Cost-Effectiveness of Online Education

Authored by: Insung Jung , Sung Lee

Handbook of Distance Education

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415897648
eBook ISBN: 9780203803738
Adobe ISBN: 9781136635571


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In general, the literature has shown that “distance education can be more cost-effective than face-to-face education and that costs are predominantly dependent upon student enrollment and the fixed costs of course development and delivery” (Cukier, 1997, p. 138). But cost-effectiveness of distance education is often influenced by several other factors such as technology choice (Rumble, 2003), amount of interactions (Inglis, 1999), and type of learner support (Hülsmann, 2004). This chapter is an attempt to provide an overview of cost-effectiveness studies in distance education by examining various factors affecting cost-effectiveness of both early distance education delivered mostly by oneway technologies and online education carried out via interactive network technologies.

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