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The Cost of E-Learning

By Howard B. Schechter / July 2009

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"How much will it cost?" It's one of the first questions asked by anyone looking to start an online program. The answer, of course, is neither easy nor straightforward.


  • Thu, 16 Sep 2010
    Post by massi

    Hi I am interested to find out what would be measured e-learning university cost price.

    regards Masume Bodaghi

  • Fri, 25 Sep 2009
    Post by Howard Schechter

    One tightly integrated LMS is IntraLearn which is at Their design has never required 3rd party content development tools (just use Word, Excel, PP, etc.) and their new .net version integrates capability for Web 2.0 programs for integration into the learning environment. They've been around for 10 years or so and have a worldwide presence but aren't marketed as well as many LMSs.

  • Wed, 23 Sep 2009
    Post by Iraj

    I would be interested in learning about "Smart Schools" and what process and struture are.

    Regards Iraj Shahmalaki Educational administrator

  • Tue, 22 Sep 2009
    Post by Alex Khayat

    Hi Howard,

    I am interested to find out what would be the most efficient way to find online mentoring roles at various online business programmes.

    Regards Alex Khayat, CFA, CAIA, CFE, CFM

  • Wed, 05 Aug 2009
    Post by Sidne Tate

    I would be interested in learning about specific vendors that provide the "tightly integrated" products described at the end of Mr. Schechter's article.

  • Fri, 24 Aug 2007
    Post by Francis Chin

    Dear Olaf, Thank you for a succinct, informative overview of open courseware. As someone who obtained a university education late in life (via Open U), I appreciate the importance of making knowledge content easily accessible to all working adults who are willing to put in the effort, time and money. One question I like to raise is credential. No matter how much we care about self-enrichment, in a practical working world we still desire official recognition -- diploma, degree, certification -- to affirm that we have indeed mastered a course of study. My suggestion is that a university offering OCW could also allow learners to submit a thesis or disertation on the same theme, and for a small fee, the university could examine and grade the work and award a certificate based on it.

  • Mon, 13 Aug 2007
    Post by Olaf

    Thanks for your information, Randy. This is a very professional initiative. I often think that a challenge would be to invent some kind of LRM (Learner Relationship Management) that views everything out of the learner perspective. There are so good and important initiatives and someone should help the people who want to learn to make the best out of Wikieducator, OCW and OER on a meta base.

  • Thu, 09 Aug 2007
    Post by wikirandy

    WikiEducator (, supported by The Commonwealth of Learning, and numerous volunteers and WikiAmbassadors is part of the answer, in "finding, training and motivating volunteers", particularly those who are teacher educators. WikiEducator is a collaborative global effort to develop learning materials for teacher/educators in developing countries, and beyond. We invite you to join us! ~ wikirandy (Randy Fisher)