Johansen J. (2009) The Impact of Opencourseware on Paid Enrollment in Distance Learning Courses Salt Lake City UT: Brigham Young University

This is a Ph.D. thesis about the cost of converting online distance learning courses to OCW, the impact of opening these courses on paid enrollments, and the long-term sustainability of OCW through the generation of new paid enrollments.

This study is interesting not just because it provides information about how a university is using MIT’s Opencourseware, but because  it also provides a business model for making courses based on open courseware viable. Unfortunately, because it was beyond the scope of the thesis, there is no information about the effectiveness of these courses compared to the more traditional programs offered at a distance by Brigham Young University.


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