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Personality Assessments and Online Learning

Submitted by: Jessica Ireland

Submitted to: Susan Dickinson
Date: November 11, 2014
Course: COMP 1341
Group: Red Group

Online learning can be a challenging experience. For many students, online courses are
often accompanied by distractions and flexibility that are not present in-class. Using various
assessments, students can gain a better understanding of their personal learning style and
personality type. This information allows them to customize their learning experience so they
we can excel in any academic setting. In online courses, students can tailor their studying and
learning techniques to capitalize on their strengths according to the personality spectrum, the
multiple-intelligences test, and the Myers-Briggs questionnaire.
To begin with, students can maximize their understanding of online material by knowing
where they fall on the personality spectrum. For instance, thinkers benefit from knowing the
end goal of the course. This provides a context for new information, and gives thinkers the
necessary motivation to apply themselves fully. Consequently, thinkers can thrive in online
courses by obtaining the objectives for individual assignments or for the course through rubrics
and the course outline, both of which are available online. Textbooks, whether online or
physical copies, also contain chapter summaries and introductions where key points are often
laid out. A thinker will benefit immensely from consulting these portions of the text. Another
illustration is that a great asset for a thinker is the use of additional resources that expand upon
the course material. An increased amount of information provides a bigger picture that allows
a thinker to make connections, facilitating retention. For that reason, online learning is
beneficial because it allows them to complete course work in the location of their choosing.
They can do assignments and read course material at the library, where there are many
resources available. Students can also consult online resources to increase their understanding.

To be brief, students can utilize their strengths according to the personality spectrum to excel in
an online learning environment.
Also, students' scores on the multiple intelligences test will help them to succeed in an
online course. For instance, when reading a long chapter of a textbook, a musical-rhythmic
learner may want to break that chapter into smaller sub-sections. Once they have reached the
end of each subsection, they can take a ten-minute break to listen to music. This acts as a
reward for task completion, and allows the learner to focus on each section of the text. An
online environment is conducive to this technique. The flexibility associated with online
learning allows students to listen to music online in between readings, or to bring headphones
and a portable music player to the library or another study location. In summary, online
learning is enhanced when students know which of the multiple intelligences is their strongest.
Further, students can utilize their strengths and acknowledge their weaknesses
according to the Myers-Briggs assessment to enhance their online learning experience. For
example, students who score as an INTP, will work best independently. As such, an online
environment is useful because it does not involve face-to-face interaction, or the distractions
that can sometimes accompany in-class learning. They should make sure to find a quiet place,
such as the library, that they can consistently rely on to study in solitude. Another
demonstration is that INTPs must leave themselves enough time to complete their
assignments. This type of learner requires time to reflect on the course material. Because of
this, they do not do well with deadlines. However, an online learning environment provides the
freedom necessary for them to take extra time to complete assignments. It is imperative that

they plan their time wisely to ensure we have enough time for reflection before the due date.
In brief, students can apply their scores on the Myers-Briggs test to do well in an online course.
To conclude, students in an online learning environment benefit from knowing their
scores according to the personality spectrum, multiple intelligences, and the Myers-Briggs
questionnaire. Increased self-awareness is helpful in many situations, including in any
academic setting.

Works Cited
Drexler, Kateri, Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop, and Sarah Lyman Kravits. Keys To Online Learning.
Boston: Pearson Education,/Allyn and Bacon, 2012. Print.