Spring 2010 Distance Education Survey (Student Comments)

 

Question 24:  What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

 

  • Video messages from professors.
  • I know there is always room for improvement, but for now it's pretty good. My sessions have finally stopped timing out so quickly. That has been especially problematic when taking a timed-online exam.
  • Have more available and offered during all semesters.
  • Have the videos and other attachments upload quickly.
  • Train instructors and develop a consistent protocol for completing online courses.
  • That the videos and other attachments would upload faster.
  • None
  • No suggestions.  Good lectures for an online course
  • As much as we do not have a face to face contact with the instructor, the audio should be detailed in everyway possible since we cannot ask questions right away.
  • For this particular course I would like the teacher to expand her available sources for student research.
  • n/a
  • Make sure the chapter assignments posted corresponds with the correct chapter in the latest edition of the textbook.
  • That if a class is going to require more than average time, that there be a warning when registering.
  • When you sign up for a class, have the required texts available within the course den for purchase, and links to other sites where you can get the books if the library is out of stock.
  • Summer classes should have at least one or two in class days.
  • Try not to plan so much work that the professor can't grade it and get back to you so that you can keep track of your grades. Have a realistic schedule for assignments.
  • Modify the work load for the summer.
  • Make all applications applicable outside of the UWG campus
  • Again, I think the instructor should explain himself and assignments in more detail.
  • Have one day of in class orientation for questions and comments. This course would have greatly benefited an orientation day because there were a lot of kinks along the way.
  • I think I would have liked to meet with the instructor a time or two just to go over techniques, and more of what was expected from us.
  • Easier  way to access software for class
  • If at all possible- at least one face to face meeting with the class.
  • Either have several small assignments with one large one in the final weeks, or have a few large assignments that can cover the material needed decently.
  • Nothing
  • They're fine; ain't broke, don't fix 'em.
  • To not cram as much information in such a small amount of time and give more feedback on direction for the term project. Also - to make grades available earlier.
  • I suggest in the future to supply students with a free trial of Photoshop.
  • I really liked the course.  I would suggest not having a big assignment due the week of a test.  Or assign the assignment a week or 2 prior.
  • that they be less expensive
  • Make the students enter an online chat session to discuss material 2 or 3 times a week.
  • 1) There needs to be more clarification.  2) More utilization of the announcement page.
  • Study guides for tests.
  • More interaction to help you understand what the teacher is expecting on examines
  • I would suggest to use all available components on the web pages so students can locate information regardless of which route the choose to find it on the web page. I would also suggest giving short answer exams on-line for an on-line course.
  • Nothing. This online class was great.
  • I do not have any suggestions to make regarding this course.
  • If online courses are not available I will not be able to continue my education.
  • Scheduled chat times were a great part of this course. With email, you never know when the professor will get it, but with a scheduled availability via chat you can get an immediate answer with the opportunity for follow up questions to be clarified immediately
  • ?
  • None
  • na
  • Reminders that it wouldn't be available every other Friday.
  • n/a
  • None
  • maybe have a better format for notes...or go to class for lectures a few days.
  • I think if the classes were split, with half of them on campus and the other half online, then I would get much more from the class.
  • I think the more organized the professor is, the easier it is for the student to complete the course successfully.  I also feel that--if possible--returning the graded assignments quickly is helpful to the student because we are granted so little feedback, this allows us to track our progress.
  • I would suggest that there not be required times to be online.
  • Make sure that expectations for assignments are clearly stated and rubrics and/or checklists are provided for each assignment.
  • Make them 100% on line
  • n/a
  • Break the discussions into groups so that reading the material is less time consuming
  • It was great! Maybe make some clearer guidelines about discussion board posts and what constitutes respectful behavior.
  • Expand the selection of courses to students.
  • nothing
  • offer more!
  • Offer more classes online
  • add more online courses to your academics
  • I wouldn't change anything.
  • None
  • Continue with the good work.
  • No need for the first meeting at the beginning of the course. Just put the syllabus online and have us do introductions.
  • A little more responses from the teacher during the discussion board conversations.
  • Try to make the class as organized as possible.
  • Splitting webct going down in three seperate nights for a couple of hours as opposed to going down one night for the whole night.
  • This was a very good online class.
  • more selection
  • Make more available
  • N/A
  • make webct/courseden more reliable.  Make webct/student email accounts linked (email in one shows up in the other)  upgrade certificates!
  • None
  • Provide more of them
  • no face to face  meetings
  • No real comments.  Learned a lots from course but Windows Vista is a little played out and was never a good operating system from my opinion. The rest of the material was great.
  • None--this is a great class.
  • No book not needed
  • n/a
  • not paying for books
  • Have more available
  • Print the syllabus.
  • N/A
  • make course den available during the weekend
  • Make it as flexible as possible.
  • none
  • offer more courses.
  • none
  • None
  • None, the amoutn of work was duable and interesting enough that kept you up to date with the lates technology.
  • No improvements come to mind
  • nothing
  • Enough resource materials and effective communication between students and instructors
  • live chat discussions
  • Some kind of interaction will be helpful even if it is a video recording or chat.
  • N/A
  • Online-only courses should not exist.  Period.
  • Nothing.
  • Possibly not as many questions on test or more time.
  • None
  • I do not think I would make many suggestions.
  • N/A
  • More information on how to navigate through all the features.  This will be a great tool once it can be navigated through easily.
  • None
  • 1. Online needs to be organized!  This class was very organized.  The class assignments and due dates were specific and I knew exactly what to expect.  hat made the class easier for the students and more enjoyable.  I knew what to expect from the moment I saw the syllabus.  No surprises.  2. Online also needs communication between class and instructor on a timely basis and often.  This class also had fantastic communication.  For three weeks the class and instructor were in constant communication.  The instructor completed grading on a very timely basis and I felt I always knew what my standing was in the class.
  • N/A
  • utilize discussion boards more.
  • N/A
  • I suggest that all courses should be similar to her course.
  • Sometimes the window i would be taking my quiz in whould automatically shut down and not save my information so i had to start over.
  • great
  • Have all online material posted at beginning of course for review.
  • I would suggest that the classes are not started the day after registration ends.  Students need more time to prepare and get their materials ready.  We started classes without having time to properly prepare.
  • Please find a way to make your library holdings available to online users. Please stop charging students at a distance fees for services they will never use!
  • Nothing
  • At least 2 face to face meetings.
  • None. I think it was well done.
  • A timeline for assignemts would have been helpful in keeping up with assignments.
  • I think it is great!
  • first few classes should be face to face, all other classes except for leadership formation should be online.
  • To have discussions that did not occur in real-time.
  • Get wimba pronto to function properly.  I liked the idea of the cameras with the chat.
  • School should test connections from different avenues of connection spots.
  • courses should be face to face at the beginning of the program and online at the end of the program.
  • Post learning modules as soon as possible.
  • Figure out a way to have wireless laptops have a stronger connectivity to Wimba.
  • Shorten online class sessions.
  • None at this time.
  • None at this time.
  • Continue to make them available for students to add on degrees and increase knowledge for their profession.
  • None
  • I like the way my professors spent the face to face meeting helping us log on to WebCT
  • Some type of make up opportunity
  • Keep offering this opportunity for educators to learn and grow.
  • Make up poiicy
  • OMG!!!!!  My biggest complaint is how difficult the UWG site is to use.  Finding things on here is a nightmare.  And Passwords!  Don't get me started.  There is a different password for every part of the website.  One password for My UWG.  another password for Webct.  AND ANOTHER (OLD ONE) for these surveys!!  You keep changing password requirements and making us change our password but then SOME OF THE WEB FEATURES STILL USE THE OLD PASSWORD that most of us have forgotten.  I can't imagine you get a good response percent on these surveys.
  • Chat sessions
  • 100% online no class meets.
  • no suggestions
  • None
  • Posting tutorial videos online.
  • I would like more training with this on-line technology.
  • All online.
  • To have the assignments boxes open all semester and a quick email response between teacher and students, and students to students.
  • N/A
  • This course had valuable learning modules that I didn't understand how to use until about two weeks into the course. A more in-depth modeling of how the modules at our face-to face meeting would have been helpful.
  • n/a
  • I really cannot think of any suggestions for this class.  I really feel that he puts a lot of thought into the information that he gives online and I did not search for anything that I needed that he did not provide.
  • I can not think of any suggestions.
  • N/A
  • Do not change anything about the course and the method of delivery.
  • N/A
  • Just provide enough detail for students to know what is expected of them.
  • At least 2 face to face meetings.
  • Create consistency in the format of information.
  • nothing
  • NA
  • No online group projects.
  • Have more online courses and have them available each semester.
  • Maybe this class just has too much material and requirements to squeeze into 3 weeks. It was hard to find a outreach experience location and get 10 hours of volunteer work within such a short time while also keeping up with the rest of the responsibilities of the course.
  • n/a
  • N/A
  • n/a
  • Nothing.
  • nothing
  • dont make them so short to where something major is due every day of online class
  • N/A
  • None that I can think of at the moment.
  • make the grading system out of something other than a hundred so the student could get more points to help their grade
  • not as expensive, i believe that the cost of an e-core class should not be this expensive and if it can not come down i think students will stop taking them. Students are talking about not taking them next summer since they are so expensive.
  • nothing
  • have more of them
  • I would suggest more than one attempt to turn in the assignments online.
  • N/A
  • That the professors know how to work the materials
  • None
  • Not sure
  • None
  • That all the other teachers with online courses use the same set up as Dr. **** because it was even better than sitting through a class lecture. By this, we could rewind information in the video to understand it better and you don't have to worry about other distractions that are in the classroom. If other teachers did use the same set up, i'm pretty possitive i would take all online classes.
  • Nothing
  • Study everyday, contact instructor if assistance is needed
  • no books
  • Print syllabus.
  • Don't make everyone take them by cutting the classroom environment.
  • Nothing
  • Make the test easier
  • Future online courses should use this or other courses set up by Dr. **** as an example of the best way for students to get the most from an online course.
  • that they all were as easy to follow as this one.
  • Make the test easier
  • Future online courses should use this or other courses set up by Dr. **** as an example of the best way for students to get the most from an online course.
  • More classes to choose from.
  • N/A
  • This course was well-defined. I would recommend all online courses to be well-defined so that there is no room for confusion. Make sure all instructions are clearly explained.
  • N/A
  • Nothing, I thought it was great, it just takes some getting used to.
  • show which quiz questoins you missed
  • This course should be an upper level class.
  • Have the professor available maybe once a week for questions and or help.
  • none
  • none
  • Provide individual feedback through out the course about the assignments.
  • none
  • Provide individual feedback during the course on assignments
  • Nothing, everything was balanced.
  • N/A
  • I would find a way to administer tests that doesn't involve a plug in that barely functions after one use.
  • Nothing
  • Maybe give the homework at the beginning of the week so that if people do choose to go out of town then they will be able too and not feel stressed out about getting the work done.
  • The courses need to be completing the course at your own speed within certain dates. Not as much pressure.
  • n/a
  • None I was satisfied with this course.
  • Despite progress, the University system needs to slow down on upgrades of Microsoft Office! We are always rushing toward the next version. It is very difficult to keep up with the latest software, and not everyone uses Windows or laptops.  With upgrades come more complexity that has to be relearned.  Computer supplies (paper, printer cartridges) and Internet are expensive on top of the technology fee.  I cannot afford technical support for my computer, so depending on it for graduation is precarious and angst-ridden at times. Whenever there's a problem, I'm told it's on my end.  So I have to spend an inordinate amount of time resolving technical issues rather than studying the course content.  Even though there are many advances in technology, the convenience is outweighed by expansiveness, sometimes beyond human comprehension.  The  trend away from face-to-face classroom learning needs more debate, not blind acceptance.  The art of teaching and listening in a classroom is vanishing.
  • none, instructor was very well prepared and knowledgable.  I would definately like to take another course by this instructor.
  • Have one face to face meeting.  Make material not as confusing and difficult.
  • Nothing other than professors should check their e-mails more than once a week, especially for an online class.
  • No suggestions at this point
  • Being flexible with the technology is a must for online courses. I really appreciated the fact that Dr. **** was understanding. In the future, an 'oops' dropbox for an online class might be helpful. It allows you to submit one late assignment with penalty.
  • I believe and hope that all future on-line courses are as clear and concise.
  • There are no suggestions.
  • More of a selection of courses
  • I think a face to face meeting should be mandatory.
  • No suggestions
  • N/A
  • I have taken online classes in the past and did not like them but I enjoyed this course with Ms. ****. I would not change a thing.
  • I would suggest that questions (emails) are answered more quickly.
  • None.
  • N/A
  • Maybe an optional orientation to go to to review for the semester.
  • DO NOT have things due before the face to face meeting and also dont have things due the weekend of a holiday, such as July 4th!
  • Know the teacher you will be dealing with ahead of time.
  • be aware of when system will be down for updates
  • Professors should be made to check their e-mails everyday
  • For future online courses, I would suggest compatibility with Google Chrome web browser.
  • Follow the template that Dr. **** has for how to lay out material on Webct.
  • n/a
  • Keep them coming! Add more on-line courses!
  • I would not make any suggestions. I think Ms. **** is doing a terrific job and the course is very informative. I loved this class!!
  • Not sure.
  • lesson the work load throughout the week
  • GPS and lesson plans should be the first lesson given.  I did not know how to do a lesson plan or use GPS standards until the end of the course.  Three prior education classes and this is the one that has to teach lesson plans and standards.  That does not make sense.    Have F2F meetings once a month or more; air out questions, view live examples, and discuss issues.    Have a show and tell page where all students can view others work by choice, of course.  The professor can post quality work with the student's permission for others to learn from.
  • shorter articles to read... took a lot of time to read when we didnt need to know half of the information that was given
  • None!
  • Professors should make it mandatory for students to respond to a certain number of peer postings on the discussion board.
  • Everything seemed to work really well
  • I would suggest more than one face-to-face meeting.
  • I am accustomed to face to face.  I did enjoy doing the coursework at my pace but there were times that a few face to face meetings and getting to know classmates might be helpful.
  • more direction on assignments and how to use the software would be great.
  • N/A.. I am glad **** let us complete our assignments on our own time. She allowed us to get ahead in the class unlike other professors who taught this class. I would recommend her to ANYONE!
  • I don't really have any.... except that only people with enough responsibility should take this.  You don't have a professor reminding of stuff face-to-face every week so you have to be responsible enough for yourself.
  • Make things due once a week instead of twice a week. It was hard for me to get things in during the middle of the week.
  • Make more suggestions on how to produce PowerPoints, etc. This will help students realize that there is more than one way to do things.
  • I would change nothing.
  • I wish they were all like this one. It was made very easy to navigate and understand the assignments. The teacher was also accessible.
  • I would have loved to have had a face to face meeting during the 2nd week of class.  At that point, I had already tried to navigate through the on-line process and would have had a better idea on what I needed to ask questions.  Also, I think there needs to be some regularly scheduled optional lab times where the professor would be there to show you how to do things with which you were having trouble. I did not want to call my professor every time I had a question, but it would have been nice to know I could show up at a lab session and talk to her.
  • Stay up to date with the grades and assignments, not being late
  • I really enjoyed everything about this course and I learned a lot! I don't have any suggestions for change at this time.
  • Take this class off the curriculum. Or, make it during the regular semester. It's too time consuming!!
  • Everything was great.
  • none
  • N/A
  • Use a program other than the SAM Pathways (use a program that will run faster off of DSL Internet and that also has less errors-SAM frequently would not accept that I had completed an exercise even after actually completing the exercise several times).
  • Require at least one mid semester meeting. Force the teacher to be willing to help the students and meet with them. Especially if he is not willing to answer emails.
  • Make the course applicable for Mac users.  Lessen the amount of unnecessary busy work.
  • I think the class was well designed overall and worked as well as could be expected in the online format.  I don't think any major changes should be made.
  • Maintain organization!  Respond as quickly as possible to help questions.
  • Make sure there is a more effective way to get support from the instructor.  He was very nice and had his course set up well, but not getting feedback was a little frustrating at times.
  • I think that the things that are being done are going well.
  • The teacher be available.
  • A designated online T.A. would be helpful. They would serve as a liaison between the professor and the student and route questions concerns accordingly.
  • I would suggest that the professor have students e-mail them if they have problems or a million questions about an assignment.
  • I like the way that Dr. **** replies to questions in a timely manner.  That is not the case for all instructors, but Dr. **** does a very good job.
  • No suggestions at this time.
  • N/A
  • I do like the optional face to face meetings in the summer and am glad that my course in the fall only has one.
  • Continue to use student feedback of each others' work.  This is very valuable to me in terms of encouragement and refining of ideas.  I love this program.
  • None. I think it was done very well.
  • I have none.
  • Continue to to look at similar tools! Great job!  Google is moving in the direction to have good library 2.0 tools. Share pictures, bookmarks, calendars, documents...just an idea.
  • None
  • I cannot think of any changes I would make.
  • n/a
  • I suggest making the courses completely online.
  • None
  • nothing
  • None
  • no suggestions needed
  • None - I think WGA does a great job with online courses.
  • More contact within the course between student and professor on line.
  • I would like to have online courses that do not require any face to face meetings.
  • Less frequent log-in requirements.  Streamlining of where materials are located on CourseDen.
  • Develop consistency in the format of the online course.
  • none- all was great!
  • More consistency for web pages for each class.  Some professors us a folder system where they tell you what assignments are due for the week, and I think a lot of students like this a lot.
  • more details of the requirements of sections of the P&P handbook
  • It needs to stay open longer on Fri.
  • Be sure the announcements in face-to-face classes are reinforced in writing on the web page. That helps students stay organized and remain clear on expectations.
  • none
  • Online materials from library made available to distance learners.
  • none
  • None.
  • I would suggest making more course fully online, without required trips to campus.
  • None.
  • nothing
  • no suggestions
  • less F2F
  • ?
  • Posting videos to demonstrate how to use the online portion.
  • There should be practices in place for classes that are cancelled during a student's last semester. Students should have an option for an independent study or alternative for cancelled during their last semester.
  • na
  • I would like to be able to take completely online courses that do not require face-to-face meetings.
  • I would have liked more structured interacting with classmates. It is difficult to 'meet' someone to collaborate with.
  • Only take one in the summer. I like optional fact to face meetings.
  • Continue to allow for group work and collaboration.
  • I do not have any suggestions at this time.
  • Continue to do what is happening.
  • Continue to ensure student expectations are clearly stated.
  • Online courses are sometimes more demanding than face to face.  I suggest that the instructors go through every assignment and ask themselves if this is repetitive or is is necessary for learning.   Course den is not always easy to use.  I lost work because it would just stop working and I would have to use another browser to get it to start working again.
  • No face to face meetings.
  • None. The class was very well put together. The professor got back to the students on a timely manor. Everything was graded fairly. The coursework wasn't too much to handle. It was challenging, but manageable!
  • Nothing
  • none
  • none
  • none at present
  • I wouldn't change anything.
  • none
  • All information in one location.
  • not sure
  • none
  • Open up the entire course at the beginning of the semester so there is the ability to work ahead on materials that are not time sensitive (i.e., discussions, which, for obvious reasons a discussion must be done in a timely manner).
  • nothing
  • Quicker grading and feedback from the instructor.
  • Alternative assignments are ideal in the event of technology failure ( i.e. no server connection).
  • Make the modules span over around 3 to 4 days and not overlap rather than two to three days.
  • Make sure assignments are added to the course in a timely manner; and that the instructor responds to students in a timely manner as well.  If I am taking an online course, and I email or call the instructor, I would expect some sort of response within 24 hours, not 72 or more hours, or no response at all.  Especially if the course is turning around assignments every 2 to 3 days, timely feedback is essential so that a student can resolve issues quickly and keep up with the course.
  • na
  • Keep the optional meetings. Thanks for the deadline extensions.
  • nothing
  • No face to face meetings.
  • Take out some requirements for summer version of course.
  • Make the courses all online! It is tough to drive 100 miles for each class.
  • N/A
  • For summer courses allow for group work and collaboration or take away one of the projects.
  • Don't offer this one in the summer or warn students about the extremely heavy workload..
  • none
  • For this particular class, maybe make it a semester only class, rather than a summer class.  We did a lot of work in a short amount of time.  There also could be better online tutorials.  While the podcasts and vidcasts that were available were informative, they sometimes seemed to cover too much material causing the viewer to lose interest.  Perhaps a briefer, more basic tutorial could be presented and the longer version could be available, if people still needed instruction.
  • easier access to student web space through stu.westga.edu
  • None at this time
  • have more.
  • Nothing - I learned a great deal in this class collaborating with other students and learning from Dr. ****.
  • None
  • none
  • The less face-to-face meetings, the better.
  • See above--But for new students--MORE TRAINING on how all technological aspects from loading to UWGA server--we all do this but in different ways at our schcol to the different emails--school and class--different forms of Wimba--I feel the training was very poor. Much was just expected to be know.  Please know that we are all coming from different computer backgrounds--but mainly that we may be used to performing these tasks in a different manner with different software and do not automatically understand the difference.  I see below you are asking my age--I am very tech savvy. I have not been in grad school in a while--but have had lots of technology training. I create websites, create and manage wikis--very knowledgeable of databases--can make green screen movies, animation online, camtasia videos and much more.  If someone with knowledge and tech competency felt thrown out to the wolves to survive--how will others that are not comfortable with technology feel?
  • I have no suggestions.
  • Close discussion questions after a week or so.
  • none
  • Balance portions of the text with other articles/case studies. It was just a bit difficult to slog through the text.
  • N/A
  • none
  • none at present
  • None
  • I have none.  The classes are great.
  • Nothing at this time.
  • None
  • N/A
  • They should all be developed like this!
  • I do not have any suggestions at this time.
  • Split the days up so you don't have every other Friday going down.
  • none
  • none
  • NA
  • no suggestion
  • nothing
  • I do not have any suggestions.
  • Make textbooks optional.  I spent $101 for a 'required' textbook.  I never opened the book.  I sold the book back to the bookstore, in completely brand new, pristine condition, for $35.  What a ripoff.  Tuition should be free, if books are required.
  • Expand the selection of courses offered.
  • None
  • none
  • Make the material of the test CORRESPOND with the sample questions the students are doing on their own out of the textbook. Try not to just use the test bank... MAKE YOUR OWN QUESTIONS!
  • Not make the tests as difficult
  • This does not pertain to this class at all, but I would suggest a reasonable amount of time to complete the tests.  There ae some professors who are being extremely difficult by allowing less time to take the tests than there are questions.
  • maybe do 1/2 and 1/2
  • I think tuition should be less for these courses as much of the instruction is self guided.
  • n/a
  • organization means everything and this course was well organized.
  • nothing
  • that all on line classes were easy to follow.
  • Never make a summer online class have a group project assignment.
  • N/A
  • None
  • none
  • no suggestions
  • Not having course den shut down at such an inconvenient hour.
  • none
  • Let us see the answers to tests/quizzes
  • nothing
  • none
  • none
  • No group projects.  Not applicable to this particular online course.
  • none
  • None
  • Have live online help available 24/7
  • I don't know.
  • None
  • None
  • More accountability. More reinforcement of module skills and concepts in the classroom.
  • I liked how we got the material before the class started and it was are responsiblity to prepare before class. I enjoyed it.
  • none
  • Since this class uses a lot of research, it will be good if at the beginning of the class all students have a sort of hand-outs so we can use the distance learning support service for library and research materials. A lot of students, like me, don't know about this services, and if somebody knows, they are not sure how to use it or how it works.
  • None
  • N/A
  • For the instructor to be more involved in discussions and learning on-line!
  • After completion and grading of computer quizzes, I think it is important to be able to review the questions the student answers incorrectly
  • I will not participate in another on-line course.
  • none
  • As much as I am not a fan of wimba maybe a wimba session where people can al least interact. Overall I would not change anything about this course.
  • Please continue to offer online courses.  Without the online class option, many students like myself would have a difficult time fitting class time into their busy work schedules. Not to mention how difficult it would be for someone living so far away from the campus to drive down there 3 times a week. Thank you for online classes.
  • That if a summer class is requiring an enormous amount of time, that there be a warning available (easily accessible) at time of registration.
  • none so far
  • Less folders.
  • N/A
  • Less busy work.
  • It was fine.
  • More examples of work.
  • none
  • n/a
  • Having a precursor to what will happen in class in order to feel more prepared.
  • I would like the online classes to be a little more easy to use. It took me a while to get the hang of it.
  • na
  • If teachers are going to teach a class completely online, they must provide better notes or power point presentations.
  • None.
  • none
  • I would assign groups.
  • nothing
  • None
  • I would love to have one or two face-to-face meetings!
  • 1. Online needs to be organized!  This class was very organized.  The class assignments and due dates were specific and I knew exactly what to expect.    2. Online also needs communication between class and instructor on a timely basis and often.  This class also had fantastic communication.  For three weeks the class and instructor were in constant communication.  The instructor completed grading on a very timely basis and I felt I always knew what my standing was in the class.
  • Possibly, example assignments. It was difficult to know how strict papers were going to be graded. Maybe a rubric would be helpful as well.
  • Having more chats they were very helpful and interesting to me.
  • It would be helpful if the professor had a set time to answer emails from the participants in order for questions about material to be clarified.  I realized that it is impossible to constantly be online emailing students when you have a large caseload.  Perhaps if you give the class a set day once a week...read them and see if there is a theme to the questions you could answer a great many of them with one email to the entire class.  This would have been a great service to me.  The professor I had did not seem to prefer email at all.
  • None.
  • na
  • nothing
  • None
  • n/a
  • None.
  • More Wimba training sessions
  • none
  • Have some face to face time so that the professors can see that you are an actual person.  They seem to forget that part.
  • None.
  • None.  The problems I had in this course, I believe, are typical of any online course.
  • Train instructors on how to give feedback to students taking online classes.  Or, put a consistent feedback protocol in place.
  • nothing in particular
  • I do not have any.
  • none
  • Make assignments private and discussions public.
  • Good class
  • nothing
  • make it longer so not everything is due at once....
  • none
  • n/a
  • They should be entirely online if all of the assignments are online. I don't think it's necessary to come half the time if everything you are graded on is online.
  • no
  • None.
  • I would suggest that there be descriptive information on how to work out assignments on-line.
  • NOTHING
  • N/A
  • more advance powerpoints
  • For this course specifically i would reccomend a different nstructor doing the narraitions on the slide, it was not Ms. **** cy the way, it was a males voice that was unbareable.
  • Webct is fine, the course needs to be modified.
  • Make more of them available!
  • I think that this course should have more time face to face with the professor.  It was also difficult to complete the amount of work required during the shorter summer term.  I would not recommend taking this class during the summer due to the amount and type of work required.
  • If possible, do not make them online.  I know that is the trend nowadays, but you are really losing so much experience and knowledge.
  • I do not have any suggestions for this course.
  • None.
  • I think there was a glich with the gradebook. The assignments seem to have been duplicated somehow. I would fix that to keep down and confusion.
  • adding discussions about the topics might have helped in my research.
  • summer advisement is a bit sporadic. I would advise having someone on call for the entire grad department for ed at all times and I would advise giving that number to students and an email contact.    Professors were highly available, but someone with greater authority might be needed in case of a problem.    There were no problems.
  • Post grades for the first few discussions so students can know where they need to improve.
  • Provide individual feedback about assignments as the course progresses.
  • require more feedback and involvement from professors
  • No more for the Speech department.
  • na
  • na
  • Lower cost!
  • none
  • NA
  • NA
  • None
  • This should be the standard for on-line courses. Best so far
  • n/a
  • Make the corrected quizes available immediately after they have been submitted as they were in every other online class I have taken.
  • optional class meetings
  • none
  • No group projects
  • I think on-line courses could be improved with the opportunity for more real face-to-face contact, perhaps utilizing seminars with guest speakers.
  • Faster teacher response to questions, and more clarity on assignments.
  • Given the ever-changing amount of laws, regulations, classifications, etc. in Special Education, I suppose teaching this online may, in fact, be the best way.  I lament the decline of the lecture format and loss of listening skills developed in the classroom.  There are  burdens on the student to maintain proper computer access from home, and technical issues can take away time from studying course content.  But overall, I think the online approach makes sense for this course.
  • no suggestions
  • Teachers should let the students know how important group collaboration is and communication is key!
  • Include more relevant hands on projects that will improve proficiency of learning topics.
  • nothing
  • Make the syllabus simple to understand and don't group major assignments all in a matter of a few days apart.
  • None
  • more optional class meetings
  • Given the ever-changing amount of laws, regulations, classifications, etc. in Special Education, I suppose teaching this online may, in fact, be the best way.  I lament the decline of the lecture format and loss of listening skills developed in the classroom.  There are burdens on the student to maintain proper computer access from home, and technical issues can take away time from studying course content.  But overall, I think the online approach makes sense for this course.
  • Maybe give credit to students that communicate effectively through the discussion board.  Putting individuals in small groups definately have its benefits, but my experience the students only communicate within those groups.  Maybe changing the groups for the various assignments will allow other ideas and open-ness amongst the entire class.
  • Everything was done well.
  • orientation for students that don't know how to use the software- many others had problems with online meetings which made it difficult for students comfortable with the software
  • I have no suggestions at this time.
  • I would suggest all work should be due at 12AM
  • none
  • I have no suggestions at this time.
  • Not sure right now.
  • none
  • NA
  • Less discussion postings and more activities
  • Your e-mail system needs to be updated. It is hard to get connected and remain connected. I have an IBM think pad and a new Dell system. Update your software and connectivity.
  • Please make expectations for on-line postings clear, such as what an initial post should contain, as well as when it should be posted.
  • nothing in particular
  • The post discussions ought to be guided by professor.  I believe that the post discussions should be relative to the content or unit instead of trivial matters.
  • Just make sure you are remembering how much time it takes to complete assignments if they are going to be a meaningful part of our electronic portfolios.
  • none
  • n/a
  • NA
  • N/A
  • n/a
  • Work out the glitches of being knocked offline with MUCH frequency and knowledge to prepare to save (recover) work that may be lost when kicked offline.    This summer compared to the previous 2 semesters were more like 'CurseDen'
  • Guided posted discussions by the professor.
  • More feed back.
  • More of them!!
  • More communication access.
  • To stick with the same format that my teacher used. He had each day separated which made it a lot easier to keep up with coursework.
  • One of the suggestions I have is that students participating in online classes shouldn't have to pay additional money to take their midterm and final. I found it ridiculous to have to pay $10 per exam while taking three online classes. Two tests times three classes; it adds up.
  • overall less assays. wow. I had an assay every other day.
  • I would suggest more than one attempt to turn in the assignments online.
  • They are great!!!
  • Explain it more clearly.
  • Try to limit the amount of reading
  • none
  • Maybe to be less busy work at times and more work-related exercises to use in the actual work environment. I would suggest more case studies and discussion threads.
  • Make the work less group oriented, especially for larger projects as one or two people tend to have to compensate for their teammates which isn't fair. There are some people I know who are receiving a Master's and barely contributed to anything.
  • Webinars or prerecorded teaching sessions.  Additional training and support for CAPSIM.
  • Maybe a better chat room
  • To follow a very detailed course outline as Dr. **** did.
  • More online time.
  • Have material available on the class site so that there is no traveling to campus to get work but only for face to face meetings.
  • The price of the Distance Learning Classes should be more known and advertised. I do not think people should have to call or see there Financial Aid Breakdown Bill to know the price of a Distance Learning Class.
  • I found it very accommodating with my different schedules. I do not see any things wrong or undesirable to complain about. As every technology it can have issues such as shutting down in the middle of my work, but I learned to save it on word prior and paste it later
  • Don't have a course online that still requires materials only available at the school's library.
  • Apply extra credit work for student who felt they need a boost in their grade.
  • In the future I would like that on the first day of classes when students meet Professor **** should tell students to form groups so they would work on the final project together.
  • None.
  • Some online course need to offer extra credit to students that work can need a bit of a boost. Not that I needed any extra credit, I know everyone has a different way of learning and some people need little incentives. Other than that on-line is great.
  • this class was good, I like Dr. ****, he was very helpfull and truly care about his students.
  • More study tools to help understanding of material.
  • a more streamlined program than courseden for turning in assignments and accessing homework.