One of Europe’s largest providers of online distance education
More than 110 000 enrolments in online courses since 1987
Broad range of subjects from secondary to master level
About 410 distance education courses online (all in Norwegian)
About 10 000 online students in about 40 countries
About 70 % women
Revenue of 14 M Euros in 2007, 9.5 M of them from online education
Individual progress plans/individual follow-up
Thousands of potential learning partners
Global student catalogue with 1100 profiles
Always room for more students
Exams at local schools and embassies
Online students get better grades
From: Paulsen, Morten Flate Date: March 23, 2009 To: All NKI-employees Subject: Ten Thousand Users in NKI’s LMS
Today we can celebrate that we for the first time have more than 10.000 users. In our LMS (SESAM).
We introduced SESAM 3.0 on March 12, 2001. At that time, there was a little more than 2000 users, but I remember that we designed it to handle 10.000 users. It is therefore nice and interesting that we now have 10021 users (9805 students and 216 tutors/staff).
We should use this opportunity to be proud of our achievements and the important job we do for very many students.
Here is some fireworks to celebrate us and the occasion.
All the best from Morten
Secondary school courses: Tonje Kvalvik 18 courses completed Vocational courses: Thor Steinsland 24 and Roger Skogberget 27 College courses: Trude Helen Flak 13 and Erma Bratic 14 Celebrating 100 000 online course enrolments During the first 20 years, NKI’s online students enrolled in hundred thousand courses and spent many million hours of studying to reach their goals. This was celebrated August 22, 2008 with 5 students as guests of honour.
Online access available for the remaining correspondence students in July 2009
Resulted in much discussion in the teachers’ online forum
A few teachers voiced strong criticism, doubts and reservations
The average response time dropped month by month during the Fall of 2004. In October it showed 3,97 days, in November 3,06 days and in December 2,76 days. Since then, the average response time has been less than 3 days except during summer holidays. In 2008 we introduced an automatic e-mail reminder to the tutors who had one ore more assignments waiting for 7 days or more.
NKI introduced the individual planning system as a voluntary option in May 2004.
Innovative service for voluntary cooperation between students in a large online learning community
International award for the Baltic and Nordic countries.
The jury stated that NKI’s Learning Partner Service: "Furthers and develops the Nordic tradition in ODL. The learning partner concept adds a new, innovative dimension of student support to flexible distance education.“
Learning partner - opportunities for cooperation in distance learning
Anders S., student at the NKI School of Project Management:
I have three learning partners, whom I chose because the y were about at the same stage in the course as I was. Luckily enough, one of my learning partners also lives not far from me. The communication vary, in general I communicate with at least 2 of my LPs each week.
I wish to increase my competence by seeing the subject matter content from different angles, and get healthy and inspiring discussions about the assignments. I feel like I have got some new friends, and a possibility to both learn and help others. I feel that I have benefited from the cooperation, I would very much like to recommend the Learning partner service to other online students.
Kurt Karlsen www.nki.no/pp/KurtKarlsen completed 56 courses from 1995 to 2005
Video with 20 random samples of global presentations
The presentations show that online courses support individual needs and challenges
Man, 42 years: I chose online learning since I need flexibility to study . At the moment I work 50/50 in Norway and India, and it would be impossible for me to study without NKI’s flexibility. Online education makes it possible for me to study independent of time zones, geography and daily tasks .
52 of the 100 global students mention that they have children. 5 of them write that they are less than 23 years old and have children.
Woman, 18 years : I’m 18 years old…. I used to go to … secondary school, but when I got pregnant, I found that it would be easier to finish school via online courses and not take the baby with me to school.
10 of the 100 presentations disclose particular learning challenges.
Woman 23: I have dyslexia …
Woman, 38: I received the diagnosis Multiple Sclerosis two years ago, and to quit a busy job. With online courses, I can organize my days so that I have energy for my family, friends and physical exercises.
NKI has many gifted immigrants who study online to get Norwegian certificates and competencies.
How to manage 28 self-paced courses, three kids and a job in the North Sea Thor Steinsland www.nki.no/pp/steinslandt presented his experiences at the EDEN Research Workshop in Paris, October 2008
There are NKI students who understand Norwegian in about 40 countries Translated by Google from www.nki.no/pp/ThereseSvihus
Presented with permission from www.nki.no/pp/LexidhSolstad I now try to get a diploma showing that I can write. Have worked as a TV journalist … but now the Fibromyalgia pains restrains me so much that I have to work from bed in the future.
Translated by Google from www.nki.no/skole/pp/ViviHurtley I was accepted as a psychology student at the university, but had no interpreter, so I chose to study online to combine family life and education. I need a sign language interpreter to follow traditional lectures, since I am deaf. So it is ideal with NKI, since I do not need an interpreter.
Firstly, it seems like many students appreciate the opportunity to share information about their online course activities with family, friends and colleagues. Others seem to use the presentation as an online CV to support job applications. In any case, most presentations act as favourable personal homepages that focus on the students’ achievements.
The fact that so many serious, hard-working and successful students are willing to share achievements and experiences in an open, online catalogue is valuable for the field of online education.
Traditionally, distance students tend to be quite invisible compared to other groups of students. They are so dispersed and so busy with their courses, jobs and family obligations that they seldom form action groups or student unions.
Online student catalogues may help these students become more visible as a group that deserves more attention .