UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

DISTANCE & DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION CENTER


Summer 2010 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

1137 Total Respondents

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

2

.2

No Response

4

.4

Strongly Disagree

17

1.5

Disagree

36

3.2

Undecided

83

7.3

Agree

402

35.4

Strongly Agree

593

52.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

2

.2

No Response

6

.5

Strongly Disagree

23

2.0

Disagree

53

4.7

Undecided

45

4.0

Agree

410

36.1

Strongly Agree

598

52.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

7

.6

No Response

7

.6

Strongly Disagree

8

.7

Disagree

17

1.5

Undecided

54

4.7

Agree

328

28.8

Strongly Agree

716

63.0

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

17

1.5

No Response

8

.7

Strongly Disagree

3

.3

Disagree

17

1.5

Undecided

40

3.5

Agree

386

33.9

Strongly Agree

666

58.6

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

25

2.2

No Response

8

.7

Strongly Disagree

2

.2

Disagree

9

.8

Undecided

35

3.1

Agree

371

32.6

Strongly Agree

687

60.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

42

3.7

No Response

7

.6

Strongly Disagree

11

1.0

Disagree

22

1.9

Undecided

51

4.5

Agree

334

29.4

Strongly Agree

670

58.9

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

24

2.1

No Response

8

.7

Strongly Disagree

77

6.8

Disagree

242

21.3

Undecided

276

24.3

Agree

262

23.0

Strongly Agree

248

21.8

 

8.  The Distance Learning Helpline was helpful to me. 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

596

52.4

No Response

8

.7

Strongly Disagree

11

1.0

Disagree

23

2.0

Undecided

117

10.3

Agree

199

17.5

Strongly Agree

183

16.1

 

9.  Where do you access the Internet most regularly? 

Frequency

Percent

No response

8

.7

Home

1062

93.4

UWG

19

1.7

Undecided

3

.3

Work

37

3.3

Other

8

.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

13

1.1

Novice, Beginner

51

4.5

Knowledgeable

803

70.6

Expert

270

23.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

11

1.0

No Response

8

.7

Strongly Disagree

39

3.4

Disagree

112

9.9

Undecided

153

13.5

Agree

362

31.8

Strongly Agree

452

39.8

 

 

12.  Where do you live? 

Frequency

Percent

No Response

4

.4

Less than 10 miles from the Carrollton Campus

214

18.8

11-20 miles from campus

109

9.6

21-45 miles from campus

313

27.5

46-65 miles from campus

233

20.5

66-85 miles from campus

131

11.5

more than 85 miles from campus

133

11.7

   

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

7

.6

Unsure

195

17.2

No

21

1.8

Yes

914

80.4

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

227

20.0

No Response

11

1.0

Unacceptable

11

1.0

Needs Improvement

62

5.5

Neutral

157

13.8

Good

343

30.2

Excellent

326

28.7

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

307

27.0

No Response

10

.9

Unacceptable

17

1.5

Needs Improvement

84

7.4

Neutral

153

13.5

Good

349

30.7

Excellent

217

19.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

529

46.5

No Response

12

1.1

Unacceptable

2

.2

Needs Improvement

50

4.4

Neutral

167

14.7

Good

250

22.0

Excellent

127

11.2

 

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

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

502

44.2

No Response

10

.9

Unacceptable

12

1.1

Needs Improvement

35

3.1

Neutral

124

10.9

Good

232

20.4

Excellent

222

19.5

 

18.  Means for resolving student complaints were: 

Frequency

Percent

Not Applicable

551

48.5

No Response

11

1.0

Unacceptable

19

1.7

Needs Improvement

72

6.3

Neutral

142

12.5

Good

214

18.8

Excellent

128

11.3

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

8

.7

0

434

38.2

1

270

23.7

2

271

23.8

3

101

8.9

4

42

3.7

5

11

1.0

 

20.  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

14

1.2

Yes

769

67.6

No

354

31.1

 

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

Frequency

Percent

No Response

11

1.0

Yes

540

47.5

No

586

51.5

 

Question 22: What did you like about the online portion of this course?

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

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Question 24: What suggestions would you make for future online courses?

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25.  What is your age?

Frequency

Percent

< 20

35

3.08

20 - 29

483

42.48

30 - 39

229

20.14

40 - 49

169

14.86

50+

88

7.74

No Response

133

11.70

 

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Last updated 03/11 by MM