Eight Key Elements of Successful Self-Funding E-Learning Programs

Eight Key Elements of Successful Self-Funding E-Learning Programs

Yair Levy, Michelle M. Ramim
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch176
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The Greek philosopher Aristotle indicated that learning is the outcome of both teaching and practice. Clearly, learning is not confined exclusively to classroom lectures. In the past several decades, educators explored the possibilities of providing learning experiences to remote students. With improvement in technology and the growing popularity of Internet usage, e-learning caught the attention of both corporations and educational institutions. However, traditional learning methodology began transforming when elite universities embraced the Internet as a vehicle for their degree programs (Forelle, 2003). Progress in e-learning has increased its popularity in the past decade (Levy & Murphy, 2002). Consequently, it is carving a new brand of universities causing traditional schools to rethink their business model. Furthermore, some elite schools have developed specialized online degree and certificate programs. In doing so, these schools strive to compete on this new learning medium and create a new source of revenue, especially due to the declining enrollment and lower government funding resulting from the events on September 11, 2001 (Roueche, Roueche, & Johnson, 2002, p. 10). This paper provides definitions of the eight key elements any institutions should have in order to successfully implement self-funding e-learning systems.

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