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Making meaningful decisions about time, workload and pedagogy in the digital age: the Course Resource Appraisal Model

Kennedy, E; Laurillard, D; Horan, B; Charlton, P; (2015) Making meaningful decisions about time, workload and pedagogy in the digital age: the Course Resource Appraisal Model. Distance Education , 36 (2) pp. 177-195. 10.1080/01587919.2015.1055920. Green open access

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Abstract

This article reports on a design-based research project to create a modelling tool to analyse the costs and learning benefits involved in different modes of study. The Course Resource Appraisal Model (CRAM) provides accurate cost-benefit information so that institutions are able to make more meaningful decisions about which kind of courses—online, blended or traditional face-to-face—make sense for them to provide. The tool calculates the difference between expenses and income over three iterations of the course and presents a pedagogical analysis of the learning experience provided. The article draws on a CRAM analysis of the costs and learning benefits of a massive open online course to show how the tool can illuminate the pedagogical and financial viability of a course of this kind.

Type: Article
Title: Making meaningful decisions about time, workload and pedagogy in the digital age: the Course Resource Appraisal Model
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2015.1055920
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2015.1055920
Language: English
Additional information: Special Issue: Distance education and time: organizational models for managing time and workload in distance education. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Distance Education on 24/06/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01587919.2015.1055920.
Keywords: Academic workload, cost of distance education, cost-benefit model, online learning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475686
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