Online Learning Effectiveness Research

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2001) “Elements of Quality Online Education, Volume 3”

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The third volume in the Sloan Consortium series on quality in online education is now available. At $34.95, Elements of Quality Online Education, Volume 3 is designed to share knowledge among practitioners engaged in online learning. It contains 187 pages of documented, peer-reviewed, empirical case studies of programs in private, public, and for-profit schools ranging from two-year to major research universities.

Examples (from index):

Part I. Learning Effectiveness
Studies of Effectiveness of Learning Networks
Star Roxanne Hiltz, Yi Zhang, and Murray Turoff

Part II: Cost Effectiveness
Linking Quality and Cost
Tana Bishop and Claudine SchWeber
Factors in ALN Cost Effectiveness at BYU
J. Olin Campbell
Rethinking Cost-Benefit Models of Distance Learning
Leigh S. Estabrook

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