“Big data” was one of the technology buzzwords of 2012, used to describe the massive amount of data produced in the information explosion era and the technologies and innovations developed to deal with such data. Research by International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that the global volume of data was 0.49ZB in 2008, 0.8ZB in 2009, 1.2ZB in 2010, and grew to 1.82ZB in 2011. This is equivalent to over 200GB of data produced per human being. The arrival of the "big data" era was first mentioned by McKinsey, a global management consulting firm. McKinsey states: “Data have swept into every industry
A workshop on “Massive Open Online Courses and the Online Learning Development of the OUC (MOOCs • OUC)” was held at the OUC’s Wukesong campus on July 25, 2013. The workshop was attended by Yang Zhijian, president of the OUC, and more than 30 representatives from 15 OUC schools and departments.

The Research Report on the Development of Distance Higher Education in China (2012), the first of its kind in China, was published a few days ago.

As an important part of China’s system of higher education and continuing education, distance higher education has a clear role in building a lifelong learning system and a learning society.

Written by Dr. Wang Ying, deputy director of the Research Institute of Open and Distance Education of the Open University of China (OUC), and published by the OUC Press, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): Theory and Practice presents an analysis of international research related to credit policies, credit accumulation and transfer, and recognisation of learning outcomes.

The “Research and Practice of the Accreditation, Accumulation and Transforming System of National Continuing Education Learning Outcomes” project was formally opened at the OUC on December 1, 2012. 10 experts from the Ministry of Education (MOE), universities and the industry have provided guidance and evaluation for the project. Ruan Zhiyong, party secretary and vice-president of the OUC, and Zhang Shaogang, vice party secretary of the OUC, attended the evaluation seminar. 

On the afternoon of November 26, 2012, the Open University of China and the Academic Bureau of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ABCAS) officially signed an agreement to join hands and use their respective advantages to plan and promote a series of video lecture courses, “Science and China - Academicians and Experts Lecture Series”,

On November 8, 2012, the Fifth Forum for Distance Education Teachers in China was held in Changsha, Hunan, with the theme of  “Building a New Learning Pattern: The

On April 1, 2012, the third "Forum for Teachers in Chinese Distance Education" was held in Beijing under the theme of "Practical Teaching in Distance Education: Exploration and Reflection". Based on innovative exploration and reflection by teachers at radio and TV universities (RTVUs) around the country, the forum aimed to further discuss rules, common problems and solutions related to distance teaching at the Open University of China (OUC).