Santa Monica College Distance Education Faculty Survey

This survey was compiled by the members of the Academic Senate's Distance Education Committee as a part of our program review process. We are seeking your feedback on whatever level or amount of experience you have had with online distance learning. All the answers received will be compiled and presented to the committee as aggregate scores. No individual responses can or will be identified. We appreciate you taking the time to help us by completing this short questionnaire.

1. How many different online distance education courses have you taught since Fall 1999?
For example, if you have taught Business 1 and Business 20, you should answer: 2 courses, no matter how many section of each.
 
1 course ?
2 courses
3 courses
4 courses
5 courses
6+ courses

 

2. How many sessions have you taught online distance education classes since Fall 1999?
For example, if you taught an 8-week course during weeks 1-8 and also taught an 8-week course during weeks 9-16 during the same term, this would count as two sessions.
 
Less than 1 session  ?
1-2 session
3-4 session
5-6 session
7-8 session
8+ session
 

3. What types of training have you had specific to the design or delivery of online distance education?  
Select all that apply.

 
Graduate training in distance learning or education technology ?
Other formal coursework in distance learning or educational technology
eCollege training workshops
Other on-campus workshops
Flex-day workshops
Off-campus training programs
Conference attendance
Self-study 
Informal training from peer/co-worker
Drop-in help
Other
 

4.  Do you feel you are receiving sufficient training from these sources?  

 
Graduate training in distance learning or education technology Yes Somewhat NO Don't know or Not applicable
Other formal coursework in distance learning or educational technology
eCollege training workshops ? ? ? ?
Other on-campus workshops/flex-day
Off-campus training programs
Conference attendance
Self-study 
Informal training from peer/co-worker
Drop-in help
Other

5. What are the PRIMARY reasons you teach online distance education ?  Select all that apply.
 
The media/technology enhances learning
To increase class enrollment
As a convenience to students
No classroom assignment was available
The challenge or intrigue of new media or technology
No one else would take the assignment
To expand student learning opportunities
To reduce travel time
To fit course into schedule
Distance education workload is easier
To allow me to work from off-campus.
To allow me to meet family responsibilities.
To allow me to meet other responsibilities.
Distance education students are "better."
Other.  Please explain.

 

6. Based on your experience, please compare your experience with online distance education to classroom-based instruction in each of the following areas:
 
  Distance Education is better About the same Classroom is better Don't know/Not observed
Quality of student:faculty interaction
Quality of student:student interaction
Ability to deliver content
Ability to support a variety of
instructional strategies
Efficiency of learning
Student involvement in learning
Overall student learning
Student completion of course
Student satisfaction
Student success
Collaborative student learning (groups)
Ability to monitor student progress
Ability to monitor the student code of
Academic Dishonesty
Accessibility/accommodation issues

 

7. Please indicate the frequency with which you use each of the following methods to communicate with your students.
 
  Often Occasionally Seldom Never
Telephone (private)
Telephone (conference call)
E-mail
List-serve
On-line bulletin board (announcements)
Threaded discussions
Chat room
Fax
Mail
In person (office hours)
In person (mid-term or final)
In-person (lab or lecture)
Other synchronous tools (ClassLive)
Other

8. In comparison to classroom-based experiences, how frequently do you typically use the following methods to communication with your distance education students
 
  Less frequently than with classroom students About as often with classroom students More frequently than with classroom students Not applicable
Telephone (private)
Telephone (conference call)
E-mail
List-serve
On-line bulletin board (announcements)
Threaded discussions
Chat room
Fax
Mail
In person (office hours)
In person (mid-term or final)
In-person ( lab or lecture)
Other synchronous tools (ClassLive)
Other
 

9. Please estimate how much of each type of content you use in both your online and traditional courses:

 
None
less than 10%
10-40%
40-60%
60-90%
90-100%

Distance Education

Traditional Class

electronic content developed by me
electronic content developed by SMC staff
electronic content developed by another SMC instructor
electronic content purchased from external vendor (including publisher
content purchased by SMC or sold to SMC students such as CD's, access to
password protected web sites, etc.)
free electronic content (i.e. links to open Web-based resources)
hardcopy content developed by me
hardcopy content developed by another SMC instructor
hardcopy content purchased from external vendor (including textbooks and
other publisher content sold to students)
content developed by me and delivered orally
Test management software
Supplementary software
Others

 

10. To what extent are each of the following factors a barrier to the implementation of effective distance education at SMC.
 
  Significant barrier Somewhat
of a barrier
Little or
no barrier
Don't know
or n/a
Inadequate technology infrastructure
Resistant faculty
Resistant administrators
Resistant students
Insufficient technical support
Greater Workload
Inadequate faculty compensation of development
Insufficient time to develop courses
Inadequate faculty compensation
Unresolved copyright/intellectual property issues
Minimum class size restrictions
Insufficient course opportunities within the department

 

11. To what extent  is each of the following factors a barrier to student success in your online distance education classes?
 
  Significant barrier Somewhat
of a barrier
Little or
no barrier
Don't know
or n/a
Inadequate technology skills
Insufficient technical support
Insufficient language skills
Class size too large
Inaccessibility for students with disabilities
Lack of online student services
Lack of student self-motivation
Lack of student time management skills
Lack of face-to-face interaction
 

12. Is your online course content (web pages, CDs, etc.) consistent with web and software accessibility guidelines to ensure they are accessible to all students including students with disabilities? Select one.

 
Yes ?
No
Don't know
Don't know, but I am collaborating with Academic Computing and/or Disabled Student Services to check their accessibility.
No, but I am collaborating with Academic Computing and/or Disabled Student Services to achieve accessibility.

 

13. Please indicate the frequency with which you refer your students to the following online services.
 
  Often Occasionally Seldom Never
Library
Cyber Counseling
Financial Aid
eCollege tech support
Admissions & Records
Online Bookstore
Ombudsman
www.SMC.edu
Postmaster
eCollege student tutorial
Online distance education orientation
Webmaster
Other please specify