Tag Archives: PSOL

Online Learners – What’s Important?

This will be cross-posted at my e-Learning blog. I have been analyzing some of the data (again) from the 2008 PSOL survey. This is the fourth year that we have used this Noel-Levitz survey at Lake Superior College. The embedded slides explain a bit more about the survey, including the four sets of data that are compared for online student ratings of both importance and satisfaction.

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There are 26 items that are included in all PSOL submissions. You can add other items but only the first 26 can be compared across other populations since these are the only items answered by all students. In order of descending importance, here are the top eleven items for LSC students on the 2008 PSOL (survey item number is indicated at beginning of each line).

1. (20) The quality of online instruction is excellent.
2. (25) Faculty are responsive to student needs.
3. (11) Student assignments are clearly defined in the syllabus.
4. (18) Registration for online courses is convenient.
5. (07) Program requirements are clear and reasonable.
6. (06) Tuition paid is a worthwhile investment.
7. (12) There are sufficient offerings within my program of study.
8. (23) Billing and payment procedures are convenient for me.
9. (04) Faculty provide timely feedback about student progress.
10. (03) Instructional materials are appropriate for program content.
11. (10) This institution responds quickly when I request information.

There are clearly other items that are very important to online learners but are not included in the 26 PSOL items. Please leave a comment if you have some ideas about what they might be. Thanks.

Student Satisfaction: Online vs. On-ground

These slides show the comparisons between our 2008 PSOL results and the 2008 SSI (student Satisfaction Inventory) results. There are eleven questions that match up between the two surveys, including some that we added for that very purpose.

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To clarify: here are the questions that were compared from the two groups.

PSOL # SSI # Item
01 45 This institution has a good reputation.
04 46 Faculty provide timely feedback about student progress.
07 66 Program requirements are clear and reasonable.
09 07 Adequate financial aid is available.
20 18 The quality of (online) instruction is excellent.
21 14 (Online) Library resources and services are adequate.
23 52 Billing and payment procedures are convenient for me.
24 50 Tutoring services are readily available (for online courses).
32 23 Faculty are understanding of students’ unique life circumstances.
34 32 My academic advisor is knowledgeable about my program requirements.
36 75 The LSC Help Desk responds with useful information and solutions.