ERIC Number: ED246893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Cost of Distance Education. IEC Broadsheets on Distance Learning No. 17.
One of a series offering practical advice and information on distance teaching, this broadsheet first looks at the reasons for trying to measure distance teaching costs and the methodological and economic difficulties involved in such measurements. Broadcasting and print costs in distance teaching are discussed, and evidence about the costs of distance teaching projects is compared, where possible, with the cost of conventional alternatives. Specific methods for analyzing costs are divided into those of particular value to either managers or to economists. Topics discussed in relation to costing for management include allocating costs, the cost of a course, the Snowden-Daniel variation, and measuring the cost of teaching, while the discussion of costing for economic analysis covers cost analysis, working out the costs, social discount rates, and the problem of cost variations over time. Conclusions include speculations on the future of distance education and cost-related factors. A list of inflation rate conversion factors is appended, and a 25-item reference list, 13 tables, and 4 figures are included. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: International Extension Coll., Cambridge (England).