UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2008 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, Blackboard’s Vista 8 (now called CourseDen, formerly 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

1859 Total Respondents

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

6

.3

No Response

6

.3

Strongly Disagree

23

1.2

Disagree

77

4.1

Undecided

178

9.6

Agree

618

33.2

Strongly Agree

951

51.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

7

.4

No Response

14

.8

Strongly Disagree

55

3.0

Disagree

88

4.7

Undecided

120

6.5

Agree

655

35.2

Strongly Agree

920

49.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

18

1.0

No Response

16

.9

Strongly Disagree

34

1.8

Disagree

51

2.7

Undecided

126

6.8

Agree

637

34.3

Strongly Agree

977

52.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

23

1.2

No Response

13

.7

Strongly Disagree

19

1.0

Disagree

48

2.6

Undecided

55

3.0

Agree

694

37.3

Strongly Agree

1007

54.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

26

1.4

No Response

9

.5

Strongly Disagree

18

1.0

Disagree

25

1.3

Undecided

43

2.3

Agree

652

35.1

Strongly Agree

1086

58.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

377

26.90

Disagree

44

3.10

Strongly Agree

811

58.00

Strongly Disagree

14

1.00

Undecided

64

4.60

No Response

11

0.80

Does not apply

77

5.50

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

23

1.2

No Response

10

.5

Strongly Disagree

121

6.5

Disagree

392

21.1

Undecided

446

24.0

Agree

413

22.2

Strongly Agree

454

24.4

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

872

46.9

No Response

10

.5

Strongly Disagree

43

2.3

Disagree

53

2.9

Undecided

253

13.6

Agree

317

17.1

Strongly Agree

311

16.7

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

9

.5

Home

1635

88.0

UWG

75

4.0

Undecided

18

1.0

Work

99

5.3

Other

23

1.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

13

.7

Novice, Beginner

110

5.9

Knowledgeable

1375

74.0

Expert

361

19.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

13

.7

No Response

12

.6

Strongly Disagree

80

4.3

Disagree

142

7.6

Undecided

286

15.4

Agree

576

31.0

Strongly Agree

750

40.3

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

13

.7

No Response

11

.6

Strongly Disagree

156

8.4

Disagree

242

13.0

Undecided

354

19.0

Agree

446

24.0

Strongly Agree

637

34.3

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

10

.5

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

594

32.0

11-20 miles from campus

186

10.0

21-45 miles from campus

451

24.3

46-65 miles from campus

285

15.3

66-85 miles from campus

182

9.8

more than 85 miles from campus

151

8.1

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

296

16

20 - 29

723

39

30 - 39

302

16

40 - 49

250

13

50+

91

5

No Response

197

11

 

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

22

1.2

Unsure

512

27.5

No

39

2.1

Yes

1286

69.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

89

4.8

No Response

11

.6

Strongly Disagree

33

1.8

Disagree

118

6.3

Undecided

78

4.2

Agree

891

47.9

Strongly Agree

639

34.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

305

16.4

No Response

17

.9

Unacceptable

28

1.5

Needs Improvement

100

5.4

Neutral

300

16.1

Good

618

33.2

Excellent

491

26.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

419

22.5

No Response

17

.9

Unacceptable

28

1.5

Needs Improvement

181

9.7

Neutral

325

17.5

Good

558

30.0

Excellent

331

17.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

703

37.8

No Response

19

1.0

Unacceptable

19

1.0

Needs Improvement

131

7.0

Neutral

331

17.8

Good

430

23.1

Excellent

226

12.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

734

39.5

No Response

23

1.2

Unacceptable

55

3.0

Needs Improvement

97

5.2

Neutral

241

13.0

Good

391

21.0

Excellent

318

17.1

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

767

41.3

No Response

19

1.0

Unacceptable

33

1.8

Needs Improvement

132

7.1

Neutral

327

17.6

Good

366

19.7

Excellent

215

11.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

9

.5

0

444

23.9

1

363

19.5

2

374

20.1

3

244

13.1

4

285

15.3

5

140

7.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

16

.9

Yes

768

41.3

No

1075

57.8

 

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 Response

26

1.4

Yes

1097

59.0

No

736

39.6

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