List of Tables 
Table 1. Distribution of interviews requested and answers received ....................................... 15 
Table 2. Distribution of institutions per country ...................................................................... 22 
Table 3. Distribution of institutions per continent.................................................................... 23 
Table 4. Comparison of the Boshier and the CISAER distributions per region....................... 23 
Table 5. Distribution of institutions per number of courses ..................................................... 51 
Table 6. Distribution of institutions per number of students.................................................... 53 
Table 7. Distribution of institutions per subject area................................................................ 56 
Table 8. Examples that show the broad range of courses offered online ................................. 57 
Table 9. Distribution of institutions per category..................................................................... 61 
Table 10. Assessment matrix.................................................................................................. 108 
List of Case Studies 
Case Study 1: Africa. The African Virtual University.............................................................. 24 
Case Study 2: Asia. The Indira Gandhi National Open University .......................................... 27 
Case Study 3: Australia. Edith Cowan University.................................................................... 29 
Case Study 4: Europe. The Open University of the Netherlands.............................................. 33 
Case Study 5: North America. Central Michigan University ................................................... 39 
Case Study 6: South America. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.................................. 41 
Case Study 7: Globalization. University of British Columbia.................................................. 46 
Case Study 8: Globalization. The Virtual University of Monterrey......................................... 48 
Case Study 9: Institution with many courses. The New York Institute of Technology............ 52 
Case Study 10: Institution with many students. The University of South Australia ................ 54 
Case Study 11: Institution with a broad range of subjects. The Macquarie University............ 59 
Case Study 12: University. The University of Exeter............................................................... 63 
Case Study 13. University Departments or Centers. Birkbeck College.................................... 65 
Case Study 14: College. Bellevue Community College ........................................................... 67 
Case Study 15: Open university. The Open University of Hong Kong .................................... 69 
Case Study 16: Distance education institution. NKI Department of Distance Education ........ 71 
Case Study 17: Consortium. NITOL ........................................................................................ 74 
Case Study 18: Company. The MBA International Institute .................................................... 77 
Case Study 19: Secondary education. The Swedish National Institute of Distance Education 79 
Case Study 20: Organization. The Pacific University College of Optometry .......................... 82 
Case Study 21: Institution with substantial expansion. NKS Distance Education ................. 116 
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