A case study: How an instructor used results from an inventory measuring students’ preferences in online teaching behaviors to personalize instruction
Abstract: This presentation will discuss how an instructor and her learning assistants used the results of a survey measuring students’ cognitive profile of self-directed learning and their preferences for online teaching behaviors believed to be important for their online learning. Self-directed learning style was measured using the Personal Orientation of Self-Directed Learning Style (PRO-SDLS), which is comprised of four variables: control, initiative, self-efficacy, and motivation. Students then rated thirty-two teaching behavior statements in terms of how important each was for their learning. The purpose of this study was to personalize instruction using the results of this combined survey, which was administered at the beginning of the semester. At present (April 2015), the same combined survey is being administered in order to gauge whether personalizing instruction was effective in improving students’ perception of learning and improvements in grades.