Cost-analysis of e-learning projects: Controlling the implementation of Open Educational Resources and deployment of teacher development in rural Africa

Education is a key factor for poverty reduction. The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) can help countries with very little resources to strengthen schools. Systematic controlling is pivotal to achieve cost-efficient learning solutions. Starting from a case of a secondary school in rural Zimbabwe, this thesis develops an Excel-tool that supports controlling of projects applying OER.

Habegger, Jonathan, 2019

Art der Arbeit Bachelor Thesis
Auftraggebende Institute for Information Systems, HSW FHNW
Betreuende Dozierende Gröhbiel, Urs
Keywords e-learning, Controlling, OER, rural Africa, secondary education
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The controlling of the implementation of OER-solutions covers a wide range of cost factors in the areas of learning content development & use, teacher training, teaching, ICT-management and project management. To achieve cost-efficient use of OER in education, projects need to design related activities carefully. The case of a small project in rural Zimbabwe illustrates the challenges to transparancy and traceability of inputs as well as the analysis of key cost-output ratios.
Based on the findings and implications of a literature review, interviews and project documentation, a cost structure was defined. This cost structure was implemented in an Excel-tool and applied to the project. The process of applying the Excel-map to the existing project has helped the author in adjusting and refining the tool continuously and creating a template, which can be used for similar projects in the field.
The developed Excel-tool increases the transparency of the involved costs of the project. It supports the distinction of both monetary and non-monetary values, and enables cost-analysis and calculations of key ratios. One of the key enhancements is an accounting journal which acts as a central database within the tool. Finally, the template for the cost-analysis will help the client to plan, control and compare similar e-learning projects in the future.
Studiengang: Business Administration International Management (Bachelor)
Vertraulichkeit: öffentlich
Art der Arbeit
Bachelor Thesis
Auftraggebende
Institute for Information Systems, HSW FHNW, Basel
Autorinnen und Autoren
Habegger, Jonathan
Betreuende Dozierende
Gröhbiel, Urs
Publikationsjahr
2019
Sprache der Arbeit
Englisch
Vertraulichkeit
öffentlich
Studiengang
Business Administration International Management (Bachelor)
Standort Studiengang
Brugg-Windisch
Keywords
e-learning, Controlling, OER, rural Africa, secondary education