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Systems Thinking and Practice

What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Readings
Syllabi
Provider:
Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Systems Thinking 1: Introduction
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Systems Thinking 1: Introduction

Introduction to the concept of a dynamic system. Includes discussion of system ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Collaborative Learning (Grouping) in the Classroom
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Collaborative Learning (Grouping) in the Classroom

This brief article from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University ... (more)

This brief article from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin describes the best practice of collaborative learning based on ideas from Dr. Spencer Kagan's book, Cooperative Learning. The article describes the basic four principles of collaborative learning and five thinking skills structures to implement collaborative learning. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Using Handheld Wireless Computers to Increase Interactivity and Collaborative Learning in Large Classes
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Using Handheld Wireless Computers to Increase Interactivity and Collaborative Learning in Large Classes

We conducted a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of wireless, handheld ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
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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Authentic Problem-based Collaborative Learning Practices for Professional Development in Teacher Education

Higher learning organizations frequently offer courses isolated from other disciplines or areas ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Carol Schultz
Seung Kim
Systems Thinking 2: Thermodynamic Systems
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Systems Thinking 2: Thermodynamic Systems

This video explains thermodynamic systems, open and closed systems, and the four ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
STEP: Systems Thinking in Education Program
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STEP: Systems Thinking in Education Program

This site is dedicated to providing systems thinking tools for use in ... (more)

This site is dedicated to providing systems thinking tools for use in college preparatory curriculum in Northwest secondary schools. Also provided is material on subjects relevant to the role and responsibilities of the Bonneville Power Administration in the Pacific Northwest, e.g., energy, environment, and fish and wildlife. (less)

Subject:
Geoscience
Life Science
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Reference
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Bonneville Power Administration
Collaborative Learning and the Open Educational Resource Movement
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Collaborative Learning and the Open Educational Resource Movement

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are bringing a wealth of information, through various ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Dirk Bowles
Systems Thinking 5: Systemic Interventions and Their Leverage
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Systems Thinking 5: Systemic Interventions and Their Leverage

This video, based on ideas of Donella Meadows (Thinking in Systems: A ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Systems thinking: critical thinking skills for the 1990s and beyond
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Systems thinking: critical thinking skills for the 1990s and beyond

This pdf article discusses the need for teaching systems thinking and critical ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
SERC at Carlton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Barry Richmond
Systems Thinking 3: Causes of System Behavior - The Iceberg Analog
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Systems Thinking 3: Causes of System Behavior - The Iceberg Analog

This video looks at the cause of system behavior as being like ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
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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Systems Thinking 4: Using Aristotle's Model of Causality to Understand Systemic Behavior

This video explains Aristotle's model of causality and how it can be ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change, Fall 2007
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Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change, Fall 2007

This course covers techniques for and critical thinking about the evaluation of ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Case Study
Full Course
Syllabi
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ph.D.
Professor Peter Taylor
Creating People Centred Schools: The learning organization
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Creating People Centred Schools: The learning organization

This audio file podcast is linked to Creating People Centred Schools learning ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Business
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
South African Institute for Distance Education
Provider Set:
OER Africa
Author:
Avery, Neil
Bertram Carol
Butler, Dawn
Gultig, John
Mthiyane, Nonhlanhla
Ndhlovu, Thema
Creating People Centred Schools Audio: What is a learning organization?
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Creating People Centred Schools Audio: What is a learning organization?

This audio file podcast is linked to Creating People Centred Schools learning ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Business
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Readings
Unit of Study
Provider:
South African Institute for Distance Education
Provider Set:
OER Africa
Author:
Avery, Neil
Bertram Carol
Butler,Dawn
Gultig, John
Mthiyane, Nonhlanhla
Ndhlovu, Themba
Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 4a of 7: Collaborative learning: a jigsaw
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Pathways to Scientific Teaching, Chapter 4a of 7: Collaborative learning: a jigsaw

Reading and understanding primary research literature is a challenge for students as ... (more)

Reading and understanding primary research literature is a challenge for students as they can be intimidated by scientific jargon and the unfamiliar style of scientific prose (Epstein 1972; White 2001). It is, however, an important skill that should be developed well before they graduate. Studentsí‰ŒÍ abilities to accomplish this are often underestimated, especially in the case of nonscience majors who are capable of reading the biological literature and of approaching it critically (Gillen et al. 2004). The paper by Fang et al. [attached] provides an example of how to bring primary literature into both large and small classes, using a cooperative learning strategy known as a 퉌ńjigsaw퉌î. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Technology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Readings
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Diane Ebert-May
Project Management for Scientists and Engineers
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Project Management for Scientists and Engineers

The course is taught to undergraduates, graduate students, and professional masters students ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbooks
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Digital Government 2: Information Technology and Democratic Administration
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Digital Government 2: Information Technology and Democratic Administration

SI 533 - Course is the second of a two-part sequence exploring ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
University of Ghana, University of Michigan
Provider Set:
African Health OER Network
Author:
Steven Jackson
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