DL Course Evaluation Summaries for Fall 2001
Overall analysis of student course evaluation summaries as prepared by faculty teaching distance courses.
What went well in Distance Learning Classes
- Almost all reported student appreciation of not having to drive to class, flexible hours, ability to balance family/class and convenience.
- Some reported that students enjoyed being able to refer easily to class notes and dialogue online.
- Mix of different technologies in some classes.
- Opportunity to learn how to use technology.
- Instructor-specific praises.
What was problematic or should be improved
- Technical problems with GSAMS, firewalls with WebCT, browser problems with WebCT, and lack of EnVision support at remote sites, poor audio with EnVision.
- Some students need more structure or miss the face-to-face environment.
- Some students arenít taking advantage of available WebCT training sessions, help guides, or support.
- Increasing difficulty in getting GSAMS sites.
- Course specific complaints, such as assignments, projects, books, group work etc.
- Some students donít care for WebCT online chats.
Planned changes for future delivery of course
- Some reported that their class was not suitable for distance delivery or that they would have more face-to-face sessions in future sessions (or remote site visits).
- Some reported the need to make sure that students understand the demands of taking a distance course up front.
- Some teaching through WebCT said they would use other technologies more such as Horizon Live to have more live interaction.
- One said that she would have voluntary face-to-face meetings to supplement her fully online course.
- Improve coordination and reliability of EnVision or use other technology such as Horizon Live instead.
- Teach more courses online.
- Course specific changes not related to distance delivery such as textbook, assignments, etc.
- Provide more clear, detailed instructions to students.
- Respond to email every day instead of 3 times per week.
- Have students sign a sheet stating their responsibilities.
Biggest adjustments required for distance instructors
- Finding ways to test students securely.
- Finding enough time to develop class, answer emails, etc.
- Finding ways to "show things" that you would traditionally easily present in a traditional class.
- Dealing with EnVision challenges.
- Getting students engaged and participating in the GSAMS environment.
- Email overload.
- Challenge of small group work in GSAMS environment.
- Dealing with tudents who had been out of school for a long time and had poor basic tech skills.
Level of student services, DDEC, and instructor support
- Most reported very good to excellent.
- Some reported satisfactory.
- Some said not enough information available from the student surveys.
- Some students wanted more direction from instructor.