Chapter 2. Research Design and Methodology 
This chapter describes how the data in the CISAER catalogue and the CISAER interviews 
were collected. Further, the instruments used for data collection are discussed along with the 
limitations of the research. 
Data Collection 
The catalogue data were collected from March 98 to February 99 and the interviews were 
conducted in the spring of 1999. The project partners were given responsibilities of collecting 
information from the regions of the world according to the following list: 
   Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe, Torstein Rekkedal and Morten Flate Paulsen 
   North America and UK, Robin Mason 
   Asia, Australia, and Africa, Desmond Keegan 
   South America and Southern Europe, Ana Dias 
These efforts to collect data resulted in 130 catalogue entries. Later, some more entries were 
received and presented in a separate file. These additions to the CISAER catalogue have not 
been subjected to an analysis here, but they are available via 
http://www.nettskolen.com/alle/in_english/cisaer
. 
The partners were able to conduct 72 interviews via e mail, telephone, and face to face 
meetings. 
In the following sections, the methologies used in each of the regions are presented. 
Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe 
Torstein Rekkedal and Morten Flate Paulsen have procured information to the catalogue via e 
mail to institutions and distribution lists and via presentations at conferences. 
E mail requests were posted to the following institutions: 
   EDEN, The European Distance Education Network 
   SOFF, The Norwegian Executive Board for Distance Education at University and College 
Level 
   CTU, The Danish National Centre for Technology Supported Learning 
   KK Stiftelsen, The Swedish Foundation for Knowledge and Competence Development 
E mail requests were posted to the following distribution lists: 
   Andrea, A Network for Distance Education Reporting from European Activities 
   DEOS, The Distance Education Online Symposium 
   IFIP s Working Group on informatics and ICT in secondary education 
Requests for registration were also procured in presentations at the following international 
conferences: 
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