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US paper puts a price on online learning

Monday, 13 February 2012
Paper on costs of online learnng from Working Paper Series

This paper from the Working Paper Series published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in the US takes a long hard look at the cost of online learning. Although based on costs associated with the US, some of its findings and recommendations are very interesting. The authors, Tamara Butler Battaglino, Matt Haldeman, and Eleanor Laurans find that "average overall per pupil costs of both models are significantly lower than the $10,000 national average for traditional brick-and-mortar schools—and that virtual schools are cheaper on average than blended schools. Yet there is wide variation in spending among both virtual and blended-learning schools". Read more.


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