STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2004 Distance Learning Courses' Aggregate Survey Results


In order to strengthen UWG’s distance and distributed learning programs, separate evaluations have been developed for distance courses.  These evaluations specifically address issues to ensure that the technology used is appropriate, and that students are satisfied with their learning experiences. Each term a Student Evaluation is distributed to all students enrolled in distance learning courses. The evaluation is made available online to those enrolled in web-based courses.  The evaluations were developed by the Distance Learning Administrator and a team of faculty experienced in distance teaching. Evaluation results, including a compilation of student comments, are reported to each department chair, and then forwarded to the respective faculty. The Distance and Distributed Education   Center retains copies of all evaluations. Data collected is used to help determine which courses need to be offered, the effectiveness of the interaction, and how training and support services can be improved. Our university’s selected online course delivery tool, WebCT, also allows for formative assessment and evaluation by the instructor, who can track student usage patterns. 

Survey results for an individual course, are available upon request from distance@westga.edu

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Information: Distance Education Student Survey Results

1.   At the beginning of the semester my attitude toward on-line learning was positive.

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

1

.30

Disagree

16

4.76

Undecided

42

12.50

Agree

99

29.46

Strongly Agree

178

52.98

 

2.  At the end of the semester, my attitude toward on-line learning is positive. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

8

2.39

Disagree

14

4.18

Undecided

16

4.78

Agree

102

30.45

Strongly Agree

195

58.21

 

3.  My instructor was positive about the online component of this course. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

1

.30

Disagree

3

.90

Undecided

10

3.00

Agree

90

27.03

Strongly Agree

229

68.77

 

4.  I found WebCT easy to understand and utilize by the second week of class

Frequency

Percent

N/A

1

.30

Strongly Disagree

3

.90

Disagree

12

3.59

Undecided

8

2.40

Agree

105

31.44

Strongly Agree

205

61.38

 

5.  I now find WebCT easy to use and understand. 

Frequency

Percent

N/A

3

.90

Strongly Disagree

2

.60

Disagree

4

1.20

Undecided

2

.60

Agree

86

25.83

Strongly Agree

236

70.87

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6.  Having the flexibility to contribute to class discussions outside the classroom on my own time was valuable to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

2

.60

Disagree

6

1.80

Undecided

23

6.91

Agree

74

22.22

Strongly Agree

228

68.47

 

7.  I feel more comfortable participating in class online that I do in a face-to-face setting. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

19

5.69

Disagree

76

22.75

Undecided

94

28.14

Agree

50

14.97

Strongly Agree

95

28.44

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

4

1.22

Disagree

3

.91

Did not use Help Line

198

60.37

Agree

47

14.33

Strongly Agree

76

23.17

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

UWG Computer Lab

26

7.51

Undecided

1

.29

Home

256

73.99

Other

7

2.02

Work

41

11.85

 

10.  How would you describe you level of experience using computers and the Internet (prior to this course)? 

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

28

8.09

Expert

44

12.72

Knowledgeable

259

74.86

Novice

2

.58

 

11: I would like to take classes in the future that are mostly on-line. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

11

3.29

Disagree

25

7.49

Undecided

33

9.88

Agree

78

23.35

Strongly Agree

187

55.99

 

12: I would like to take classes in the future that are completely on-line. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

25

7.49

Disagree

35

10.48

Undecided

54

16.17

Agree

79

23.65

Strongly Agree

141

42.22

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton campus

68

19.65

11-20 miles from campus

21

6.07

21-45 miles from campus

69

19.94

46-65 miles from campus

82

23.70

66-85 miles from campus

36

10.40

More than 85 miles from campus

55

15.90

Question 14: What did you like about the online portion of this course?

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Question 15: What did you dislike about the online portion of this course?

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Question 16: What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

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17.  What is your age? 

Frequency

Percent

<20

24

7.45

20-29 

133

41.30

30-39

83

25.78

40-49

49

15.19

50+

33

10.23

 

18.  Registration for this course was available at a distance (online, via phone or via fax). 

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

63

19.09

Disagree

8

2.42

Agree

259

78.48

 

19.  Materials required for this course were available for convenient purchase. 

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

30

9.12

Strongly Disagree

4

1.22

Disagree

16

4.86

Agree

136

41.34

Strongly Agree

143

43.47

 

20.  The academic advising related to distance learning which I received prior to this course was: 

Frequency

Percent

Unacceptable

6

1.85

Needs Improvement

18

5.54

Neutral/NA

74

22.77

Good

120

36.92

Excellent

107

32.92

 

21.  Information on financial aid available prior to registration was: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

7

2.18

Strongly Disagree

33

10.28

Disagree

126

39.25

Agree

94

29.28

Strongly Agree

61

19.00

 

22.  Information on career services on UWG's website is: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

113

34.98

Unacceptable

1

.31

Needs Improvement

16

4.95

Neutral N/A

90

27.86

Good

69

21.36

Excellent

34

10.53

 

23.  Means for resolving student complaints related to this course were: 

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

77

24.76

Unacceptable

4

1.29

Needs Improvement

11

3.54

Neutral N/A

77

24.76

Good

63

20.26

Excellent

79

25.40

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

113

35.99

Unacceptable

4

1.27

Needs Improvement

8

2.55

Neutral N/A

67

21.34

Good

63

20.06

Excellent

59

18.79

 

25.  How many on-campus courses (not online) are you taking this term? 

Frequency

Percent

0

106

32.02

1

72

21.75

2

49

14.80

3

52

15.71

4

37

11.18

5

15

4.53

 

26.  Did you use the UWG Library website to access information needed for your class?

Frequency

Percent

No

115

33.24

Yes

217

62.72

 

27.  Were you aware that the UWG Library has Distance Learning Support Service to help you get the library and research materials you need?

Frequency

Percent

No

107

30.92

Yes

225

65.03

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