Inclusive (Online) Academic Teaching and Personality Diversity of Students

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference contribution (without a publication)Academic


In academic educational settings, personality diversity in the Extraversion/Introversion dimension seems to be a form of diversity that has not been amply addressed, though some research has been done. This may lead to exclusion of certain personalities from the teaching process. Recently, I carried out an innovation teaching project with the goal to explore how the educational design can be adapted to better take into account the diversity in personalities as regards the Extraversion/Introversion dimension. Concretely, the goal was to design the teaching meetings in such a way as to create inclusive meetings that are positive and comfortable experiences not only for people with extraverted personality traits but also for people with introverted personality traits, and that stimulate to participate and interact actively in the teaching activities. The teaching was designed in a co-creative way with the students from the start. Several feedback methods were implemented and woven into the teaching process. The opinions of the students were in this way used to adjust and steer the teaching. As part of this, two questionnaires were implemented. The results of both questionnaires show a preference of most students towards non-traditional teaching methods, tools and techniques that don´t entail verbal interaction in groups, but instead give room for other types of communication and interaction, such as the use of an anonymous online tool to write instead of speak and “backchannel communication”, and a disinclination towards verbal participation in groups. There were significant correlations found between some of the preferences and the short Extraversion scale. I will present the innovation project, the teaching tools and methods used, including the feedback methods and results, and discuss implications for an inclusive educational design that takes into account personality diversity as regards the Extraversion/introversion domain.
Period12 Jun 2023
Event titleHigher Education Teaching and Learning Association 2023 Conference: Re-Imagining Education: Collaboration and Compassion
Event typeConference
LocationAberdeen, United KingdomShow on map


  • inclusion
  • inclusive education
  • diversity
  • personality psychology