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Journal of Interactive Online Learning www.ncolr.org/jiol Volume 13, Number 3, Spring 2015 ISSN: 1541-4914 126 Interpersonal Skills and Education in the Traditional and Online Classroom Environments Natasha S. Lindsey University of North Alabama Margaret L. Rice The University of Alabama Abstract The purpose of this descriptive, cross-sectional, quantitative study was to compare the interpersonal abilities of online students to traditional students by evaluating their Emotional Intelligence (EI) through the Situational Test of Emotional Management (STEM). The study sought to determine whether a relationship exists between the number of online courses completed and EI abilities of students. Data were collected using a situational judgment test known as the Situational Test for Emotional Management (STEM) with additional questions added for the collection of demographic data. The sample for this study included 865 students comprised of 765 undergraduate business majors and 91 undergradua...