UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2007 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

99

31.13

Disagree

16

5.03

Strongly Agree

151

47.48

Strongly Disagree

4

1.26

Undecided

48

15.09

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

106

33.02

Disagree

16

4.98

Strongly Agree

172

53.58

Strongly Disagree

9

2.80

Undecided

18

5.61

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

96

30.09

Disagree

3

0.94

Strongly Agree

193

60.50

Strongly Disagree

3

0.94

Undecided

24

7.52

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

114

35.63

Disagree

10

3.13

Strongly Agree

177

55.31

Strongly Disagree

9

2.81

Undecided

10

3.13

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

100

31.25

Disagree

5

1.56

Strongly Agree

203

63.44

Strongly Disagree

5

1.56

Undecided

7

2.19

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

84

26.42

Disagree

17

5.35

Strongly Agree

155

48.74

Strongly Disagree

7

2.20

Undecided

55

17.30

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

77

24.06

Disagree

54

16.88

Strongly Agree

81

25.31

Strongly Disagree

22

6.88

Undecided

86

26.88

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Agree

48

15.00

Disagree

12

3.75

Strongly Agree

60

18.75

Strongly Disagree

6

1.88

Undecided

194

60.63

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

Home

271

83.38

Other

3

0.92

UWG Computer Lab

26

8.00

Undecided

2

0.62

Work

18

5.54

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

28

8.62

Expert

43

13.23

Knowledgeable

236

72.62

Novice

12

3.69

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

96

30.09

Disagree

26

8.15

Strongly Agree

114

35.74

Strongly Disagree

20

6.27

Undecided

63

19.75

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

70

22.01

Disagree

38

11.95

Strongly Agree

105

33.02

Strongly Disagree

31

9.75

Undecided

74

23.27

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

11-20 miles from campus

33

10.15

21-45 miles from campus

70

21.54

46-65 miles from campus

47

14.46

66-85 miles from campus

17

5.23

Less than 10 miles from campus

134

41.23

More than 85 miles from campus

18

5.54

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

63

22.1

20 - 29

210

51.22

30 - 39

46

15.07

40 - 49

25

8.75

50+

5

1.75

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

188

63.95

Disagree

7

2.38

Unsure

99

33.67

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

142

44.79

Disagree

20

6.31

Strongly Agree

141

44.48

Strongly Disagree

7

2.21

Unsure

7

2.21

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

80

25.72

Good

106

34.08

Needs Improvement

18

5.79

Neutral

97

31.19

Unacceptable

10

3.22

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

77

 

Good

105

 

Needs Improvement

21

 

Neutral

100

 

Unacceptable

8

 

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

72

22.93

Unacceptable

2

0.64

Needs Improvement

22

7.01

Neutral N/A

69

21.97

Good

94

29.94

Excellent

55

17.52

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

62

19.81

Good

93

21.71

Needs Improvement

14

4.47

Neutral N/A

89

28.43

Unacceptable

9

2.88

Unsure

46

14.70

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

79

25.32

Excellent

53

16.99

Good

78

25.00

Needs Improvement

15

4.81

Neutral

81

25.96

Unacceptable

6

1.92

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

21

6.65

1

69

21.84

2

57

18.04

3

75

23.73

4

73

23.10

5

21

6.65

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

162

49.85

Yes

163

50.15

 

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

191

58.77

Yes

134

100.00

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Last updated 7/9/08 by Alicia Williams