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Cultures of Program Planning in Adult Education

Concepts, Research Results and Archives


Edited By Bernd Käpplinger, Steffi Robak, Marion Fleige, Aiga von Hippel and Wiltrud Gieseke

This book is a unique approach in relating mutually international and comparative research from scholars on program planning for adults. Program planning is about needs, finding topics, making offers and bundling different contents. It makes organizations of adult education visible and contributes to their existence and is therefore a core activity of the professionals in adult education. The volume originates from an international conference hosted by Leibniz-University Hannover, which was organized by a plural expert group with key actors at Humboldt-University Berlin and the German Institute for Adult Education. The authors demonstrate the unique research method program analysis and present archives which offer an established infrastructure for heterogeneous research questions.

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An Empirical Study of the Construction of Programmes for Adult Online Higher Education in China (Bai Bin / Li Mixue)


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Bai Bin & Li Mixue

An Empirical Study of the Construction of Programmes for Adult Online Higher Education in China1

Abstract: After nearly 20 years of development, Chinese adult online higher education (AOHE) has scored great achievements and made important contributions to the popularization of higher education in China. But due to various deep-seated reasons, the quality of online education is not yet widely accepted by the general public. From the perspective of adult online higher education curriculum design and by means of surveys and investigations, this paper makes a statistical analysis of the curriculum design of 74 online higher education institutions (OHEIs) nationwide; describes the present OHEIs in terms of their characteristics, fields of operation and type of institution and discusses and analyzes the problems existing within it.

Since China launched the “Modern Distance Education Project” in 1998, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has approved 68 regular universities and the Central Radio and TV University to carry out modern distance education on a pilot project. By the year 2012, one national-level and five provincial-level open universities had been founded including the Open University of China, Beijing Open University, Shanghai Open University, Yunnan Open University, Jiangsu Open University, and Guangdong Open University. According to data released through the MOE official website, in the year 2015 a total of 6.31 million students were studying in China’s online higher education system for a college degree or junior college degree. Most of them...

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