The Internet has made it easier for educational institutions to collaborate and to form
consortia. In addition, a number of national and international grants have initiated
collaborative projects between institutions. However, many of these projects will probably
cease to exist when the external funding stops. Massey and Curry s (1999) analysis of key
institutional providers of online post secondary education provides interesting case studies of
the Western Governors University and California Virtual University (CVU). CVU has now
ceased operation since the partners refused to provide the operating costs.
Among the consortia in the CISAER catalogue were Nordisk Netthogskole , The African
Virtual University , a DIFF project , For. Com Consorzio Interuniversitario
, CAFE MONDIAL , NITOL Norway net with IT for Open Learning , and the
University of Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian University .
CAFE MONDIAL  (
) reports to have 900 students and 20
courses in: Information Technology, Multimedia, Web Design, Health Care, Animal Health,
Languages, Arts, and Music. CAFE MONDIAL is a European Consortium of universities,
colleges, and private institutions providing professional training via web and Intranet systems.
The consortium emerged from the EU telematics Applications Project CAFE MONDIAL
UR1003. The students register via the web, and then receive a resource package containing
literature, CD ROM, CDs, and/or other media. They are then moderated by experts/tutors who
stimulate the interaction, involve them in project activities, and provide additional support
materials. One of the global objectives of each course is that moderators/experts help students
and trainers to learn and work creatively, critically, and efficiently using web, Intranet
systems, and other IT tools.
Case Study 17: Consortium. NITOL