Recently, a delegation of seven persons from the Open University of China (OUC) visited Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Canada, Colorado State University Global Campus (CSU-Global Campus)and University of Maryland University College (UMUC)in the U.S. for scholarly exchange on topics such as credit transfer, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and online learning. The parties also discussed future collaboration and development plans.

On November 24, 2011, the Annual Conference of the Open University of China (OUC) and Canadian Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Joint Research Center and International Seminar of Learning Outcome Assessment and Recognition opened via video conferencing with the OUC's two-way video conferencing room serving as the main venue. The primary purpose of the conference was to summarize this year's research work by the Joint Research Center and hold a discussion on the theme "Assessment and Recognition of Learning Outcome".

Recognition of learning outcome is a specific strategy that

On October 26th, 2011, a symposium for the establishment of key research topics for 2011 was held at the Open University of China. The symposium outlined the research background, significance, goals and basic status of the topics.

The establishment of key research topics for 2011 is an effort to methodically tackle critical issues involved in building and reforming a national open university. This year, academic research will be focused on the following four areas: development strategy

On 21 June, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) evaluation of the OUC's Educational Technology degree course was carried out in Baodi Branch School, Tianjin Open University. This evaluation was a cooperation by various departments of the OUC, including Research Institute of Open and Distance Education, Academic Affairs Office, Faculty of Teacher Education, International Cooperation and Exchange Division and Baodi Branch School, Tianjin Open University. It is an experiment in further education reform carried out by the OUC.

Recently, the OUC Publishing House has joined hands with the British publishing company Routledge in making a simultaneous global recommendation for Sir John Daniel's new book Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All.

Sir John shows us in this book how to use distance education to popularise and expand school education to achieve education for all, shares with

The OUC Serial Textbooks of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Journey through China (multi-lingual editions) has won the National Publishing Fund for the year 2008-2009.

 As an instructional film for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Journey through China

Recently, the book series called Advanced Study and Training Series of Open and Distance Education was published. The series was the product of the cooperation between the Publishing House of OUC and the Commonwealth of Learning, and was issued under the general editorship of Dr. Ge Daokai, President of OUC