Impact Of Open Courseware On Paid Enrollment In Distance Learning Courses

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PhD Thesis: The Impact Of Opencourseware On Paid Enrollment In Distance Learning Courses. Justin Johansen. BYU, 2010

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Summary

"This dissertation is the first piece of empirical work I am aware of that demonstrates clearly that a distance learning program can simultaneously (1) provide a significant public good by publishing opencourseware and (2) be revenue positive while doing it. In other words, Justin’s study not only demonstrates that it is possible to publish opencourseware without requesting donations from users or foundations, it goes further and demonstrates that it is possible to make money publishing opencourseware. And if you can make money publishing opencourseware, you can continue publishing opencourseware for a very long time. This capacity is also known as sustainability." (http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/1231#axzz0pWkbBuvQ)