UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Fall 2012 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

2319 Total Respondents

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

13

.6

No Response

15

.6

Strongly Disagree

37

5.0

Disagree

115

5.4

Undecided

201

8.7

Agree

696

30.0

Strongly Agree

1242

53.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

14

.6

No Response

25

1.1

Strongly Disagree

59

2.5

Disagree

117

5.0

Undecided

131

5.6

Agree

773

33.3

Strongly Agree

1200

51.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

39

1.7

No Response

34

1.5

Strongly Disagree

22

0.9

Disagree

54

2.3

Undecided

150

6.5

Agree

640

27.6

Strongly Agree

1380

59.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

213

9.2

No Response

32

1.4

Strongly Disagree

25

1.1

Disagree

97

4.2

Undecided

144

4.2

Agree

707

30.5

Strongly Agree

1101

47.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

214

7.5

No Response

27

1.2

Strongly Disagree

20

.9

Disagree

43

1.9

Undecided

140

6.0

Agree

715

30.8

Strongly Agree

1160

50.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

86

3.7

No Response

43

1.9

Strongly Disagree

39

1.7

Disagree

61

2.6

Undecided

106

4.6

Agree

576

24.8

Strongly Agree

1408

60.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

54

2.3

No Response

20

.9

Strongly Disagree

188

8.1

Disagree

423

18.2

Undecided

517

22.3

Agree

462

19.9

Strongly Agree

655

28.2

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

975

42.0

No Response

25

1.1

Strongly Disagree

30

1.3

Disagree

60

2.6

Undecided

292

12.6

Agree

407

17.6

Strongly Agree

530

22.9

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

24

1

Home

2062

88

UWG

67

2.9

Undecided

10

.4

Work

110

2.0

Other

46

1.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

34

1.5

Novice, Beginner

150

6.5

Knowledgeable

1481

63.9

Expert

654

28.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

40

1.7

No Response

33

1.4

Strongly Disagree

119

5.1

Disagree

205

8.8

Undecided

331

14.3

Agree

629

27.1

Strongly Agree

962

41.5

 

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

27

1.2

No Response

30

1.3

Strongly Disagree

194

8.4

Disagree

256

11.0

Undecided

363

15.7

Agree

476

15.7

Strongly Agree

973

42.0

 

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

30

1.3

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

654

28.2

11-20 miles from campus

187

8.1

21-45 miles from campus

560

24.1

46-65 miles from campus

386

16.6

66-85 miles from campus

208

9.0

more than 85 miles from campus

294

12.7

   

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

36

1.6

Unsure

456

19.7

No

54

2.3

Yes

1773

76.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

149

6.4

No Response

31

1.3

Unacceptable

38

1.6

Needs Improvement

117

5.0

Neutral

115

5.0

Good

919

39.6

Excellent

950

41.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

436

20.6

No Response

32

.9

Unacceptable

40

1.3

Needs Improvement

199

9.5

Neutral

330

15.3

Good

689

2.6

Excellent

593

22.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

752

32.4

No Response

38

1.6

Unacceptable

16

.7

Needs Improvement

134

5.8

Neutral

362

15.6

Good

597

25.7

Excellent

420

18.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

892

38.5

No Response

42

1.5

Unacceptable

33

1.4

Needs Improvement

114

4.9

Neutral

261

11.3

Good

494

21.3

Excellent

483

20.8

 

19.  Means for resolving general student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

934

40.3

No Response

43

1.9

Unacceptable

51

2.2

Needs Improvement

162

7.0

Neutral

294

12.7

Good

477

20.6

Excellent

358

15.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

28

1.2

0

782

33.7

1

322

13.9

2

447

19.3

3

349

15.0

4

251

10.8

5

140

6.0

 

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

1.6

Yes

1500

64.7

No

783

33.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

34

1.5

Yes

1203

51.9

No

1082

46.7

 

23. The academic advising related to ditance learning which I received prior to this course was: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

407

17.6

No Response

25

1.1

Unacceptable

21

0.9

Needs Improvement

137

5.9

Neutral

312

13.5

Good

698

30.1

Excellent

719

31.0

 

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

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Question 25: What did you dislike about the online portion of this course?

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Question 26: What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

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27.  What is your age?

Frequency

Percent

< 20

139

10.18

20 - 29

913

46.32

30 - 39

413

20.95

40 - 49

254

21.61

50+

132

6.70

No Response

233

 

 

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