DL Course Evaluation Summaries for Fall 2007
What went well in Distance Learning Classes
- Discussions, online interaction with students, case studies.
- Course is well planned and assignments are fair.
- Assignments clearly explained and evaluation of their work was fair.
- Students love the flexibility. They like to work at their own pace.
What was problematic or should be improved
- Student’s expectations of online courses.
- Students time management issues.
- Students don’t want to post to the discussion board. Better and more effective communication is needed.
- Find a way to make the student evaluation return rate higher.
- More flexibility to account student problems during the semester.
Planned changes for future delivery of course, based on students' feedback
- Assignment descriptions will be improved.
- More extensive online discussion grading rubric.
- Experiment with ways to make the class more interactive.
- Better communication and contact with the students.
- Revision of exams and restricted availability of the release times.
- Give WebCT Vista introduction with a DL staff member.
Biggest adjustments required for distance instructors
- Packaging the course for asynchronous delivery.
- Try and make the class more interactive by encouraging the student-to-student communication.
- Using the chat and whiteboard for office hours.
- Working with students who are unfamiliar with WebCT Vista and/or computers.
- Dealing with student’s desire for you to be available 24/7.
- Organizing and preparing the course.
Level of student services, DDEC, and instructor support
- Support provided by DDEC is good.
- Non academic support was outstanding.
- Still a large number of students that are unaware of support that is available to them.