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Systems Thinking and Practice
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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

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Open University
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Systems Thinking 1: Introduction
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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

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Engineering
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Physics
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
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Linda Vanasupa
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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 ... 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

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Biology
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Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
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Betty Black
Hal Meeks
Marianne Niedzlek-Feaver
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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 ... 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

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Higher Education
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Rice University
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Connexions
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Carol Schultz
Seung Kim
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Systems Thinking 2: Thermodynamic Systems
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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

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
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Linda Vanasupa
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STEP: Systems Thinking in Education Program
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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

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Education
Life Science
Biology
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Bonneville Power Administration
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Collaborative Learning and the Open Educational Resource Movement
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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

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Education
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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
Dirk Bowles
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Systems Thinking 5: Systemic Interventions and Their Leverage
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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

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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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
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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 ... 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

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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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
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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 ... 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

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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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
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Creating People Centred Schools: The learning organization
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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

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South African Institute for Distance Education
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OER Africa
Author:
Avery, Neil
Bertram Carol
Butler, Dawn
Gultig, John
Mthiyane, Nonhlanhla
Ndhlovu, Thema
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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 ... 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

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UMass Boston
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UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
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Ph.D.
Professor Peter Taylor
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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 ... 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

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South African Institute for Distance Education
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OER Africa
Author:
Avery, Neil
Bertram Carol
Butler,Dawn
Gultig, John
Mthiyane, Nonhlanhla
Ndhlovu, Themba
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Project Management for Scientists and Engineers
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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

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Management
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Rice University
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Connexions
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Digital Government 2: Information Technology and Democratic Administration
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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

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

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. Less

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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
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Globstrategy
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Globstrategy was created to curate open, freely available open educational resources(OER) useful ... More

Globstrategy was created to curate open, freely available open educational resources(OER) useful to the teaching of global strategy and International Business. It is a knowledge portal that serves to link Practitioners, Repositories, Academics , Businesses with the learning community. The central theme is to provide current up to date materials to support the learning process as well as to provide relevant information to business that seek new markets.Managed by Academics and Industry leaders, the free databases are expected to aid practitioners of the art of doing business globally. Less

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Management
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Individual Authors
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International Business and Economics
Author:
Suresh George
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Beat the Burglar
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Lesson involving an investigation to identify, from the clues provided, who committed ... More

Lesson involving an investigation to identify, from the clues provided, who committed a "burglary". The class group will have to organize itself to work out the answer, and the aim is to provide the students with insights about how they work as a group. Less

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Elementary Education
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Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)
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Scoilnet
Author:
Ann Irwin-o'leary
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