in using the web to deliver its courses and has 7 courses with an enrolment of 630. 
The web is used for presentation, communication and administration, but not all courses use 
all of these at the same time. Only some elements are on the web; it is not necessary to have 
all on the web. Hong Kong is a small city and it is not necessary to have all the material on the 
web. They use e mail, bulletin boards and conferencing packages for communication. They 
use a client/server architecture using modems but not ISPs. They have some interactive 
components with a little synchronous activity. They use some sound and video, but not a lot. 
HKOU is a center of excellence for distance learning research and for distance learning course 
development. They have some Java and use Lotus Notes for our system. 
For the administration they have used Lotus Notes Net Learning Space and they do their own 
programming. They find that Lotus Notes cannot be modified and are now looking at WebCT. 
They make their own html pages. 
With regard to tutoring, the basis structure is lecturers doing the tutoring but they have some 
responses that are machine checked and the results electronically communicated to the 
students. HKOU does not have peer assessment. They have TMAs and CMAs marked by the 
computer and face to face examinations supervised in the examination hall. 
The courses are one subject courses in a degree program. They count for the award of the 
degree. The price is the same as other face to face universities. There is no extra fee for the 
internet. There are 120 credits in a degree and 10 credits cost $HK 9.000. For the courses on 
the internet they give the students the Open University distance learning materials as well. 
Enrollment is characterized by fixed start and fixed finish. One subject is a prerequisite of the 
next. 
In Hong Kong, the web is used 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 the courses to China. It is very convenient to 
deliver the materials via the web rather than shipping them. 
Distance Education Institutions 
The distance education institutions are in many ways similar to the open and distance teaching 
universities. However, they do not have status as universities. Many of these institutions are 
originally correspondence schools that gradually have introduced other technologies as they 
became applicable to their distance education courses. Among the distance education 
institutions were the Center of Distance Learning [31], NKI [58], and the NKS Distance 
Education [65]. 
The Center of Distance Learning [31] in Denmark claims to have 5000 students in 41 courses 
within Information technology, Administration, Economics, Environmental studies, Law, and 
HRM. Center for FjernUndervisning (Center of Distance Learning) was established in 1997. It 
is a faculty within Randers Business College and is situated in the mid eastern part of Jutland, 
Denmark. The faculty is managed by a group of 30 people that only operate within Distance 
Learning. They are currently among the largest providers of distance learning in Denmark. 
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