Online, Nova Southeastern University, Indiana University, and University of Illinois. In
addition the report includes three Canadian institutions that just had entered the field of online
learning: the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Athabasca University, and the
Technical University of British Columbia. Finally, the report mentions the following
institutions to watch: The University of Industry in England, New York University,
Pennsylvania State University s World Campus, Jones International University, Royal Roads
University, Northumberland Institute, and the University of Waterloo MoT Program.
In a conclusion presented in the CISAER interim report, Robin Mason wrote:
The North American listing is intentionally partial and attempts to provide a
range: small one off courses by niche organisations, web courses provided
by distance and continuing education divisions of large universities, courses
which are fully web based and courses which are only partially web based.
Most provide (human) tutoring, but a few do not; most have fixed entry and
exit, but some do not. The aim of the North American selection has been to
show diversity and range of applications of web use.
The extensive listings provided by the TeleCampus Online Courses database
indicate much more web activity in North America. However, the listing is
restricted to courses which are wholly delivered on the web, but
significantly, also includes courses offered as part of campus programmes.
This database indicates a 76% origin of web courses in the US; 19% from
Canada; 3 % from Australia and 2% other. Obviously the method of
gathering information accounts for the low representation of European
courses, but another element may be that European uses of the web are not
in the wholly online category and hence would not qualify for entry in this
As a result of a visit to North America and attendance at a number of web
related conferences, we are aware of a significant increase in web based
teaching activity even by comparison with a year ago. A very recent
publication, Distance Training (Schreiber and Berge, 1998) also catalogues
a range of North American companies, business and government
organisations which are rapidly moving face to face training to web based
delivery. We visited one such company US West and was shown a very
impressive and extensive web based training programme. We also visited a
number of universities and colleges which were embarking on substantial
programmes of web based delivery of courses. Teams had been assembled
to carry out the work, including technology specialists, subject specialists,
evaluators and a director to oversee and coordinate the work. In short, web
based teaching has moved beyond the trials stage and into strategic roll out.
Some examples of Canadian institutions are included in the following:
Mount Royal College  (
) in Canada
offers a course about nursing. ACCN 1300 Physiology is the first complete online course in a
series of courses offered by the Advanced Studies in Critical Care Nursing (ACCN) Program.
The course has been developed for use with Netscape 3.0 and makes use of ToolVox plug in