Fostering Systems Thinking in Your Students
Incorporating Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration in Your Course
Thursday, March 30th
12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET
Wednesday, March 22nd
9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
Presenters: Lisa Gilbert (Williams College) and Karl Kreutz (University of Maine)
This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.
Resources, including presentation slides and the Screencast recording after the webinar
At the end of this webinar, participants will have:
- examples of systems thinking assignments to incorporate into your course
- strategies to help students develop their systems thinking skills
- greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials
- new colleagues engaged in this work
Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Registration is now closed.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.
Please email Rory McFadden (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this event.
Lisa Gilbert, Geoscience and Williams-Mystic, Williams College
Karl Kreutz, School of Earth and Climate Sciences, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
Fostering Systems Thinking in Your Students (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 12.2MB May30 17)
1) Welcome and introductory remarks - John McDaris, SERC staff
2) Systems Thinking – Lisa Gilbert
- Prompt: What does systems thinking mean to you?
- Introduction to systems and systems thinking
- Using knowledge surveys to assess systems thinking
3) Modeling and feedback in a system – Lisa Gilbert
- Using systems modeling to contrast conditions that produce equilibrium and non-equilibrium behavior
- Exploring the effects of negative and positive feedback on system behavior
- Using systems model to interpret Arctic sea ice data
4) Systems Thinking in the InTeGrate modules examples:
- Systems Thinking (entire module)
- A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources through Local Decision Making (Unit 5)
- The Wicked Problem of Global Food Security (Unit 2)
- Earth's Thermostat (Units 3 and 6)
5) Reflections by participants
- Prompt: How do you incorporate systems thinking in your course?
The convener will reflect on the chat provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about systems thinking, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.
6) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden
7) Webinar Evaluation
- Teaching for a Sustainable Future
- InTeGrate Modules and Courses
- Systems Thinking module
- MPRNews Climate Cast Podcast - July 9, 2015
- A Growing Concern module
- The Wicked Problem of Global Food Security module
- Earth's Thermostat module