UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Spring 2009 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

1280 Total Respondents

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

4

.3

No Response

4

.3

Strongly Disagree

14

1.1

Disagree

47

3.7

Undecided

120

9.4

Agree

423

33.0

Strongly Agree

668

52.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

7

.5

No Response

8

.6

Strongly Disagree

17

1.3

Disagree

50

3.9

Undecided

64

5.0

Agree

458

35.8

Strongly Agree

676

52.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

23

1.8

No Response

13

1.0

Strongly Disagree

9

.7

Disagree

34

2.7

Undecided

85

6.6

Agree

423

33.0

Strongly Agree

693

54.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

38

3.0

No Response

7

.5

Strongly Disagree

13

1.0

Disagree

53

4.1

Undecided

50

3.9

Agree

508

39.7

Strongly Agree

611

47.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

44

3.4

No Response

10

.8

Strongly Disagree

5

.4

Disagree

19

1.5

Undecided

44

3.4

Agree

465

36.3

Strongly Agree

693

54.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

77

6.0

No Response

11

.9

Strongly Disagree

21

1.6

Disagree

36

2.8

Undecided

84

6.6

Agree

329

25.7

Strongly Agree

722

56.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

31

2.4

No Response

7

.5

Strongly Disagree

80

6.3

Disagree

263

20.5

Undecided

288

22.5

Agree

290

22.7

Strongly Agree

321

25.1

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

604

47.2

No Response

12

.9

Strongly Disagree

11

.9

Disagree

33

2.6

Undecided

153

12.0

Agree

211

16.5

Strongly Agree

256

20.0

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

10

.8

Home

1103

86.2

UWG

58

4.5

Undecided

8

.6

Work

88

6.9

Other

13

1.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

9

.7

Novice, Beginner

73

5.7

Knowledgeable

932

72.8

Expert

266

20.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

6

.5

No Response

14

1.1

Strongly Disagree

38

3.0

Disagree

108

8.4

Undecided

188

14.7

Agree

395

30.9

Strongly Agree

531

41.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

5

.4

No Response

10

.8

Strongly Disagree

94

7.3

Disagree

148

11.6

Undecided

223

17.4

Agree

334

26.1

Strongly Agree

466

36.4

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

6

.5

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

380

29.7

11-20 miles from campus

135

10.5

21-45 miles from campus

297

23.2

46-65 miles from campus

207

16.2

66-85 miles from campus

127

9.9

more than 85 miles from campus

128

10.0

 

 

 

14.  Registration for this course was available at a distance.

Frequency

Percent

No Response

13

1.0

Unsure

316

24.7

No

17

1.3

Yes

934

73.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

46

3.6

No Response

9

.7

Strongly Disagree

19

1.5

Disagree

65

5.1

Undecided

65

5.1

Agree

631

49.3

Strongly Agree

445

34.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

205

16.0

No Response

10

.8

Unacceptable

10

.8

Needs Improvement

62

4.8

Neutral

202

15.8

Good

415

32.4

Excellent

376

29.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

326

25.5

No Response

7

.5

Unacceptable

18

1.4

Needs Improvement

104

8.1

Neutral

200

15.6

Good

376

29.4

Excellent

249

19.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

510

39.8

No Response

12

.9

Unacceptable

4

.3

Needs Improvement

76

5.9

Neutral

197

15.4

Good

313

24.5

Excellent

168

13.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

551

43.0

No Response

13

1.0

Unacceptable

19

1.5

Needs Improvement

66

5.2

Neutral

140

10.9

Good

272

21.3

Excellent

219

17.1

 

20.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

585

45.7

No Response

13

1.0

Unacceptable

23

1.8

Needs Improvement

66

5.2

Neutral

174

13.6

Good

273

21.3

Excellent

146

11.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

8

.6

0

370

28.9

1

247

19.3

2

224

17.5

3

156

12.2

4

185

14.5

5

90

7.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

14

1.1

Yes

564

44.1

No

702

54.8

 

23.  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

13

1.0

Yes

834

65.2

No

433

33.8

 

Question 24: What did you like about the online portion of this course?

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Question 25: What did you dislike about the online portion of this course?

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Question 26: What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

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27.  What is your age?

Frequency

Percent

< 20

195

15

20 - 29

441

34

30 - 39

230

18

40 - 49

171

13

50+

96

8

No Response

147

11

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