The Higher Education System: Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Distance Education in Comparison to Face-to-face Education
Tireka Cobb, Louisiana State University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Determining whether costs are justifiable is just as important as considering the cost. Several methods are documented exploring the costs of distance education, but there is not much information in the literature about the financial constraints of online training (Barley & Golek, 2004). Economic conditions contribute to increasing higher education costs and a decline in federal and state funding; revenues and endowments are decreasing (Janes, 2003). The higher education system, including policymakers, administrators and educators should consider how cost effectiveness research of distance education in comparison to face-to-face education impacts future endeavors concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching and learning with technology. With the support of systems theory, researchers can optimize the higher education learning environment for students and educators, creating a more meaningful environment and providing information to help policymakers make informed decisions.
Cobb, T. (2009). The Higher Education System: Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Distance Education in Comparison to Face-to-face Education. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3253-3257). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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