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Professors publish article profiling on-line instructors

Fuller Norby Pearce Strand
An article "Internet Teaching By Style: Profiling the On-line Professor," written by Dorothy Fuller, Rena Faye Norby, and Kristi Pearce of the College of Education and Sharon Strand of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been recently published in Educational Technology & Society.

This publication, the refereed journal of the International Forum of Educational Technology & Society and IEEE Learning Technology Task Force, is published at Massey University in New Zealand. The full text of the article can be accessed at http://ifets.ieee.org/periodical/

The article presents the results of a pilot study that examined the personality type and teaching style preferences of faculty who elected to teach an on-line course. The researchers administered two personality assessments, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

and Anthony Gregorc's Transaction Ability Inventory to determine teaching tendencies and styles. In addition, a structured written questionnaire developed by the researchers was used to assess teacher satisfaction with worldwide web-based instruction. Utilizing the results of these psychological assessments, a preliminary analysis of the personal characteristics of college professors who chose to teach on line is presented.

This pilot study found that some preferred teaching styles may be more compatible with the dynamics of distance learning formats. By determining successful teaching styles for on-line courses, Fuller, Norby, Pearce, and Strand offer suggestions for faculty development programs to assist others in successfully transitioning into the cyber-teaching and learning environment.