Is distance learning more cost effective? In May of 2010, the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, or IRRODL, published their findings from a study aimed at analyzing costs associated with the unbundling of teacher roles as well as other hidden costs. The article asserts that in a distance learning environment separating the roles of developing courses and delivering instruction “allows the faculty to focus on their areas of expertise.” The costs associated with this unbundling have yet to reach “the college decision makers [who] need to consider the full range of cost implications associated with these online offerings.”
Want to read the full report, Unbundling Faculty Roles in Online Distance Education Programs? It can be found at The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/798/1543.