UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Spring 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

243
34.27

Disagree

32
4.51

Strongly Agree

333
46.97

Strongly Disagree

15
2.12

Undecided

86
12.13

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
236
33.29
Disagree
39
5.50
Strongly Agree
3752
52.47
Strongly Disagree
19
2.68
Undecided
43
6.06

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
205
29.00
Disagree
14
1.98
Strongly Agree
451
63.79
Strongly Disagree
9
1.27
Undecided
28
3.96

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
249
35.22
Disagree
57
8.06
Strongly Agree
359
50.78
Strongly Disagree
9
1.27
Undecided
33
4.67

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
225
31.82
Disagree
18
2.55
Strongly Agree
438
61.95
Strongly Disagree
4
0.57
Undecided
22
3.11


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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
182
25.74
Disagree
22
3.11
Strongly Agree
436
61.67
Strongly Disagree
13
1.84
Undecided
54
7.64

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
166
23.48
Disagree
142
20.08
Strongly Agree
178
25.18
Strongly Disagree
41
5.80
Undecided
180
25.46

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Agree
100
14.12
Disagree
24
3.39
Strongly Agree
456
64.41
Strongly Disagree
120
16.95
Undecided
8
1.13

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

Home
606
84.99
Other
5
.70
UWG Computer Lab
27
3.79
Undecided
4
.56
Work
67
9.40

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

51
7.15

Expert

109
15.29

Knowledgeable

524
73.49

Novice

21
2.95

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
202
28.65
Disagree
51
7.23
Strongly Agree
350
49.65
Strongly Disagree
28
3.97
Undecided
74
10.50

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
163
23.06
Disagree
74
10.47
StronglytAgree
299
42.29
Stronlgy Disagree
49
6.93
Undecided
122
17.26

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

11-20 miles from campus

60
8.42

21-45 miles from campus

184
25.81

46-65 miles from campus

137
19.21

66-85 miles from campus

99
13.88
Less than 10 miles from campus
136
19.07

More than 85 miles from campus

90
12.62

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
32
5.08
20 - 29
233
36.98
30 - 39
183
29.04
40 - 49
120
19.05
50+
62
9.85


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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
524
78.92
Disagree
12
1.81
Unsure
128
19.28

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
342
48.79
Disagree
42
5.99
Strongly Agree
287
40.94
Strongly Disagree
8
1.14
Unsure
22
3.14

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent
227
32.34
Good
248
35.33
Needs Improvement
51
7.26
Neutral
169
24.07
Unacceptable
7
1.00

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent
163
23.29
Good
239
34.14
Needs Improvement
53
7.57
Neutral
239
34.14
Unaccaptable
6
.86

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

243
34.76

Unacceptable

81
11.59

Needs Improvement

156
22.32

Neutral N/A

37
5.29

Good

181
25.89

Excellent

1
.14

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

156
22.41

Good

172
24.71

Needs Improvement

23
3.30

Neutral N/A

185
26.58

Unacceptable

10
1.44

Unsure

150
21.55


24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply
217
31.13
Excellent
116
16.64
Good
145
20.80
Needs Improvement
36
5.16
Neutral
170
24.39
Unacceptable
13
1.87

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

224
31.95

1

180
25.68

2

155
22.11

3

62
8.84

4

53
7.56

5

27
3.85

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

268
37.59

Yes

448
62.41

 

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

402
56.38

Yes

311
43.62

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Last updated 7/09/07 by Stacey Rowland