STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Spring 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

3

.80

Disagree

21

5.60

Undecided

42

11.20

Agree

123

32.80

Strongly Agree

186

49.60

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

10

2.68

Disagree

23

6.17

Undecided

19

5.09

Agree

122

32.71

Strongly Agree

199

53.35

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

5

1.34

Disagree

9

2.42

Undecided

29

7.80

Agree

99

26.61

Strongly Agree

230

61.83

 

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

Frequency

Percent

N/A

1

.27

Strongly Disagree

3

.81

Disagree

11

2.96

Undecided

5

1.35

Agree

106

28.57

Strongly Agree

245

66.04

 

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

Frequency

Percent

N/A

1

.27

Disagree

4

1.08

Undecided

5

1.35

Agree

95

25.61

Strongly Agree

266

71.70

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

5

1.34

Disagree

18

4.83

Undecided

39

10.46

Agree

95

25.47

Strongly Agree

216

57.91

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

23

6.15

Disagree

96

25.67

Undecided

93

24.87

Agree

74

19.79

Strongly Agree

88

23.53

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

8

2.16

Disagree

10

2.70

Did not use Help Line

247

66.76

Agree

44

11.89

Strongly Agree

61

16.49

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

UWG Computer Lab

31

7.89

Undecided

2

.51

Home

297

75.57

Other

25

6.36

Work

38

9.67

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

32

8.14

Expert

49

12.47

Knowledgeable

302

76.85

Novice

10

2.54

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

14

3.77

Disagree

22

5.93

Undecided

60

16.17

Agree

99

26.68

Strongly Agree

176

47.44

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

22

5.91

Disagree

53

14.25

Undecided

69

18.55

Agree

74

19.89

Strongly Agree

154

41.40

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton campus

103

26.21

11-20 miles from campus

30

7.63

21-45 miles from campus

79

20.10

46-65 miles from campus

85

21.63

66-85 miles from campus

38

9.67

More than 85 miles from campus

38

9.67

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

54

14.92

20-29 

144

39.78

30-39

71

17.39

40-49

59

18.50

50+

34

9.41

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

87

223.51

Disagree

8

2.16

Agree

275

74.32

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

17

4.57

Strongly Disagree

7

1.88

Disagree

18

4.84

Agree

190

51.08

Strongly Agree

140

37.63

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unacceptable

5

1.36

Needs Improvement

22

5.99

Neutral/NA

105

28.61

Good

127

34.60

Excellent

108

29.43

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

4

1.11

Strongly Disagree

30

8.33

Disagree

159

44.17

Agree

105

29.17

Strongly Agree

62

17.22

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

126

35

Unacceptable

5

1.39

Needs Improvement

22

6.11

Neutral N/A

86

23.89

Good

88

24.44

Excellent

33

9.17

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

73

20.45

Unacceptable

6

1.68

Needs Improvement

15

4.20

Neutral N/A

83

23.25

Good

97

27.17

Excellent

83

23.25

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

98

27.45

Unacceptable

6

1.68

Needs Improvement

18

5.04

Neutral N/A

79

22.13

Good

92

25.77

Excellent

64

17.93

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

100

27.17

1

83

22.55

2

44

11.96

3

45

12.23

4

64

17.39

5

32

8.70

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

128

32.57

Yes

241

61.32

 

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

121

30.79

Yes

248

63.10

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