China’s AI champion SenseTime latest to offer online learning after students told to stay home amid coronavirus outbreak

China’s AI champion SenseTime latest to offer online learning after students told to stay home amid coronavirus outbreak

  • It is the first time that SenseTime has made available a countrywide education program for free
  • Previous forecast of annual growth of between 16 to 24 per cent in online education sector over next three to five years may be revised upwards

Chinese students confined to their homes amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak now have the opportunity to learn about artificial intelligence after the country’s AI champion SenseTime offered its self-developed educational tools online.

The online AI learning program, offering a full range of open classes, experimental tool kits for programming, and distance learning training for teachers, will be available free of charge, the company announced on Monday.

The move comes in response to the Education Ministry’s call to help 180 million students across the country “keep learning even with classes suspended” after schools postponed the upcoming spring semester until further notice. Chinese authorities have encouraged people to stay at home to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus through human-to-human contact.

Students can access AI and programming knowledge and conduct interactive experiments through python-based coding tasks, while the platform also provides teachers with programming tools and training in how to conduct distance teaching and tutoring, according to a SenseTime statement.