UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2006 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

Agree

234
34.46

Disagree

35
5.15

Strongly Agree

321
47.28

Strongly Disagree

12
1.77

Undecided

77
11.34

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
248
36.47
Disagree
39
5.74
Strongly Agree
315
46.32
Strongly Disagree
24
3.53
Undecided
54
7.94

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
244
35.88
Disagree
13
1.91
Strongly Agree
382
56.18
Strongly Disagree
4
.59
Undecided
37
5.44

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
286
42.06
Disagree
60
8.82
Strongly Agree
287
42.21
Strongly Disagree
6
.88
Undecided
41
6.03

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
275
40.50
Disagree
17
2.50
Strongly Agree
354
52.14
Strongly Disagree
3
.44
Undecided
30
4.42


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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
189
28.04
Disagree
26
3.86
Strongly Agree
368
54.60
Strongly Disagree
12
1.78
Undecided
79
11.72

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
184
27.18
Disagree
136
20.09
Strongly Agree
144
21.27
Strongly Disagree
48
7.09
Undecided
165
24.37

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Agree
114
16.84
Disagree
27
3.99
Strongly Agree
431
63.66
Strongly Disagree
94
13.88
Undecided
11
1.62

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

Home
582
84.56
Other
1
.15
UWG Computer Lab
36
.23
Undecided
4
.58
Work
56
8.14

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

68
9.88

Expert

99
14.39

Knowledgeable

487
70.78

Novice

23
3.34

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
181
26.74
Disagree
52
7.68
Strongly Agree
321
47.42
Strongly Disagree
33
4.87
Undecided
90
13.29

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
152
22.39
Disagree
98
14.43
StronglytAgree
266
39.18
Stronlgy Disagree
57
8.39
Undecided
106
15.61

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

11-20 miles from campus

59
8.58

21-45 miles from campus

167
24.27

46-65 miles from campus

118
17.15

66-85 miles from campus

78
11.34
Less than 10 miles from campus
155
22.53

More than 85 miles from campus

100
14.53

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
30
4.91
20 - 29
258
42.21
30 - 39
161
26.35
40 - 49
113
18.48
50+
49
8.05


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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
526
81.30
Disagree
16
2.47
Unsure
105
16.23

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
354
52.60
Disagree
27
4.01
Strongly Agree
256
38.04
Strongly Disagree
14
2.08
Unsure
22
3.27

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent
195
29.47
Good
235
35.34
Needs Improvement
47
7.07
Neutral
175
26.32
Unacceptable
12
1.80

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent
109
16.44
Good
234
35.29
Needs Improvement
56
8.45
Neutral
250
37.71
Unaccaptable
14
2.11

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

250
37.48

Unacceptable

54
8.10

Needs Improvement

148
22.19

Neutral N/A

40
6.00

Good

173
25.94

Excellent

2
.30

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

106
16.28

Good

178
27.34

Needs Improvement

32
4.92

Neutral N/A

187
28.73

Unacceptable

7
1.08

Unsure

141
21.66


24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply
217
33.03
Excellent
84
12.79
Good
156
23.74
Needs Improvement
31
4.72
Neutral
163
24.81
Unacceptable
6
.91

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

202
29.79

1

163
24.04

2

137
20.21

3

96
14.16

4

58
8.55

5

22
3.24

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

256
37.21

Yes

432
62.79

 

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

332
48.26

Yes

356
51.74

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Last updated 2/28/07 by Stacey Rowland