【GuangMing Daily】Hubei University of Economics: "Web Celebrity Constitution" of an ideological and political course

                     Reporter Xia Jing, Correspondent Yin Qingshan and Xie Tingting

I got it at last!” In Hubei University of Economics, the students who seckill the Contemporary China are always excited when they start to choose courses at the beginning of the new semester. This is regarded as a compulsory elective course. It has been popular on the campus for 5 consecutive semesters, setting a record that 150 class places were snapped up in 16 seconds. The class attendance rate is 100%, and 90% of students take the initiative to participate in classroom interaction.

The Web Celebrity Constitution of Contemporary China in Hubei University of Economics was hidden behind the data. As an elective course of ideological and political thought, Contemporary China has solved the difficulties of raising the heads of students in the traditional ideological and political thought class, interacting with each other and getting thought into the heart, and becoming what students call new, interesting and free class experience.

Contemporary China uses the new network information technology in modern time, with popular Internet + Ideological and Political Course in-depth integration and innovation teaching mode in campus, is the first curriculum which explored and developed the Curriculum IdeologY and Politics in universities of Hubei province. This course focuses on the achievements and changes of the country in the new era, which educates and guides students to understand the development situation of contemporary China, helping students to understand the country, recognizing the times, clarifying their responsibilities and missions, and giveing full play to the ideological and political theory course's leading role in college students' thinking.


  Mobile phone teaching AIDS, let the students' heads up


Please pick up your mobile phones and enter the micro teaching assistant platform. When it comes to the diplomatic thoughts of general secretary Xi Jinping, what words will you think of? Dai Baoping gave questions to his students. In just two minutes, students participated in answering questions through the micro teaching assistant, and the “answer word cloud” was formed on the projection wall. Community of Shared future for mankind is the most frequently mentioned word, and the theme of this lecture comes along with it.

As an independent experimental field of ideological and political course teaching reform, the Contemporary China constructs a new teaching mode and introduces Internet + into the teaching process. Modern online teaching media can transcend the limitation of time and space. The persuasiveness and appeal of ideological and political courses are enhanced greatly with the combination of sound and painting. Micro learning platforms, including Micro teaching assistant, Micro screen, WeChat group, Micro push and WeChat public account, are the wonderful way for Contemporary China to become a Web Celebrity course.

Contemporary China will set up WeChat group for each course, and the course director is responsible for the management, so as to facilitate the interaction between teachers and students, and expanding learning. Each seminar will push course information in the form of Micro Page (H5), so that students can get familiar with the topic lecturer and the content in advance.

In the past, students were required to put their mobile phones on the platform, the mobile here and the students here, which made students bored. In the class of Contemporary China, the mobile phone becomes a learning assistant.

Taking the mobile Internet as the platform, the course is embedded micro-teaching assistant and micro-screen small program into the teaching. Each topic has more than 3 course discussion questions. Students can answer the questions by mobile phone in class and freely publish the ideas on the screen after class. Let the students from the classroom bury oneself in playing mobile phone into using mobile phone to learn the course, eliminating the estrangement between teachers and students, saying goodbye to cramming teaching. In order to further enable students to thoroughly look up and listen to the lecture, the traditional classroom mode was changed in the course. In the presentation of the cultural confidence topic, the teacher invited students to perform Peking Opera and Huangmei Opera on stage, and presents the Chinese and English verses in contrast, so as to impress students' eyes, brain, hands, ears and mind.

Lin Shu ting, from class Fiance Q1741, said, the teacher shared an English passage and compared the classical Chinese with modern Chinese in order to let us deeply feel the beauty of Chinese in the comparison between Chinese and western cultures.


  Teaching students according to their aptitude and getting their mouths moving

Single teaching method, boring and boring courses with no originality, scripted, not convincing, more principles, divorced from life and other evaluation, are the criticism for the ideological and political classroom in the past by many students.

In the early days of Contemporary China, Zhou Siyu, class Q1541, School of Business Administration, had doubts: is the topic so big and empty? A semester later, she praised, we do have a tendency to focus too much on ourselves. On the Internet you can talk about foreign politics and economy, but you don't even know your own country. The name of Contemporary China shows how open-minded it is. Based on the present, that is what we should receive the most information from this course. To overcome the problem of Big and Empty in the eyes of students, showing the great mind and foresight of Contemporary China, the course studio tried its best to find out a new classroom teaching mode of discourse balance, knowledgeable  teacher team and diverse teaching cases.

Teaching students in accordance with their aptitude and keeping pace with the times also means self-reliance and independent innovation. Contemporary China puts forward higher requirements on teachers' self-learning ability, ideological and political cognition level and even psychological endurance ability when it brings imaginary classroom to students. Entering the class of Contemporary China, teachers should learn to accept students' questions and suggestions, and even being criticized by name. The common phenomenon of ideological and political courses in colleges and universities, such as teachers fighting alone and students indifferent, has been completely changed in the class of Contemporary China.

In each lecture of Contemporary China, students are provided with a Take-home Note, which they hand it in immediately after class. Students can evaluate freely on the notes, and the teacher will review them after recycling. The content and method of teaching can be adjusted timely according to the suggestions of students. Let the students never tire of listening to lectures while playing the screen. The bullet screen trajectory is kept at the top of the PPT of the courseware to display the Ridicule or Praise sent by students in real time. In case of Ridicule, the teacher must timely adjust the teaching content, direction and rhythm according to the ridicule content. After class, the teacher also need to sort out the anonymous banter in class, do a good job of reviewing and reflection, and wait for the next improvement.

At the end of each lecture, teachers always reserve time for students to ask questions freely. Through the combination of the micro-teaching assistant platform and selecting students to raise their hands to ask questions independently, continuing to supplement the course content with questions. Students believe that the teaching form is novel, we are free to express our opinions, loving such a classroom.


Pursue the truth, let the student's confidence rise


During the NPC and CPPCC sessions this year, the Minister of Education Chen Baosheng pointed out that to set up a correct concept of ideological and political education, ideological and political courses and professional courses should not be separated from the social reality, and ideological and political courses should not be separated from the specific growth environment of students. Contemporary China is the best interpretation of this concept. Leveraging small classes to leverage big thoughts and politics is the original intention of the school to create courses.

Wen Xingsheng, party secretary of Hubei University of Economics, lectured the first lesson of Contemporary China every semester: the historical orientation of Contemporary China. Ideological and political courses should be constantly updated, summarized and improved in a timely manner to provide replicable, referential and popularizing practices and experience, he said.

At the beginning of multi-teacher co-teaching, some non-ideological and political teachers were not clear about what Contemporary China was about and the content was difficult to be connected. The course studio improves the course design, increaseing the depth of the course host, paying attention to the introduction of the opening topic, strengthening the consciousness of collective lesson preparation, and organizing teachers to conduct teaching rehearsal before class for each topic content to ensure the integrity of multi-teacher teaching.

Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei Provincial Party School of Party Committee and teachers of Hubei University of Economy organized across-school of interdisciplinary teaching team, from the perspective of their respective to interpret many problems on important theoretical and practical issues that are faced by contemporary China, inspiring the students could understand and ponder over a problem from multiple perspectives, reaching the effect of 1 + 1 > 2.

The persuasive teaching of Hubei University of Economics enables students to have a deeper understanding of national conditions of contemporary China's, enhancing the Four Self-confidence. As student Tian Hui said after class,  I see how China rises from video and pictures. As young people in a new era, we must strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.