In a report on online learning in China it is claimed that e-learning, education on the Internet, or online education, has entered its ‘growth stage’ in China.
Its market scale reached RMB17.5 billion in 2007, 20.7% higher than RMB14.5 billion, the similar figure in 2006. As to users, there were about 12.2 million people using online education in 2007, 25.1% higher than 9.75 million, the similar figure in 2006
There are professional organizations providing e-learning services in almost every niche market, such as pre-school, primary- & middle-school, adult, senior-citizen, vocational, diploma and corporate education.
Most of the service providers in the field are private organizations.
Traditional schools dominate in the field of primary- & middle-school education online. The market scale reached RMB1.54 billionn in 2007, up by 18.5% from 2006.
The biggest problem responsible for the public to doubt online higher education is the acceptability of the online school diplomas among society. The doubt was shared by 68.7% of the responders to the survey.
Corporate e-learning paints a rosy picture because companies have become conscious of the benefit of employee training and the overall business model of corporate e-learning has been improving. It is expected that the market value of China’s corporate e-learning would reach RMB970m in 2011, with the annual growth rate of about 40%. That forecast will probably have changed with the financial crisis.
Source: PR Inside