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  (
) is a collaborative project between
Scandinavian providers of web based courses. The project partners are Nettskolen
) in Norway, Goteborg University (
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  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  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