NetEase, one of the biggest Internet companies in China, launched an online course platform today. On it live classes, educational apps, e-materials, and other tools will be available.
Not only will NetEase upload educational content, it will also introduce third-party educational organizations onto the platform. For the traditional educational organizations who don’t know how to establish online presence, NetEase will offer tech support.
NetEase but was one of the first in China to put effort in online education. The company’s online portal began offering online courses licensed from western universities in 2010. In 2012 Cloud Class, a e-learning service for students, was launched — But this project seems to haven’t got traction.
Youdao, a brand under the company and who developed the platform, developed some of the most popular educational software in China, including Youdao Dictionary and Youdao Translation. Youdao has had 400 million users with 60 million monthly active.