The concept of big data has been in existence for 40 years, and its current high level of integration with technology has led to many changes in industry and everyday life. But what have been its effects on education, and how can it be applied to education in China?

Since the establishment of the China Central Radio and Television University (CCRTVU) in 1982, the course Public English has been an important part of its curriculum. As a compulsory course at the Open University of China (OUC), it began to adopt English-language teaching materials in 1985, and constantly improved them, going to the "RTVU English" version in 1994 and then to the Open English Series in 2004. Along with the textbooks, the teaching of Public English has constantly been updated to meet the needs of students. At this time as many as 2 million students take the course each academic year.

From 23-25 November, 2017, a conference titled “Quality Standards and Writing Norms for Educational Theses and Dissertations in Education-related Subjects” was held by the Faculty of Education of the Open University of China (OUC) in Kunming.

According to the US education website Education Dive, in 2018, university and college leaders should focus on the five following trends.


On 10th October 2017, the leaders of 5+1 open universities in China, including the Open University of China, Beijing Open University, Jiangsu Open University, Guangdong Open University, Yunnan Open University, and Shanghai Open University gathered in Shanghai to discuss “the progress and achievements of open university construction.”

In June 2016, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced the first group of shared courses titled “National High-Quality Course Resources,” which included 160 courses from universities like Peking University.

On the bookshelf of Li Ying, a researcher from the Education Research Institute of the Open University of China (OUC), one set of books is always out of stock. “Many visitors like the series of Chinese Distance Higher Education Development Research Report (CDHED Research Report). They always take one or the full set of books when they leave,” said Li Ying.

With the rapid development of mobile communication technology and the increasingly maturity of mobile education, informal learning is drawing attention in international educational technology circles, and resource-based autonomous learning is becoming more and more important.