Estimating the Effort in the Development of Distance Learning Paths

Milena Casagranda, Luigi Casagranda, Andrea Molinari

Abstract

The quantification of the effort required to produce e-learning material has been always subject to the proposal of some “magic numbers” not always supported by a method or analytical data. In this paper we propose a method for calculating the effort required to design and develop e-learning paths. Our model is based on a systematic gathering of data regarding the effort of the different actors involved (teachers, tutors, instructional designers etc.) from a series of e-learning projects carried out at the Laboratory of Maieutics over the last five years. In the first two years we collected ex-post data on design and development times, being careful to include a variety of different teaching methodologies. In the following years we identified critical variables which allowed us to abstract and generalize a possible costing model. The model proposed could be used as a reference point for professionals working on the development of content in their estimation of costs linked to the design and development of learning materials, providing a calculation basis which takes a number of methodological approaches and educational objectives into account.

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Casagranda M., Casagranda L. and Molinari A. (2013). Estimating the Effort in the Development of Distance Learning Paths . In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Data Communication Networking, 10th International Conference on e-Business and 4th International Conference on Optical Communication Systems - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2013) ISBN 978-989-8565-72-3, pages 264-272. DOI: 10.5220/0004533602640272


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@conference{ice-b13,
author={Milena Casagranda and Luigi Casagranda and Andrea Molinari},
title={Estimating the Effort in the Development of Distance Learning Paths},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Data Communication Networking, 10th International Conference on e-Business and 4th International Conference on Optical Communication Systems - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2013)},
year={2013},
pages={264-272},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004533602640272},
isbn={978-989-8565-72-3},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Data Communication Networking, 10th International Conference on e-Business and 4th International Conference on Optical Communication Systems - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2013)
TI - Estimating the Effort in the Development of Distance Learning Paths
SN - 978-989-8565-72-3
AU - Casagranda M.
AU - Casagranda L.
AU - Molinari A.
PY - 2013
SP - 264
EP - 272
DO - 10.5220/0004533602640272