UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2011 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

1826 Total Respondents

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

4

.2

No Response

15

.8

Strongly Disagree

33

1.8

Disagree

74

4.1

Undecided

168

9.2

Agree

545

29.8

Strongly Agree

987

54.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

4

.2

No Response

19

1.0

Strongly Disagree

62

3.4

Disagree

97

5.2

Undecided

125

6.8

Agree

608

33.3

Strongly Agree

911

49.9

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

25

1.4

No Response

23

1.3

Strongly Disagree

41

2.2

Disagree

44

2.4

Undecided

111

6.1

Agree

564

30.9

Strongly Agree

1018

55.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

72

3.9

No Response

27

1.5

Strongly Disagree

19

1.0

Disagree

71

3.9

Undecided

75

4.1

Agree

672

36.8

Strongly Agree

890

48.7

     

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

84

4.6

No Response

26

1.4

Strongly Disagree

7

.4

Disagree

43

2.4

Undecided

64

3.5

Agree

638

34.9

Strongly Agree

964

52.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

73

4.0

No Response

26

1.4

Strongly Disagree

26

1.4

Disagree

53

2.9

Undecided

86

4.7

Agree

503

27.5

Strongly Agree

1059

58.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

24

1.3

No Response

21

1.2

Strongly Disagree

146

8.0

Disagree

321

17.6

Undecided

415

22.7

Agree

398

21.8

Strongly Agree

501

27.4

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

823

45.1

No Response

24

1.3

Strongly Disagree

27

1.5

Disagree

61

3.3

Undecided

190

10.4

Agree

315

17.3

Strongly Agree

386

21.1

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

20

1.1

Home

1643

90.0

UWG

46

2.5

Undecided

10

.5

Work

78

4.3

Other

29

1.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

21

1.2

Novice, Beginner

94

5.1

Knowledgeable

1232

67.5

Expert

479

26.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

11

.6

No Response

16

.9

Strongly Disagree

94

5.1

Disagree

155

8.5

Undecided

250

13.7

Agree

539

29.5

Strongly Agree

761

41.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

7

.4

No Response

19

1.0

Strongly Disagree

155

8.5

Disagree

222

12.2

Undecided

271

14.8

Agree

397

21.7

Strongly Agree

755

41.3

   

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

17

.9

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

477

26.1

11-20 miles from campus

154

8.4

21-45 miles from campus

464

25.4

46-65 miles from campus

342

18.7

66-85 miles from campus

154

8.4

more than 85 miles from campus

218

11.9

   

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

25

1.4

Unsure

348

19.1

No

42

2.3

Yes

1411

77.3

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

332

18.2

No Response

22

1.2

Unacceptable

35

1.9

Needs Improvement

135

7.4

Neutral

265

14.5

Good

533

29.2

Excellent

504

27.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

400

21.9

No Response

26

1.4

Unacceptable

47

2.6

Needs Improvement

191

10.5

Neutral

246

13.5

Good

507

27.8

Excellent

409

22.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

679

37.2

No Response

28

1.5

Unacceptable

19

1.0

Needs Improvement

115

63.3

Neutral

264

14.5

Good

449

24.6

Excellent

272

14.9

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

678

37.1

No Response

22

1.2

Unacceptable

52

2.8

Needs Improvement

119

6.5

Neutral

201

11.0

Good

391

21.4

Excellent

363

19.9

 

19.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

725

39.7

No Response

30

1.6

Unacceptable

29

1.6

Needs Improvement

131

7.2

Neutral

274

15.0

Good

370

20.3

Excellent

267

14.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

19

1.0

0

574

31.4

1

250

13.7

2

371

20.3

3

35

19.4

4

184

10.1

5

73

4.0

 

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

36

2.0

Yes

1228

67.3

No

562

30.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

33

1.8

Yes

899

49.2

No

894

49.0

 

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

189

10.35

20 - 29

692

37.90

30 - 39

346

18.95

40 - 49

249

13.64

50+

120

6.57

No Response

230

12.60

 

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