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Online Learner Wins iPad After Responding to Survey

Brendan McEachran, a CWU student studying music education, was presented with a new iPad on Wednesday just for sharing his opinion. McEachran, who is taking classes online and face-to-face, won the tablet after his name was drawn from a batch of nearly 400 students who responded to the Noel-Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners.

The survey is meant to assess the satisfaction and priorities of students in online programs. During spring quarter CWU sent the survey to all students enrolled in 100 percent online courses. To sweeten the deal and show students that their opinions matter, those who responded were entered into a drawing for the new iPad.

The survey asks about academic services, enrollment services, institutional perceptions, instructional services, and student services. It’s one of the benchmarks CWU uses for quality assurance in terms of instruction and interaction in its online classes.

McEachran responded to the survey because he’s a fan of online education at CWU and wanted to offer feedback. Online classes are helping McEachran get through his degree program because they offer flexibility and work with his schedule, he said. He’s able to do much of the coursework for his online classes over the weekend, which frees McEachran up to practice in the music building during the week.

The results of this year’s survey are not yet available, but in past years, CWU has compared favorably to national and peer averages, said Tom Henderson, CWU’s Director of Institutional Assessment.

PHOTO: Christopher Schedler, Director of Multimodal Learning at CWU, hands off a new iPad to CWU student Brendan McEachran. McEachran won the tablet in a drawing after he responded to the Noel-Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners. (Barb Arnott / CWU)

June 13, 2014