Student Personality Types and Success in Online Courses
The Research, Evaluation, and Development (RED) team studied the correlation between student personality types and their performance in online Foundations classes.
Researcher: Allison Gallegos
Completed: Spring 2016
The RED team measured student personalities with a variation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, which evaluates people based on four temperaments. Each temperament combines with the other three to create one personality type. The four temperament groups are as follows:
- Extroversion vs. Introversion
- Intuition vs. Sensing
- Thinking vs. Feeling
- Perceiving vs. Judging
Student performance measurements included the following variables:
- Final grades
- Time spent in class
- Overall satisfaction with the class
- Participation in discussion posts and replies
- Overall rating of instructors
- Students from all temperaments spend similar amounts of time studying for the course.
- Only one finding contradicted itself. In one course, "Sensing" students achieved higher final grades, while in another, "Intuition" students did.
Responsible: Allison Gallegos, Curtis Henrie (RED Team group leader)
Accountable: Director of OPR (Ben Fryar)
Consulted: Organizational Learning Team
Informed: OPR, Online Instruction