STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER

Spring 2002 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 semester 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
443     213
48.1%
154
34.8%
61
13.8%
13
2.9%
2
.5%

Question 2: At the end of the semester, 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
441     198
44.9%
166
37.6%
29
6.6%
36
8.2%
12
2.7%

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
443     224
50.6%
140
31.6%
54
12.2%
17
3.8%
8
1.8%

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
440     236
53.6%
152
34.5%
16
3.6%
27
6.1%
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
438     270
61.6%
141
32.2%
18
4.1%
6
1.4%
2
.5%

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
439     224
51.0%
121
27.6%
56
12.8%
27
6.2%
11
2.5%

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
441     111
25.2%
90
20.4%
111
25.2%
97
22.0%
32
7.3%

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
435     79
18.2%
66
15.2%
271
62.3%
9
2.1%
10
2.3%

 

Question 9: Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 
 
home UWG computer lab 3.
4.
work
5.
other
N     1 2 3 4 5
441     328
74.4%
59
13.4%
42
9.5%
10
2.3%
2
.5%

Question10: 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
442     9
2.0%
62
14.0%
318
71.9%
53
12.0%

Question 11: I would like to take classes in the future that are mostly on-line. 
 
1.  Strongly Agree 2. Agree  3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree
N     1 2 3 4 5
441     177
40.1%
137
31.1%
69
15.6%
37
8.4%
21
4.8%

Question 12: I would like to take classes in the future that are completely on-line. 
 
1.  Strongly Agree 2. Agree  3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly disagree
N     1 2 3 4 5
441     159
36.1%
101
22.9%
87
19.7%
53
12.0%
41
9.3%

Question 13: 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
440     153
34.8%
45
10.2%
108
24.5%
59
13.4%
32
7.3%
43
9.8%

Question 14: What did you like about the online portion of this course?

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

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Question 16: What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

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Question 17: What is your age?
 
1.  <20 2. 20-29  3. 30-39 4. 40-49 5. 50+
N     1 2 3 4 5
425     46
10.8%
240
56.6%
111
26.1%
287
67.5%
27
6.4%

Question 18: Registration for this course was available at a distance (online, via phone or via fax).
 
1.  Agree 2. disagree 3. unsure
N     1 2 3
432     304
70.4%
14
3.2%
114
26.4%

Question 19: Materials required for this course were available for convenient purchase.
 
1.  Strongly Agree 2. Agree  3. disagree 4. Strongly disagree 5. unsure
N     1 2 3 4 5
433     130
30.0%
218
50.3%
39
9.0%
28
6.5%
18
4.2%

Question 20: The academic advising related to distance learning which I received prior to this course was: 
 
1.  Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable
N     1 2 3 4 5
429     97
22.6%
151
35.2%
134
31.2%
39
9.1%
8
1.9%

Question 21: Information on financial aid available prior to registration was: 
 
1.  Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable
N     1 2 3 4 5
413     65
15.7%
133
32.2%
27
6.5%
14
3.4%
174
42.1%

Question 22: Information on career services on UWG's website is::
 
1.  Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable 6. does not apply
N     1 2 3 4 5 6
424     39
9.2%
101
23.8%
80
18.9%
32
7.5%
4
.9%
168
39.6%

Question 23: Means for resolving student complaints related to this course were: 
 
1.  Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable 6. unsure
N     1 2 3 4 5 6
414     81
19.6%
100
24.2%
102
24.6%
34
8.2%
14
3.4%
83
20.0%

Question 24: Means for resolving student complaints were: 
 
1.  Excellent 2. Good 3. neutral 4. needs improvement 5. unacceptable 6. does not apply
N     1 2 3 4 5 6
420     71
16.9%
96
22.9%
83
19.8%
31
7.4%
18
4.3%
121
28.8%

Question 25: 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)
436     73
16.7%
122
28.0%
67
15.4%
72
16.5%
72
16.5%
30
6.9%

Question 26: Did you use the UWG Library website to access information needed for your class?: 
 
1.  Yes 2. No
N     1 2
439     196
44.6%
243
55.4%

Question 27: Were you aware that the UWG Library has a Distance Learning Support Service to help you get the libary and research materials you need?: 
 
1.  Yes 2. No
N     1 2
436     221
49.3%
215
50.7%

 

Last Updated on 7/23/02
By Christy Talley