UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Summer 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

Agree

671
33.64

Disagree

47
4.26

Strongly Agree

564
51.13

Strongly Disagree

11
1.00

Undecided

110
9.97

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
368
33.45
Disagree
72
6.55
Strongly Agree
550
50.00
Strongly Disagree
29
2.64
Undecided
81
7.36

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
345
32.30
Disagree
17
1.59
Strongly Agree
631
59.08
Strongly Disagree
11
1.03
Undecided
64
5.99

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
408
37.23
Disagree
72
6.57
Strongly Agree
556
50.73
Strongly Disagree
15
1.37
Undecided
45
4.11

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
384
35.23
Disagree
22
2.02
Strongly Agree
635
58.26
Strongly Disagree
9
.83
Undecided
40
3.67


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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
300
27.37
Disagree
33
3.01
Strongly Agree
662
60.40
Strongly Disagree
118
1.64
Undecided
83
7.57

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
264
22.17
Disagree
48
18.30
Strongly Agree
271
22.75
Strongly Disagree
162
13.60
Undecided
276
23.17

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Agree
159
14.59
Disagree
35
3.21
Strongly Agree
686
62.94
Strongly Disagree
195
17.89
Undecided
15
1.38

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

Home
971
88.27
Other
10
.91
UWG Computer Lab
43
3.91
Undecided
8
.73
Work
68
6.18

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

127
11.53

Expert

140
12.72

Knowledgeable

803
72.93

Novice

31
2.82

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
295
26.60
Disagree
59
5.05
Strongly Agree
545
49.14
Strongly Disagree
54
4.87
Undecided
156
14.07

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
247
22.56
Disagree
138
12.60
StronglytAgree
453
41.37
Stronlgy Disagree
77
7.03
Undecided
180
16.44

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

11-20 miles from campus

97
8.83

21-45 miles from campus

279
25.41

46-65 miles from campus

222
20.22

66-85 miles from campus

168
15.30
Less than 10 miles from campus
211
19.22

More than 85 miles from campus

121
11.02

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
888
83.85
Disagree
16
1.51
Unsure
155
14.64

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree
515
47.82
Disagree
61
5.66
Strongly Agree
430
39.93
Strongly Disagree
24
2.23
Unsure
47
4.36

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent
350
32.44
Good
352
32.62
Needs Improvement
80
7.41
Neutral
280
25.95
Unacceptable
17
1.58

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent
202
19.11
Good
297
28.10
Needs Improvement
282
26.68
Neutral
214
20.25
Unaccaptable
62
5.87

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

359
34.35

Unacceptable

107
10.24

Needs Improvement

206
19.71

Neutral N/A

49
4.69

Good

316
30.24

Excellent

8
.77

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

199
19.01

Good

264
25.21

Needs Improvement

44
4.20

Neutral N/A

289
27.60

Unacceptable

30
2.87

Unsure

221
21.11


23.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply
338
30.31
Excellent
183
16.41
Good
250
22.42
Needs Improvement
46
4.13
Neutral
272
24.39
Unacceptable
26
2.33

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

317
29.32

1

291
26.92

2

230
21.28

3

126
11.66

4

80
7.40

5

37
3.42

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

462
42.31

Yes

630
57.69

 

26.  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

394
36.18

Yes

695
63.82

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Last updated 2/28/07 by Stacey Rowland