countries than other countries. Similarly, it is likely that there is an overrepresentation of 
institution from countries that have English as an official language since the primary research 
language was English. Still, it would be quite easy to include many more entries from North 
America, since the listing from this area is intentionally partial. Among the 130 catalogue 
entries, 59 (45.4%) were from the English language countries: USA, UK, Australia, Canada, 
and Ireland. 
Table 3. Distribution of institutions per continent 
Continent Catalogue 
entries 
Interviews 
North America 
28
21,5 % 
9
12,5 % 
Europe 79
60,8 % 
47
65,3 % 
Asia 4
3,1 % 
2
2,8 % 
Latin America 
4
3,1 % 
3
4,2 % 
Africa 1
0,8 % 
1
1,4 % 
Australia and New Zealand 
10
7,7 % 
9
12,5 % 
Transnational 4
3,1 % 
1
1,4 % 
Sum 
130
100.1 % 
72
100.1 % 
Table 3 indicates that institutions in Europe (60.8%), North America (21.5%), and Australia 
with New Zealand (7.7%) overwhelmingly outnumbers institutions in South America (3.1%), 
Asia (3.1%), and Africa (0.8%). Even though the researchers have a better knowledge of 
Europe, North America, and Australia than they have of the rest of the world, the survey 
testifies that these continents overwhelmingly dominate web based education. 
Boshier et al. (1997) made a survey of educational web sites found via international search 
engines in 1997. They found 127 sites with a distribution as shown in Table 4. 
Table 4. Comparison of the Boshier and the CISAER distributions per region 
Region Percent
Percent 
Boshier
CISAR 
N=127
N=130 
USA 64.5
15.4 
Canada 10.2
6.2 
Australia/New Zealand 
9.4
7.7 
UK 11.0
13.1 
Other European Countries 
1.6
47.7 
Asia 2.4
3.1 
Latin America 
0.8
3.1 
Africa 0
0.8 
Transnational 0
3.1 
Sum 99.9
100.2 
The CISAER analysis and the Boshier analysis seem to agree that countries with English as an 
official language seem to dominated web based education. This obviously worried Boshier 
and his Canadian colleagues who discussed the U.S. dominance in the article World Wide 
America? (Wilson et al., 1998). However, the CISAER analysis has shown that there is much 
more activities in the other European countries than Boshier found in his survey. 
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