The implementation of a cost effectiveness analyzer for web-supported academic instruction: An example from life science

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Abstract

This paper presents the cost effectiveness analysis of one academic exemplary course in the Life Science department and its introducing to the course lecturer for evaluation. The analysis is based on a comprehensive model for Web-supported academic instruction which consists of a cost effectiveness framework that defines the cost and benefit components in six dimensions, and a computational analyzer that translates these components into four different quantitative values. The costs and benefits analysis of this course are presented in this paper from three aspects: students, instructor and policymaker, alongside the instructor reflections. The described analyzer can be implemented very easily and almost automatically in other institutions. It enables us to quantify the costs and benefits of Web-supported instruction on both the single-course and campus-wide levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-124
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal on E-Learning: Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education
Volume11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Campus wide
  • Computational measures
  • Web mining
  • Web-supported learning

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