European and North American models of distance education

There are many distinctive models of distance education. North American models have generally done more to incorporate state-of-the-art technologies than European; European models, here represented principally by the British Open University, have generally done more to establish political legitimacy, exploit economies of scale, and provide course productions for large numbers, subject to rigorous academic quality controls. Both models have been shaken by the arrival of the Internet, whose future trajectory for distance education is still very uncertain.