UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2009 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.  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, Blackboard’s Vista 8 (now called CourseDen, formerly WebCT), also allows for formative assessment and evaluation by the instructor, who can track student usage patterns. 

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

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Information: Distance Education Student Survey Results

1244 Total Respondents

1.   At the beginning of the semester, my attitude toward on-line learning was positive.

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

1

.1

No Response

9

.7

Strongly Disagree

11

.9

Disagree

41

3.3

Undecided

103

8.3

Agree

420

33.8

Strongly Agree

659

53.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

2

.2

No Response

10

.8

Strongly Disagree

36

2.9

Disagree

63

5.1

Undecided

60

4.8

Agree

431

34.6

Strongly Agree

642

51.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

3

.2

No Response

12

1.0

Strongly Disagree

14

1.1

Disagree

29

2.3

Undecided

67

5.4

Agree

372

29.9

Strongly Agree

747

60.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

25

2.0

No Response

12

1.0

Strongly Disagree

8

.6

Disagree

42

3.4

Undecided

34

2.7

Agree

444

35.7

Strongly Agree

679

54.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

28

2.3

No Response

12

1.0

Strongly Disagree

5

.4

Disagree

19

1.5

Undecided

29

2.3

Agree

410

33.0

Strongly Agree

741

59.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

45

3.6

No Response

13

1.0

Strongly Disagree

21

1.7

Disagree

40

3.2

Undecided

75

6.0

Agree

330

26.5

Strongly Agree

720

57.9

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

24

1.9

No Response

13

1.0

Strongly Disagree

73

5.9

Disagree

246

19.8

Undecided

302

24.3

Agree

265

21.3

Strongly Agree

321

25.8

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

682

54.8

No Response

13

1.0

Strongly Disagree

17

1.4

Disagree

32

2.6

Undecided

137

11.0

Agree

171

13.7

Strongly Agree

192

15.4

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

13

1.0

Home

1121

90.1

UWG

33

2.7

Undecided

3

.2

Work

62

5.0

Other

12

1.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

15

1.2

Novice, Beginner

41

3.3

Knowledgeable

870

69.9

Expert

318

25.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

12

1.0

No Response

13

1.0

Strongly Disagree

79

6.4

Disagree

149

12.0

Undecided

210

16.9

Agree

260

20.9

Strongly Agree

521

41.9

 

12: Materials required for this course were available for convenient purchase. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

54

4.3

No Response

12

1.0

Strongly Disagree

19

1.5

Disagree

78

6.3

Undecided

53

4.3

Agree

574

46.1

Strongly Agree

454

36.5

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

15

1.2

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

271

21.8

11-20 miles from campus

121

9.7

21-45 miles from campus

290

23.3

46-65 miles from campus

210

16.9

66-85 miles from campus

188

15.1

more than 85 miles from campus

149

12.0

   

 

14.  Registration for this course was available at a distance.

Frequency

Percent

No Response

20

1.6

Unsure

255

20.5

No

24

1.9

Yes

945

76.0

 

15.  The academic advising related to distance learning which I received prior to this course was: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

242

19.5

No Response

17

1.4

Unacceptable

14

1.1

Needs Improvement

73

5.9

Neutral

168

13.5

Good

387

31.1

Excellent

343

27.6

 

16.  Information on financial aid available prior to registration was: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

306

24.6

No Response

14

1.1

Unacceptable

15

1.2

Needs Improvement

127

10.2

Neutral

186

15.0

Good

347

27.9

Excellent

249

20.0

 

17.  Information on career services on UWG's website is: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

578

46.5

No Response

21

1.7

Unacceptable

12

1.0

Needs Improvement

45

3.6

Neutral

196

15.8

Good

264

21.2

Excellent

128

10.3

 

18.  Means for resolving student complaints related to this course were:

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

562

45.2

No Response

22

1.8

Unacceptable

23

1.8

Needs Improvement

64

5.1

Neutral

144

11.6

Good

238

19.1

Excellent

191

15.4

 

19.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

619

49.8

No Response

18

1.4

Unacceptable

30

2.4

Needs Improvement

66

5.3

Neutral

153

12.3

Good

229

18.4

Excellent

129

10.4

 

20.  How many on-campus courses (not online) are you taking this term? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

12

1.0

0

447

35.9

1

185

14.9

2

257

20.7

3

167

13.4

4

127

10.2

5

49

3.9

 

21.  Were you aware that the UWG Library has Distance Learning Support Service to help you get the library and research materials you need?

Frequency

Percent

No Response

16

1.3

Yes

786

63.2

No

442

35.5

 

22.  Did you use the UWG Library website to access information needed for your class?

Frequency

Percent

No Response

17

1.4

Yes

563

45.3

No

664

53.4

 

Question 23: What did you like about the online portion of this course?

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Question 24: What did you dislike about the online portion of this course?

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Question 25: What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

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26.  What is your age?

Frequency

Percent

< 20

55

4.4

20 - 29

511

41.1

30 - 39

319

25.6

40 - 49

180

14.5

50+

83

6.7

No Response

96

7.7

 

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