The implementation of e-Learning or Blended Learning courses is usually much more time-consuming and expensive than a conventional classroom training. But after multiple course runs, the return of investment starts to show (through time savings, higher student numbers, reduced travelling ...).
One can use the following formula to calculate the total cost of both face-to-face training and e-Learning:
Total Cost = Fixed Cost + Variable Cost x No. of Participants
ACWUA/ONEE Calculation of Cost
To make the courses comparable, ACWUA/ONEE divides them into «Modules» (2 weeks each compromising a evaluated test and an on-line webinar).
The costs per module for the technical infrastructure, the participant’s accreditation and the presence of tutor’s is now approximately € 4,000. This refers to an existing technical and content infrastructure (all copyrights, expert and didactical content, all technical development are already paid), the presence of local tutors and approx. 90-100 participants.
The break-even point for ACWUA courses is therefore approximately € 40 per participant and per module, provided 100 active participants per module.
Parts of the above mentioned costs per participant can be least diminished by asking a donor organization or another project partner to pay the needed fees for a certain number of participants.
This is a very feasible option because – with the support of GIZ –, ACWUA and ONEE are able to provide a full service package including the content, the copyrights, the trained tutors, the Learning Management System and the certificates.