A Cost Analysis of Distance Education: Are We Getting the Most Bang for the Buck?
Leonard Annetta, North Carolina State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This position paper asks the question of is the money allocated to institutional distance education getting the results on the back end in terms of student achievement? This study produced evidence regarding the relative effectiveness of three distance educations strategies for enhancing the science learning of 94 midwestern elementary school teachers who were participating in a five-year professional development project. The three distance education strategies studied were live interactive television (live), videotapes with live wrap-around discussions (video), and asynchronous, web-based sessions with streamed video presentations supported by interaction through discussion boards (web). A repeated measures design was used to analyze the science learning and attitudes of the study participants. A cost analysis of three delivery strategies and the results of this study are compared.
Annetta, L. (2004). A Cost Analysis of Distance Education: Are We Getting the Most Bang for the Buck?. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 336-340). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).