Costing of a Blended Course at the Open University of Sri Lanka: An Empirical Study
Keywords:blended learning, costing, online learning, OUSL, unit cost
In a viable Open and Distance Learning system, providing immediate access to learning resources and fostering effective teacher-learner interactions are essential components while balancing the cost of the course without compromising quality. Owing to the advancement of ICT across the globe, the Open University of Sri Lanka has initiated integrating online components into the existing print-based courses and offering them as blended courses. The gauging costs for these blended courses are also vital to determine the various costs components. Hence, an empirical study was conducted to estimate total costs and cost per student of a blended course. In this empirical study, costing was carried out, based on five major costs categories; course materials design and development, course materials production, course delivery, student evaluation, overhead and infrastructure.
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