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Chinese courses available online

Shanghai Jiao Tong University yesterday launched two Chinese courses with English subtitles on Coursera, a United States-based website that provides free, online and open courses for learners from all over the world at no cost.

It was the first time that a local university had used Coursera to promote its courses internationally.

It was a sign that top Chinese universities were moving away from the more traditional method of teaching and were willing to accept a new format that benefits a much larger section of people, heralding a revolutionary step  in education reform in China.

The two courses posted online are “The Journey of Mathematics,” a lectured by Professor Wang Weike and “Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Culture” by Professor Peng Chongsheng.

About 9,000 Chinese and overseas learners signed up for the TCM course within 12 hours while the mathematics course drew 6,000 learners, according to Xinmin Evening News.

Huang Zhen, vice president of Jiao Tong University, said massive open online courses, or MOOC, was different from previous online courses.



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