but it is also an opportunity to promote the digitalization and informatization of teaching comprehensively,” said Qiu Yong, a Beijing school principal.

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