Sometimes when you purchase a tool, you are virtually ‘locked in’ to the choice because switching costs are prohibitive. Switching costs are costs associated with changing to a new tool that has enhanced features, speed, or better integration with existing systems. One of the problems in educational technology is the fact that new tools can become obsolete quickly after you buy them.
Tool switching costs that you will need to consider are:
- The cost of the new device or software
- The cost of training staff with a new tool. Consider not only the monetary cost, but also the cost of time.
Before you decide on investing in an educational device or educational software, make sure to consider the cost that it would take to switch to a new set of tools.
To learn more about the 17 Deadly Sins of Flipped Learning Technology Selection, you can take the free course at http://learn.FLGlobal.org
Read about the second Deadly Sin, ‘Hidden Costs’, here.
Read about the fourth Deadly Sin, ‘User Friendliness’, here.