UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Spring 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

1598 Total Respondents

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

7

.4

No Response

6

.4

Strongly Disagree

19

1.2

Disagree

86

5.4

Undecided

112

7.0

Agree

490

30.7

Strongly Agree

878

54.9

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

8

.5

No Response

11

.7

Strongly Disagree

67

4.2

Disagree

94

5.9

Undecided

99

6.2

Agree

496

31.0

Strongly Agree

823

51.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

24

1.5

No Response

16

1.0

Strongly Disagree

29

1.8

Disagree

53

3.3

Undecided

93

5.8

Agree

471

29.5

Strongly Agree

912

57.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

107

6.7

No Response

14

.9

Strongly Disagree

14

.9

Disagree

43

2.7

Undecided

67

4.2

Agree

513

32.1

Strongly Agree

840

52.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

120

7.5

No Response

19

1.2

Strongly Disagree

6

.4

Disagree

32

2.0

Undecided

65

4.1

Agree

490

30.7

Strongly Agree

866

54.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

67

4.2

No Response

22

1.4

Strongly Disagree

31

1.9

Disagree

54

3.4

Undecided

81

5.1

Agree

403

25.2

Strongly Agree

940

58.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

40

2.5

No Response

9

.6

Strongly Disagree

140

8.8

Disagree

301

18.8

Undecided

346

21.7

Agree

303

19.0

Strongly Agree

459

28.7

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

747

46.7

No Response

8

.5

Strongly Disagree

33

2.1

Disagree

49

3.1

Undecided

167

10.5

Agree

261

16.3

Strongly Agree

333

20.8

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

8

.5

Home

1440

90.1

UWG

39

2.4

Undecided

10

.6

Work

76

4.8

Other

25

1.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

10

.6

Novice, Beginner

83

5.2

Knowledgeable

1065

66.6

Expert

440

27.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

17

1.1

No Response

13

.8

Strongly Disagree

99

6.2

Disagree

112

7.0

Undecided

267

16.7

Agree

394

24.7

Strongly Agree

696

43.6

 

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

16

1.0

No Response

16

1.0

Strongly Disagree

139

8.7

Disagree

171

10.7

Undecided

258

16.1

Agree

313

19.6

Strongly Agree

685

42.9

 

 

13.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

14

.9

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

452

28.3

11-20 miles from campus

146

9.1

21-45 miles from campus

396

24.8

46-65 miles from campus

267

16.7

66-85 miles from campus

134

8.4

more than 85 miles from campus

189

11.8

   

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

18

1.1

Unsure

271

17.0

No

36

2.3

Yes

1273

79.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

263

16.5

No Response

18

1.1

Unacceptable

23

1.4

Needs Improvement

113

7.1

Neutral

226

14.8

Good

509

31.9

Excellent

446

27.9

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

329

20.6

No Response

14

.9

Unacceptable

21

1.3

Needs Improvement

152

9.5

Neutral

245

15.3

Good

473

2.6

Excellent

364

22.8

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

580

36.3

No Response

23

1.4

Unacceptable

6

.4

Needs Improvement

77

4.8

Neutral

247

15.5

Good

401

25.1

Excellent

264

16.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

633

39.6

No Response

24

1.5

Unacceptable

38

2.4

Needs Improvement

101

6.3

Neutral

164

10.3

Good

339

21.2

Excellent

299

18.7

 

19.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

650

40.7

No Response

27

1.7

Unacceptable

45

2.8

Needs Improvement

110

6.9

Neutral

197

12.3

Good

337

21.1

Excellent

232

14.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

8

.5

0

515

32.2

1

267

16.7

2

336

21.0

3

214

13.4

4

194

12.1

5

64

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

16

1.0

Yes

1110

69.5

No

472

29.5

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

17

1.1

Yes

819

51.3

No

762

47.7

 

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

139

10.18

20 - 29

156

11.43

30 - 39

505

37.00

40 - 49

295

21.61

50+

270

19.78

No Response

233

 

 

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