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Labor Saving Techniques

The University of Alabama

Given that a major goal of the course re-design project is to substitute technology "capital" for faculty teaching "labor," in what particular aspects of the course and its delivery are you finding that you are able to do this?

At this point in the development process, we have not produced any substantial cost savings. This has been due, in large part, to our initial focus on student learning. We have overstaffed the Math Technology Learning Center to insure that we have adequate instructional support for students using the lab, which has increased instructional cost. The fact that the physical facility and the number of courses taught in the facility have changed each semester has made it difficult for us to anticipate staffing needs. The move to the expanded facility for fall 2001 should provide stability, and we are confident that by fall 2002 we will be able to utilize instructional staff in a more cost efficient manner. At the same time, the anticipated introduction of additional courses into the facility will allow for economies of scale, which should enhance cost savings.

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