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Costs and Economics of Distance Education

OMDE 606


Study places the economics of distance education in the larger context of economics of education. A variety of methodological approaches (including cost/benefit and cost/effectiveness analysis) are applied to the distance education context. A variety of costing techniques and economic models are explored and applied to different institutional forms and levels of distance education. The module has been developed by Thomas Huelsmann (Germany).



I was very nervous prior to enrolling into the Cost and Economics of Distance Education course due to my past difficulties with math. Once I got started in the course, my worries began to dissipate because I began to enjoy learning about the costing techniques including the costing analysis (benefit and effectiveness). I began to realize whey distance education was being implemented into so many institutions…cost effective. I thought that it would cost entirely too much to implement distance education into a program, but based on the minimal scope of student needs and content development, and the non-existence of classrooms, equipment, and facilities I was able to see exactly how cost-efficient it can be. I enjoyed completing each assignment in this class. The calculations at first were difficult to understand, but as I went along and understood exactly why I was using them as applied to distance learning, everything began to make much more sense.


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