UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Summer 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

1290 Total Respondents

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

7

.6

No Response

7

.6

Strongly Disagree

15

1.2

Disagree

47

3.9

Undecided

80

6.7

Agree

438

36.4

Strongly Agree

608

50.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

6

.5

No Response

11

.9

Strongly Disagree

12

1.0

Disagree

32

2.7

Undecided

53

4.4

Agree

438

36.4

Strongly Agree

650

54.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

13

1.1

No Response

16

1.3

Strongly Disagree

6

.2

Disagree

16

1.3

Undecided

37

3.1

Agree

342

28.5

Strongly Agree

775

64.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

30

2.5

No Response

9

.7

Strongly Disagree

3

.2

Disagree

29

2.4

Undecided

26

2.2

Agree

421

35.0

Strongly Agree

684

56.9

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

40

3.3

No Response

9

.7

Strongly Disagree

2

.2

Disagree

15

1.2

Undecided

17

1.4

Agree

410

34.1

Strongly Agree

709

59.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

45

3.7

No Response

11

.9

Strongly Disagree

6

.5

Disagree

32

2.7

Undecided

44

3.7

Agree

321

26.7

Strongly Agree

743

61.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

16

1.3

No Response

7

.6

Strongly Disagree

48

4.0

Disagree

271

22.5

Undecided

301

25.0

Agree

253

21.0

Strongly Agree

306

25.5

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

678

56.4

No Response

8

.7

Strongly Disagree

9

.7

Disagree

16

1.3

Undecided

87

7.2

Agree

191

15.9

Strongly Agree

213

17.7

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

11

.9

Home

1111

92.4

UWG

27

2.2

Undecided

2

.2

Work

45

3.7

Other

6

.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

10

.8

Novice, Beginner

48

4.0

Knowledgeable

890

74.0

Expert

254

21.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

16

1.3

No Response

13

1.1

Strongly Disagree

29

2.4

Disagree

86

7.2

Undecided

186

15.5

Agree

354

29.5

Strongly Agree

518

43.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

12

1.0

No Response

7

.6

Strongly Disagree

67

5.6

Disagree

157

13.1

Undecided

211

17.6

Agree

298

24.8

Strongly Agree

450

37.4

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

7

.6

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

222

18.5

11-20 miles from campus

120

10.0

21-45 miles from campus

291

24.2

46-65 miles from campus

264

22.0

66-85 miles from campus

152

12.6

more than 85 miles from campus

146

12.1

   

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

14

1.2

Unsure

189

15.7

No

24

2.0

Yes

975

81.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

53

4.4

No Response

9

.7

Strongly Disagree

13

1.1

Disagree

59

4.9

Undecided

41

3.4

Agree

541

45.0

Strongly Agree

486

40.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

233

19.4

No Response

9

.7

Unacceptable

3

.2

Needs Improvement

38

3.2

Neutral

144

12.0

Good

378

31.4

Excellent

397

33.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

345

28.7

No Response

11

.9

Unacceptable

12

1.0

Needs Improvement

94

7.8

Neutral

182

15.1

Good

314

26.1

Excellent

244

20.3

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

616

51.2

No Response

12

1.0

Unacceptable

6

.5

Needs Improvement

14

3.4

Neutral

153

12.7

Good

229

19.1

Excellent

145

12.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

575

47.8

No Response

12

1.0

Unacceptable

5

.4

Needs Improvement

39

3.2

Neutral

103

8.6

Good

225

18.7

Excellent

243

20.2

 

20.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

646

53.7

No Response

16

1.3

Unacceptable

10

.8

Needs Improvement

50

4.2

Neutral

131

10.9

Good

197

16.4

Excellent

152

12.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

10

.8

0

510

42.4

1

261

21.7

2

303

25.2

3

95

7.9

4

21

1.7

5

2

.2

 

22.  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

12

1.0

Yes

846

70.4

No

344

28.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

16

1.3

Yes

584

48.6

No

602

50.1

 

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

125

10.1

20 - 29

393

30.4

30 - 39

303

24.1

40 - 49

203

16.2

50+

85

6.8

No Response

147

12.4

 

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