DL Course Evaluation Summaries for Spring 2007
What went well in Distance Learning Classes
- Students appreciated working at there own pace. Flexibility and spacing of the assignments.
- Instructor provided timely feedback.
- Students increased their knowledge and comfort level with the web-based format.
- The format of the class and the organization of the course materials and weekly online chats.
- The students and I enjoyed Live classroom.
What was problematic or should be improved
- Workload and reading in the course.
- Some students would have liked face-to-face sessions.
- Some technical issues such as login and attachments in WebCT.
- Content too difficult.
- Not being able to see the professor and other students.
- Some method of attendance needs to be established.
- Assignments in the course need to be updated and adjusted.
- Time demands on students were seen as excessive.
- Some directions were unclear and need to be revamped.
- Students wanted quizzes opened longer and on different days of the week.
Planned changes for future delivery of course, based on students' feedback
- Add more audio PowerPoint presentations and Camtasia movies.
- Add live virtual chats with outside experts.
- Make course objectives more efficient and user-friendly.
- More discussion board postings.
- Voice recorded PowerPoint’s.
- Clearer instructions on the course.
- Assignments graded more quickly.
- Post pics and bios of students in the course.
Biggest adjustments required for distance instructors
- The amount of time involved in teaching online.
- Constant checking of discussions and e-mail questions.
- Making sure that the students know that the professor is available for assistance.
- Allow students to work in groups or individually. Revise group work requirements.
- Suggest new WebCT Vista student to go through the orientations and tutorials.
- Use fewer icons on the homepage and put the syllabus on the home page.
- Try and make the students feel comfortable in the course.
- Try and post examples to the discussion board when I notice students having problems.
- Add podcast lectures and revamp the text and quizzes.
- Have students to complete activities in the first 2 weeks to get to know each other.
- Changes files and quizzes every semester in an effort to prevent cheating.
- Open quizzes up for longer.
Level of student services, DDEC, and instructor support
- Professor was consistently impressed with outside support particularly distance education center.
- Some students just don’t take advantage of all that is available.
- Level of support is excellent.
- Adequate but can always be improved.
- Distance Helpline is a miracle for both students and faculty!