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ERIC Number: EJ791630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 123
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 151
ISSN: ISSN-1551-6970
Cost-Efficiencies in Online Learning. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 32, Number 1
Meyer, Katrina A.
ASHE Higher Education Report, v32 n1 p1-123 2006
This monograph is divided into five chapters. The first chapter provides a road map for understanding the review of studies on cost-efficiencies of online learning, including understanding why cost-efficiencies are so important to many higher education institutions and the framework used to categorize and discuss these studies. The second chapter reviews the elements of the framework presented in the previous chapter; introduces the reader to a number of useful concepts that can inform an understanding of relationships between the elements, especially the higher costs of development to the lower costs of delivery; and closes with several cautions that highlight a number of unresolved issues relating to costing online learning. The third chapter focuses on the research and other literature that have been collected and categorized into the seven factors--students, faculty, other staff, instructional design, content, infrastructure, and policy--and tries to identify how each factor affects cost-efficiency, how it may interact with the elements and other factors, and what people do not yet know about the factor or its interactions. The fourth chapter answers three broad questions using the research and literature cited in the preceding two chapters: (1) What questions should an institution or state ask itself before engaging in the pursuit of cost-efficiencies through online learning?; (2) If the answers are yes to these questions, when and where will it be possible for an institution to achieve cost-efficiencies through online learning?; and (3) If the answer is yes, when and how can a state support an institution pursuing this path? The fifth chapter summarizes the major findings from the research reviewed earlier. (Contains 1 exhibit, 5 figures, and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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