MVCR 2002 Experience Survey

Summary of Results



48% of respondents indicated that they were somewhat satisfied (Level 3) with teaching online BEFORE participating in MVCR course(s). AFTER participating in MVCR courses, 49% of respondents indicated they were extremely satisfied (Level 5) with the experience of teaching online. (See comprehensive results for Question 1 and Question 2)

Graph of Satisfaction Level

39% of respondents indicated that they were not very confident (Level 2) about teaching online BEFORE participating in MVCR course(s). AFTER participating in MVCR courses, 56% of respondents indicated they were very confident (Level 5) about teaching online. (See comprehensive results for Question 3 and Question 4)

Graph of confidence level

95% of the respondents indicated that MVCR courses have increased the level of interactivity in their online course(s). 53% indicating that the courses "greatly increased" the level of interactivity. (See comprehensive results for Question 5)

Graph of interactivity level

62% of the respondents indicated that they strongly agree with the following statement: "I am more satisfied teaching online when my courses are highly interactive." (See comprehensive results for Question 6)

Graph of satisfaction level

Participants were asked to provide additional comments about how MVCR courses have influenced the quality of their online courses. Respondents cited improved skills, changes in attitudes and beliefs, positive experiences, and suggestions for improvement as indicated below. (See comprehensive results for Question 7 )

Graph of influences

Improved Skills
Organization

They have helped me to better organize online courses and understand where online teaching differs from onground, and where it is the same.

Teaching

I have taken 10 courses through the MVCR program and have been able to improve my teaching because of their efforts.

I believe the courses have increased my educational vocabulary, increased the tools I use in my courses, provide me with an understanding of the difference between online and f2f, and all and all made me a better instructor.

I have learned so much that I can utilize in my own classes, and I truly believe I'm teaching better on-line because of them!!†

MVCR has provided me with good sound teaching online methods.

MVCR have improved the way I teach both online as well as face-to-face classes.

Technical

I believe the courses have increased my educational vocabulary, increased the tools I use in my courses, provide me with an understanding of the difference between online and f2f, and all and all made me a better instructor.

I have learned many new technologies that I plan to use in my face-to-face classes until I can create my own online course.†

Communication

Additionally, the structure of the courses, with a focus on communication has helped me improved the quantity and quality of online communication in my online courses.

Facilitation

my skill level has been significantly increased because of the courses and I am grateful that they have been here to help me increase my education and skills in online course delivery† The

MVCR courses have, and still are equipping me with the necessary tools for effective online facilitation.

Positive Experiences
Seeing Best Practices

They showed me many options to doing something I would not have known were available.

In each course I was able to walk away with ideas for my own work and the practicum allowed me to apply the skills to a course module.

MVCR faculty are role models that I used to develop my online teaching style.†

It saved me a lot of time because I was able to avoid mistakes I would have made without the knowledge, experience, and empathy I gained form the MVCR classes.

I have learned so much that I can utilize in my own classes, and I truly believe I'm teaching better on-line because of them!!†

With each course, I modified my original design.†

I have adopted a few very important ideas which I learned in my MVCR courses into my online courses, such as adding online rubrics, assigning discussion questions to individual students rather than always letting them select discussion questions, incorporating group projects.†

While all of my attempts have not gone smoothly, getting ideas from the courses I took was very helpful.

Your courses are most helpful because the concepts are conveyed, the practices are demonstrated and the skills are improved.

I'm just finishing my mvcr class, but its already given me some great ideas.

Collaborative Learning

Loved the group project

The MVCR course gives me a wonderfully experience un synchronous, asynchronous, collaborative discussions, and critique.

They provided a rich collaborative atmosphere to share experiences and knowledge with other students/instructors.†

The interaction with other students informs us of the varying issues, concerns and needs across the spectrum.

Emphasis on collaborative discussions.

Application of Principles

In each course I was able to walk away with ideas for my own work and the practicum allowed me to apply the skills to a course module.

MVCR faculty are role models that I used to develop my online teaching style.†

It saved me a lot of time because I was able to avoid mistakes I would have made without the knowledge, experience, and empathy I gained form the MVCR classes.

I have learned so much that I can utilize in my own classes, and I truly believe I'm teaching better on-line because of them!!†

With each course, I modified my original design.†

I have adopted a few very important ideas which I learned in my MVCR courses into my online courses, such as adding online rubrics, assigning discussion questions to individual students rather than always letting them select discussion questions, incorporating group projects.†

Interaction With Peers

The interaction between classmates and instructors is extremely valuable.

They provided a rich collaborative atmosphere to share experiences and knowledge with other students/instructors.†

The interaction with other students informs us of the varying issues, concerns and needs across the spectrum.

Because of that, I've learned a great deal from my fellow classmates as well.

Experiencing A Studentís Perspective

Also, the experience of taking an online course helped me to understand how things look from the student perspective.

It was very good to experience the student side of an online course.†

It was extremely beneficial to have the experience as a student online and gain the knowledge from that first MVCR course.

I feel more confident in teaching online courses after participating in the online course from both the student perspective with various activities and the teacher perspective with various activities.

Attitudes & Beliefs
Increased Confidence

It is a big part of the process that boosted my confidence level to agree to undertake this change in teaching.

I am now very proud of the quality of online instruction I offer my students.†

I would not have been able to accomplish this without MVCR.

I was not sure if I was doing things right in the online environment.†

After taking these ION classes, I have more confidence that I am doing things right and also have many more tools on doing things better.†

I have a better idea of what I should be doing.

I feel like a trained professional instead of someone who is guessing at it!!!

My course gave me information and confidence with implementing course policies in my online course.

I feel more confident in teaching online courses after participating in the online course from both the student perspective with various activities and the teacher perspective with various activities.

I am not sure how I would have done before taking MVCR courses, but I now know that I am on the right track in how I am teaching online.

Proud of Online Courses

I am now very proud of the quality of online instruction I offer my students.†

I would not have been able to accomplish this without MVCR.

Difficult to apply principles

However since my courses are enhanced and the students see each one another in other classes, often I have found that they do the group discussions off line and then just post their assignments.

Also these students often still complain about technology problems.†

Many of my students still do not have computers and constantly change their email addresses.

The problem is finding time to revise the course.

Suggestions for Improvements
More Feedback From Instructor

The likelihood of taking the MVCR having an impact on my teaching would have been greatly improved if the MVCR instructor had responded to the questions posted by the class.† In most cases, the instructor did not reply -- even when the question was posted with a direct request for a response and a reminder that the class was waiting.†

Improve format of group work

Some of the courses have group activities every week.

Although those activities allow me to interact with members of the group, they distance me from the rest of the class.†

Some courses use the same group throughout the semester.

Sometimes I feel that I am stuck with a certain member who is not very active.

Encourage "Quality" Interaction

Finally, MVCR instructors should encourage students to provide a constructive comment to each other.

I know that most instructors do say that we need to give useful feedback; however, I still see some students who simply reply† "I agree" or "that's a great idea" without a rationale or further comments.

I found that type of responses annoying and waste of my time since clicking into each message takes time.

I think some point should be taken off from those who often post those non-value added responses.

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