The Dual Identity of Decision Sciences Courses: Learning Style Considerations in the Online Environment

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The Internet has led to expanded offerings of a range of courses in various disciplines online. However, the interplay of student and teacher learning styles, course content and the online instructional delivery method needs further study. This is particularly true in the decision sciences (e.g., operations management, quantitative methods, and management science), which typically reside in the business school curriculum yet function as a conduit between two worlds - engineering and management. The authors review literature from a growing body of research in management and engineering education that demonstrates how an awareness of individual learning styles can aid in designing instructional approaches and learning activities to increase student retention, satisfaction, and academic performance.