Virtual School Meanderings

March 9, 2011

SITE 2011 – Is Online Education Cost-Effective?

The third poster sessions accepted by the Virtual Schooling SIG that I am blogging about at the annual Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference was Is online education cost-effective?. The session was described as:

Is online education cost-effective?
ID: 33318
Type: Poster/Demo Topic: Virtual Schooling

Room: 1
Wed, Mar. 9 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Fiona Hollands, Center for Cost-Benefit Studies in Education, USA

In the current environment of fiscal tightening, many institutions see virtual and blended models of education as a means to reduce overall costs, while simultaneously increasing access to educational opportunities. However, few such interventions have been examined thoroughly to establish the all-in financial costs and weigh these against the benefits or effectiveness in terms of educational outcomes. This paper will review a number of recently reported cost analyses to examine whether they address all necessary considerations to make a fair comparison against more traditional forms of delivery. Subsequently, the paper will review current examples where K-12 schools or districts have adopted online learning models and examine assumptions made about the cost-effectiveness of these interventions. The ingredients method of cost analysis will be applied to one particular blended learning intervention, the School-of-One, to estimate the costs per student user of this intervention.

Below is a video of the entire poster:


  1. I suggest typing out what it says and posting it here as well because the poster is somewhat hard to read.

    Comment by Anon. — October 4, 2011 @ 9:57 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, it was the best I could do with the flip cam I had. And since it isn’t my poster, while I don’t mind sharing its contents through my blog, I’m not going to invest the significant time it would take to type out someone else’s work. If you see something that interests you to the point that you want more information, please contact the author Fiona Hollands at fmh7-at-columbia-dot-edu.

    Comment by mkbnl — October 4, 2011 @ 10:26 am | Reply

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