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How school moved to cloud this semester

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 26 Jun 2020
  • Last modified 31 Jul 2020
The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020 pressed the pause button on the rapid and sustained advancements that China’s been making in socioeconomic development.

It’s also had a dramatic impact on education: on February 12, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology jointly announced that schools were suspended, but that crucially, learning wasn’t.

In these unique circumstances, implementing large-scale online education for hundreds of millions of students nationwide was an unprecedented move. We’ve witnessed one of the world's largest upgrade projects to China’s information infrastructure, involving training for teachers and students and one of the biggest trials of online education the world has ever seen.

Putting capabilities to the test
The shift to online education has affected everyone, from education authorities, schools, and universities to teachers, students, and parents. For the new school semester, live streaming has replaced the classroom as the main arena for learning. Blackboards have been swapped for screens, and teachers have put down the chalk and become knowledge hosts on students' devices. Transforming offline education into online learning has given rise to a new crop of educational scenarios, which in turn create huge challenges.

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