Instructors’ emotional intelligence and learning engagement of online students

Akash Patel, Colleen Addicott, Janet Buelow

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This study explored how online students perceived their instructors’ emotional intelligence (EI) and its impact on their learning engagement. Using eight EI behaviours of online instructors and a learning engagement instrument, 100 online university students were surveyed regarding their observation of those EI behaviours and their learning engagement. Regression analysis indicated that 27.2% of the variance in learning engagement could be attributed to four dimensions of EI behaviours (R2 = 0.272, F (4, 95) = 8.873, p < 0.001). Instructors providing individual support, demonstrating concern for the students’ situations, adapting their resources to online delivery, and being honest about their situation and challenges were associated with higher student learning engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3923
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL)
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2023


  • Online learning
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Learning engagement
  • Student engagement


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