Recently, the reporter learned that by 2020, Radio and Television Universities (RTVUs) at all levels in Sichuan province will be among the first in the country and the leading ones in the west of China to be basically transformed into modern open universities. A Mutual Credit Recognition Alliance, composed of colleges and universities, RTVUs, and training institutions, will be established for the credit bank of lifelong education in Sichuan Province.
The construction of a credit bank for lifelong education is an effective way for open universities to realise cloud based learning support services. In October 2016, the Sichuan Provincial Education Department set up the Credit Bank for lifelong education in Sichuan Province. The credit bank is sponsored by the Sichuan Provincial Education Department and Sichuan RTVU is responsible for its construction, management, and operation. Before this, Sichuan RTVU had applied to establish a Sichuan branch centre of the Learning Achievement Certification Centre of the Open University of China (OUC) and conducted work on the establishment of accounts and the storage of results in the RTVU system in the province. By the end of 2016, 21 certification centres had been established, 12,000 accounts have been activated, and hundreds of learning results from the RTVU system has been stored. There is a plan to set up an online certification system for the credit bank of lifelong education in Sichuan province and an educational institution alliance system for the credit bank. By the end of 2020, more than 20 sub-certification centres and 50 certification points will be established across the municipality, prefecture, and industry system. A credit mutual recognition alliance composed of colleges and universities, RTVUs, and training institutions will be constructed for the credit bank of lifelong education in Sichuan Province.
In addition, the construction of majors and curricula will also be accelerated. The construction of an integrated platform for a smart campus will be promoted. The construction of digital learning resources will be accelerated and an improved digital learning resource bank will be constructed. The quality assurance system will be improved and the dynamic monitoring and evaluation of the teaching process and the learning effects of students will be strengthened.
Furthermore, the brand promotion project of non-degree continuing education will also be implemented. A brand training project for non–degree qualifications will be set up to broaden channels for cooperation based on the online training centre for leaders in education in Sichuan. The role of the Sichuan Provincial Community Education Guidance Centre will be given full play to actively promote community education and further establish and improve a community education system covering the whole province's urban and rural areas.
Reprinted from Sichuan Observation