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《China Distance Education》 2003-07
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An Analysis of the Cost Structure of Distance Education and its Relation ship with Lifelong Education

Wan Pu  
To offer higher education to a greater sector of China's population and to develop a talent pool of in-dependent-minded and creative people,a cost-effective open and distance education management system that can overcome various physical barriers is imperative.An analysis of the objectives and cost-effectiveness of distance education in China and other parts of the world revealed that the costs involved in the learning and teaching process can be classified as either fixed or variable.Fixed costs include the cost of infrastructure and facilities,course development,course delivery,admin-istration and a number of other services.Variable costs,on the other hand,pertain to number of students,courses and credits offered;the make-up of study packs;and communication.In this research,the following are emphasized:(1)the diversi-ty of technologies used in distance learning and the range of costs involved in developing IT infrastructure;(2)the cost-benefit analysis from the perspective of distance learners;(3)the huge potential for resource-sharing;and(4)the management system for distance education and its reform.An understanding of the various costs involved in distance higher education and the implementation of sound costing strategies might make a cost-effective populist model of open and distance higher learning a reality.Besides,these can also have a direct and massive impact on the construction of a modern distance lifelong education system and might speed up the educational development of China.
【Fund】: 加拿大国际开发署资助的中加国际教育合作项目“中国西部远程教育”的部分成果。
【CateGory Index】: G728
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