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An Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Various Electronic Alternatives for Delivering Distance Education Compared to the Travel Costs for Live Instruction [microform] / Edward Caffarella and Others
Bib ID 5579440
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Caffarella, Edward
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1992 
30 p. 

The feasibility and relative costs of four telecommunication systems for delivering university courses to distant locations in Colorado were compared. The four systems were compressed video, vertical blanking interval video, satellite video, and audiographic systems. Actual costs to install and operate each for a 5-year period were determined, without reference to costs for classroom remodeling, operational staffing, or instructional staffing, working on the assumption that annual maintenance would be 10% of purchase costs. Distance delivery costs were compared with that of having an instructor travel to the site. Instructor travel costs were determined for direct travel expenses and for instructor travel time. The least costly alternative was live instruction with the instructor traveling to the remote site for a semester compressed into a few weeks, a choice that would cost about one-third the cost of any alternative. The least costly electronic delivery modes were compressed video and vertical blanking interval video, which were relatively equal at $84 and $83 an hour. Compressed video would require many more hours and would result in a substantially higher annual cost. Instructional advantages of electronic delivery include the ability to spread a course out over the entire semester, which should enhance learning. (SLD)


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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Communications Satellites.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Cost Effectiveness.  |  Delivery Systems.  |  Distance Education.  |  Educational Technology.  |  Higher Education.  |  Instructional Effectiveness.  |  Nontraditional Education.  |  Program Implementation.  |  State Programs.  |  Teacher Salaries.  |  Telecommunications.  |  Travel.  |  Colorado  |  Audiographics Compressed Video Vertical Blanking Interval
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Western Inst. for Distance Education
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