Published Aug 28, 2022

Xiangeng Zhan

Longjun Zhou  


The prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused sporadic suspensions of offline instruction in schools across China. The “School is Out, But Class is On” initiative, started by the Education Ministry of China, is an efficient substitute for regular classroom instruction in this situation. The widespread use of online learning has increased teachers’ digital literacy and experimented with student autonomy, but it has also highlighted a number of issues, including inadequate online learning environments, an uneven distribution of digital teaching resources, and students’ inability to adjust to self-directed learning. With the aim of offering guidelines for effective deployment of online teaching in China as a crisis response plan and offering insight into the further integration of traditional classroom instruction and digital education, we attempt to systematically examine the outcomes of its implementation as well as the challenges it faces in practice. This is done on the basis of a review of existing studies on this online teaching program.



The “School is Out, But Class is On” Program, Online Teaching, COVID-19 Pandemic, Online Home Study

Supporting Agencies

Research on Strategies for Online Teaching of Primary and Secondary Schools in Jiangsu Province in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic (Project #: 2020SJZDA110), a major research project in philosophy and social sciences in universities of Jiangsu Province.

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How to Cite
Zhan, X., & Zhou, L. (2022). Implications of the “School is Out, But Class is On” Program for the Future of Online Education. Science Insights, 41(3), 631–637. https://doi.org/10.15354/si.22.re077