An Architecture for the Delivery of E-learning Courses

Colin Tattersall, Hubert Vogten, Rob Koper

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    In distance learning, production processes are used to create courses for delivery to many hundreds or thousands of students over several years. One of the most powerful drivers for the use of e-learning in distance learning is an economic one, following the well-established economics of the publishing world—courses can be created once and delivered many times. Although each delivery incurs costs, these are marginal and more than covered by the fees and subscriptions paid by the material’s consumers. In this way, over time, high initial production costs are first recouped and subsequently exceeded by revenues, yielding course profit. Substantial initial costs can be justified by informed market forecasting and used to invest in high-quality learning experiences which might otherwise be impossible to finance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLearning Design
    Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training
    EditorsRob Koper, Colin Tattersall
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9783540273608
    ISBN (Print)3540228144, 9783540228141, 9783642061622
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2005


    • Learning Design
    • Educational Modelling
    • Learning Networks
    • Tools
    • e-learning


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