The COVID-19 outbreak led to a massive uptake in online education worldwide and rapidly formed or changed public opinions about the quality of online education. As a result, there is a debate developing on whether online education provides value for money, shaped by institutions’ concerns about cost effectiveness and students’ requests for tuition refunds.
In the post-pandemic era, online education has become integrated into educational practices. More institutions than ever exploit online education to increase enrolments and revenues, but this doesn’t guarantee the pedagogical quality of their online programs. On the other hand, students who choose to participate in online education also bring certain expectations about its accessibility and flexibility — and expect it to be cheaper than face-to-face education.
This webinar is a conversation framed by different global perspectives and experiences in online education, exploring the value-for-money topic by asking “Should online education be cheaper?”
You will come away with a better understanding of:
• The complex meaning of online education being “cheap”
• Various perspectives on whether online education should be cheaper than face-to-face
• Key issues, including academic, administrative and political
• Key terms such as value, money and cost