Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Degree Program

Global Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Mary L. Tebes


Currently, online professional development is growing rapidly in business and industry. The purpose of this study was to determine whether learners' cognitive styles influenced the learners' online course satisfaction and the possible relationships with student demographic characteristics. 83 participants of a Southeast Florida public school district completed the data-gathering instruments. Data was entered into a Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) computer program for statistical analyses. Results suggest that cognitive learning styles influence a learner's online course satisfaction. Furthermore, certain student demographic characteristics effect online course satisfaction. Successful experience in an online learning environment increases student achievement.



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