DL Course Evaluation
Summaries for Fall 2003
analysis 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,
well in Distance Learning Classes
- Students liked ability to
access material on their own time.
- More students have
experience with distance learning coming into the course.
- Online courses provide
students with technology skills and lessons in self-discipline.
- Students like ability to
- One instructor had great
success with sending personal invitations to a face-to-face orientation
session. Good idea! Share this idea in newsletter.
- Students utilized library
website and other online resources effectively.
What was problematic or should be improved
- Some students miss
face-to-face interaction and wanted to get to know classmates better.
- Some students tend to
- Course specific concerns.
- Some students didnít like
- In one case, there were too
many students enrolled in the online course (47).
- Some students expected
assignments to be returned more quickly than they were. Address in training.
Planned changes for future delivery of course, based
on students' feedback
- Make sure students
understand correlation between interaction level and course success. Address in student orientation materials.
- Be careful about having
unnecessary assignments. Make sure workload is meaningful.
- Course specific changes not
related to distance delivery such as textbook, assignments, etc.
- Instructor to make sure
that students understand participation requirements and how to use WebCT
- Provide links from syllabus
or schedule to assignments and presentations. Good
idea! Share in newsletter and training.
- Look for better ways to
develop group assignments that are effective and fair. Article in newsletter. Had training session on this
topic but it was poorly attended.
Biggest adjustments required for distance
instructors noted that they had been teaching via distance for several terms
and no longer had to make adjustments.
Level of student services, DDEC, and instructor
- Many comments noting
outstanding support. No negatives.