UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Summer 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

437

31.20

Disagree

61

4.40

Strongly Agree

761

54.40

Strongly Disagree

16

1.10

Undecided

115

8.20

No Response

5

0.40

Does not apply

3

0.20

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

452

32.30

Disagree

78

5.60

Strongly Agree

765

54.70

Strongly Disagree

24

1.70

Undecided

67

4.80

No Response

8

0.60

Does not apply

4

0.30

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

459

32.80

Disagree

18

1.30

Strongly Agree

840

60.00

Strongly Disagree

9

0.60

Undecided

46

3.30

No Response

15

1.10

Does not apply

11

0.80

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

457

32.70

Disagree

28

2.00

Strongly Agree

821

58.70

Strongly Disagree

7

0.50

Undecided

38

2.70

No Response

13

0.90

Does not apply

34

2.40

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

428

30.60

Disagree

18

1.30

Strongly Agree

865

61.80

Strongly Disagree

6

0.40

Undecided

35

2.50

No Response

9

0.60

Does not apply

37

2.60

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

377

26.90

Disagree

44

3.10

Strongly Agree

811

58.00

Strongly Disagree

14

1.00

Undecided

64

4.60

No Response

11

0.80

Does not apply

77

5.50

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

311

22.20

Disagree

304

21.70

Strongly Agree

346

24.70

Strongly Disagree

79

5.60

Undecided

323

23.10

No Response

13

0.90

Does not apply

22

1.60

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Agree

227

16.20

Disagree

32

2.30

Strongly Agree

254

18.20

Strongly Disagree

13

0.90

Undecided

116

8.30

No Response

10

0.70

Does not apply

746

53.30

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

Home

1270

90.80

Other

8

0.60

UWG Computer Lab

47

3.40

Undecided

7

0.50

Work

53

3.80

No Response

13

0.90

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Beginner/Novice

65

4.60

Expert

309

22.10

Knowledgeable

1004

71.80

No Response

20

1.40

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

387

27.70

Disagree

102

7.30

Strongly Agree

646

46.20

Strongly Disagree

52

3.70

Undecided

185

13.20

No Response

13

0.90

Does not apply

13

0.90

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

310

22.20

Disagree

177

12.70

Strongly Agree

566

40.50

Strongly Disagree

88

6.30

Undecided

230

16.40

No Response

11

0.80

Does not apply

16

1.10

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

11-20 miles from campus

147

10.50

21-45 miles from campus

383

27.40

46-65 miles from campus

272

19.40

66-85 miles from campus

178

12.70

Less than 10 miles from campus

278

19.90

More than 85 miles from campus

130

9.30

No Response

10

0.70

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

84

6.00

20 - 29

529

37.84

30 - 39

316

22.60

40 - 49

252

18.03

50+

82

5.87

No Response

126

9.01

 

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

1101

78.70

Disagree

24

1.70

Unsure

259

18.50

No Response

14

1.00

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Agree

612

43.70

Disagree

68

4.90

Strongly Agree

556

39.70

Strongly Disagree

19

1.40

Undecided

42

3.00

No Response

14

1.00

Does not apply

87

6.20

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

417

29.80

Good

411

29.40

Needs Improvement

89

6.40

Neutral

165

11.80

Unacceptable

15

1.10

No Response

13

0.90

Does not apply

288

20.60

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

267

19.10

Good

392

28.00

Needs Improvement

117

8.40

Neutral

204

14.60

Unacceptable

28

2.00

No Response

15

1.10

Does not apply

375

26.80

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Unacceptable

11

0.80

Needs Improvement

71

5.10

Neutral N/A

201

14.40

Good

285

20.40

Excellent

173

12.40

No Response

13

0.90

Does not apply

644

46.00

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

250

17.90

Good

284

20.30

Needs Improvement

54

3.90

Neutral N/A

147

10.50

Unacceptable

23

1.60

No Response

16

1.10

Does not apply

624

44.60

 

24.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Excellent

156

11.20

Good

260

18.60

Needs Improvement

86

6.10

Neutral

166

11.90

Unacceptable

16

1.10

No Response

18

1.30

Does not apply

696

49.70

 

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

Frequency

Percent

0

498

35.60

1

415

29.70

2

303

21.70

3

128

9.10

4

25

1.80

5

18

1.30

No response

11

0.80

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No

793

56.70

Yes

587

42.00

No Response

18

1.30

 

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

793

56.70

Yes

587

42.00

No Response

18

1.30

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Last updated 9/22/08 by Alicia Williams