Beginning Course Surveys for Online Learning

Pre-course surveys for online courses have the potential to improve course management during the course and provide information for redesigning it after the course (Starr-Glass, 2011). Not only that, but a pre-course survey lets students know that the instructor is interested in their background and wants to make the class a positive experience (Starr-Glass, 2011).

This is an example of a beginning course survey for an online technology class. Some of the questions have been designed to assess the students prior experience using technology. Students with more experience will have used many applications across several platforms -- iphone, ipad, table, laptop, and desktop computers. The reasons for taking the course are also addressed, as well as the students' demographics. One of the important questions is whether the student speaks English or another language. The teacher and other students will be able to collaborate and connect across multiple cultures if they understand the class demographics. Starr-Glass (2011) recommends open-ended questions at the end of the pre-course survey to get qualitative data.

To better encourage student and teacher communication, one of the questions asks what method of communication is preferred. This is important, as it lets the student know that the teacher will be making an effort to reach out. Online courses have many benefits, but the presence of an instructor is important for a guided constructivist learning theory (Sung & Mayer, 2012). Distance is minimized by communication and that connection with the teacher is a necessary aspect of online learning. The pre-course survey can be used by the teacher to fine tune the class and connect with the students.

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Sung, E. and Mayer, R.E., 2012. Five facets of social presence in online distance education. Computers in Human Behavior, 8(5), 1738-1747.

Starr-Glass, D. (2011). Beginning Course Surveys: Bridges for Knowing and Bridges for Being. International Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning, 12(5), 138-157.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I do agree that pre online survey for online learning courses is a right approach. In fact every business should have a pre online survey with which it becomes easy to understand what are the requirements and expectations of customers. With this method in E-learning you can redesign and make slight changes in case you feel so. A survey analysis actually is very valuable and it creates an association with the participants who are interested in the learning process. With online surveys you can also take feedbacks from your participants or candidates. With the questions asked you can evaluate and estimate what your users want and you can manage the resources accordingly. There are various online tools with which you can easily take survey and analyze it such as Surveygoo-Online Survey Software Tool and many more. You can easily search for a list online. After proper research you can use the most appropriate tool.


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