Sunday, October 03, 2010

Learning, Location and Lucre

In "Degrees, Distance, and Dollars" Originally published in Communications of the ACM September 2010, then eLearn Magazine, 7 September 2010). Some of the points made: elite universities are not using online courses to admit more students; some lower ranking ones might use online to reduce costs. As well as the university, $14,000 a year). Also more individual attention from online tutors might be a factor. Ease of course entry is suggested as a factor, with students willing to pay more for entry without having to worry about prior qualifications willing to pay more. High fees also help retain students, which in turn helps with course accreditation. For the future specialization suits online courses, with only a few students needed from a wide catchment needed to make a viable program.

The one major flaw in

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