<78> The web is used for all the above except for administration. This is logical given the 
position of the web training courses in the high school. At this early stage in the project 
the emphasis has been encouraging these young students to use e mail for exercises and 
communications. The materials are presented on the web but this environment must not be 
too sophisticated as students are of high school age. In this context much attention is given 
to encouraging a more or less linear progression through materials. This is done by 
minimizing links and frequent updating of materials. An initial function of the web based 
materials was to teach the students how to use their PCs and prepare them for web training 
by this means. 
   <59> The students get a number of  lectures  on the web. These lectures are in text form 
with pictures (and graphics), no audio or video. Most of the subject matter is, for reasons 
of competition, hidden behind a password. There is also competition between state 
colleges, and it is experienced that it is too easy to copy if the learning material is open for 
everyone to see. I addition there is a  questions and answers  mailbox, open forum, many 
to many communication. Also assignment answers by students are sent to the open forum. 
Also IRC is used to some extent. Some subjects have  chat  facilities at a certain time 
every week. The web is not used for study administration. The system for student 
administration is on an older software platform. 
   <62> SEU offers courses mainly to teachers in the ordinary school system, but this is 
changing. Presently there are mainly 2 courses making extensive use of the web .The 
course in sciences makes the most use of the web, where information, assignments, 
submissions and guidance, and also discussion groups are organized on the web. I. e. the 
web is used for presentation, communication and teaching, but not for administration 
(except that the administrative functions are using e mail). At present no web based 
administrative system is applied. There are plans also to organize administrative functions 
on the web as a development project during the next year. 
Collaboration or Outsourcing 
Outsourcing is an option that does not seem to be much used by the analyzed institutions. 
Only one instance was identified: 
   Online Learning.net <125> is the umbrella provider of online courses for the University of 
California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The decision was taken to `outsource' the hosting of 
these courses. The product chosen is Embanet, produced and run by a small Toronto based 
firm using FirstClass conferencing at the back end. 
However, there are several examples of institutions that offer such services. Among them are 
eCollege.com (http://www.ecollege.com). 
In house Development 
Many of the institutions have developed in house administrative solutions in combinations 
with standard Internet software: 
   <5> The courses use a combination of www plus paper plus face to face. The web 
provision ranges from simple text delivery with teacher student communication, to 
complete delivery of interaction on the web. The university is using a corporate approach 
of developing its own system by using its very highly skilled technical staff. We will not 
be buying a proprietary kernel because it is too expensive when student numbers get high 
and because we would not pay a company for the use of the university s own intellectual 



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