Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Distance Learning Programs
Barry Willis, University of Idaho, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
When analyzing the cost/benefits of distance learning systems and services, we tend to focus on technology costs (including infrastructure), faculty pay, and instructional development/adaptation. Other cost variables leading to program success or failure include student/academic support, marketing, assessment, and continual research/development. Too often, these critical variables are either minimized or ignored. This presentation will highlight the results of a related study of these often neglected 'success' variables based on cost analysis, program evaluation, and student/facutly focus group input. The discussion will end with a "best practices" summary intended to improve program quality and cost effectiveness.
Willis, B. (2008). Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Distance Learning Programs. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 893-896). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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