City (VNA) – Opportunities along with challenges to online education in
the context of the fourth industrial revolution were the main theme of the
International Conference on Online Education 2019 (ICOE 2019) held in Ho Chi
Minh City on March 15.
said online education is crucial to making education more accessible and will
be key to preparing for a digital future.
to Professor Vu Huu Duc, vice principal of HCM City Open University, the
conference was held to create a forum for scholars and experts to share opinions
about development trends, opportunities and challenges for
online education in Vietnam and the world.
Nita Temmerman from Australia’s University of Queenslandsaid online education provides
flexibility and convenience for learners.
noted that enrolment in online degree courses around the world in increasing by
30 to 35 percent each year, while the online corporate market is growing by 10
to 15 percent annually as career professionals are attracted to online
and deliverers of online education, however, must ensure that sound pedagogical
practices are offered by qualified educators, Temmerman said.
Dong Sun Park from the Republic of Korea’s APEC Human Resources Development
Working Group said that online education was important for “harnessing inclusive
opportunities, embracing the digital future,” the theme for the APEC economic leaders’
meeting last year.
education first appeared in Vietnam 10 to 12 years ago, with demand rising
remarkably over the past several years. It was formally recognised by the
Ministry of Education and Training in 2012.-VNA