EDUCATION INFORMATIZATION IN CHINA DURING THE ICT (INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY) ERA
Master of Science
Department or Program
Mass Communication and Media Arts
Most countries, including China, consider education informatization as a way to meet with social demands of well-trained workers and technological innovations. The development of ICT (information and communication technology) provides advanced infrastructure for education informatization, especially in rural areas. The education informatization in China started in 1978. Since then, various significant projects and plans have been made and implemented, including Action Plan for Invigorating Education Towards the 21st Century, Campus Access to ICTs, Modern Long-Distance Education in Rural Primary and Secondary Schools, and Three Connections & Two Platforms. This thesis gathers and analyzes state policies, rules, reports, documents and publications to understand goals, emphases, and targets of these projects or plans.
During the process of pursing education informatization, the scale of ICT economy has also increased. It cannot be denied that education informatization boosts the development of ICT and education industry. Digital divide between urban and rural areas has been narrowed down in terms of technology. However, because of comparably lower developmental levels of economy and education, it is still a long way to go for people and students in rural areas to increase their awareness and utilization of media and information technologies.