Fall 2010 Distance Education Survey (Student Comments)

Question 24:  What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

 

  • What suggestions would you make for future on-line courses?
  • yes
  • N/A
  • everything is fine
  • don't force students to take online courses and make sure students are aware that certain courses are taught mostly (up to 50%) online.
  • none
  • No group work for online work.
  • fast feedback
  • write down due dates
  • N/A
  • less group-related work
  • none
  • none
  • Please offer more of them!
  • My professor held a review session before each test. I would recommend this so that the students do have some interaction with their professor and get a better feel of how the tests are going to be.
  • more of them
  • Test questions from the text publisher are weak.  It is much better to craft intelligent test questions based on real life examples, not generic T/F garbage.
  • More instruction from the instructor.  It would also be nice if the instructor answered emails & postings with questions about the class.
  • I would suggest letting students --if they must come to campus for an exam -schdule it to their convenience. I would also suggest letting students take a note card or something with formulas. Most other courses allow use of formulas for exams
  • Most online classes are wonderful, this class was an exception.
  • Make it to where we can send ourselves reminder e-mails when we have things coming up! Also make the system strong so people don't get kicked out.
  • kinder professors
  • A better communication with students as to the specific workings of the assignment submission tool and exactly what the instructor is looking for in an essay would be helpful.
  • Make sure the professor is actually teaching the material to the online classes instead of teaching to his/her in class lectures only and then assigning online students chapters to read.
  • none
  • Give dates when tests/quizzes/assignments will be opened
  • N/A
  • Stick to the material and keep in mind students have more going on then just their class
  • Have due dates for assignments set to Saturdays or Sundays so that people working all week will have time to complete them without staying up late every night each week.
  • Allow the quiz to be retaken as much as possible to achieve the grade needed. I have learned so much from other professors that have done this in the past. Focus on the most pertinent information and not such a wide array of material that requires extensive reading, power points, terms, quizzes, papers and exams.
  • This was not a completely online course; therefore, perhaps a few more class meetings would be beneficial. However, a few more announcements as reminders of work load would be helpful.
  • I have no suggestions at this time.
  • n/a
  • I would suggest having more class meetings throughout the entire semester rather than just the few at the beginning. I think maybe once a month, an hour or so meeting with the class and the professor would be successful because everyone could talk as a group about struggles or problems, or solutions to problems that they're having in the class.
  • Her class was well organized. I don't know what to suggest.
  • overall it was successful
  • more student teacher involvement such as online chats
  • Make the programs compatible with Mac computers.
  • I've taken several online courses, and all of the teachers but….seem to still be trying to grasp the proper manner of teaching an online class. I am never confused as to what's due for her online classes and in almost every case, the things she posts and assign are fluent and accesible. Other professors should see her set up and use it as a model. It's the best layout for an online class that I've seen at UWG.
  • Have more in class meetings towards the end of the semester.
  • Textbooks should be less expensive, or online.
  • Better overall layout of online tools.
  • Teachers to be understand that the course is online. Sometimes websites, programs have issues and the instructor should be flexible or willing to work with the student if he/she is significantly trying.
  • do it
  • Text message alerts
  • N/A
  • To still lectures and chat sessions at a more convient time for all te students not just a few.
  • Limit the face to face meetings in online courses.
  • Final schema should be a group project. Better final projects and greater learning would be acheived.
  • More assignments like using GALILEO for finding, reading and reviewing an article that pertains to a topic in the chapter(s).
  • No suggestions.
  • Make each online course have a standard structure, standard names for sections of the course, so it is easy to navigate.
  • Clearly state in the course description that meeting times other than the first and last week are required.
  • Require the group to be more accountable for smaller portions of group presentation along the way to monitor that all group members are equally contributing to online assignments.
  • None
  • fewer assignments which are more meaningful; allow time inbetween assignments to do quality work
  • It is important for the instructor to be well-organized, available to the students as questions arise, and to provide clear feedback.  All of these attributes were present in this on-line course.
  • The chat rooms are very easy and accessible.  I would like to make saving the chats to return to at a later time easier.
  • Keep them coming.
  • Buy the book and don't depend on others
  • Nothing
  • Nothing
  • make more hours for face to face help.
  • keep ahead of your assignments.
  • Have the professor in the class room each assigned day (or at least once a week) for the students who wish to attend a physical class setting, and who have questions which might otherwise not be answered.
  • Students should be advised: Learning online is an ability learned from experience. Students should not necessarily be discouraged from taking courses this way, but simply forewarned about the potential stress and self deprecation of one's learning abilities which may result.
  • n/a
  • Assignments should be due at 12am and not at 8pm
  • None.
  • None
  • I would like to see the cost of taking an on-line course become a little cheaper.
  • None
  • I can't think of any improvements that could be made.
  • POST DATES!!!
  • nothing
  • good job at everything done.
  • -The addition of  email, text, course den, and even social network reminders  -Allowing some sort of make-up policy  -]
  • write down the due dates
  • none
  • None.
  • Utilize the abilities of the internet more.
  • none
  • Have teacher check emails more often and grade in a timely matter. Do not put time limits on assignments its an online class, you should be able to do it when you can.
  • nothing
  • Nothing, this was wonderful!
  • None
  • more instruction for assignments.
  • none
  • Having a make up day and certain time period to take missed quizzes
  • Only use one book for this class
  • None.
  • n/a
  • none.
  • that it is setup this this course
  • Maybe more interaction amongst the students, or between the students and the teacher. That way it removes the degree of separation, while still maintaining the at-home benefit.
  • Only take them if absolutely necessary.
  • give a little longer time on the quizzes so i dont feel so rushed
  • Make the cost for on-line classes more clear.
  • n/a
  • more available office hours
  • easier set up
  • none
  • Maybe have the homework be more understandable because I found some difficulty understanding what the homework assignment's instructions and what the text book instructed to do. Some of the assignments were just difficult to understand on how to complete them.
  • I think that there should be more computer related activities and less book work.
  • THE ONLY SUGGESTION I WOULD MAKE IS TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF TIME GIVEN TO TAKE QUIZZES.
  • n/a
  • Nothing
  • Make the quizzes just a little bit more time.
  • Professors could be more attentive and explicitly tell people what they expect from them, rather than making them research information regarding their class.
  • be able to open up your work in case of internet falling because i had to start over or if was in a test got bad grade.
  • Keep up the good work, it's a great course!
  • make them shorter
  • Nothing, I loved it.
  • nothing.
  • Nothing, this was a great class!
  • NA
  • N/a
  • No suggestions.
  • n/a
  • N/A
  • Add video lessons and maybe even a live webcam lecture aspect to the class.
  • N/A
  • none
  • Just more time for quizzes maybe 20 minutes
  • NONE
  • Maybe to give a little more time on quizzes and test but other than that, everything was fine.
  • Not applicable
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • NOthing really
  • Nothing.
  • None.
  • Make the course more accessible for all computers programs. It should not only be available through vista.
  • Be organized and always look up your material.
  • None
  • I would like mores access to instructor or his assistant even if it is through email. Presently, he only answers questions related to the syllubus.
  • None
  • Have assignments due 11:59pm not am, when students are usually in class.
  • None.
  • Answered in above question.
  • longer time between tests
  • Explicate thoroughly the financial aspect to students. However, it becomes irrelevant if you are required to take a course that charges extra like this, which is a little bit ridiculous. If a course is required & only offered online, it shouldn't cost more. I would have opted to take this class on campus for cheaper if I had such an option.
  • Let them all be like this one, where you can do the work as you please as long as it is by the deadline. No manditory sign ins or class participation groups. They don't fit everyone's schedule.
  • Lower the price of books.
  • Have examples for PC and Mac
  • nth really
  • I would like to take more on-line classes in the future
  • none
  • none it was good
  • None
  • none
  • Make sure you take out the additional fee prior to the class starting instead of telling the students weeks into the course and having them go out of their way to pay the fee.
  • none to suggest
  • None
  • Make sure the assignments are very clear
  • a clearer understanding of software
  • none
  • Yes
  • I think some classes  are better suited for online, where other classes should be held on campus face-to-face.  For this class, online was appropriate because we were completing our portfolios based on what we had learned through the program.
  • NO suggestions- I enjoy both online and face-to-face courses
  • It would help to have some upper level classes from each area online for each semester, and not just summer.
  • Less jumping around to find materials, more of a gap for students to take the online quizzes.
  • MORE OF THEM!
  • None
  • N/A
  • None
  • Get rid of wimba! I feel like am talking in the shower.
  • Coursework should pertain 100% to the class.  This course did not do that.  We read/listened to powerpoints and then wrote a short explanation which was posted on a discussion board.  It was all busywork and unnecessary.
  • n/a
  • More interaction between the instructor and students in regards to assignments.
  • None.
  • None
  • Limited or no face to face meetings.
  • Make sure and give specific directions on where to find things.
  • Keep it the same!
  • I have none at this time.
  • I would rather take quizes than do the discussions.
  • I like the classroom learning environment, but I also don't like driving every night to go to class. There are negative and positive aspects of on-line learning. For someone like me, who enjoys the classroom, I would like some videos or presentations by the instructor to enhance the learning experience of an online class.
  • more interaction time.  quicker resonses
  • WebCT/CourseDen needs some immprovements. When we had to talk to group members on the discussion board, it was really confusing to have to dig through messages to see who wrote what. It should be more like a forum style.
  • None.
  • For this teacher, she needs to be more organized
  • Nix.
  • dont use the wiki
  • Learn how to use it!
  • none
  • Offer more of the class offerings as online, even partially online.
  • None
  • none at this time
  • having a chance to talk to the professor when one has a question.
  • overall good
  • Make sure students know they will be participating in online class beacuse I signed up for a class that was supposed to be in in class but the instructor was changed at the last minute.
  • When we have in class conversations, they need to be a little more interesting.
  • Nothing.
  • no suggestions for this course
  • fixing the system so you can not get kicked off
  • None really the course was conducted in an understandable way
  • none
  • Nothing everything was good.
  • it should be more participatory
  • ONLINE CLASSES ARE FANTASTIC
  • Nothing.
  • nothing …course is this best online course I have ever had.
  • None, I think it worked out really well.
  • None.
  • Nothing
  • Nothing for this course in particular.
  • work on the programming and maintenance of courseden
  • I think some online classes should take in consideration that people are taking an online course to save time and money and if its only a 2 credit class I think the work should be cut down especially if the student already has 3 classes on campus already.
  • i dont know what suggestions i would make especially for this course because i like everything about it. But for others, like another class i took had way too many requirements, such as attending a certain amount of things on campus, i took an online course because i did not feel i would have enough time to do another campus class. so a few requirements for on campus things is fine but like 4 or more to me is too many.
  • I would suggest shorter assignments.
  • make more checkpoints
  • One things is for the teacher to be more accessible, and quicker about putting up grades.
  • none to suggest
  • none its good the way it is
  • Have one face to face meeting first.
  • none.
  • Hopefully have teachers email you on MyUWG and know information about tests and such before the week of the test.
  • Mabye a better calander than the one on CourseDen, or more reminders of work that is due.
  • more time on the tests. I always feel rushed.
  • a few set class dates just to check in, ask questions, meet the teacher and other students to study with.
  • In the online courses I have taken, help with print offs and online help is great.
  • If teachers could assist students by just answering their e-mails concerning their doubts and concerns.
  • There needs to be more than one instructor assigned to an on-line course to efficiently handle feedback and grading.  If this is not an option, on-line courses need to be given a low cap on students.  If the online course exceeds the cap, the course needs to be divided.  More technology teachers need to be hired to make the classes more intimate and less intimidating.
  • This course went really smoothly. Online courses in general however, are mostly very difficult if the instructor is not easy to contact, or if the work load is unreasonable.
  • Even though this is an online class there needs to be an option for students to come on campus once or twice a month for assistance. The office hours were not valid for me so they were not helpful.
  • The instructor should respond to emails in a timely manner.
  • To be helpful to the students and check emails often
  • This teacher needs to be more organized, maybe not have so many assignments, respond to our emails within a timely manner (not a month later).  Give feedback on assignments and grade assignments in a timely manner (not all assignments graded at the very END of our semester!)
  • none
  • N/A
  • Make sure the students are more update with their grades, especially if there is a lot of work assigned.
  • Since online courses do not meet face to face I would suggest eliminating group work or graded group discussions.
  • fewer more focused assignments
  • Perhaps an immediate help line if you experience technical difficulties? I'm not sure if that is possible or if that would even help because students need to be able to work with the technology themselves, but that was the major drawback I experienced.
  • I have none.
  • I am not a fan of on-line learning.
  • Make the initial posting date sooner in the week.
  • Opening all assignments so students can get ahead.
  • Not really a big fan of online so I can not answer. I perfer face to face for most classes.
  • none
  • More clarification of expectations and class assignments.
  • Built in deadline reminders, better delivery of instructional videos or other materials.
  • none
  • This course was extremely well designed.
  • quicker 'turn around' for grades
  • Make standard organization of tabs/sections in course den with standard names for each section, e.g. 'Assignments.' Have someone make sure instructor has content organized with proper dates before class begins.
  • Correct/adjust the items discussed in item #25.
  • None at this time.
  • IT needs to publish a good guide to WinSCP/UWG server that can be accessed online.  Professors should not be responsible for distributing this information to students as IT may make changes without anyone else's knowledge.
  • I have no suggestions at this time.
  • None
  • NA
  • nothing
  • On campus classes are often not necessary. Wimba should be utilized.
  • I would like to have completely on-line courses with no mandatory face to face meetings.
  • More video instruction/examples.
  • Make sure that the platforms that the outdated IT at the University uses are up to date with what is in the market place of the consumer i e the student.
  • That all professors have a certain amount of time to respond to student needs via email.
  • I like when assignments are on the calender but not all assignments are on there.  Some must be manually added.
  • I would like to have NO face to face meetings required.
  • Teachers should grade work faster.
  • n/a
  • I am weary about wanting the whole class online.  I like that we meet face to face once.  If no face to face then there needs to be more online Wimba sessions.
  • None
  • None
  • On-line courses for media students should be modeled the same way, each time. 
  • Less on-campus meetings.  This was not an issue for this class, but it sometimes is in other online courses.
  • move maintenance to midnight on Fridays. I like to get all my work done before the weekend.
  • A special parking pass or mailing a parking pass to my home address-not towing cars without notice late at night.
  • None.
  • none
  • Give teachers a guide for responding to student questions of 2-3 days; for giving grades 4-5 days.
  • try to move away from traditional power point projects and veer towards exporting all proects in a video file format...even if it is a power point with a soundtrack it can be exported to movie files that transition the slides and align the thought process in a natural fashion.  downloading a power point and having to click through slides that used little or no thought to create disconnect the viewer from the content....
  • Make sure the professor checks his/her email on a regular basis. I emailed several times in this course and received no answer.
  • They are great. Like meeting once at beginning and once at end of course so get to know fellow students.
  • Bring more courses online
  • None.
  • Not to make us complete this survey for each on-line course.  This is redundant.
  • Step by step directions provided at the initial face to face meeting rather than 'hope you can keep up' verbal directions.  Utilizing the projector to demoonstrate the verbal directions would have been helpful.
  • None
  • personally i like the first face to face meeting. it helps me get started.
  • None
  • More rapid communication from instructors
  • More tutorials on some of the tools. More examples of technology projects.
  • Less major projects
  • Fewer discussion postings!
  • Utilizing CourseDen for all calendars and assignment organization.
  • Include a little more interaction between classmates or a place for us to chat in moodle
  • nothing
  • N/A
  • NA
  • None
  • nothing
  • Video chats for participation grades.
  • try to move away from traditional power point projects and veer towards exporting all proects in a video file format...even if it is a power point with a soundtrack it can be exported to movie files that transition the slides and align the thought process in a natural fashion.  downloading a power point and having to click through slides that used little or no thought to create disconnect the viewer from the content....
  • Possibly an assignment creating a web to distinguish similar and different characteristics of theories.  The online components and delivery are well designed.
  • NA
  • no suggestions, this is a great course
  • Video chats for participation grades.
  • I wish that I could feel more connected with instructor and with other students.
  • None at this time
  • None.
  • nothing
  • none
  • If we are completely online students, exempt us from this survey each semester.
  • Open all modules at beginning of course so students can work ahead.
  • N/A
  • Limit the number of assignments to allow time to complete quality work and to reflect on the learning that took place.
  • Less group discussions.
  • Nothing.
  • Not so much posting to each others thoughts.
  • none.
  • nothing
  • more than one day to do an exam.  It removes a lot of the pressure of having one day to do it.  Plus if something goes wrong with your computer or something unexpected happens,
  • more study guides to help with what is actually going to be on the test.
  • This particular professor shouldn't teach online courses.
  • make sure your teacher knows what he is doing
  • none
  • No group work for online classes.
  • teach other instructors how to teach an online class!
  • Make sure assignments and tests are listed on the calendar so they will remind students of due dates
  • Make things easier to understand
  • Time stamp errors with Web CT if I turn in an assignment and it won't go through or I my browser shuts down while I'm taking a crucial test.
  • none
  • no suggestions
  • None.
  • More time on assignments and shorter reading assignments.
  • Thought this course was great. No suggestions.
  • N/A
  • Keep up with the syllabus
  • In general, since it is online, be specific.
  • Make things as easy as possible when it comes too communicating the assignments and when they are due.
  • None.
  • Email responses faster.
  • None.
  • None.
  • not using so much music sites
  • Not applicable
  • Step by step instructions are useful when there are new things students had never done before.
  • none
  • live sessions should be extra credit or just there instead of required, and the getting to know course-den because alot of people already know courseden so they do not need that
  • n/a
  • none
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this type of learning in that  work full-time and I am a parent.
  • Rebuild with bigger and plainer buttons for the GUI
  • Have an FNP program online
  • None
  • none
  • One email would be nice as obbosed to having a course den e-mail and a banweb e-mail.
  • FNP program online
  • None
  • Make classes completely on-line.
  • Less online assignents due to many of us having a full time job as well.
  • none
  • I have been told there is a function to allow multiple students to log on, look at a file together and edit it, but I can't find that function.  More education for both students and instuctors is needed.
  • Nothing
  • no opinion. wont take an online course if I can help it. prefer the give and take of classroom and socratic discussion.
  • More education for both staff and students on how to use the blackboard and where to put and find things.
  • Although it can't be forced, perhaps have a training session early in the semester when the class meets face-to-face on how to properly use Wimba
  • Allow more download space for downloads and sending videos.
  • Make improvements to CourseDen.
  • Make the entire course either completely online, or completely face to face because it got to confusing doing half online and half face to face.
  • Make them 100% online, no 50-50.
  • Maybe if the teachers could be very specific about what is expected and have the class home page easy to follow by the assignments that are due and where the students can find the items needed to complete the assignments.
  • It should be explained that courses are online, especially if a students thinks they are signed up for a regular class. It is extremely hard to keep up with what is due for the class.
  • yes
  • do it!
  • nothing
  • None.
  • None.
  • A clearer stated syllabus, on what the student needs to do.
  • I like them half online becuase  still like to meet once a week if I have questions or anything. I like to still see an actual person.
  • They are very helpful for people who having a busy scheldule.
  • N/A
  • Email reminders for when assignments are due
  • I don't have any.
  • Text Alerts
  • Maybe have more help for online learning such as discussion groups and chat.
  • N/A
  • n/a
  • None
  • More availability.
  • none
  • The site should be more browser friendly. It tends to work more with Internet Explorer than with Firefox.
  • More availability
  • Professor communicate with students frequently and participate in online discussions (which for the most part lended nothing to the learning curve of the course)
  • I do not know
  • None, it works well.
  • 1.Face to face meetings,   2.Very organized syllabus with a professor who checks in daily for any problems and questions  3. Timely grading of assignments
  • For this particular class just have the powerpoints but don't voice-narrate them. Takes too long to sit and listen.
  • less discussion board
  • None really the course was clear
  • none.
  • Have step by step instructions because it will make it easier for the students and teachers.
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Nothing.
  • Make sure the professor is computer literate!
  • Get it organized before students register for it!
  • Make sure to not do any group projects. Everyone has different schedules and it is difficult to make sure that everyone is doing their work.
  • no suggestions all  was good
  • To keep up the good work and explain everything clearly.
  • being able to talk to the professor face to face.
  • more times to take the tests & use the books
  • N/A
  • That there be no certain time to finish things.
  • Just that your work would save if this was to happen so you dont have to start all over
  • No suggestions, just keep up the great work! It was a great course!
  • make it shorter
  • Better instructions
  • Instructors that know how to better use a computer.
  • Let there be more than just quizes.
  • n/a
  • put grades up faster.
  • instructors need to be a little more alert to emails or forms of contact
  • MORE OF THEM
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • 1. Communication between the instructor and student is helpful  2. Organized material is needed - this class was highly organized and I felt comfortable and confident with the expectations and assignments.
  • Assignments being due by 11:59 pm
  • Go truly on-line.
  • Make sure the directions are clear and everyone knows how to access the information on-line.
  • There should be more time spent on evaluation of asssignments.
  • ensure that teacher receives confirmation from students via email to ensure that they are on track with the program.      Student gets email from teacher giving general instructions. Student replies to teacher.  Teacher marks them off as being on board.  Any student not replying to email is contacted early to ensure that they get the required INITIAL information.
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • Less clutter on Course Den.  Try to make instructions clear, yet to the point. No need to post 3 documents for instructions for a project.  Try to make Course Den user-friendly for students and not overwhelming.  Also, some assignments were 'hidden' in course content.  All assignments need to be clearly defined and not placed where students might miss them.
  • none
  • assign good teachers for them
  • Not to allow her to teach an online class
  • On-line courses are fine as long as instructors chosen to teach them participate in clear communication, stay on schedule with the syllabus, and are task-oriented (i.e. grade and post grades in a reasonable amount of time).
  • The instructor needs to be prepared prior to the start of the course. And if challenges occur during the semester and instruction, then the instructor must make accomodations for the students. That is, the instructor can't post things late and expect the students to just deal with it.  The instructor must make extra effort to respond to student emails and concerns. This is our only correspondence. When the prof fails to respond to student correspondence, it leaves the student feeling ignored, frustrated, and uncared for.  Clearly, these are not positive and sufficient messages.  Luckily, my other experiences with on-line courses are much more positive than this one negative experience. This course was not a good representation of on-line courses or UWG.
  • the instructor should be more organize with assignments and change things up once in a while. it was a bit mundane after a few weeks
  • none
  • Better instructions, and for UWG CHEAPER PRICES.
  • I would prefer to purchase a book rather than have numerous online articles. Also, the testing method was extremly difficult because it was unexpected.
  • Conduct it just like this one!
  • Nothing. Great input and Learning experience
  • I have no suggestions.
  • not so many assignments, tests, quizzes
  • Give more clear and precise directions.
  • I really enjoy online classes. I am a fan of technology, so I believe I receive the same education through podcasted lectures, articles, videos, etc.
  • None
  • None
  • n/a
  • Make certain that the requirements of the course are displayed in CourseDen in a timely manner and are accurate.  That would cut down on repeated contact through email with the professor.
  • Check it daily
  • Nothing, Class was great!
  • None.
  • Better organization of assignments and built in reminders of deadlines. Visual presentations and live conferencing will be helpful.
  • Maybe have one more class room meeting set aside for teams to meet.  It is so easy to postpone via online meetings because the commitment of one's time is not there.
  • I would suggest that students are giving more up date on their ungraded assignments. Students are giving an outline of what will be covered on on-line test.
  • Using a WIMBA format for apart of the class is a way to involve all students and the professor in a discussion.
  • I would suggest the teacher give more examples of what she wants in an assignment. Students should be allowed to resummit assignments. More feedback need to be given on what a student need to do to complete an assignment.
  • unify them
  • N/A
  • Make sure the professor wants to teach the course
  • Sometimes when I tried to access Galeileo (sp) in the UWG library I would get cut off. I'd have to exit and go back in under the main UWG website rather then from my course access.
  • Work out the glitches with accessing Galielo (sp). I had trouble getting to it from my course screen.