Online Education and Cross-national Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

Online Education and Cross-national Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

27 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

27-March-2019 / Wednesday / 10:30 - 11:00


Distance education is nothing new and has existed for decades. The breakthrough of internet technology, however, add more innovative features to online education so that it can be as akin to the face-to-face teaching and learning ecological environment as possible. With those added features, learners’ motivation to study online is elevated and online education becomes not only supplementary to physical face-to-face education, but superior to the latter considering the multiple choices available to learners, choices that transcend national boundaries and make quality education available to citizens of different countries. This presentation will focus on how online eduction allows the sharing of educational opportunities across national and regional boundaries and how it hence improves educational equity, despite the obvious rebuttal against the claim. In addition, this presentation will draw on the example of the cooperation in online education that is going on in Europe and then analyze the pros and cons of such cooperation. And, finally, its implication and application in the region of Asia-Pacific will be further explored to propose a better action plan for a better, and mutual, development in the region.


  1. Advancement in Internet and computer technology makes online education more viable and interactive.
  2. Educational equity will be improved with the prevalence of online education.
  3. Cross-national cooperation in terms of online education will increase when those countries realize the mutual wellness and good of Asia-Pacific.


Dr Chao-Mei Tu 
Associate Professor,
Department of Chinese as a Second Language,
National Taiwan Normal University,

Chao-Mei Tu received her Ph.D degree in Comparative Literature at Purdue University, U.S.A. In the year 2009, she joined the faculty of Department of Chinese as Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University , and currently serves as the Associate Director of Mandarin Training Center, NTNU.