DL Course Evaluation Summaries for
Overall 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.
Action items are noted in red and continually updated.
What went well in Distance Learning
- Like last term, almost all reported
student appreciation of not having to drive to class, flexible hours, ability
to balance family/class and convenience.
- Mix of different technologies
in some classes.
The DDEC will encourage use of multiple technologies in faculty training sessions.
- Availability of some instructors
for individual help during office hours in person or online.
- Instructor-specific praises.
What was problematic or should be
- Some students miss face-to-face
- One instructor reported firewall
problems with WebCT. .
- Some students are still
not taking advantage of available WebCT training sessions, help guides, or
DDEC will publicize need for required student training sessions to faculty
through email reminders, including but not limited to the faculty Webct listserv.
- Increasing difficulty in getting
GSAMS sites. One instructor noted that he will only teach online now.
- Course specific complaints, such
as assignments, projects, books, group work etc.
Planned changes for future delivery
of course, based on students' feedback
- The most frequently cited improvement
was to increase opportunities for interaction, through chat, projects, or
optional face-to-face meetings.
- Some still reported
the need to make sure that students understand the demands of taking a distance
course up front. One noted that students seemed to think that an online course
would be easier and were surprised that it was so time-consuming.
In addition to the new online orientation site for distance at: http://www.westga.edu/~online/,
instructors should make the demands of online learning clear in their syllabi.
- Those using Horizon Live said
they would increase the number of times they use it in their courses.
- Have formative evaluation early
- Course specific changes not related
to distance delivery such as textbook, assignments, etc.
Biggest adjustments required for
- Finding enough time to develop
class, answer emails, and respond to student inquiries.
Level of student services, DDEC,
and instructor support
- All reported good to superior
for non-academic support.
- Instructors reported that they
were supportive of students but that some needed to know upfront the unique
demands of online learning.
- Two instructors complained that
WebCT is not user-friendly and cumbersome.