For the next few questions, please imagine that you are enrolled in an online course offered by the University of Minnesota. Rather than attending a lecture each week, you spend approximately the equivalent amount of time participating in your "class" on the Internet. Each time you log-in to your course on the web, you read new information posted by your professor regarding the course's current topic, you engage in electronic conversations about the topics with your classmates, and you work collaboratively and independently on various on-line projects and activities designed to reinforce class themes. Additionally, you spend time reading printed materials to prepare for each week’s topic, much as you would in a classroom-based course. You are evaluated on your participation and contributions in the online discussions and your demonstration of mastery of the materials and concepts through written essays and projects.
We appreciate your input in the above questions. To help us understand responses from various groups of students and the issues related to student characteristics, we would also appreciate some information about you. Again, this information will not be linked to you in any way and will only be used for comparative purposes.
Because we care about your input and we could not ask everyone to respond to the many additional questions we had, please use this space to make any final comments about your experiences related to learning and technology in the college. We value your input.