UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Spring 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

Strongly Disagree

6
.87

Disagree

27
3.91

Undecided

71
10.29

Agree

244
35.36

Strongly Agree

342
49.57

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

20
2.91

Disagree

41
5.96

Undecided

49
7.12

Agree

233
33.87

Strongly Agree

345
50.15

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

8
1.16

Disagree

10
1.45

Undecided

38
5.52

Agree

220
31.98

Strongly Agree

412
59.88

 

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

Frequency

Percent

N/A

3
.44

Strongly Disagree

5
.73

Disagree

19
2.77

Undecided

25
3.64

Agree

215
31.34

Strongly Agree

419
61.08

 

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

Frequency

Percent

N/A

5
.73
Strongly Disagree
3
.44

Disagree

5
.73

Undecided

12
1.75

Agree

202
29.53

Strongly Agree

457
66.81


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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

16
2.34

Disagree

23
3.36

Undecided

54
7.89

Agree

185
27.05

Strongly Agree

406
59.36

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

34
4.96

Disagree

126
18.37

Undecided

190
27.70

Agree

157
22.89

Strongly Agree

179
26.09

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

10
1.48

Disagree

18
2.66

Did not use Help Line

427
63.07

Agree

96
14.18

Strongly Agree

126
18.61

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

UWG Computer Lab

39
5.63

Undecided

5
.72

Home

586
84.56

Other

7
1.01

Work

51
7.36

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

83
11.98

Expert

884
12.12

Knowledgeable

500
72.15

Novice

21
3.03

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

28
4.08

Disagree

32
4.66

Undecided

109
15.87

Agree

192
27.95

Strongly Agree

326
47.45

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Strongly Disagree

45
6.58

Disagree

86
12.57

Undecided

122
17.84

Agree

159
23.25

Strongly Agree

272
39.77

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton campus

183
26.41

11-20 miles from campus

67
9.67

21-45 miles from campus

167
24.10

46-65 miles from campus

107
15.44

66-85 miles from campus

99
14.29

More than 85 miles from campus

62
8.95

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

58
9.4

20-29 

266
43.11

30-39

135
21.88

40-49

110
17.82

50+

48
8.74

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

97
14.48

Disagree

15
2.24

Agree

558
83.28

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

30
4.48

Strongly Disagree

19
2.84

Disagree

42
6.28

Agree

307
45.89

Strongly Agree

274
40.51

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unacceptable

9
1.35

Needs Improvement

44
6.59

Neutral/NA  

173
25.90

Good

222
33.23

Excellent

220
32.93

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

11
1.68

Strongly Disagree

53
8.08

Disagree

248
37.80

Agree

206
31.40

Strongly Agree

138
21.04

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

181
28.11

Unacceptable

5
.78

Needs Improvement

34
5.28

Neutral N/A

197
30.59

Good

145
22.52

Excellent

82
12.73

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unsure

126
19.27

Unacceptable

15
2.29

Needs Improvement

27
4.13

Neutral N/A

186
28.44

Good

167
25.54

Excellent

133
20.34

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

186
28.88

Unacceptable

14
2.17

Needs Improvement

28
4.35

Neutral N/A

158
24.53

Good

152
23.60

Excellent

106
16.46

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

186
27.80

1

155
23.17

2

130
19.43

3

84
12.56

4

77
11.51

5

37
5.53

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

293
42.28

Yes

378
54.55

 

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

225
32.47

Yes

443
63.92

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Last updated 9/5/06 by Stacey Rowland