Chinese students have become acquainted with online courses in the past few weeks. In Jiangsu, students of Nanjing No. 13 Middle School's MCAP Program have already started the new semester online since Feb. 10th. Recently, a video of encouragement was sent to MCAP students from Carol and John, executives of Massachusetts Mayflower Academy, MCAP's online course partner.
Wajid, a foreign teacher of MCAP, said that he was glad to be able to provide students with up-to-date course. "Now that we are equipped with what it takes for inter-continental online teaching, at this special moment, it is the right time to utilize these resources," said Wajid. Fawad, another foreign teacher, also said that online courses could also provide a sense of real classroom once well designed. Jessica, a freshman student also shared her experience: "It was a new experience when we started online courses, but it's also a challenge to our self-management ability. While teachers in the US grade and comment on our assignments, we could also communicate with them online in case of problems."
As a collaboration project with Massachusetts Mayflower Academy and Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation, MCAP Program was launched with a teaching formula with both online and offline international teachers. Teachers based in Massachusetts, the US are in charge of core courses of American high schools, while Chinese teachers deliver courses such as Chinese Language, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The VHS courses have been adapted by 650 high schools in the US, which focus on the students' integrated English proficiency, critical thinking and writing skills. At the end of three years, students would receive both Chinese and American high school diplomas. It was reported that all of the senior students of MCAP have received offers from several renowned US universities.
Shao Rui, Deputy Director of No. 13 Middle School's International Department, said that MCAP's staff members led by the principal Ivana herself have been working hard through the Internet to teach and interact with students every day.
This collaboration project between China and US has been discovering the best way to bring international education resources across borders. The pursuit of knowledge and the gratitude between students and teachers will always be on, and we believe that after winter, there will be more to harvest.