UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Spring 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, 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

518

37.00

Disagree

39

2.78

Strongly Agree

694

49.57

Strongly Disagree

10

0.71

Undecided

130

9.28

No Response

5

0.36

Does not apply

4

0.29

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

527

37.64

Disagree

66

4.71

Strongly Agree

700

50.00

Strongly Disagree

34

2.43

Undecided

64

4.57

No Response

4

0.29

Does not apply

5

0.36

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

470

33.57

Disagree

24

1.71

Strongly Agree

763

54.50

Strongly Disagree

10

0.71

Undecided

96

6.86

No Response

9

0.64

Does not apply

28

2.00

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

499

35.64

Disagree

39

2.79

Strongly Agree

781

55.79

Strongly Disagree

13

0.93

Undecided

47

3.36

No Response

4

0.29

Does not apply

17

1.21

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

468

33.43

Disagree

23

1.64

Strongly Agree

842

60.14

Strongly Disagree

7

0.50

Undecided

30

2.14

No Response

9

0.64

Does not apply

21

1.50

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

381

27.21

Disagree

54

3.86

Strongly Agree

20

1.43

Strongly Disagree

740

52.86

Undecided

103

7.36

No Response

7

0.50

Does not apply

95

6.79

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

348

24.86

Disagree

274

19.57

Strongly Agree

338

24.14

Strongly Disagree

81

5.79

Undecided

328

23.43

No Response

6

0.43

Does not apply

25

1.79

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Agree

241

17.21

Disagree

27

1.93

Strongly Agree

215

15.36

Strongly Disagree

23

1.64

Undecided

185

13.21

No Response

7

0.50

Does not apply

702

50.14

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

Home

1225

87.50

Other

9

0.64

UWG Computer Lab

63

4.50

Undecided

8

0.57

Work

89

6.36

No Response

6

0.43

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner/Novice

86

6.14

Expert

252

18.00

Knowledgeable

1058

75.57

No Response

4

0.29

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

428

30.57

Disagree

106

0.71

Strongly Agree

586

41.86

Strongly Disagree

42

3.00

Undecided

219

15.64

No Response

8

0.57

Does not apply

11

0.79

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

327

23.36

Disagree

205

14.64

Strongly Agree

505

36.07

Strongly Disagree

91

6.50

Undecided

250

17.86

No Response

10

0.71

Does not apply

12

0.86

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

11-20 miles from campus

110

7.86

21-45 miles from campus

359

25.64

46-65 miles from campus

231

16.50

66-85 miles from campus

125

8.93

Less than 10 miles from campus

451

32.21

More than 85 miles from campus

114

8.14

No Response

10

0.71

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

232

16.57

20 - 29

579

41.36

30 - 39

246

17.57

40 - 49

170

12.14

50+

74

5.29

No Response

4

0.29

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

1000

71.43

Disagree

33

2.36

Unsure

361

25.79

No Response

6

0.43

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

661

47.21

Disagree

89

6.36

Strongly Agree

465

33.21

Strongly Disagree

25

1.79

Unsure

60

4.29

No Response

7

0.50

Does not apply

93

6.64

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

389

27.79

Good

470

33.57

Needs Improvement

93

6.64

Neutral

192

13.71

Unacceptable

26

1.86

No Response

5

0.36

Does not apply

225

16.07

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

243

17.36

Good

483

34.50

Needs Improvement

119

8.50

Neutral

213

15.14

Unacceptable

24

1.71

No Response

8

0.57

Does not apply

310

22.14

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unacceptable

17

1.21

Needs Improvement

79

5.64

Neutral N/A

233

16.64

Good

387

27.64

Excellent

156

11.14

No Response

8

0.57

Does not apply

520

37.14

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

226

16.14

Good

345

24.64

Needs Improvement

62

4.43

Neutral N/A

169

12.07

Unacceptable

27

1.93

No Response

10

0.71

Does not apply

561

40.07

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

139

9.93

Good

331

23.64

Needs Improvement

111

7.93

Neutral

193

13.79

Unacceptable

34

2.43

No Response

11

0.79

Does not apply

581

41.50

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

306

21.86

1

318

22.71

2

260

18.57

3

191

13.64

4

202

14.43

5

117

8.36

No response

6

0.43

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

598

42.71

Yes

792

56.57

No Response

10

0.71

 

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

761

54.36

Yes

629

44.93

No Response

10

0.71

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Last updated 9/12/08 by Alicia Williams