ERIC Number: ED464232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Analysing Costs/Benefits for Distance Education Programmes. Knowledge Series: A Topical, Start-Up Guide to Distance Education Practice and Delivery.
Cost analysis makes it possible to establish how much things costs, set budgets, determine prices, and compare the costs of different options. In distance education (DE), the main areas of cost analysis are as follows: print-based correspondence systems; educational/institutional television and radio systems; multimedia systems, and e-education systems that deliver computer-based multimedia materials and communications synchronously and asynchronously. The following are among the items that must be identified in a cost analysis of DE: activities to be costed; resources used; direct and overhead costs; joint product costs; annualized capital costs; and cost drivers. Analysts and those commissioning them need to consider the following things: (1) the study's scope; (2) the report's basic format; (3) how the data will be collected; (4) any assumptions made in handling the data or formulating conclusions; and (5) how the data will be presented and in what level of detail. Comparisons of two or more educational systems usually compare average costs per student, average costs per graduate, or cost per student learning hour. The following items must be taken into consideration when measuring the benefits of DE: quantitative access; equal access; quality of the educational experience; cost-efficiency; economies of scale and scope; and benefits to students. (Contains 13 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Cost Estimates, Data Analysis, Definitions, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Media, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Guides, Measurement Techniques, Program Costs, School Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).