UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2005 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

16
2.48

Disagree

34
5.26

Undecided

65
10.06

Agree

194
30.03

Strongly Agree

337
52.17

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

24
3.72

Disagree

55
8.53

Undecided

49
7.60

Agree

213
33.02

Strongly Agree

304
47.13

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

10
1.55

Disagree

27
4.18

Undecided

42
6.50

Agree

214
33.13

Strongly Agree

353
54.64

 

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

Frequency

Percent

N/A

5
.78

Strongly Disagree

2
.31

Disagree

25
3.89

Undecided

23
3.58

Agree

222
34.53

Strongly Agree

366
56.92

 

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

Frequency

Percent

N/A

5
.78

Disagree

6
.93

Undecided

12
1.86

Agree

208
32.25

Strongly Agree

414
64.19

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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

12
1.86

Disagree

34
5.28

Undecided

80
12.42

Agree

147
22.83

Strongly Agree

371

57.61

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

51
7.92

Disagree

134
20.81

Undecided

173
26.86

Agree

147
22.83

Strongly Agree

139
21.58

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

13
2.02

Disagree

17
2.64

Did not use Help Line

398
61.90

Agree

106
16.47

Strongly Agree

109
16.95

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

UWG Computer Lab

33
5.11

Undecided

2
.31

Home

534
82.66

Other

9
1.39

Work

60
9.29

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

80
12.38

Expert

79
12.23

Knowledgeable

469
72.60

Novice

18
2.79

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

34
5.28

Disagree

49
7.61

Undecided

105
16.30

Agree

169
26.24

Strongly Agree

287
44.57

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

67
10.50

Disagree

78
12.23

Undecided

106
16.61

Agree

147
23.04

Strongly Agree

240
37.62

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton campus

172
26.63

11-20 miles from campus

49
7.59

21-45 miles from campus

159
24.61

46-65 miles from campus

105
16.25

66-85 miles from campus

83
12.85

More than 85 miles from campus

70
10.84

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

41
6.99

20-29 

285
48.63

30-39

129
22.01

40-49

89
15.19

50+

42
7.18

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

117
18.57

Disagree

15
2.38

Agree

498
79.05

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

26
4.10

Strongly Disagree

16
2.52

Disagree

40
6.31

Agree

299
47.16

Strongly Agree

253
39.91

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unacceptable

19
3.01

Needs Improvement

43
6.80

Neutral/NA  

181
28.64

Good

214
33.86

Excellent

175
27.69

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

14
2.27

Strongly Disagree

66
10.70

Disagree

247
40.03

Agree

188
30.47

Strongly Agree

102
16.53

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

210
34.20

Unacceptable

6
.98

Needs Improvement

34
5.54

Neutral N/A

187
30.46

Good

119
19.38

Excellent

58
9.45

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

133
22.28

Unacceptable

19
3.18

Needs Improvement

35
5.86

Neutral N/A

177
29.65

Good

128
21.44

Excellent

105
17.59

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

183
30.65

Unacceptable

13
2.18

Needs Improvement

27
4.52

Neutral N/A

170
28.48

Good

117
19.60

Excellent

87
14.57

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

176
27.72

1

144
22.68

2

104
16.38

3

89
14.02

4

77
12.13

5

45
7.09

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

280
43.34

Yes

355
54.95

 

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

218
33.75

Yes

414
64.09

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Last updated 3/31/06 by Stacey Rowland