STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2001 Distance Learning Courses' Aggregate Survey Results


In order to strengthen UWG’s distance and distributed learning programs, separate evaluations have been developed for distance courses. These evaluations specifically address issues to ensure that the technology used is appropriate, and that students are satisfied with their learning experiences. Each term a Student Evaluation is distributed to all students enrolled in distance learning courses. The evaluation is made available online to those enrolled in web-based courses, and paper copies are distributed to those enrolled in GSAMS courses. The evaluations were developed by the Distance Learning Administrator and a team of faculty experienced in distance teaching. Evaluation results, including a compilation of student comments, are reported to each department chair, and then forwarded to the respective faculty. The Distance and Distributed Education Center retains copies of all evaluations. Data collected is used to help determine which courses need to be offered, the effectiveness of the interaction, and how training and support services can be improved. Our university’s selected online course delivery tool, WebCT, also allows for formative assessment and evaluation by the instructor, who can track student usage patterns.

Survey results for a individual course, are available upon request from distance@westga.edu

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Information: DE Student Survey

Question 1: At the beginning of the quarter my attitude toward on-line learning was positive.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
459     177
38.6%
186
40.5%
75
16.3%
17
3.7%
4
.9%

Question 2: At the end of the quarter, my attitude toward on-line learning is positive.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
459     189
41.2%
173
37.7%
45
9.8%
33
7.2%
19
4.1%

Question 3: My instructor was positive about the online component of this course.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
458     236
51.5%
170
37.1%
41
9.0%
6
1.3%
5
1.1%

Question 4: I found WebCT easy to understand and utilize by the second week of class.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
458     231
50.4%
170
37.1%
23
5.0%
25
5.5%
9
2.0%

Question 5: I now find WebCT easy to use and understand.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
457     271
59.3%
160
35.0%
15
3.3%
5
1.1%
6
1.3%

Question 6: Having the flexibility to contribute to class discussions outisde the classroom on my own time was valuable to me.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
459     200
43.6%
161
35.1%
58
12.61%
32
7.0%
8
1.7%

Question 7: I feel more comfortable participating in class online that I do in a face-to-face setting.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
459     99
21.6%
124
27.0%
106
23.1%
97
21.1%
33
7.2%


Question 8: The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Didn't use Helpline 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
458     46
10%
64
14%
325
71%
16
3.5%
7
1.5%

Question 9: I feel more comfortable participating in class online that I do in a face-to-face setting.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Didn't use Helpline 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
438     75
17.1%
109
24.9%
116
26.5%
109
24.9%
29
6.6%


Question 10: Where do you access the Internet most regularly?

home UWG computer lab work other

N     1 2 3 4
459     309
67.3%
100
21.8%
31
8.1%
13
2.8%

Question11: How would you describe you level of experience using computers and the Internet (prior to this course)?

novice beginner knowledgeable expert

N     1 2 3 4
170     10
2.2%
68
14.8%
325
70.8%
56
12.2%

Question 12: I would like to take classes in the future that are mostly on-line.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Didn't use Helpline 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
457     141
30.9%
157
34.4%
93
20.4%
38
8.3%
28
6.1%

Question 13: I would like to take classes in the future that are completely on-line.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Didn't use Helpline 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
459     111
24.2%
113
24.6%
114
24.8%
77
16.8%
44
9.6%


Question 14: Where do you live?

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton campus. 11-20 miles from campus. 21-45 miles from campus. 46-65 miles from campus. 66-85 miles from campus.
more than 85 miles from campus.

N     1 2 3 4 5 6
459     206
44.9%
37
8.1%
87
19.0%
50
10.9%
39
8.5%
40
8.7%

Question 15: What did you like about the online portion of this course?

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Question 16: What did you dislike about the online portion of this course?

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Question 17: What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

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Question 18: Registration for this course was available at a distance (online, via phone or via fax).

1. Agree 2. Unsure 3. Disagree

N     1 2 3
458     315
68.8%
136
29.7%
7
1.5%

Question 19: Materials required for this course were available for convenient purchase.

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. unsure 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
458     159
34.7%
231
50.4%
25
5.5%
28
6.1%
15
3.3%


Question 20: The academic advising available prior to registration was:

1. Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable

N     1 2 3 4 5
458     100
21.8%
196
42.8%
106
23.1%
52
11.4%
4
0.9%

Question 21: Information on financial aid was available prior to registration:

1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. does not apply 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree

N     1 2 3 4 5
458     75
16.4%
189
41.3%
153
33.4%
29
6.3%
12
2.6%


Question 22: Information on career counseling and job placement was:

1. Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral/does not apply 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable

N     1 2 3 4 5
457     26
5.7%
81
17.7%
291
63.7%
50
10.9%
9
2.0%

Question 23: Means for resolving student complaints were:

1. Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral/does not apply 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable

N     1 2 3 4 5
458     59
5.7%
107
23.4%
225
49.1%
58
12.7%
9
2.0%


Question 24: How many on-campus courses (not online) are you taking this term?

1. 0 2. 1 3. 2 4. 3 5. 4 6. 5

N     1 (answered 0) 2 (answered 1) 3 (answered 2) 4 (answered 3) 5 (answered 4) 6 (answered 5)
457     57
1.8%
126
27.6%
40
8.8%
69
15.1%
106
23.2%
59
12.9%