Accelerating Engagement & Learning via Early DSS Mediation


  • Aspy Palia


Based on learning and engagement theory, this longitudinal study of simulation participant engagement during Spring 2021 and Spring 2022 illustrates that early introduction of decision support and freedom of choice results in a substantial increase in engagement during each simulation phase. Further, the results support the hypothesis that dss-induced user autonomy, relatedness and competence foster engagement, and that complex heavy workload demands under time pressure can be offset by range of decision-making freedom and the amount of support provided. Based on prior participant suggestions, early dss introduction and support during the Spring 2022 semester resulted in substantial increase in online activity on both the simulation portal and course website. Simulation participants downloaded and used substantially more dss packages, dss-related articles and dss demo videos during each simulation phase.