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It’s complicated

You may have seen Jeff Young’s recent passing report on the Chinese National Top Level Course project, and its prospects in the future, titled China’s Answer to MIT’s OpenCourseWare May Get Reboot.

It would hardly be fair to expect Jeff could develop a deep understanding of the Chinese project and how it relates to the OpenCourseWare movement, as anyone whose done business in China could tell you. Without spending significant time in the country, learning the language, and talking to a great many people to triangulate on facts, it can be very difficult to assemble a comprehensive picture of anything.

For a more in-depth analysis of the Chinese project, I highly recommend Stian Haklev’s recently-released and excellent thesis, The Chinese National Top Level Course Project: Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Quality in Undergraduate Teaching. Stian, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a number of times, has put in the time and done his homework, and it shows in this really wonderful analysis.


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