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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
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15297, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 4:28:04 AM

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  • Greville Rumble

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    • GREVILLE RUMBLE is an independent consultant in the planning, management and costs of distance education. Greville Rumble joined the Open University in the UK as an administrator in 1970 and in career ending in 2002 held a number of posts. He was the University’s corporate planner for two very different periods in the University’s development, in the 1970s and 1980s; in the 1990s he was director in two of the University’s regions, responsible for the delivery of academic and support services to students; and in 1998 he was appointed to a personal chair as Professor of Distance Education Management. A programme-project staff member of the University’s international consultancy services in the late 1970s, he established himself as a consultant in the planning, management, and costs of distance education. To date he has worked professionally in over 50 countries – in the 1970s focusing primarily on developments in Latin America, including a year in the Planning Vicerectorate of the Universidad Estatal a Distancia in Costa Rica; in the 1980s, largely in India and Bangladesh; and most recently, in Africa. He has written widely on the planning, management and costs of distance education at higher and more recently at secondary education (Open Schools) levels.
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