E-Learning in Higher Education: The Challenge, Effort and Return on Investment

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Tastle, William, White, Bruce and Shackleton, Peter (2005) E-Learning in Higher Education: The Challenge, Effort and Return on Investment. International Journal on E-Learning Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education, 4 (2). pp. 241-251. ISSN 1537-2456


This study surveys 103 academics from the USA and Australia to determine the motiva-tions for designing and creating e-courses. Using readably available lists of information systems academics, the overwhelming majority of respondents have created only one or two e-courses, took up the challenge out of personal desire or a personal need to add value to an already existing course, and that pecuniary compensation was not the main personal motivation. The data suggests that not all e-courses are as successful as one would expect, for almost 20% of the respondents are neutral in their overall satisfaction with the e-course experience. Seventy-one percent of respondents spent more time teach-ing an e-course than a traditional course, and 89% report it taking more time to prepare an e-course. The survey concludes that students appear to learn only slightly more in an e-course than a traditional one.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2855
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Keywords ResPubID8762; e-courses, educational technology, learning management systems
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