:async: National Open University’s Contingency Plan during the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Experience of Full Online Teaching Implementation

Authors: Li-Yi Hsu, I-Chin N. Chiang, Xi-Qiang Ou
Institution: National Open University
Country: Taiwan

Topic: Global Collaboration, Strategies, & Policies in Open Education
Sector: Higher Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Facilitating int cooperation
Session Format: Poster


This video-poster demonstrates how National Open University, during the unprecedented global crisis of Covid-19, decided to replace the traditional blended learning model, consisting of the dominant online course and supplementary place-based classroom learning with tutors, with a fully-online model. Furthermore, the effect and the limitations of the change are examined.


NOU, Open University, Covid-19, Online teaching, Online learning


National Open University’s contingency Plan during the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Experience of Full Online Teaching Implementation

The global lockdown has forced all the institutions and teachers to embrace online teaching, willingly or not. Our video-poster intends to share how open universities, especially National Open University (Taiwan), could contribute to this urgent change in teaching with NOU’s accumulated experience over the past few decades. The presenters will be available asynchronously for questions and discussions with any interested participants.

Dr. Li-Yi Hsu https://www106.nou.edu.tw/~dpa/firstman-e.htm
National Open University: National Open University

We also would like to share with you a previous conference we held on 11 June 2020, titled “The Online Academic Conference on the COVID-19 Pandemic vs. Distance Learning”. The conference contained four sessions, two in Chinese and two in English. Please watch our English sessions here; however, if you are interested in the Chinese sessions, we will be happy to provide the links. Thank you very much.

Conference program:
海報_英文_新修.pdf (4.0 MB)
Thai experience:

Korean experience:

National Open University

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Dear friends:

NOU is offering a Free Chinese course online for overseas Chinese. If interested, please follow the link. Thank you.

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Thank you for this presentation and the resources about the topic. These troublesome times have also brought opportunities to improve online teaching. But with no time to train teachers who haven’t addopted online technologies and practices in their classes, it becomes difficult to speed transition to elearning or distance learning.

I also believe some kind of mentorship could benefit teachers who lack digital skills, mentors and mentees could benefit from each other to improve their practices.

And thank you for the free chinese course, I’ll definetely check it out.

Thank you for the very comprehensive video on what the open university at Taiwan is doing to cope up with an unprecedented situation. In India we are facing a similar problem. We have upgraded our online teaching skills to a great extent, but we have not yet been able to develop a fool proof examination system.

We have not heard very much from India. It will be really great to have more information or maybe we can both work on the examination system and then discuss our ideas later.

Thank you for your valuable advice. We cannot agree more. Mentors are a great asset and we have luckily used several ways to keep in contact with students so they know what to do and who to ask if they have questions.

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