The courses can be divided by type and level. According to the type of university, there are undergraduate courses, vocational courses, online courses, etc. Depending on the quality of the course, it can be chosen as a university-level course, a provincial-level course, or a national-level course; these are evaluated and selected by the university, the provincial educational bureau and the Ministry of Education respectively.

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TLCP could both be described as a top-down and a bottoms-up project. The three level-structure of campus-, provincial and national levels resulting in a pyramid-shaped distribution, where courses are voluntarily promoted level for level by individual universities and professors, can be described as a bottom-to-top approach. However, the Ministry of Education is responsible for the planning of the project, formulating policy, funding, organizing peer-review, and monitoring quality, just as it has the general responsibility for guiding the development of higher education in China. From this perspective, the project can be said to be mainly top-to-bottom(Wang Long,2008a).


TLCP split into three categories, undergrad, vocational and online courses.