Personality and Online Learning

Kevin Downing (City University Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 139
EISBN13: 9781609602628|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-909-5.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter provides a comparative evaluation of two pilot online courses with their traditionally taught counterparts in one of the universities of Hong Kong. As part of a natural experiment, students enrolled on two online courses were compared with their peers who were enrolled on the equivalent classroom based courses. Student satisfaction measures were taken from participants in both modes of delivery and compared with student learning style. This case highlights the impact of adopting a blended learning approach to an undergraduate programme, and suggests that Asian students who behave like Introverts in the classroom environment are likely to behave as online Extraverts when given the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and contribute to an online discussion forum.
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