Economics of Distance and Online Learning


reviewed by Greville Rumble June 30, 2008

coverTitle: Economics of Distance and Online Learning
Author(s): William J. Bramble and Santosh Panda
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415963893, Pages: 296, Year: 2008
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My headline judgements on this book read as follows: • This book is well worth reading. • The title is somewhat misleading: Some of the chapters (notably chapters 2-5 and 12) deal with economic and cost issues only cursorily, if at all. They focus instead on structures. • There are two outstandingly good chapters in the book. • There are no really weak chapters. • The book brings together US (Chapters 4-6 and 12) and international experience. • The concluding chapter rather states the obvious. • Because it is a multi-authored volume, there is some repetition. • Because it is a multi-authored volume, there is no overall coherent framework – but this has some value because in reality we all have to grapple with a variety of frameworks. The editors have persuaded some well-known names in the field of distance and online learning to contribute to this book, and the 19 authors bring a wealth of experience that makes the book well worth... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 30, 2008
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