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Value for Money: Should Online Education be Cheaper?
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?”

Dec 8, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Kyungmee Lee
Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Research @Lancaster University (UK)
Kyungmee Lee has conducted a range of research and evaluation projects on the accessibility and quality of online distance teaching and learning in higher education, including serving the United Nations’ International Training Centre for International Labour Organizations as an external evaluator of its online training activities in 2021 and 2022. She has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters and blog posts for both academic and public audiences, including 14 Simple Tips for Better Online Teaching, which has been read more than 250,000 times. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University in the UK, previously co-directed Lancaster’s Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, and currently co-edits a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning.
Dr. Dietmar Kennepohl
Professor of Chemistry @Athabasca University (Canada)
Dietmar Kennepohl is a well-published and sought-after presenter at local, national and international conferences on topics including learning design, learning outcomes, assessment, PLAR, transfer credit, distance and online education, and emerging educational technologies. Now a professor of chemistry and former associate vice president academic at Athabasca University, he has largely taught in an online setting and holds both university and national teaching awards including a Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 3M National Teaching Fellow. His 2010 book, Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance won the 2011 Charles A. Wedemeyer Award. His 2016 book, Teaching Science Online: Practical Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work, is part of the distance education series by Stylus edited by Michael G. Moore.