Summer 2010 Distance Education Survey (Student Comments)

 

Question 23:  What did you dislike about the online portion of this course?

  • last minute changes to courseden material.
  • Nothing really.
  • Nothing.
  • Nothing.
  • Sometimes I had trouble getting the online videos or other attachments to work.  This created some frustration on my part.
  • nothing
  • Some of the videos and attachments were extremely slow in uploading.  Also, there were a few times when the videos would not come up at all.
  • No dislikes.
  • The chat room was difficult for me because this was my first online course. The teacher used this method for teaching the course.
  • Everything
  • n/a
  • The audio
  • The professor
  • how she does not understand that we do not see her so the class is challenging and when you ask a question it feels like she is lashing out on you ... she really does not help with addressing the problem
  • the lack of personal communication, and unclarity of expectations
  • We were now allowed to use research beyond the teacher's  powerpoints and the text. This did not allow for any expansion on the material presented and was boring.
  • nothing
  • The length of time it took to see grades.
  • For this to be a summer class, there was too much information to study in 7 weeks. Just cramming for exams, papers, not a good learning experience.
  • I do not like student aids grading my assignments
  • There was a lot of information to take in. Sometimes I felt a bit overwhelmed.

 

  • There was an exam scheduled for every weekend. There was too much work scheduled and some of the deadlines overlapped each other to the point where you could barely get in one assignment before another one was due. So much work was assigned that dates were moved around several times, instead of being eliminated to give you more time to finish other assignments.
  • The instructor was very ridged about the delaines. She was always available to help but the work load made it impossible to keep up with all of the assignments.
  • Technical difficulties, and non-universal software that allows the student to access whatever needed wherever needed.
  • I feel like I didn't learn as much as I could have in a regular class. The instructor didn't explain the camera required for the course very well. He required the class to pay a website to watch tutorials instead of teaching it himself.
  • TH initial start up.
  • Having to write a four page research paper, but that's only normal that nobody likes to write a paper!
  • The software confusion in the beginning.
  • The software the class was suppose to use through CourseDen did not work properly. Therefore, we either had to come to school to download a trial of the software.
  • It was confusing in the beginning and there were lots of confusion with some of the software
  • could not get the class downloads
  • No face to face consultation
  • Problems loading VMware on laptop. I even took it to SIT... it worked there... but when I got home, did not. I gave up on it when I was able to load a free trial version of the software we were using for class.
  • A bit of confusion in the beginning getting the software set up.
  • That the instructor was unavailable
  • There were to many assignments given due dates back-to-back. It was difficult to feel like you contributed your best because everything was so rushed. All assignments weren't returned so that you could keep track of your grade. You almost have to spend all day on the computer just to stay afloat and keep track of changes/additions to assignments.
  • not much
  • I don't like the fact that a course I've never taken and never registered to take shows up on my list of courses, and that I'm told to evaluate it; they have the same course number or something, so hopefully I'm evaluating the right one right now.
  • I dislike all the information that is crammed into the short summer semester.  It almost seems like busy work at times. I also did not like the short time period and lack of direction when presenting a topic for the term project.
  • The VM ware was horribly slow and complicated to download. I could not get any work done using photoshop through VM ware so I definitely would not recommend to use this program in the future for this class. Many of my classmates also had the same problems working with VM ware.
  • Sometimes too much work at once.  The work seemed to come in patches.
  • At times, it was tough to communicate efficiently with classmates because not everyone logged on each day.
  • I did not know when something new was posted because the announcement page was not used.
  • Unclear what to expect for tests.
  • I Thought that with it being an online class that it would consist of more than just power point slide or voice bite with power point
  • I had a tendency to forget I had something due.
  • Communication with other students
  • In the beginning of the semester, the discussion board was not set up properly so the discussion assignments could not be completed as directed. The location of documents and materials were awkwardly place on the web page.
  • I prefer face to face classes.
  • I enjoy the classroom experience.  I miss that with online classes.
  • Just the face to face lecture, some classes I hate that part, but in other I enjoy learning face to face and listening to the instructor.
  • nothing.
  • N/A
  • I do not dislike anything about this course.
  • N/A
  • Using Gliffy was hard because I couldn't see or read the whole assignment at once.
  • Nothing
  • nothing
  • Having to email or send messages or questions to my professor that I had while working on project.  I had to call a student in my class for assistance which worked out great.
  • na
  • The testing site used was questionable.  I kept forgetting that it was down every other Friday.
  • I prefer to interact with classmates face to face!
  • work load
  • People not understanding how to work it and not being on the same page.
  • Harder to connect to teacher/students. Not everything was explained clearly..no teaching
  • WIMBA attempts-- we had so much trouble because it would not consistently work for all 27 attendees. (Sometimes could hear- sometimes couldn't, sometimes could talk - sometimes couldn't) The concept is a good one.  Don't know how to make that work better!
  • I much prefer to be in the classroom. I feel that I basically taught myself the subject matter, and I really don't like having to use email to ask a question. I like being in the classroom with the professor and receiving feedback immediately.
  • Although Wimba proved itself to be helpful in regards to guest speakers, I felt that for whole classroom discussions it was a little chaotic and unorganized.
  • Having to meet at predetermined times took away from the expected flexibility of an online course.
  • Not applicable.
  • I had not problems with the course.
  • Nothing, I loved how this class transpired.
  • Had to drive over an hour there for a 1 hour orientation
  • work load
  • nothing
  • As I mentioned in my other survey, some of the discussion boards got a bit out of hand in reference to religion, to the point that I felt, once or twice, like I was being bullied for expressing my beliefs and made to feel that I was in the wrong. Everyone should feel free to express their personal beliefs without being pressured to rationalize their feelings or made to feel another way. I don't feel that this reflected badly on the instructor, and I've really never had a problem with this issue in any other class.
  • Nothing.
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • Nothing
  • N/A
  • I enjoyed all of this course.
  • nothing
  • Nothing
  • Nothing.
  • Nothing
  • Not having lectures
  • Nothing
  • Having the webct go down for a whole night. Sometimes the only time to get online is at night and on Fridays.
  • impersonal
  • lack of face to face time
  • nothing
  • This class was good online.  Others I have had were not good online.
  • N/A
  • Too many powerpoints had to be downloaded and printed out.
  • I HATE Webct/courseden. it's disorganized, it seems to always have certificate trouble even when I add it to my browsers' list of safe sites, and it seems to be shut down right when I need to submit or access material.
  • I only didn't like having the interaction of being in a classroom and the group discussions like that.
  • I really have no complaints
  • nothing
  • I was working and their were times that I found it challenging to meet deadlines.
  • Nothing
  • The materials were in several different places and difficult to print out.  Also, I had to pay over $50 for a 20 page workbook!  That is ridiculous.  At least with our other textbooks we can buy them used.  The book itself is a huge rip-off.  I also would prefer having written instructions, rather than having to watch a video every time.  Announcements were always in video form which was very frustrating.  If I am at work, I can read emails but I have no speakers to watch videos with. Plus, I have to be sure I have the correct software on my computer to watch the video.  It would be so much easier just to read an email that I can print out.
  • The videos were a little lenghty
  • n/a
  • the online book because I didn't need it or use it and wasted good money on it
  • nothing
  • The due dates.
  • Course is brisk and material is sometimes too condensed within the time frame of the course overall
  • course den going under maintenance
  • Impersonal
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • none
  • no face-to-face communication with professor
  • Nothing.
  • None
  • Nothing - I enjoyed the course and learned a lot.
  • communication with professor was not very effective
  • opening of certain pages were sometime difficult
  • Not having a teacher face-to-face and having to understand all aspects of the syllabus myself
  • I disliked that I had to teach myself.  I prefer in-person lectures and class discussion.
  • a lot of busy work
  • The total absence of individual and group interaction. I never meet the instructor nor any of my classmates.
  • Connection problems
  • It was hard to tell exactly what the professor was looking for, even with a sylabus since you could not ask him face to face.  Also you do not really have other interactions with students.
  • The information learned.  I was bored with the material.
  • My God, just about everything.  Why in hell would you make the practice tests HARDER to use, halfway through the course?!  Also, an online discussion is such a pale imitation of a real discussion that it is almost an abuse of the word.  It's like communicating via email with 30 people who are all ADD
  • The only thing I dislike about the online portion is that sometimes the system restarts when I am submitting my assignment and I schould start over.
  • I really enjoyed the class, but it was strange not ever meeting my instructor.
  • They need to figure out a way to remind us students when upcoming assignments are due, like through WestGA email or text messaging for example
  • Nothing.
  • I wish we had a little more time on test and felt they were very difficult.
  • Nothing
  • limited time on some quizes
  • The fact that I would make too many mistakes.
  • N/A
  • Sometimes I was uncertain about the task.
  • I drove to campus on a day class was called off.
  • Nothing!  I love online classes, and will continue to take these classes when available.
  • That the UWG Library system is confusing
  • Sometimes it was difficult to make the postings so that my professor could view my documents.  (.docx)
  • Sometimes it was difficult to complete assignments with a partner when it is an online situation.  You and your partner are not always online at the same times and it can be challenging to coordinate.  That challenge though did help me.  I often like to do assignments all on my own and having partner work makes me learn to coordinate with other people.
  • It was only partially used.
  • not enough face to face for group work.
  • It was difficult to get in touch with the teacher.
  • N/A
  • nothing
  • I have no complaints about this online class.
  • I liked it all just fine.
  • No face to face contact.
  • great
  • Instructor did not always post information for review.  Some modules were hidden until just before class session.
  • Sometimes face-to-face learning is more helpful.  When you are in the classroom you can have your questions answered immediately.
  • Limits my use of the library which is only available on campus.
  • Nothing
  • The instructor was not very comfortable teaching online so It was a little difficult at times.
  • I preferred the face to face meetings.
  • Nothing
  • Everything seemed to go very smoothly.
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • I did not like when the technology would not work the way it was suppose to work.
  • technical difficulties with wimba pronto.  That could be a great tool if it worked properly.
  • Had some difficulty with chat rooms.
  • The need to check the page daily.
  • n/a
  • When technology did not work.
  • I did not like Wimba pronto as it did not work with my computer even with distance learning help on the phone for over an hour.  Despite having an excellent connection on my wireless laptop, the connectivity to Wimba Classroom was always week, often making the speaker broken in speech.
  • I had problems with all except two classes.  Problems ranged in nature from annoying (being able to see, but not being able to hear - I ended up accessing the class by phone) to unacceptable (I tried for more than 2 hours to access Wimba Pronto and was unsuccessful.
  • Online sessions were a little too long (3 hours)
  • Occasionally, technical difficulties occurred which caused me not to be able to hear or participate in the class session.
  • My webcam didn't always work but that wasn't a UWG issue.
  • We had some technical difficulties for some of the classes.
  • Occasionally had difficulty staying connect during the class
  • trouble shooting technology problems
  • If you wee not able to get on-line when class started you just miss that time.
  • Frustrating problems with access.
  • Some technical difficulties during our Thursday classes.
  • Occasionally had difficulty staying connect during the class
  • If you were having tech dificulties, there was no way to alert the instructor
  • Some of the Webct formatting for this course was completely unlike others I've taken.  The powerpoints were embedded in the screen using Captivate (?) and they were awful to watch.  I couldn't see the whole screen and could not download them to watch normally.  Most things didn't show up on the left side toolbar, I had to open them from a hidden menu on the top.  Strange.
  • No face-to-face component (immediate access to professor if face-to-face as opposed to emails)
  • I like to know what my fellow students are thinking about a topic. I like  face to face meetings because they are more stimulating and informative to me.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • The discussions seemed somewhat disorganized
  • I would have enjoyed reviewing some actual research data with a group.
  • None.
  • No negatives-it's all good.
  • The subject matter was at times somewhat confusing and listening in class would have helped that confusion for me.
  • I had to post assignments or work on things on Friday evenings and course den would stop working.
  • Sometimes I like an immediate answer to a question, and classmates do not always respond to chat invitations.
  • Not have live chats for Q/A sessions.
  • I miss human interaction.
  • n/a
  • I did not like not being able to see the professor as much face to face.
  • I perfer talking directly to my professor. I just want to do my assignments correctly.
  • I am still a fan of being able to have face-to-face interactoin with the teachcer.
  • N/A
  • Though it was great!!!!!
  • N/A
  • I did not have dislikes
  • N/A.
  • The instructor did not stick to the syllabus provided - different due dates and different point values. I felt like this was not a class that was valued highly by the professor.
  • I wish there was another face to face meeting to clear up some questions that students may have.
  • The supporting information for this particular course was very good.  I would recommend restructuring the home page to allow easy access to all options.  Overall, an excellent course.
  • No substantial dislikes for the online portion of the course.
  • not as easy to talk to the professor about questions you have
  • not being able to see powerpoints in their entirety in the small windows
  • NA
  • The online group project.
  • Nothing.
  • I disliked that I couldn't take the quizes early. I completed the modules early but had to sit out two days waiting for the day quiz 1 was available.
  • n/a
  • N/A
  • nothing, it is helping me develop time managment skills
  • Nothing.
  • nothing
  • too fast
  • N/A
  • Carpal tunnel/repetitive motion injury due to years of continuous typing, mouse clicking, etc.. :-)
  • nothing
  • WebCT does is not consistent on working with my Mac i have the latest and greatest mac and very good with computers and WebCt on numerous occasions could not access my files when i went to submit an assignment.
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • If I had multiple questions I was not to sure they would be answered in the sufficient time needed.
  • I felt everything that had to be done was crammed together.
  • prof didn't know how to run it.  had someone else do it, then it wasn't even right.  Very frustrating.
  • The possibility that on some days, any technical problems with Courseden could affect my online submissions.
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • Nothing.
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • Due dates.
  • No personal interaction, which can help to identify real-world problems and promote social relationship. This can be good preparation for real-world experience.
  • Nothing
  • The time required to get everything done. The instructor was very considerate on extending the assignment due dates, but with this class not being a prerequisite, it would have been nice to have whole term to complete.
  • Test were a little harder
  • n/a
  • Nothing
  • Test were harder
  • n/a
  • None
  • N/A
  • Wasn't quite familiar with all of the features and thus missed one assignment that was due (overlooked it somehow).
  • I enjoyed most to the online course.
  • I didn't interact as much with other students as I would have in a normal classroom setting.
  • didn't get to see which  questions you missed on the quiz
  • Professor was hard to get in contact with.
  • nothing
  • Nothing.
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • There was no feedback about assignments.
  • The extra cost makes online courses not as attractive.
  • Nothing.
  • nothing
  • No feedback provided during the course on assignments
  • Nothing she knows how to do her job and that made a difference in the material. Nothing was not easy, rather if you did your part you would see a positive outcome. Do not change anything.
  • This was the fourth attempt to post my answers for this evaluation. I got finished and was attempting to hit the save button when I lost it the first time. I am very thankful that this did not happen in my course work.
  • Course Compass's My Math Lab still has some bugs, but nothing too crippling.
  • Nothing
  • There was no face to face interaction and that kind of draws a line of disconnect from the instructor
  • There is nothing that i dislike.
  • Communication between teacher and students could have been improved. What was expected from students needed to be explained better.
  • no face to face instruction unless requested
  • Nothing.
  • Please see # 26 regarding my overall view of online coursework:
  • nothing
  • I like doing online classes when they are clear and easy to understand, but this course was very difficult to complete online without any face to face meetings. If I could have had one meeting at the beginning to learn where everything was, it would have been alot better. It took me a few weeks to find the list of what was due each week.
  • The professor was very slow to give new assignments, slow to grade, and was VERY slow to respond to my e-mails.
  • Some of the grades took awhile to get back.
  • I disliked the amount of new technology introduced without having at least one face to face to explain some of it.
  • When I had an issue sometimes it would have been helpful to get immediate guided help from the instructor, but face-to-face meetings were available which was nice.
  • It didn't allow for much interaction with classmates.
  • I enjoyed this course there were no dislikes.
  • The professor's response time for emails. It was days.
  • I underestimated this class. It was more challenging that I had anticipated.
  • I did not dislike anything about it.
  • N/A
  • I enjoyed everything about this course with Ms. ****.
  • I disliked that questions were sometime not answered quickly, so it postponed assignments.
  • I really enjoyed this class, the introductory course provided all the materials we needed to succeed in the class.  No dislikes.
  • N/A
  • It was just a lot of busy work that got confusing and overwhelming at times.
  • When it first started there were things due and I had no clue what to do or the correct way to do it. After the face to face meeting things were cleared up greatly.
  • Professors do not always respond in a timely manner. No face to face meetings or knowing your professor.
  • it felt like alot of assignments due in a short period
  • The professor would not always e mail me back when I needed.
  • There was not much that I did not like about the online portion of this course. Maybe at first I was a little confused about when to do the class discussions.
  • Most everything was great.
  • n/a
  • N/A
  • I liked everything about this class.
  • When the assignments were posted kind of threw me off, and I just found it difficult remembering I had a class most of the time.
  • it was a LOT of work
  • Unfortunately, I was not expecting much out of this course.  I thought it would be just another inane education course dictated by bureaucrats.  Partially, I was right.  The content of the course is simple and can easily be given through a two day seminar rather than an entire semester.  However, I did learn more about teaching in this course than 2110, 2120, and 2130 combined.  I think the subject matter is very important but should be cut down to in class F2F for 2-3 full days of course work.    There are far too many steps, procedures, and menus.  It was confusing where to find what in the beginning.  I have encountered this on the other two courses online I have taken.  One is inundated with links for information and ways to access assignments.  Sometimes simple is better.  Set up the homepage as Step 1, Step 2, etc.  Leave off or relocate all other information on supporting pages/tabs.  This is clearer to the user.
  • wish things would have been posted sooner than they were so we could have worked at our own pace rather than having to wait for things to be opened.
  • I didn't have any dislikes.
  • I did not have any problems with the online portion of this course.
  • Not quite as structured as a face to face class
  • I found it hard to get a hold of my professor to ask questions when I had a problem.
  • I missed the face-to-face interaction with the professor and among other students.  I didn't really get to know or connect with any other students that I didn't already know.
  • I felt very disconnected.
  • I am not so great with computers and when i had trouble with an assignment, i did not have anybody face-to-face to help me. I need to be shown how to do something.
  • Nothing
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Online courses tend to assign more work than face to face courses.
  • I missed the face to face interaction. I am a social person, so online classes are not my favorite.
  • Nothing
  • There wasn't anything that I did not like about the online class. I found that it was convenient and worked well with my schedule.
  • I did not like having to communicate through e-mails rather than speaking to my instructor whenever necessary. Toward the end of the semester, I began calling my instructor when I had problems which helped.
  • Not having face to face interaction with your teacher/classmates.
  • I really have no complaints about this course.
  • I learn better in face to face situations.  I am an auditory learner who also likes a lot of hands on activities to solidify my learning.  This on-line class did not provide much of that.  In fact, during the semester, I never saw Mrs. **** for any class associated reasons.  Also, I did not like the disconnect I felt with my classmates. Not having met many of them made it more difficult to make a connection on-line.  Therefore it was difficult to have genuine discussions and give heartfelt feedback on projects when I didn't know how my classmates would take me.
  • There weren't really any things that I disliked about the online portion of this course. It gave me a lot more freedom, as opposed to sitting in a classroom for six hours a week. I am not opposed to online learning and for this type of course it was great. On the other hand, I would never take an online course for any major academic subject area.
  • Less personal contact.
  • Grades were posted a long time after we turned them in
  • I would like for the emails to come back in a little faster.
  • I didn't ever meet my teacher, and I like getting to know my professors.
  • It was too time consuming. I didn't have a summer!
  • It was difficult to get motivated to do the work.
  • I dislike not being able to communicate with the professor face-to-face and communicating through email when I need instant feedback.
  • I was able to push things to the last minute, personality thing!
  • Not knowing a lot about computer software.
  • nothing
  • That there was only one face to face meeting.  I like that personal interaction.
  • Spent most of my waking hours at home in front of the computer.
  • I like face to face discussions. Online classes do not allow that.
  • The workload and the SAM Pathways Program (I found it to be troublesome).
  • My instructor used his own website which was down several times. Some of the instructions were poorly worded and he did not answer emails.  So my negative choices above are not about UWG's online site but Dr. ***
  • I had a very difficult time getting in contact with my professor. I emailed him about four or five times this summer regarding my inability to upload my assignments. I did not hear back from him; I have the emails saved. It was extremely frustrating because I felt I was 'not doing my work' when in actuality, I was. I also did not like that this course was designed strictly for PC users. I am a Mac user and felt 'discriminated' against. I do not live on campus, nor in Carrollton, and work a full time summer job. Therefore it was difficult for me to get to Carrollton on non-class days. I am graduating this summer and can honestly say that this was the most displeasing course I could have ever taken. I did not pay the money for a class that I can not receive feedback or aid from.
  • nothing
  • n/a
  • Felt like a lot of busy work.
  • Sometimes I could not access moodle.
  • It took longer to get answers to my questions through e-mail than it would have in a face-to-face class.
  • a lot of work in a short time period
  • My eyes hurt from so much time spent looking at the screen and my wrist hurt from mousing.
  • Felt that at times it was difficult to get responses from the instructor regarding hlep questions.  Everyone in the class soon learned to rely on one another for anwering the majority of questions we had.
  • impersonal
  • I thought it was hard to get in touch with the instructor.
  • There were a couple of occasions in which I had difficulty with the assignments on SAM and missed a couple of questions because of it.
  • You could not reach the professor when you need him. When he get back in touch with you it is kind of late. He seem a little too busy during the class time.You only have ix weeks of class, so when you can not get in touch with him, it makes it kind of hard to stay on task. Grades were done in chunks, so you really did not know your progress. If you needed to correct somethimg that makes it kind of hard.
  • Sometimes I got frustrated with the system when problems arose but that was resolved within the first few weeks.
  • Sometimes I don't particular like when people get really confused and they don't understand an assignment and then they have a million questions.
  • There was not a portion that I disliked.
  • Not much...I like online courses.
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Face 2 face sessions are not so inconvenient in the summer except being there at 8:00 is a little bit of a long day. (drive 1hr45, class for 3, then drive again 1 hr45) Glad it isn't at night.
  • nothing--it was great!  There was some duplication of assignment titles in the grade eval site, so I was nervous that I had forgotten something.
  • Nothing.
  • I cannot think of any negatives.
  • Difficulty returning materials borrowed from the library before end of summer session.  I won't be on campus again until 2 weeks later for the start of fall session.
  • Absolutely Nothing.
  • Nothing
  • Nothing
  • n/a
  • I did not dislike any portion of this course.
  • Nothing
  • nothing
  • Sometimes information is hidden from students.
  • no dislikes
  • Nothing.
  • Did not have weekly chats on line available with the professor to clear up questions.
  • Having to re-login so frequently is a pain.  Having to search several places for instructions,assignments, due dates, etc. is a pain.
  • N/A
  • I know that the program goes down for maintenance of Friday evening- I just always seemed to forget on Friday evenings!
  • I always find the first couple of weeks of class difficult.  There were some discrepancies between the syllabus and the web page that had to be cleared up.
  • The system would go down on Fri.
  • Hard to find assignment dates online compared to syllabus.  I ended up having to look at the drop box dates to be certain I was doing every assignment.
  • There was nothing in particular.
  • Limited library use.
  • nothing
  • Nothing.
  • I did not dislike anything about this course.
  • None.
  • nothing
  • no dislikes
  • nothing
  • ?
  • No negatives.  Everything worked very well.
  • na
  • Nothing.
  • I was pleased with this semester. Summer is difficult to take two classes, and I would advise against it in the future.
  • I didn't have any problems regarding this course.
  • having different passwords for email and courseden
  • It took a couple of days become familiar with navigating through the coursework.
  • It was a great process overall.
  • I would have preferred if the students were required to use the same photoblog website.
  • Nothing, I really enjoyed the class and collaborating with peers online.
  • I would only change one part of this course.  I wouldn't require the students to do a photo blog and then eportfolio because it is kind of redundant.  I like online courses and this was one of the best and most organized I have taken.
  • Nothing. I enjoyed all of it!
  • Nothing
  • nothing
  • I hate that I had to take this class in the summer. I felt like it has a lot of informative information that I had to absorb in such a short time span.
  • nothing
  • I liked all of it and learned so much.
  • nothing
  • I would prefer to have all the modules open at the onset so I can work ahead (but not post discussions until the correct week).  This would help with vacation and other family schedules.
  • Occasional issues with connectivity, but they were easily resolved.
  • Sometimes hard to get answers in a timely manner.
  • unable to get in touch with professor quickly
  • I had a difficult time accessing the VPN and  it was slow at times.
  • Sites or servers would often go down.
  • The inability to ask questions and 'show' what I was having problems with.
  • The virtual lab did not always connect.
  • I initially had trouble with the software that I needed for the course.  I fell behind early because the software required for the course would not run on my computer.  I had to work around this problem and work hard to try and catch back up.
  • Difficulty getting in touch with the professor to have questions answered.
  • Technological failures which prevented progress until resolved.
  • It was difficult logging in to the VPN at times and it became frustrating because I couldn't get my work done.
  • The instructor was difficult to get in touch with; and the assignments came up late, which made me feel like I was behind throughout the course.
  • semester time limit
  • Any displeasaure with the online portion was resolved by the optional face-to-face meetings.
  • nothing
  • Too many discussions.
  • The large amount of required discussion and responses.
  • The rigor of the summer online portion was difficult.
  • There were times when I struggled with uploading my projects to the WinSCP server and to CourseDen.
  • How quickly we had to get projects completed.  Too many projects.
  • Content was extremely intense and should not be a course taught during the summer.
  • Nothing
  • The one downside to online classes is when you have a question, there rarely is an immediate answer.
  • nothing
  • Nothing
  • This was my first full online course.  Therefore, I was a little unsure how things were going to work at the beginning.  Initially, I did not know what all was expected of me since I had not met with the professor face-to-face.  As the semester got under way, the professor did a great job providing feedback and helped to ease me into the full online environment.
  • summer semester is short
  • Nothing
  • N/A
  • n/a
  • Nothing
  • My problems dealt with being a MAC user.  Help was not available for my particular computer issues.
  • I did not like the total lack of guidance for this class.  I feel like I joined a secret club--but was not told the secret passwords or taught the secret handshake.  I posted the information as required and did not receive any feedback.  We had one Wimba class discussion.  No one explained this software to me.  I thought it was Wimba Pronto--The different versions of Wimba and how they should be used were never shared with me.  I think there should be tutorials for software and explanations of how they are use.  Don't assume that everyone is familiar witht the terminology.  I am very knowledgeable about technology and participate in webinars often.  These webinars include instructions on what software is needed to participate and how to do it as well as a test to make sure everything is working.  When I ran the Wimba Wizard--I was told that everything was working--but I was still unable to enter classroom.  Since no way to test--I was frantically troubleshooting at the only class time.
  • Not applicable.
  • There were too many discussion postings.
  • n/a
  • The text was very dry and heavy on theory.
  • N/A
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • Nothing
  • Lack of interaction face to face.
  • Nothing.
  • None
  • N/A
  • Nothing
  • I liked the course
  • nothing
  • Some assignment descriptions were difficult to understand, but examples were provided which helped with my understanding.
  • Webct going down on Fridays. Fridays were a time to get the work done with my busy schedule.
  • none
  • Nothing
  • NA
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • Not applicable.
  • Very little interaction from instructor.  Assignments were posted and we were expected to complete.  Online discussions consisted only of students.  No teacher interaction or input.
  • Nothing.
  • Nothing
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • Nothing
  • cost
  • The limit of face to face experience in a classroom.
  • I did not feel that the material presented on the test was representative of the material in the book. I read every chapter and did all the practice problems. However, when it was time to take the test, the problems were presented in a different format than in the book, and there were many questions that were impossible to answer online because of the format the answer needed to be in. The instructions did not state to use any other programs to calculate answers (such as excel), however, in order to show the right answer that is what you had to do.
  • Tests were difficult
  • Nothig at all.  I was very pleased.
  • n/a
  • On the second and third tests, there were questions which required the student to show charts or graphs.  I did not have enough time to make a graph, chart, or visual aid for those questions.  Those questions should have been asked in a different format.  I also think we should have had other grades in the class besides just tests.  For example, the questions that need graphs should have been turned in for homework or a project grade and not have been on the test.
  • I did not like that I could not have face to face on some of the content-esp where content is more techinical than other
  • The only thing I disliked about the online portion of this class was difficulty pulling up some of the material.  Sometimes my computer will not access certain videos or other materials.  I also have a problem with video buffering, which happens a lot when watching instructional videos.  I'm not sure what causes this, but when watching instructional videos, my system continuously pauses during the presentation.  Sometimes it takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to watch a 20 minute video.
  • n/a
  • n/A
  • nothing
  • I hated the group projects.  Summer + online class + group projects do not mix well.  At all.
  • I did not like that I could not meet with prof face to face.
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • Not having a traditional lecture which can be enjoyable with the right professor. COURSE DEN SHOULD NOT BE SHUT DOWN AT 10:00 REGARDLESS OF THE DAY!! Some of us have full time jobs and busy schedules and end up having to take a test on friday night. I got a 15% on an exam in another class and I am a straight A student. Why in the world cant the course den maintenance be done at say 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
  • a lot of work
  • Could not see answers to tests and quizzed after we were done taking them
  • nothing
  • Difficulty
  • nothing
  • Nothing.
  • nothing
  • forgetting when assignments were due.
  • Nothing
  • It seemed harder to understand things
  • Nothing.
  • When I had questions, I couldn't just ask the question and get an answer. I would have to search for my answer or wait for one.
  • I have no complaints.
  • Nothing
  • Nothing
  • Not enough classroom time. This is not a class that I expected an online component to. It seems to be too much content to discover on your own.
  • The ati website and the text conflicted sometimes on certain procedures and therefore we would ask the professor which procedure and polices to follow.
  • I think some of the face-to-face classes rely to heavily on the online materials for 'teaching'.
  • Teacher not readily available
  • On Friday nights after 2100, it is impossible to have access to CourseDen.
  • Lack of instructor involvement in course.
  • Did not get to see correct test answers after finishing quizzes
  • It was completely self taught. How can you charge for my buying a text, reading it, interpreting it, and discussing it with other students? The tests were useless to me. Other than the book itself, I am extremely disappointed in this learning experience.
  • Nothing, this was my first online course and I really enjoyed the process.
  • no one on one interaction. I can live without that. I like online classes.
  • I do like to meet face to face occasionally and get to have direct interaction with the other students and the instructor.
  • n/a
  • Nothing
  • Idid not like 100% online. I prefer 50/50.
  • Down time on Fridays all day
  • I really didn't dislike anything about this course.  Well organized, able to complete in 7 weeks.
  • neutral
  • It was alittle unorganized, it was her first time teaching it.
  • N/A
  • Nothing everything OK
  • Too much busy work.
  • I did not like the timed test,but I understand.  However, I am not a fast reader and need more time.
  • It was difficult and very time consuming doing research for online project paper and not being in a class setting for help feedback, and discussion from teacher and peers.
  • nothing
  • There was no in class teacher/student communication.
  • It was not valuble to study prior to going to class
  • I was a lot harder than being in class
  • na
  • There are far too many tabs within the class' course page.
  • Nothing.
  • we had dead lines early in the day
  • nothing
  • nothing
  • I didn't dislike anything.
  • I miss face-to-face interaction with other students.
  • I really like the face-to-face interaction from traditional classes and I would have liked to have some of these discussions with my professor in that type of setting. However, that is the nature of an on-line course!
  • The topic (linguistics) is a difficult one and being 100% online made it very challenging.  I feel I would have benefited from some face-to-face lecture or discussion on specific linguistic information.  The instructor did understand that it is a challenging topic and did adjust the instruction which was very helpful.
  • going throw 5 pages and 3 log-ins to access the site was a little much. My post always failed on the first try but the fail noticed always lead to an application that worked. The system does seem much more usable than it was in 2006. I missed the personal interaction with teachers and peers.
  • nothing
  • n/a
  • Not having face to face contact with teacher and other students
  • The inability to have access to the professor on a regular basis so that I could ask questions or hear her opinion on the chapter topics.  There were some difficult concepts that I would have liked to have some further explanation to clarify.  A short lecture from a knowledgable teacher would have been helpful.
  • Not having immediate access to my professor.
  • na
  • Sometimes it was confusing when assignments were due.
  • That everyone could see my assignments.
  • n/a
  • Nothing.
  • The wimba classroom.
  • I would have like to have more than one training session for Wimba.
  • The professor was not as available to students as I have been used to in past classes.
  • too much required for discussions.  Every discussion was like writing an essay.
  • Information was disorganized within CourseDen (by professor)
  • Everything.  The course den was confusing, there were way too many forums that made everything confusing.  The professor was unprofessional and was never available.  I sent her chat requests on several occasions and she ignored me when she was clearly online.
  • Nothing
  • Adjusting to the format of the different features, some features such as notifications didn't always work properly.
  • The length of time it took to get answers to my questions through e-mail.
  • I did not like the way the professor went about the course in general.
  • I miss that face to face experience with other learners.
  • The instructor was more interested in managing policies from a syllabus than actually supporting student learning.
  • great class, nothing to dislike!
  • I would have liked to meet with the professor to get clarification on several of the assignments.
  • Not being able to ask the instructor questions regarding the assignments.  Not being able to meet and talk with other educators about issues and ideas for education.  The deadline to turn in an assignment, but then waiting for the professor to grade it.  There should be a deadline for graded work also.
  • I have nothing negative to say.
  • nothing
  • That everyone could view my posted assignments
  • need more feedback from teacher
  • no face to face time
  • you have to teach yourself
  • too short
  • I did not dislike anything.
  • nothing
  • The technical issues almost each day.
  • The only thing I do not like about online courses is the minimal interaction and ability to develop a topic from questions or ideas that may arise like in a classroom setting.
  • n/a
  • I didn't like that some of the assignments had to be graded by the teacher because it made me think I got worse grades then I did. Some of the online things were confusing such as nonworking links and things. Those issues should be resolved for future classes.
  • that i couldn't ask my teacher certain question i needed help on.
  • We had to do an assignment every day.
  • There was not anything I disliked about it.
  • NOTHING
  • It wasn't face to face. I'm old-school.
  • N/A
  • the due dates for assingments.
  • the powerpoint so boring...and skipped. Not reliable at all!
  • The learning modules were powerpoint slides that constantly froze up , even when i was logged in through mozilla firefox and had all of my adobe upgrades. I repetedly had to start over on slides, and the volume wouold go in and out. Certain it wasnt a problem on computers end.
  • everything
  • Nothing, I love online classrooms.
  • Not knowing exact due dates.
  • This class had a lot of assignments and information to share. It would have been much better as a face to fact class.
  • I think making this class online takes away from the experiences I gain in a regular face to face setting.  Students learn so much from sharing ideas and personal testimonies with each other.  Additionally, the professor is a great instructor and I would have really liked to have had a more in depth learning experience by having him in a class where I can learn not only the content he teaches, but from his example of effective teaching strategies.
  • I did not dislike anything about the course.
  • Nothing.
  • The gradebook was difficult to understand.
  • I would really rather be face to face, interacting with the professor and other students.
  • I miss the face time that I have with my peers and professor.
  • This course did not really have an online component; it was more of an independent researching portion.
  • took a little while to get browser configured. Online grade posting on a regular basis during the term would have been nice also. At least a mid term grade could be posted online.  Professor were very accessible via email though.
  • No grades were posted for the discussions
  • No individual feedback about assignments
  • not getting feedback from professor in a reasonale amount of time  self teaching...there were no power points or any means in which the professor actually had to put work into the class
  • Returning classwork, tests, and quizzes all way too slow. Missed out on the hands on component to the class. Videos were okay, but hands on works best.
  • na
  • The teacher did not get assignments graded on time. Partly, I believe that is because instead of giving us learning materials, she gave us assignments. It became overwhelming to us as well as to her.
  • na
  • Cost!
  • Nothing
  • NA
  • NA
  • there was virtually no online help given if there were technical difficulties.  The help desk was not very helpful.
  • NA
  • Nothing
  • I still haven't figured out all the buttons in CourseDen or the library database searches.
  • Less access to instructors.
  • I learn more from face-to-face interactions
  • n/a
  • The fact that I had to wait on group members to make posts and that my grade was based on me reading 'late' posts.
  • Sometimes the teacher made distance learning more difficult than it had to be.
  • miss the face to face interaction
  • nothing
  • The group parent pamphlet project was hard to get people to work together.
  • I disliked the group work.  I feel that because everyone works at their own convenience, communication is disjointed. I prefer more fluid discussions like those in face-to-face meetings.
  • I did not like that if I was confused about something I couldn't ask it in class.  There was a lot of figuring things out on my own.  Also, there is a lot of information to keep up with and print out for yourself.
  • I did not dislike anything.
  • Group members tend to wait until the last minute to complete their assignments, so it was hard for me to respond to their posts on time.
  • Nothing major, my internet browser initially was incompatible with Course Den and once I got Firefox everything worked well.
  • nothing
  • I really disliked the way the course was organized, instead of being in one convient location, the information was scattered in several different places which was very difficult. The information was too much to process and the instructor was very rigid about her expectations of the course. I really disagreed with her grading policies and dispute resolutions policies that are in place. This teacher really needs to be aware of the challenges real people face in the classroom and not only in textbook theory. Very unrealistic expectations.
  • There was nothing that I strongly disliked about the online portion; however, I did realize that online courses require daily checking of e-mail just in case my professor sent an assignment or changed a due date.
  • Everything.  I want campus classes.
  • no face to face interacton
  • Often times when I asked questions on the discussion board there were no responses.  There need to be better communication amongst the students.
  • The sensitivity of the fill in the blank test.
  • Difficulty with quiz format- other complications more professor relevant not problems with technology.
  • Difficult to get assistance when needed( this has to do with setting my own hours-which are not necessarily the same as the professors!)
  • N/A
  • No complaints
  • Not applicable
  • N/A
  • Problem of quicker response to questions.
  • Not able to access the java portion at my library.
  • NA
  • Questions not answered immediately, as they would be in a face-to-face class.
  • The many discussion postings that were required
  • Cold and inpersonal nature of instructor. Total inflexibility in special education department
  • There was a lot of 'busy' work to prove participation, but I guess it's necessary.
  • I miss the face to face communication of knowing what your classmates are learning and what they can contribute. It was not that bad for this class as for my other one, we had a group that was very vocal, so it helped to know where everyone was in thier discussions.
  • Totally on online course- no face-to face meeting.
  • I miss the face to face interaction
  • Dr. **** is not very organized, even if it is a new class, everything should be ready so that we are not having to complete 3 or 4 assignments at the same time.
  • nothing in particular.
  • I do like the posted discussion.  It seems somewhat impersonal.  It certainly does not measure up to the face-to-face.  For example, face-to-face is real time and more thought provoking.  Online sometimes seem superficial.
  • The instructor not being more linent on assignment due dates and times.
  • Not enough interaction with professor
  • n/a
  • NA
  • N/A
  • n/a
  • System down for routine updates hindered deadlines set by the instuctor.
  • Difficult to ask questions for an immediate answer
  • Posted discussions are my nemesis.  I really believe that posted discussions ought to be guided and focused on the topic studied instead of trivial content matter.
  • I am very upset about how poorly the communication between the instructor and the students. There are emails that are still unanswered and discussion questions still unanswered. The point of taking an online course is to be able to reach the instructor since you will not be able to see the instructor in class. I understand that they may not check things everyday but more often than not!
  • Being that this is the summer semester theres not as much time to get things done.
  • That I didn't get the same effect as a being in a classroom. However, that's more personal opinion than I think most people would feel overall.
  • I didn't dislike anything about this course.
  • nothing, I guess not meeting Mr. ****, he was a great teacher
  • If I had multiple questions I was not to sure they would be answered in the sufficient time needed.
  • the final project
  • It was much harder.
  • I dislkie how sometimes Course Den will mess up and may effect the progress of my work.
  • n/a
  • N/A.
  • Overall, not specifically this class, the fact that grades were not returned in a timely manner and that going into most finals I was not aware of what grade I even had.
  • No face to face interaction
  • Nothing really
  • This particular online course was very organized, so I can't think of anything I disliked.
  • I would like more of an online portion versus so much class time.
  • The class was listed as distant learning but movies were reserved at the Library for the class.  The movies could not be located at any other library or online.  That meant that the students who work and lived off campus had to travel to the school to watch the movies.  That does not really work for a distant learning class.  Not all students live on campus.
  • Nothing
  • The teacher expect entirely too much reading and discussion on a day to day bases, so I did not have an opportunity to work at my own pace as previous on-line classes.  The material was entirely to much to cover for the amount of time expected.
  • Sometimes when I was stuck with a question, It was nobody 'teacher' to answer my question. I had to call or wait the next day and that put me late for my homework.
  • It made class discussion less personal.
  • Too much work. Every other day a discussion had to be posted, meaning that you are reading materials to answer these discussion questions and no time to really learn what you have read. The work was way too much. The discussion were not being graded, which I did not agree with. After writing over ten discussion I would like to know by doing these discussions my grade would not be lacking. Or at least my grade from the discussion would count towards my grade. After you post your discussion and you read others you get to see where you are at in that course. I felt that I was being graded on my oppinon even after she claimed she would not take off points for our thoughts. I felt her grading was unfair towards me. Also, this class was suppose to be 95% online and we had to go to the campus too many times.
  • More guidance on website creation would have been helpful.  No text given on creating links and problem solving if necessary.
  • I dislike that some readings are difficult to understand and needs to be discussed. I dislike that students are asked to work on a group for the final project when students do not know each other well enough. For such project students might struggle on finding a partner.
  • Nothing.
  • Some of the Professors require too much work for the little time we have. And I mean one, I thought the way I was graded was off, but thats a personal thing. I prefer to take a complete online course than partial, partial do not work for me. Even though I know I was an exceptional student I felt cheated by the partial course.
  • The Exams too hard
  • It was hard to learn on my own, it took discipline.
  • Course den is very slow in loading and downloading readings.