Online courses gain popularity at Chinese universities
The trend of learning through open online courses has made its way to China as more of the country's top universities unveil public courses, and the first cross-university open class for college students in Shanghai kicked off on Tuesday night.
The city's university course-sharing platform formally began registering students from 30 schools in the municipality, and the course "Introduction to Philosophy," offered by Professor Wang Defeng with Fudan University (FDU), became the first-ever cross-university public course, welcoming 1,072 students Tuesday.
Wang's first lecture was broadcast live online Tuesday. Registered students at other universities could log onto watch it.
"It took quite some effort to register for Wang's class. We call him the Prince of Philosophy," one student wrote on Weibo.
Read more: Global Times (2013-3-6)