The effects of learners' personality traits on m-learning

Saif DEWAN, kevin ho

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Mobile learning (m-learning) is becoming increasingly significant for educators and businesses. Prior research often examines the effectiveness of m-learning; however, it overlooks that learners with different characteristics may respond to m-learning differently. This research examines how learners with different personalities react to m-learning messages. Specifically, it uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is one of the most widely-used personality instruments, and uses four dichotomies, namely introversion–extroversion, sensing– intuition, thinking–feeling and judgment–perception, to describe learner personalities. We conducted a 10-week study with 217 students. We used MBTI to categorize these 217 participating learners into sixteen personality groups, and sent short text messages to their mobile devices. These messages stimulated them to access lecture materials and to participate in online class discussions. We observed how learners with different personalities responded to text messages, and confirmed that learners of different personalities showed different levels of responses to m-learning messages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACIS 2013: Information systems: Transforming the Future: Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
EditorsProfessor Hepu Deng, Professor Craig Standing
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherRMIT University
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780992449506
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems: Information Systems, Transforming the Future, ACIS 2013 - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleACIS 2013


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