from American universities. LEB reports to have 2 courses. The focus is on science, ethics, 
and economy. The target groups are students and teachers. 
Nordisk Netthogskole [3] (
) is a collaborative project between 
Scandinavian providers of web based courses. The project partners are Nettskolen 
) in Norway, Goteborg University (
) in 
Sweden, and The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark (
Some general statements in the interviews and catalogue indicated international initiatives: 
   TDC, Tecnologias de Comunicacao <74>, is a private company owned by the Portugal 
Telecom Group. The distance training offer of TDC varies depending on target group 
needs and facilities. TDC works closely with the PALOPS (Portuguese Speaking 
Countries), namely in Africa with Mozambique, Guine Bissau, S.Tome and Principe, 
Cabo Verde, and Angola. 
   CAFE MONDIAL [38] is a European Consortium of universities, colleges, and private 
institutions providing professional training via the web. The consortium emerged from an 
EU telematics Applications Project. 
   The University of Twente [56] has a Masters of Science in Education Training and 
Systems Design for international (non Dutch) students that makes heavy use of the web, 
including for distance participation. 
The globalization of online education is a much discussed issue, but only a few of the 
interviews included comments on globalization in the conclusions and future plans: 
   Digito Formacao <73> in Portugal. The web is an excellent tool for globalization. 
   Universidade Virtual <19> in Brazil. Globalization is happening. In the future, there will 
be a better promotion of networks in the sense of distance education networks that share 
know how and the international contacts will become channels for exchanging 
   TRAINET <51> in Italy. Globalization   the use of internet and information society tools 
is not a global thing. In fact, in the US and Europe, the use is current but the same cannot 
be said for Africa. The use will grow, but again not in a homogeneous way. 
   UNED <80> in Spain. The future will bring facilities in several aspects, namely in the 
diffusion of materials, in the access of updated information (we will be able to know what 
the others are doing at a global scale). 
   The Open University of Hong Kong <28>. In Hong Kong we use the web for commerce. 
For education students still want print and not a computer monitor. Submission of 
assignments via the web is of growing importance. The web is very important for 
geographic extension of our courses to China. It is very convenient to deliver the materials 
via the web rather than shipping them. 
Some statements with regard to tutoring also indicated some global perspectives: 
   <27> Tutors are supplied from the course team, but adjunct faculty around the world are 
also used. Twenty students are assigned to each tutor. 
   <102> Tutors make overseas teaching visits and there is a residential weekend for the 
M.Sc. course. 



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