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Thursday, June 23 • 16:10 - 17:00
CON09.07 - Using the relationship between learner personality and program choice to foster learner success

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This workshop focuses on learner-centered teaching practices. The facilitators will present their research on the relationship between the personalities of incoming college students, choice of college program, and success in that program. This research tracked nearly 900 students enrolled in 26 different 2-year college programs along 10 different personality dimensions, such as boredom proneness, agreeableness, social deviance, and conscientiousness. Results demonstrate large and highly statistically significant personality differences between learners in different programs: Each program seems to have its own unique “personality.” We will explore the implications of these findings for instructional design: How can this information be used to tailor the learner experience and improve learner success on a program by program level? At the end of the workshop, participants will take away a list of both their own and group-generated ideas about how to create a program-specific best-fit between learner personalities and instructional techniques in their own institutions.


Jennifer Davis

Dr. Jennifer Davis holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from McMaster University. She has worked at the Max Planck Institutes for Human Development, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Lethbridge. She is currently a Psychology Instructor at Lethbridge College. Both presenters... Read More →

Shaylene Wall

Shaylene Wall holds an M.A. in Archeology from the University of Southampton. She is currently an Instructor at Lethbridge College where she teaches a variety of social science disciplines. Both presenters are actively involved in promoting faculty research on campus, and have been... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 16:10 - 17:00 EDT
UCC 60

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