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Costs of e-learning


Paul Bacsich has been carrying out research and consultancy in the area of costs of e-learning since the early 1990s. His first publication in the area was done as part of a team working for the EU on this topic. In the period 1999-2002 he won three grants from JISC to deal with this topic, then called “costs of networked learning” – read up on CNL for the details.


Costing has continued as an interest of Paul’s and has now become one of the key offerings of Matic Media Ltd. Paul’s blog has costs as one of its three main areas of specialism.


Approaches to costing of e-learning


In the UK, there have been three main systematic approaches in recent years to the costs of e-learning in the university and related sectors. All key documentation is publicly available.



There are also a few UK universities paying attention to this issue. HEFCE has from time to time issued reports relating to the topic but nothing of direct applicability. The most recent is the report “The costs of alternative modes of delivery”, authored by JM Consulting in August 2003. Mention should also be made of the Centre for Research into the Wider Benefits of Learning at the Institute of Education, but this takes a very wide view of benefits, much wider than the cost-benefit issues discussed in the corporate sector,

In the US, there are two main approaches to costs of e-learning:



There is also ongoing work at several US universities, including under the auspices of NUTN, and in Australia. See Paul’s recent NUTN briefing note for more information.


If you need advice


The above was a really brief introduction to an enormous topic. Please consult Matic Media Ltd if you need advice. Seminars, workshops and consultancy are available. There is more material on this site on CNL.


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