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Predicting Success in Online Psychology Courses: Self-Discipline and Motivation

Teaching of Psychology Volume 32, Number 3, ISSN 0098-6283


This article addresses factors associated with student success in online psychology courses. Prior to beginning an online course, students completed measures of self-discipline and motivation, time commitment, study skills, preference for text-based learning, access to technology, and technology experience. Schrum and Hong (2002) proposed that these student characteristics predict online course success. I used scores on these factors to predict student performance in online introductory psychology and online human growth and development courses. Self-discipline and motivation was the only factor predictive of online psychology course success. My results contradict the model proposed by Schrum and Hong but are consistent with research on the role of motivation in success.


Waschull, S.B. (2005). Predicting Success in Online Psychology Courses: Self-Discipline and Motivation. Teaching of Psychology, 32(3), 190-192. Retrieved June 27, 2022 from .

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