Relationship Between Personality Characteristics of Online Instructors and Student Evaluations

July 26, 2013

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between each of the five personality factors in the Big Five Inventory (BFI) and online faculty student evaluations. Faculty members from the School of Criminal Justice (CJ) and the School of Information Technology (IT) from an online university were asked to complete the BFI (44 item personality inventory). There were 179 valid BFI surveys returned with matched student evaluation data. There were small correlations between some of the five factors and student evaluations for all subjects. However, when separated by school, there were no statistically significant correlations for faculty in IT but there were significant correlations with moderate effect sizes for faculty in CJ.

Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration

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