DL Course Evaluation Summaries for
of student course evaluation summaries as prepared by faculty teaching
distance courses. The results were presented to DL Steering Committee members
for discussion of distance program improvements, and action as needed.
Action items are noted in red and continually updated.
well in Distance Learning Classes
What was problematic
or should be improved
Like always, almost
all reported student appreciation of not having to drive to class, flexible
hours, ability to balance family/class and convenience.
liked online testing.
multiple technologies. The DDEC will encourage use
of multiple technologies in faculty training sessions, and explore technical
contraints to offering online video.
Students are rewarded
for participation and interaction
Some faculty felt
they got to know students better than in traditional course.
for future delivery of course, based on students' feedback
reported being unaware of services available to them (DDEC, Orientation
Materials and Library) even though the links were visible to them every
time they opened the course. Continue recent efforts
to bombard students with this information, through emails, WebCT login
page reminders, orientations. Also provide ready-made orientation materials
for faculty who choose to do their own orientations.
not prepared for self-directed nature of course . See
Audio problems in Horizon Live and Epic Learning on some occasions. Provide
live technical assistance to faculty doing their first few Horizon Live
"live" sessions, requiring them to come to DDEC or sending staff to their
said it was problematic "not being able to get handouts to students in
less than 10 days," and says she will send them all by mail at beginning
of course in a packet. Encourage faculty to
put handouts online in WebCT.
say they want more face-to-face meetings, but then very few attend.
A few students
still need basic technical skills before taking an online course.
WebCT is very
cumbersome from instructor's point of view.
required for distance instructors
Use more Horizon
Live or streaming video to illustrate skills and technicques.
GSAMS sites for a few minutes past the end of classtime when possible to
add extra time for students who have after-class questions. Change
scheduling to last 10 minutes past classtime when possible.
to interact more.
changes not related to distance delivery such as textbook, assignments,
Have online office
Make sure students
understand when they register for an online course what it entails.
Level of student
services, DDEC, and instructor support
time to develop class, answer emails, and respond to student inquiries.
with technical aspects of WebCT.
Amount of time
it takes to grade the assignments.
Amount of time
and typing it takes
All reported good
to superior for non-academic support.