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Register Now buttonIntroduction to System Dynamics Modeling
for Math and Science Instructors
Course 1: Basic Models

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The first course in the sequence of System Dynamics (SD) modeling courses is intended for any math or science instructor who does not have experience with SD modeling. The participant will learn to build the models presented using lessons that they could adapt for their own students. The model-building lessons have been used in math and/or science classes, some with students as young as 15 years.

Prerequisites: 1. Comfort with the math and/or science content of the course being taught by the participant (within which model-building activities will be added); 2. An interest in expanding the hands-on experiences of the participants' students; 3. An interest in learning the value that System Dynamics modeling can bring to the learning environment.

The sequence of session topics are listed below:

Session 1:  Digital Communication Tools
Session 2:  Analyzing Simple Generic Behavior Characteristics
Session 3:  Building Simple Models
Session 4:  Learning about Feedback and the Importance of Unit Consistency
Session 5:  Building Drug Models
Session 6:  Building an Epidemic Model
Session 7:  Building Models that Produce Oscillations
Session 8:  Building Rocket Models and Models for other Trajectories
Session 9:  Constructing Your First Model-Building Lessons
Session 10:  National Curriculum Standards and Creating Assessments

Each session is divided into sections that involve exploring the new concepts, practicing the new concepts, an assessment, reading and discussion questions, and numerous web resources.

Dates: The first course will be offered starting June 12, 2017 and last for 10 consecutive weeks.

William Fisher: Professor of Environmental Economics, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.

Eileen Rogers: Previous Math Department chair at Wilson High School; curriculum design leader; teacher of both mathematics and Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling.

Anne LaVigne: Workshop leader for the System Dynamics modeling component of the Waters Foundation Institute for Systems Thinking; Designer of the online educational content for the Waters Foundation website.

Diana Fisher: Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2011 – System Dynamics Society); Presidential Award (1995); Intel Innovation in Teaching Award (1996). Teacher of system dynamics modeling at the pre-college and university level for over 20 years.

links to course descriptions:
 Overview  |  Course 1  |  Course 2  |  Course 3



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