UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Summer 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

222

28.39

Disagree

29

3.71

Strongly Agree

437

55.88

Strongly Disagree

11

1.41

Undecided

83

10.61

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

268

34.27

Disagree

34

4.35

Strongly Agree

427

54.60

Strongly Disagree

17

2.17

Undecided

36

4.60

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

246

31.54

Disagree

14

1.79

Strongly Agree

492

63.08

Strongly Disagree

3

0.38

Undecided

25

3.21

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

277

35.47

Disagree

22

2.82

Strongly Agree

458

58.64

Strongly Disagree

5

0.64

Undecided

19

2.43

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

250

31.89

Disagree

16

2.04

Strongly Agree

491

62.63

Strongly Disagree

6

0.77

Undecided

21

2.68

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

177

22.61

Disagree

20

2.55

Strongly Agree

517

66.03

Strongly Disagree

11

1.40

Undecided

58

7.41

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

161

20.56

Disagree

163

20.82

Strongly Agree

214

27.33

Strongly Disagree

48

6.13

Undecided

197

25.16

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Agree

101

12.97

Disagree

17

2.18

Strongly Agree

143

18.36

Strongly Disagree

10

1.28

Not Applicable

508

65.21

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

Home

717

91.11

Other

1

0.13

UWG Computer Lab

21

2.67

Undecided

12

1.52

Work

36

4.57

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner

40

5.08

Expert

114

14.49

Knowledgeable

617

78.40

Novice

11

1.40

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

229

29.32

Disagree

40

5.12

Strongly Agree

392

50.19

Strongly Disagree

30

3.84

Undecided

90

11.52

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

178

22.82

Disagree

79

10.13

Strongly Agree

340

43.59

Strongly Disagree

49

6.28

Undecided

134

17.18

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

11-20 miles from campus

59

7.50

21-45 miles from campus

217

27.57

46-65 miles from campus

187

23.76

66-85 miles from campus

94

11.94

Less than 10 miles from campus

143

18.17

More than 85 miles from campus

81

10.29

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

22

3.22

20 - 29

277

40.45

30 - 39

190

27.73

40 - 49

134

19.56

50+

62

9.04

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

620

85.75

Disagree

13

1.80

Unsure

89

12.31

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

362

47.14

Disagree

41

5.34

Strongly Agree

328

42.71

Strongly Disagree

19

2.47

Unsure

18

2.34

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

269

35.49

Good

239

31.53

Needs Improvement

46

6.07

Neutral

192

25.33

Strongly Agree

1

0.13

Unacceptable

11

1.45

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

170

22.67

Good

227

30.27

Needs Improvement

74

9.87

Neutral

271

36.13

Unacceptable

8

1.07

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

322

42.42

Unacceptable

8

1.05

Needs Improvement

41

5.40

Neutral N/A

180

23.72

Good

133

17.52

Excellent

75

9.88

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

1

0.13

Excellent

144

19.05

Good

172

22.75

Needs Improvement

31

4.10

Neutral N/A

197

26.06

Unacceptable

13

1.72

Unsure

198

26.19

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Does Not Apply

284

37.42

Excellent

117

15.42

Good

154

20.29

Needs Improvement

33

4.35

Neutral

164

21.61

Unacceptable

6

0.79

Unsure

1

0.13

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

266

34.23

1

270

34.75

2

157

20.21

3

60

7.72

4

13

1.67

5

10

1.29

Does Not Apply

1

0.13

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

269

34.18

Yes

517

65.69

 

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

394

50.06

Yes

393

49.94

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