Open and Free Courses
Institutions have different economic strategies with regard to web courses, and both the
catalogue entries and the interviews indicate that many institutions offer courses for free or at
an open web site. Among the institutions that offer free courses are:
The Virtual University Supported by the Einstein College from Sao Paulo 
) was founded with the intention of providing free distance
education courses to an open market.
Management Training and Executive Development  (http://www.mce.be/wbt.htm) in
Belgium offers 5 free management courses at an open web site. Currently these free
courses act as a taster for what the company can offer. In addition, they provide a means
of bringing employees up to speed before classroom training, which MCE also offer.
TecMinho Associacao Universidade Empresa para o Desenvolvimento 
) in Portugal has 50 students in the course: Electronic
Information Services. The course is offered free of charge via the web. It is an independent
learning course based on an Internet site. All course content is on the web. The tutoring is
mainly computer based, but it is possible to have human tutoring if required.
Universidade Aberta  (
) in Portugal has 12 students
in the course: Heath and Safety at the Work Place. The course is offered free of charge via
the web. The content is web based, the communication is based on private e mail, and the
tutoring is available via thematic conferences.
MBA International Institute  (
) has 300 students in a business
administration course. The free web based course is open to all persons interested in
Business Administration. It is intended to be useful for future managers and also providing
update information to acting managers. This is supported by the in depth interview that
reveals that the courses are absolutely free there is no need even to register <122>.
Among the institutions that offer courses on an open web site are Pontificia Universidade
Catolica do Rio de Janeiro  in Brazil, Community Learning Network  in Canada, and
the Government of Cyprus . Other examples are:
The in depth interview about the California Distance Learning Project  explains that
all the materials are free and open. There is no need to register <113>.
The Pacific University/Optometry Today  (
offers 12 courses in ophthalmology at an open web site. All the courses are lectures on the
web by guest lecturers which participants can take at their leisure. The lectures can either
be viewed on the web or downloaded and printed. Participants do not necessarily have to
register to study the courses, however, to receive course credit participants do need to
register. Participants can e mail questions to and receive feedback from the guest lecturer.
However, the in depth interviews explains that the cost of each course is $50 for 3 credits
Some institutions offer courses free of charge as they are treated as pilot projects. These
include the Australian National Training Authority <11> and Pinelands High School <78> in