June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Continuing Professional Development
Distance education has been around for nearly 100 years. The manner in which we prepare our material and the manner in which we deliver our material are but two of the many process steps in the distance education process as a whole. In looking at distance education as a process, it is apparent there exists multiple seemingly related activities, where each of these many activities has one or more attendant outputs (products). In recognizing distance education as a process, we can readily evaluate each activity and set of products for efficiency and subsequent cost reduction. This ability to dissect distance education into these many process activities is critical to creating a cost effective and competitive solution for any distance education organization; especially if that organization is an independent profit/loss center within higher education. Distance education as a process, among other activities, includes an experiential understanding and continuing market-based exploration of target-rich environments, distance delivery mediums, adaptive learning, the use of predictive analytics and automated assessment software. Each of these must be bound by the requirements of the stakeholders and common objectives. Given the many activities of the distance education process are known, one can now define an efficient process, removing inefficient steps, and maximizing cost savings. These many activities can be time-phased and resource loaded for total process cost. As well, given process definition cuts across organizational (college) lines, and, cuts across current distance education profit/loss centers within said organizational lines, the opportunity exists to reapply organizational responsibility and human/capital resources in a manner that complements the distance education process as a whole for the benefit of the entire University.
Springer, M. L., & Schuver, M. T. (2017, June), In Looking at Distance Education as a Process: Activity-Based Opportunities for Efficiency Gains and Cost Savings Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28499
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