Administering Online Programs in India and China

Topics: Online Education, Academic Affairs, Globalization

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Research Questions

  • Do domestic institutions have to partner with institutions abroad to offer online programs?
  • How does technical infrastructure in international markets (e.g., bandwidth, software, internet access, connection speed) impact the introduction of online programs?
  • How do providers handle synchronous sessions?
  • How do other institutions market their online programs to international audiences?


American administrators considering introducing online programs in China and India must contend with prohibitive regulatory frameworks, unfamiliar terrains for recruitment, and the logistical complexities of negotiating partnerships internationally. This report discusses common partnership models, strategies for overcoming meager technological infrastructure in developing areas, and promising techniques for providing synchronous instructional support regardless of time zones; a review of the legal context for foreign online education in China and India is also included.

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