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What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and ...

What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice is in 'seeing' the world in a particular way, because how you 'see' things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This unit will help you to learn about the problems of defining a system and meet some of the key concepts used in systems theory: boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc.

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Business and Communication
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Systems Thinking 1: Introduction
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Introduction to the concept of a dynamic system. Includes discussion of system ...

Introduction to the concept of a dynamic system. Includes discussion of system and surroundings and system boundaries. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Using Handheld Wireless Computers to Increase Interactivity and Collaborative Learning in Large Classes
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We conducted a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of wireless, handheld ...

We conducted a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of wireless, handheld computers in fostering active and collaborative learning in lecture-based teaching. We compared the capabilities of the largest type of handheld, the Jornada 820, to that of the smallest, a Handspring Visor "personal digital assistant." This article describes our use of the handhelds in a variety of classroom exercises, emphasizing wireless internet access. We explain our successes, problems, and proposed solutions. Although the initial pilot study involved only two classes, its success will justify the introduction of handhelds into a number of additional courses.

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Biology
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Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Betty Black
Hal Meeks
Marianne Niedzlek-Feaver
Authentic Problem-based Collaborative Learning Practices for Professional Development in Teacher Education
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Higher learning organizations frequently offer courses isolated from other disciplines or areas ...

Higher learning organizations frequently offer courses isolated from other disciplines or areas of concentration. The intent of this study was to explore collaboration practices on authentic based projects involving two distinct courses from differing programs: Instructional Technology and Educational Leadership. This paper describes the strategies of designing effective learning environments for multidisciplinary collaboration and problem-based learning and reports the effectiveness of those strategies. The result of the collaboration was the production of various multimedia interactive professional development training materials developed by the technology students on various topics proposed by the school administrators. The collaborative learning practices provided the opportunity to not only give and receive knowledge among the participants but also view this exchange as a responsibility to create a collaborative culture within the university.

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Higher Education
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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Carol Schultz
Seung Kim
Systems Thinking 2: Thermodynamic Systems
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This video explains thermodynamic systems, open and closed systems, and the four ...

This video explains thermodynamic systems, open and closed systems, and the four key properties of a system. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Collaborative Learning and the Open Educational Resource Movement
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Open Educational Resources (OERs) are bringing a wealth of information, through various ...

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are bringing a wealth of information, through various technologies, to all corners of the planet. This vital new movement has greatly impacted how our next generation now learns, but the promise is far grander. For the movement to reach it’s full potential, it must keep pace with technology. As Web 1.0 has moved on to the more interactive Web 2.0, so must the OER movement progress to the more interactive, student-centered, social learning environment of Learning 2.0. In this analysis I will share current examples of social learning in OERs. First, I will look at the trend of consumers becoming producers on websites such as Connexions and Rip Mix Learner. Second, I will examine the current and future role of education in social and interactive sites like Facebook and Wikipedia. Third, I will address how social learning is incorporated into OERs that are created for developing countries. And finally, I will discuss future trends and how OERs can, and must, continue to drive learners to interact and connect when they are in disparate areas.

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Education
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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Dirk Bowles
Systems Thinking 5: Systemic Interventions and Their Leverage
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This video, based on ideas of Donella Meadows (Thinking in Systems: A ...

This video, based on ideas of Donella Meadows (Thinking in Systems: A Primer | 2008, Chelsea Green Publishing), describes different types of interventions that are possible in a system and their potential leverage. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Systems thinking: critical thinking skills for the 1990s and beyond
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This pdf article discusses the need for teaching systems thinking and critical ...

This pdf article discusses the need for teaching systems thinking and critical thinking skills. Systems thinking and systems dynamics are important for developing effective strategies to close the gap between the interdependent nature of our problems and our ability to understand them. This article calls for a clearer view of the nature of systems thinking and the education system into which it must be transferred.

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Readings
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Barry Richmond
Systems Thinking 3: Causes of System Behavior - The Iceberg Analog
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This video looks at the cause of system behavior as being like ...

This video looks at the cause of system behavior as being like an iceberg. This idea was proposed by Peter Senge in his book, "The Fifth Discipline" (1990), Doubleday Publishers. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Systems Thinking 4: Using Aristotle's Model of Causality to Understand Systemic Behavior
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This video explains Aristotle's model of causality and how it can be ...

This video explains Aristotle's model of causality and how it can be used to gain insight into systemic behavior. Many of the ideas presented in this video have been contributed by Roger Burton. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Creating People Centred Schools: The learning organization
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This audio file podcast is linked to Creating People Centred Schools learning ...

This audio file podcast is linked to Creating People Centred Schools learning guide, but carries debates which could also be used in a free-standing way by anyone interested in school organization and change.

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Business and Communication
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Lecture Notes
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Avery, Neil
Bertram Carol
Butler, Dawn
Gultig, John
Mthiyane, Nonhlanhla
Ndhlovu, Thema
Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change, Fall 2007
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This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of ...

This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of changes in educational practices and policies in schools, organizations, and informal contexts. Topics include quantitative and qualitative methods for design and analysis, participatory design of practices and policies, institutional learning, the wider reception or discounting of evaluations, and selected case studies, including those arising from semester-long student projects.

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Case Study
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UMass Boston
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UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ph.D.
Professor Peter Taylor
Creating People Centred Schools Audio: What is a learning organization?
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This audio file podcast is linked to Creating People Centred Schools learning ...

This audio file podcast is linked to Creating People Centred Schools learning guide, but carries debates which could also be used in a free-standing way by anyone interested in school organization and change.

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Business and Communication
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Lecture Notes
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Avery, Neil
Bertram Carol
Butler,Dawn
Gultig, John
Mthiyane, Nonhlanhla
Ndhlovu, Themba
Project Management for Scientists and Engineers
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The course is taught to undergraduates, graduate students, and professional masters students ...

The course is taught to undergraduates, graduate students, and professional masters students and involves the areas of organizational behavior & leadership, accounting, marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, and project management. It is this last area that is covered in this book. Irrespective of your future career in science and engineering you will be involved in projects and an awareness of the factors that enable a successful project is important for all team members. It should be recognized that the topics included in the book are not limited to scientists and engineers, they are useful for people in any careers. This course is not aimed at making you a certified project manager, but to provide the skills that will allow you to be a more effective project team member and also when you are dragged screaming and kicking into the role of accidental project manager.

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Management
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Full Course
Textbooks
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Rice University
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Connexions
Digital Government 2: Information Technology and Democratic Administration
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SI 533 - Course is the second of a two-part sequence exploring ...

SI 533 - Course is the second of a two-part sequence exploring contemporary practices, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of information technology and democratic governance. Whereas the first course (SI 532) focuses on tensions and innovations in democratic politics, this course takes on emerging directions in democratic administration and the shifting role of information technologies in supporting, transforming, and understanding these. The first part of the course sets contemporary discussions of digital or "E-government" against a richer backdrop of administrative, bureaucratic, and organizational theory. The second part of the course explores a range of cases in which emergent informational forms and practices have entered -- and in some cases, begun to alter -- the traditional art and practice of goverment. Drawing on examples from local, state, federal, and international experience, students are encouraged to adopt a practical and appropriately critical take on the practice, problems, and possibilities for democratic administration in an increasingly IT-saturated age.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Management
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Full Course
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OER Africa
University of Michigan
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open.Michigan African Health OER Network
Author:
Steven Jackson
Collaboration and Learning: Managing Groups
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This document describes ways to implement structure in group projects for effective ...

This document describes ways to implement structure in group projects for effective collaborative learning. Aspects of group membership, individual and group accountability, and grading group work are discussed.

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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
The Cain Project In Engineering And Professional Communication
The Sustainability Learning Suites - Remix
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The sustainability learning suites is a set of learning objects created for ...

The sustainability learning suites is a set of learning objects created for people with a post-secondary science background, organized in six themes: Systems thinking; Sustainable development; Population; Energy; Water and Materials. The materials are designed on Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning and include: learning objectives, editable slides with notes and embedded classroom activities, activities of 1-3 hours, assessments, and a set of 24 videos.

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Activities and Labs
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Video Lectures
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OER Commons
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Open Author Resources
Author:
Miloude Hafsa
Considering Trade-Offs and Maximizing Efficiency in a Fast Food Restaurant
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Students are introduced to the idea of improving efficiency by examining a ...

Students are introduced to the idea of improving efficiency by examining a setting that is familiar to many teenagers fast food restaurants. More specifically, they learn about the concepts of trade-offs, constraints, increasing efficiency and systems thinking. They consider how to improve efficiency in a struggling restaurant through delegating tasks, restructuring employee responsibilities and revising a floor plan, all while working within limitations and requirements. Finally, students summarize and defend their suggested changes in argumentative essays.

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Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Christina Sias, Amy A. Wilson, Alex Mejia
NSF DRK-12 Project, College of Engineering, Utah State University,
The Sustainability Learning Suites
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The sustainability learning suites is a set of learning objects created for ...

The sustainability learning suites is a set of learning objects created for people with a post-secondary science background, organized in six themes: Systems thinking; Sustainable development; Population; Energy; Water and Materials. The materials are designed on Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning and include: learning objectives, editable slides with notes and embedded classroom activities, activities of 1-3 hours, assessments, and a set of 24 videos.

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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Video Lectures
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OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Qiong (Jane) Zhang