This case study is a transcript of an interview with this author written by Torstein Rekkedal.
Nettskolen is the brand name for courses on the Internet offered by the NKI Department of
Distance Education. NKI is a private educational organization comprising:
The NKI Department of Distance Education has about 12,000 students and 250 distance
education programs and courses
The Polytechnic College offers full time and part time undergraduate programs in
Information Technology at four campus in Norway
N ringsAkademiet offers short courses and one year programs with emphasis on
Information technology at about 20 local study centers throughout Norway.
A standard structure for web courses is developed. WWW is used for distribution of static
material that should be printed by students and for presentation of interactive course material.
E mail addresses to teachers and students are presented as links on web based class rosters.
WWW is used to present archives of class conferences. A web based student administration
system is developed to handle student registration, password management, inclusion in class
rosters and class conferences etc. Simple use of multiple choice assignments, animation, and
video is also included on the web.
NKI Nettskolen offers nearly 60 web based courses within the following programs:
Information technology (15 courses)
Information technology for teachers (6 courses)
Business administration (12 courses)
Psychology (8 courses)
Philosophy (4 courses)
High school courses (7 courses)
Miscellaneous (5 courses).
NKI Nettskolen is powered by Netscape s servers. In addition we apply Listserv distribution
lists and Mhonarc a program that reads listserv archives and displays them on the web. We
have further developed a student registration system named SESAM. At the moment, we are
developing services based on the Oracle database management system and a RealMedia server
is recently installed for audio and video applications.
The use of media does not vary much between courses. Study guides, links, communication
services etc. are provided via the web. Typically the courses include standard textbooks that
are distributed via land mail. Some courses require use of commercial software packages that
students must purchase or free software that they could download via the web. The courses do
not usually include any face to face sessions.
NKI Nettskolen adhere to a model in which elements of tutoring are build into the web based
study guide. This means that detailed explanation, many examples, self tests, model answers
etc. are included in the study guides. In addition, communication with a personal tutor and
access to peer students are important elements of student tutoring.
One online techniques are not yet an important feature of our courses. They are mainly used
by including links to external web resources, by providing links to search engines, and by