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Propelled by the demand for higher education, advances in technologies, and government support, distance education has become one of the most rapidly growing areas in the field of education in China. Understanding the development history of distance education in China can help to examine current practices and major challenges in this field, and to better inform a discussion of the future of distance education in China.
Distance education, an approach to learning that uses the power of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT), has the potential to revolutionize education. It is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the field of education in China, and advances in ICT are constantly transforming it. China is using a range of technologies appropriate in a variety of circumstances to improve education, teacher development, and technological infrastructure. It has made substantial progress towards these goals, thanks in large part to the flexibility distance education offers.