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ERIC Number: ED503308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-894975-28-5
Costs and Financing in Open Schools
Du Vivier, Ed
Commonwealth of Learning
These self-instructional resources have their origins in a workshop on the Costs and Financing of Open & Distance Learning which took place from 6-10 August 2007 in Gabarone, Botswana. The workshop was sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) with the overall aim of building capacity to plan, negotiate and manage appropriate financial arrangements for the development and maintenance of ODL in member states. Twenty-five participants from eight countries attended the workshop. These resources were created by the facilitator for the following target groups: (1) chief executive officers, chief financial officers and senior managers in open schools, colleges or universities or in dual-mode institutions; (2) members of governing bodies or advisory committees for ODL institutions; (3) political office-holders, permanent secretaries and senior managers in ministries of education; (4) members of higher education authorities or funding bodies; (5) other professional and managerial staff in ODL institutions; and (6) anyone who is interested in the development of open & distance learning. The materials comprise a series of eleven units, each of which includes specific learning objectives, explanatory text, practical exercises, questions for discussion and recommendations for further reading. The units are as follows: (Unit 1): Some basic Concepts of Cost Analysis ; (Unit 2): How Student Numbers Affect Costs; (Unit 3): Capital Costs: (Unit 4): Overheads; (Unit 5): Unit Costs: determining costs per student, per course or per programme; (Unit 6): Costing a New Course or Programme ; (Unit 7): Budgeting: preparing estimates of income & expenditure; (Unit 8): Full-Time Equivalent Students: establishing a basis of comparison with conventional education; (Unit 9) Efficiency & Effectiveness of ODL; (Unit 10): Funding Open & Distance Learning; and (Unit 11): Student Fees: determining fee levels & devising a fee structure. This report also includes a glossary, a bibliography, and resources. (Contains 15 figures, 10 tables, 35 exercises.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Brazil; Burkina Faso; Chile; China; India; Mongolia; Nigeria; South Africa; United Kingdom