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The Learning Conference 2003

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Addressing the Needs of Cyberlearners: Using MBTI Understanding to Design Online Courses

Anne Russell.

Students with an understanding of their MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) preferences reflected on their learning needs during an online university course. Insights from these postgraduate students have been analysed to identify specific needs of students with different learning styles. The outcome of this research identifies strategies instructional designers can use to address learner differences while at the same time creating a community of learners. Students who understand how they gather information and construct knowledge and how their approaches are different from their online peers, will better value and respect alternative perspectives. The combination of appropriate instructional strategies and student self knowledge will enable rich discussions and construction of shared knowledge between learners.


Anne Russell  (Australia)
Lecturer in Cultural and Language Studies in Education
Faculty of Education
Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Anne Russell teaches in the postgraduate program within the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She also teaches MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) accreditation programs throughout Australia for the Sydney-based Institute for Type Development. Anne has published articles related to Cyberlearning and MBTI in professional journals and presented her research at national and international conferences.

  • Cyberlearning
  • Online learning
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Instructional design
  • Individual and social learning
  • Learning styles
Person as Subject
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator

(30 min Conference Paper, English)