Presentation by visiting scholar Associate Professor Ran Zhang

Challenges and Opportunities: Creating a learning society through non-traditional higher education – A case study of Shanghai.

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School staff and students
Wednesday 14 October 2009
Room 551, Education Building (A35)
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In the 21st Century, many countries aspire to becoming a learning society. As such, the building of a learning society has brought opportunities and challenges which require more flexible and versatile learning channels. The development of non-traditional higher education, especially through open universities, is having an impact upon the learning opportunities of many Chinese students.
This presentation focuses upon the city of Shanghai and explains how more flexible learning channels are having an impact upon higher education in general.

  • What does a learning society mean for higher education providers?
  • What roles can non-traditional education, especially open education, play in the development of a learning society?
  • How is a learning society being developed in Shanghai now and in the future?

Assoc Prof Ran Zhang is a Visiting Scholar to the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Ran is Chief in Operation, UNESCO Chair holder in Distance Education for East Asia and is also the Executive Deputy-director, Foreign Affairs Office (President’s Office), Shanghai TV University. Ran also won the 2008 UNESCO King Prize for the use of ICTs in education.