ISDN-based distance learning: tangible costs, intangible benefits
Computers & Education Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
The issue of the financial costs associated with distance learning using live video is most often discussed only tangentially in the relevant research literature. This paper addresses the issue directly by analysing the case of a trans-European video teaching link principally from the standpoint of the expenditure required to implement and run it, set against the benefits it offers. Both fixed and recurrent costs are considered, and an attempt is made to assess the value of the benefits. A generally pessimistic conclusion is reached, namely that despite enthusiasm in the literature and in official reports for interactive tele-teaching, the financial burden it imposes may in most cases outweigh the benefits.
Jacobs, G. & Rodgers, C. (1998). ISDN-based distance learning: tangible costs, intangible benefits. Computers & Education, 31(1), 41-53. Elsevier Ltd.