A view of the MOOC phenomenon from the Chinese perspective, plus a mention of our friends at Netease, who redistribute OCW lectures. A few outtakes:
Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), edX has already attracted some 6,000 mainland students to its free open courses. EdX press officer Dan O’Connell admitted the number was still small because YouTube, which hosts the courses, was blocked on the mainland.
NetEase, a leading China-based internet technology company, said that the number of open course subjects had doubled from last year to the present 12,000. It reported 4.6 million subscribers via PCs and smart phones and about one million student visits a day.
MOOCs have truly gone global.