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.
Jonathan Habegger, 2019
Bachelor Thesis, FHNW
Betreuende Dozierende: Urs Gröhbiel
Keywords: e-learning, Controlling, OER, rural Africa, secondary education
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)
Fachbereich der Arbeit: Accounting, Banking, Controlling and Finance