DL Course Evaluation Summaries for Summer 2003
Overall analysis of student course evaluation summaries as
prepared by faculty teaching distance courses. The results were presented to DL
Steering Committee members for discussion of distance program improvements, and
action as needed. Action items are noted in red and
well in Distance Learning Classes
- Like always, almost all
reported student appreciation of not having to drive to class, flexible
hours, ability to balance family/class and convenience.
- Some faculty noted that
students benefited from always having class notes available online.
- Some courses: students like
hybrid courses of some online; some personal contact.
What was problematic or
should be improved
- Shorter summer session
provided challenge for many courses. A great number of students complained
that the online workload was too great . Include
this issue in discussion-based training session for faculty. Make sure
faculty are aware of alternative ways to meet objectives without
unnecessary amount of busy work.
- In some courses, students
reported frustration with groupwork. Address in training.
- Lack of instantaneous
sure that students know what to expect in terms of how many hours/day
faculty will reply.
- For summer, there seems to be a greater number of
students who are not familiar with WebCT. Publicize and offer greater number of
orientations for summer session.
Planned changes for future
delivery of course, based on students' feedback
- Limit number of students in
- Be more clear in syllabi.
- Make face-to-face meeting
- Provide students with
strategies for online group work..
- Find ways to get more
students to complete evaluations.
required for distance instructors
- Finding enough time to
develop class, answer emails, and respond to student inquiries.
- Getting comfortable with
technical aspects of WebCT.
- Amount of time it takes to
grade and give adequate feedback on homework assignments.
Level of student services,
DDEC, and instructor support
- All reported adequate to
superior for non-academic support.