Online Learning as a Possible Cost Saving Measure: What Canadian Researchers Tell Us

Institute for Performance, May 01, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Short report from Contact North consisting mostly of summaries of the relevant research reports. The conclusion is utterly unsurprising: "the consensus seems to be that no amount of research will ever result in a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to the question of whether or not online learning saves money while maintaining quality." This is in large part, to my mind, due to a rampant vagueness about what constitutes 'quality'.

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