Researchers at Brown and Columbia attempt to determine the total costs of MOOCs, and if it’s all worth it.
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tues March 10, 2015
Researchers calculate cost of developing and delivering MOOCs Researchers at Brown University and Columbia University have calculated that the cost to an institution of launching a massive open online course (MOOC) may be as high as $325,000 in some cases. The study's authors interviewed 83 administrators, faculty members, and researchers at US PSE institutions and conducted case studies to determine a method for effectively calculating the cost of launching a MOOC. They found that the main factors in driving up the cost include the number of faculty members, administrators, and instructional support personnel needed; the quality of videography; the nature of the delivery platform; the programming required for special features, such as auto-graders, virtual labs, or gamification platforms; the analysis of platform data; and the technical support required by participants. Personnel costs ranged from about $29,000 to as much as $244,000 per MOOC, with total costs ranging from nearly $40,000 to over $325,000. The researchers recommend that future studies of MOOC effectiveness include cost analyses to determine whether spending on production and delivery bears any relation to learning outcomes. eCampus News | Full Report
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