China Online Education Industry Report, 2014-2017

China Online Education Industry Report, 2014-2017

The Chinese online education market attracted the inrush of huge capital in 2013-2014, as Internet firms, offline education training institutions, investment companies and startups continued their expansion in online education. In 2014, China online education industry is characterized as follows:

1. Online education is still an investment hot spot.
In 2013, 51 investment events took place in China online education industry, 44 of which were venture investments. And the figure rose to 54 during Jan.-Aug, 2014, 10 of which (including acquisitions) occurred in Aug. 2014 alone, equaling total investment of over RMB 1 billion.

2. Education and teaching models are further improved.
Koolearn’s live classroom channel went online in Feb. 2014; introduced mobile live classroom “CCTalk” in Aug. 2014; Super Class introduces teaching elements like film & TV, recreation and sports and game & animation, and adopts teaching model of “Flipped Classroom”.

3. Technologies like multimedia-based information processing, big data, visualization, gamification, business intelligence, AR, 3D and situational interaction further integrates with education products and services.
As far as content of courses is concerned, students’ enthusiasm is stimulated by course gamification and situational interaction. Meanwhile, learning management system, through big data analytics with mass data gathered during teaching process, provides learners with interactional education and anytime, anywhere tailored learning experience, and keeps track of their progress.

At present, online education companies employing technologies like big data, visualization and business intelligence include Super Class,,, etc. In Jul. 2014,, an IT online education platform under Uniquedu, cooperated with IBM, applying IBM’s big data and analytic techniques to develop series courses on the platform.

4. Education institutions and IT companies endeavor to make layout in open education platform.
Open platforms can not only charge tenant fees from course providers, share revenue after the courses are sold, and make profit from value-added services, presenting a bright lucrative prospects. Various education institutions, IT companies and startups have introduced open online education platforms.

By virtue of their web traffic advantage, IT firms have launched open online education platforms in succession. For example, in Jul. 2013, Alibaba introduced its education channel --Taobao Tongxue; In Apr. 2014, Tencent and Netease’s Youdao released Tencent Classroom and Youdao Open Education Platform respectively; In Aug. 2014, Baidu purchased for USD 30 million. To attract the settlement of education institutions (teachers), these platforms now don’t charge tenant fees, nor share the gains from transactions.

5. Mobile devices capture attention of online education companies.

Compared with page learning, mobile products, integrating interest and gameplay, are easier to become popular among learners, be promoted and grab users.

In Jan. 2014, Baidu Knows introduced the APP named Zuoyebang (a platform for students to discuss schoolwork and exchange views on different topics), which was upgraded to 3.0 version in Sep. 2014; In May, 2014, Alibaba rolled out the APP Shisheng (a product for communication and interaction between parents and kindergartens, primary schools and junior/senior high school); In Jul. 2014, Tencent made layout in mobile product by establishing joint venture with New Oriental; Xingshuai Teach is developing a new APP, which is expected to be launched by the end of 2014.

6. New business models (O2O, MOOC, online interaction among teachers, students and parents) are mushrooming, but some profit models are unclear.

Currently, many education institutions are making layout in O2O, like New Oriental, which launched “New Oriental TV Classroom” though BesTV’s IPTV in May, 2014, and Hujiang, which opened online education experience store “HJ Class Experience Center” in Jun. 2014. With regard to MOOC model, Tsinghua University launched in Oct. 2013, and CnMooc under Shanghai Jiaotong University went live in Apr. 2014.

Among online education companies, Hujiang has a relatively mature business model and profit model. For the former, Hujiang has a fairly complete business model covering C2C+B2C+B2B2C, and for the latter, it earns profits from advertisement, E-commerce, online class and platform. By contrast, 17zuoye, an online platform for interaction and communications among teachers, students and parents, now provides all services for free, with working capital coming from financing and profit model being explored.

China Online Education Industry Report, 2014-2017 by ResearchInChina focuses on the following:

Overview of online education industry (covering definition, classification, industrial chain, educational media and tools, teaching/business/profit models);
Overview of education market (embracing relevant policies, education funds investment, education expenditure, number of schools and students, non-governmental education and market size of education training industry);
Online education market (including market status quo, global and China’s investment and financing, size of overall and market segments, development trends)
Status quo, business model, enterprise financing, size and development prospects of market segments like online higher education, K-12 online education, online language training, online vocational & skill training, enterprise E-learning;
Profile, revenue, business structure, online education business, business & profit models and business strategies of 20 online education companies (including China Distance Education, New Oriental, Tomorrow Advancing Life, Super Class, Hujiang, TBC, etc.)

1. Overview of Online Education Industry
1.1 Definition and Classification
1.1.1 Definition
1.1.2 Classification
1.2 Industrial Chain
1.3 Educational Media and Tools
1.3.1 Educational Media
1.3.2 Educational Tools
1.4 Teaching Model
1.4.1 Recorded
1.4.2 Live
1.4.3 Flipped Classroom
1.5 Platform
1.5.1 Overview of Teaching Platform
1.5.2 B2C
1.5.3 C2C
1.5.4 O2O
1.5.5 MOOC
1.5.6 Open Platform
1.5.7 Teacher-Student-Parent Online Interaction and Communications Platform
1.6 Profit Model

2. Overview of Education Industry
2.1 Relevant Policies
2.2 Education Fund Investment
2.3 Education Spending
2.4 Development of Schools and Students
2.5 Private Education
2.6 Market Size of Education and Training Industry

3. Online Education Market
3.1 Status Quo
3.2 Online Education Investment
3.2.1 Global
3.2.2 China
3.3 Market Size
3.3.1 Netizen
3.3.2 Overall Education Market
3.3.3 Market Segments
3.4 Development Trends

4. Online Higher Education
4.1 American Online Higher Education
4.1.1 For-profit Colleges
4.1.2 Business Model and Profit Model of MOOC
4.2 Chinese Higher Networking Academy
4.3 Public Service System for Distance Education
4.3.1 Overview
4.3.2 Main Tasks
4.3.3 Major Companies
4.4 Market Size
4.4.1 Number of Students
4.4.2 Market Size of Online Higher Education

5. K-12 Online Education
5.1 Preschool Online Education
5.1.1 Overview
5.1.2 Parenting Websites
5.1.3 Online Children English Training
5.2 Online Primary and Secondary Education
5.2.1 Market Status Quo
5.2.2 Business Model
5.3 Market Size
5.3.1 K-12 Education
5.3.2 K-12 Online Education
5.4 Development Prospects

6. Online Language Training and Vocational & Skill Training
6.1 Online Language Training
6.1.1 Market Status Quo
6.1.2 Market Size
6.2 Online Vocational & Skill Training
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Market Size
6.3 Development Prospects

7. Enterprise E-learning
7.1 Market Status Quo
7.1.1 Overview
7.1.2 Competitive Landscape
7.2 Enterprise E-Learning Model
7.2.1 Enterprise E-Learning Advantages
7.2.2 Service Model
7.2.3 Suppliers and Charges
7.3 Market Size
7.4 Development Prospects

8. Major Companies in Online Education Industry
8.1 China Distance Education Holdings Ltd.
8.1.1 Profile
8.1.2 Operation
8.1.3 Revenue Structure
8.1.4 Number of Students
8.1.5 Business Model
8.1.6 Profit Model
8.1.7 Open Platform
8.1.8 Business Strategy
8.2 ChinaEdu Corporation
8.2.1 Profile
8.2.2 Operation
8.2.3 Revenue Structure
8.2.4 Gross Margin
8.2.5 Outlets and Trainees
8.2.6 Business Structure
8.2.7 Business Model and Strategy
8.2.8 Latest News
8.3 New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc.
8.3.1 Profile
8.3.2 Operation
8.3.3 Revenue Structure
8.3.4 Learning Center and Students
8.3.5 Koolearn
8.3.6 Development Strategy for Online Education Business
8.4 TAL Education Group
8.4.1 Profile
8.4.2 Operation
8.4.3 Number of Students
8.4.4 Business Structure
8.4.6 Development Strategy
8.5 ATA
8.5.1 Profile
8.5.2 Operation
8.5.3 Revenue Structure
8.5.4 Operation Model and Strategy
8.5.5 Online Education Company Co-established with New Oriental
8.6 China Education Alliance Inc.
8.6.1 Profile
8.6.2 Operation
8.6.3 Revenue Structure
8.6.4 Gross Margin
8.7 China E-learning Group Ltd.
8.7.1 Profile
8.7.2 Operation
8.8 Shenzhen Kingsun Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
8.8.1 Profile
8.8.2 Operation
8.8.3 Revenue Structure
8.8.4 Gross Margin
8.8.5 Top 5 Clients
8.8.6 Business Strategy
8.9 YY Inc.
8.9.1 Profile
8.9.2 Operation
8.9.3 Revenue Structure
8.9.4 Number of Users
8.9.5 YY Education
8.9.6 100 Education
8.10 Xingshuai Teach
8.10.1 Profile
8.10.2 Courses
8.10.3 Teaching Model
8.10.4 Marketing Model
8.10.5 Students
8.10.6 Financing and Revenue
8.11 Baidu Chuanke
8.11.1 Profile
8.11.2 Financing
8.11.3 Main Products and Services
8.11.4 Business Model
8.11.5 Profit Model
8.12 Taobao Tongxue
8.12.1 Profile
8.12.2 Business Model
8.12.3 Sales
8.13 Tencent Classroom
8.13.1 Profile
8.13.2 Business Model
8.13.3 Competitive Advantage
8.14 Super Class
8.14.1 Profile
8.14.2 Teaching Model
8.14.3 Course Exercise System
8.14.4 Learning Statistical System
8.14.5 Financing and Revenue
8.15 Hujiang
8.15.1 Profile
8.15.2 Financing
8.15.3 Business Model
8.15.4 Profit Model
8.15.5 Revenue
8.15.6 OCS3.0 Online Teaching System
8.15.7 Making Layout in O2O; Setting up Online Education Experience Store
8.16 17zuoye
8.16.1 Profile
8.16.2 Financing
8.16.3 Business Model
8.16.4 Profit Model
8.17.1 Profile
8.17.2 Business Model
8.18 Hiknow English
8.18.1 Profile
8.18.2 Teaching Model
8.18.3 Course
8.18.4 Prices
8.19 Open Edutainment
8.19.1 Profile
8.19.2 Cooperation Model with Colleges
8.19.3 Model of Serving Students
8.19.4 Partner Colleges
8.19.5 Layout in Non-academic Education
8.20 Times Bright China
8.20.1 Profile
8.20.2 Business Structure
8.20.3 Enterprise E-learning Business
8.20.4 Products and Prices
8.20.5 Major E-learning Clients

Companies Mentioned

China Distance Education Holdings Ltd.
ChinaEdu Corporation
New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc.
TAL Education Group
China Education Alliance Inc.
China E-learning Group Ltd.
Shenzhen Kingsun Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
YY Inc.
Xingshuai Teach
Baidu Chuanke
Taobao Tongxue
Tencent Classroom
Super Class
Hiknow English
Open Edutainment
Times Bright China