The web is used for presentation, communication, administration, and teaching with uses 
increasing all the time. Level 1 involves administrative information about the course, some 
course content , links to other resources and e mail contact to staff for more information. At 
Level 2 there is compulsory use of the web by all students, with a wider variety of content, 
learning resources and interaction, including virtual tutorials and discussion forums (either 
synchronous or asynchronous). At Level 3 the course is essentially managed via the web, with 
substantial content, resources and interaction on the web. 
The media emphasis is on www plus paper or all on the web. The ideal is the optimum use of 
the various media available and this generally means paper plus the web. 
The web is used for content, interactivity, sound, and video. There is some Java. There is a 
heavy emphasis on audio. They are converting our whole library of audiocassettes from the 
distance learning courses to the web. Real Audio is being use as an interim system but we are 
developing our own audio system for the web and will not be buying anything off the shelf. 
The web is used for one online, one to one, one to many, and many to many communication. 
We are using WebCT and this meets most of our interim needs. Macquarie has a very big 
computerized administration system but this needs upgrading and because there is no easy 
solution, we are maintaining our own wbt administrative system and this will eventually be 
integrated into the new university computerized administration system. 
The web is used for human tutoring, machine tutoring, and group tutoring in accordance with 
the course requirements. They do not support peer assessment. TMAs and CMAs and 
examinations are all used extensively. 
The university s degrees are offered over the www with some post graduate diplomas. 
Undergraduates pay the same Federal Government fees as on campus students. Postgraduate 
students courses are fee paying in accordance with Australian university structures and the 
market. 
Enrolment is characterized by fixed start and fixed finish. 
The web is an area of very rapid growth. At the moment we are carrying out a university wide 
inventory to find out the full scale of what is being offered. This is a mature and stable 
provision of university degrees via the www with considerable experimentation. We are 
breaking down any distinction between on campus students and distance education. 
Irrespective of student location, the student can get the same course with the same level of 
support for the same degree, and can study on the web whether on campus or not. 
Categories of Institutions that Offer Online Courses 
The intention with this section of the report is to study if the various categories of institutions 
have different approaches to web based education. 
Table 9 shows that none of the institutions were classified as virtual or online universities. 
Further, 78 (60.0%) of the 130 institutions belong to the university and college sector. There 
are 13 institutions (10.0%) that belong to the traditional open university and distance 
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