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Networking Session – (Natural) Resource Sharing

Please join us online Tuesday, April 30th 8PM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter). See the “Join” button at the bottom of this page for the meeting link.

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics, the SDS Environmental SIG, Water SIG and Transboundary Groundwater Resilience (TGR) Network of Networks will co-host a

Networking Session – (Natural) Resource Sharing

We will have a round of introductions and then discuss

  • Sharing System Dynamics literature, models, etc. (Some of which may be on sharing natural resources!)
  • Sharing other types of resources (e.g. data, one’s time to serve one’s professional or academic community, etc.)
  • Anything else the group wishes

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) from these sessions and more on our website.

If you are interested in presenting your work in a future CLM, please contact Christine Tang (ctang@wpi.edu).

Tentative Schedule
https://wp.wpi.edu/lcsap/events/collective-learning-meetings-clm/

Telephone details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2024-04-30

K-12 In-service Teacher Training

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to invite you to our free webinar entitled ‘K-12 In-service Teacher Training’ on Thursday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

In the previous webinar, we shared experiences on systems thinking practices in the education of pre-service K-12 teachers. The topic of this webinar is to present strategies for exposing in-service teachers to systems thinking and system dynamics topics, models, lessons, and practices that have been successful in the past. During the webinar, we plan to share experiences about systems thinking training of high school, middle school, primary school and kindergarten teachers.

We strongly encourage you to come prepared with questions, contributions, suggestions, and ideas. Your insights will not only enrich the discussions but also provide a platform for collaborative learning and exploration.

We look forward to your active participation in this webinar. Let’s explore the world of systems dynamics together and uncover innovative ways to enhance education.

Best regards – the SIG leadership team.

Diana Fisher
Ülkem Yararbaş
Burcu Güngör Cabbar
Chang-Kwon (Benjamin) Chung
Donald DeLand
Ed Gallaher
Emre Göktepe
Gaye D. Ceyhan
Matilde (Lin Ya) Hong
Meltem C. Alibeyoğlu
Prof. Dr. Min-Ren Yan
Özgün Kurt Çetinkaya
Sena Yıldız Değirmenci
Steven Roderick
Şebnem F. Gezer

 

Dr. Diana M. Fisher

Teacher of mathematics for 30+ years and System Dynamics (SD) Modeling for 20 years, at the secondary school level. She has taught mathematics and SD modeling courses at the high school and university level and teaches 3 online SD modeling courses for instructors each year.
She provided a NASA sponsored, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workshop entitled “Modeling, Analysis and Simulation in Mathematics Using System Dynamics” (2008) and a two-week MODSym (Modeling and Simulation) course (2013), both for secondary school Mathematics teachers and both in Langley, Virginia.
Dr. Fisher has written and directed two National Science Foundation grants. The first grant was entitled Cross-Curricular Systems Thinking and Dynamics Using STELLA (CC-STADUS) from 1993 – 1997. The second grant was entitled Cross-Curricular Systems: Training and In-service (CC-SUSTAIN) 1997 – 2001. In each of these grants secondary school teachers from the disciplines of math, science, and social science were trained in the design of SD models and they wrote curriculum for their classes during the three-week summer training. She has written two books containing System Dynamics modeling lessons published by isee systems, inc.

Presentation summary: In this presentation strategies used for trying to interest (US) high school mathematics and science teachers in System Dynamics (SD) modeling will be highlighted. Diana will also present a list of modeling topics that demonstrate the value of SD within math and science curriculum.

 

Alan Ticotsky

Alan Ticotsky has worked as an educator since 1972. As a classroom teacher, he taught in grades 1 – 6. He also served as a K-8 Curriculum Coordinator and as a systems thinking mentor for grades 5 – 12.
Since the 1990s, Alan has employed systems thinking and system dynamics tools with students and in adult workshops. His most recent book, Now What? A Call to Action, contains environmental systems lessons. He is coauthor, with Rob Quaden, of The Shape of Change, a book that engages students in games and simulations that teach basic system dynamics concepts and encourages students to transfer this learning across the curriculum. Alan has also written four science activity and instructional books – Science Giants, a trilogy of science books on physical science, life science, Earth and space and Who Says You Can’t Teach Science.
Alan has led workshops, designed curriculum, and been a consultant for many organizations, including multiple public schools, NASA, Boeing, New England League of Middle Schools, and the National Science Teachers Association.

Presentation summary: This short presentation includes examples of activities designed to help middle school teachers (US grades 5-8, approximate student ages 10 – 14) implement systems thinking and system dynamics in their classrooms. Alan will briefly cover major ideas and tools that can support curriculum and enrich student understanding.

 

Sheri Marlin

Sheri Marlin is Executive Director of the Waters Center for Systems Thinking, and a life-long educator who believes that a systems approach makes a difference to learners of all ages. She has been involved with systems thinking for 30 years and a member of the Waters Center team for 15 years.

Presentation summary: We have much to learn about making systems thinking and system dynamics accessible to all from the educators who work with our youngest learners. This brief presentation will include examples of work from students age 4 to 8, strategies make the system dynamics accessible and implications for building ST/SD capacity in young children.

 

 

Ivan Taylor on “Building System Dynamics Models in Microsoft Excel”

Please join us online Friday, March 29th 11AM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter).

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host Dr. Ivan Taylor (ivan@policydynamics.ca) who will present

Building System Dynamics Models in Microsoft Excel

Short Description: Discover the step-by-step process of creating System Dynamics models using Microsoft Excel. Learn how to apply Excel to accurately represent real-world systems using System Dynamics models.

Biography: Ivan Taylor worked as a Defence Scientist in the Centre for Operational Research in Defence Research and Development Canada for over 33 years. He is President and Senior Researcher at Policy Dynamics Inc., established in 2001 (www.policydynamics.ca). He is a member of the System Dynamics Society since 1997 where he is a one-on-one mentor to young people Worldwide. He is also a member of the Canadian Operational Research Society and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He is the Director of Membership of INCOSE Canada. He has a PhD in Public Policy and an MSc in Information and Systems Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He recently worked with the US Army to develop policies to reduce soldier suicides and is currently working with a construction company in Southern Ontario on Indigenous Engagement and Inclusion. There is more information on his LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivantaylor/.

Question for the Audience
Would the use of Excel to implement System Dynamics models help you communicate with laypeople?

We will record this session and post it on the WPI SD Club YouTube channel for the public.

If you are interested in presenting your work in a future CLM, please contact Christine Tang (ctang@wpi.edu).

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2024-03-29

IN-PERSON | Student-Organized Colloquium 2024

The Student-Organized Colloquium is a free event organized by the Student Chapter

Online: July 31, 2024 (Register here)

In-Person: August 4, 2024

The event brings together students, practitioners, and professionals from different industries to share ideas, projects, and develop our modeling skills. An expert keynote, student plenary presentations, modeling workshop to develop in progress student work, and table talk poster sessions will round out a day dedicated to skill development.

For more information, please visit the Student-Organized Colloquium page

Submit your papers by March 19th.

Please join us when (and where) you are able!

*Participants who require a visa to enter Norway need to register for an in-person ticket to ISDC 2024.*

VIRTUAL | Student-Organized Colloquium 2024

The Student-Organized Colloquium is a free event

Online: July 31, 2024

In-Person: August 4, 2024 (Register here)

The event brings together students, practitioners, and professionals from different industries to share ideas, projects, and develop our modeling skills. An expert keynote, student plenary presentations, modeling workshop to develop in progress student work, and table talk poster sessions will round out a day dedicated to skill development.

For more information, please visit the Student-Organized Colloquium page

Submit your papers by March 19th.

Please join us when (and where) you are able!

Participants who require a visa to enter Norway need to register for an in-person ticket to ISDC 2024

Student-Organized Colloquium 2024

The Student-Organized Colloquium is a free, two-day online (Wed, July 31st) and in-person event (Sun, August 4th) organized by the Student Chapter. The event brings together students, practitioners, and professionals from different industries to share ideas, projects, and develop our modeling skills. An expert keynote, student plenary presentations, modeling workshop to develop in progress student work, and table talk poster sessions will round out a day dedicated to skill development.

For more information, please visit the Student-Organized Colloquium page

Submit your papers by March 19th.

Please join us when (and where) you are able!

*Participants who require a visa to enter Norway need to register for an in-person ticket to ISDC 2024.*

A Leverage Point: Systems Thinking in Pre-Service “Teacher Training” Education

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to invite you to our free webinar entitled ‘A Leverage Point: Systems Thinking in Pre-Service “Teacher Training” Education’ on Thursday, February 29, at 12:00 noon EST.

We consider courses that train pre-service precollege teachers to be one of the most critical places impacting in the formation of system citizens. The professors teaching these courses ultimately determine the criteria for topics and methods to be included within the curriculum and the criteria for student academic success.

The infusion of systems thinking in courses that train pre-service precollege teachers has the potential to be one of the most influential points on Donella Meadows’ list of places to intervene in a system, that is, the purpose of the system.

In this webinar, the experiences gained from the experiments carried out in precollege pre-service teacher training courses in Türkiye since 2019, the work done and plans for the future will be shared and a collaborative discussion environment will ensue where the presenters offer suggestions for those who want to undertake similar projects.

Timeline of courses where systems thinking is/was taught as a separate course (circle) or used as a tool in another course (triangle) by professors of education in Türkiye.

We strongly encourage you to come prepared with questions, contributions, suggestions, and ideas. Your insights will not only enrich the discussions but also provide a platform for collaborative learning and exploration.

We look forward to your active participation in this webinar. Let’s explore the world of systems dynamics together and uncover innovative ways to enhance education.

Best regards – the SIG leadership team.

Diana Fisher
Ülkem Yararbaş
Burcu Güngör Cabbar
Chang-Kwon (Benjamin) Chung
Donald DeLand
Ed Gallaher
Emre Göktepe
Gaye D. Ceyhan
Matilde (Lin Ya) Hong
Meltem C. Alibeyoğlu
Prof. Dr. Min-Ren Yan
Özgün Kurt Çetinkaya
Sena Yıldız Değirmenci
Steven Roderick
Şebnem F. Gezer

 

 

Burcu Güngör Cabbar

Dr. Burcu Güngör Cabbar studied Biology Education at Balikesir University. She took her Ph.D. in Biology Education at the same University. Cabbar worked as a biology teacher, research assistant, senior educator, and project coordinator at different NGOs. Since 2018, she has been working as an assistant and is now an associate professor at Balikesir University. She is a creative drama leader and P4C educator. She is a member of the Systems Thinking Association in Türkiye and many non-governmental organizations where she has been involved in the establishment and work. She is actively working in her organization and has courses about systems thinking at the faculty of education.

Gaye Ceyhan

Dr. Gaye Defne Ceyhan is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at Bogazici University. After working as a middle school science teacher for eight years, she received her Ph.D. in Science Education from Syracuse University. Her research focuses on STEM and climate change education, exploring innovative ways to teach STEM and emphasizing systems thinking, sustainable living, and climate change awareness. Dr. Ceyhan has been involved in several projects and has written academic papers to improve climate change education. Her academic endeavors aim to bridge the gap between scientific understanding and practical application in addressing environmental challenges.

Hasret Nuhoğlu

Dr. Hasret Nuhoğlu is a Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at Maltepe University. She received her Ph.D. in Science Education from Gazi University. Her Ph.D. thesis is a pioneering study in Türkiye concerning implementing system dynamics in K12 science education. Dr. Nuhoğlu has been involved in several projects and has written academic papers to improve Systems Thinking in Science Education, STEM Education, Systems Thinking in IB Program, and Science Education for Gifted Students. She is a founding member of Maltepe Children University, where she oversees workshops centered on “STEM in Nature.” She is a member of the System Thinking Association. Nuhoğlu believes that nature is the best teacher, and continues her learning journey by meeting with children and adults of all ages in nature.

Meltem Ceylan Alibeyoğlu

Meltem Ceylan Alibeyoğlu studied Mathematics at Middle East Technical University. She defended her Ph.D. thesis in environmental sciences at Boğaziçi University, İstanbul. Alibeyoğlu worked as a mathematics teacher, project coordinator, PYP Coordinator, and middle school academic coordinator at Darüşşafaka Educational Institutions. Since 2022, she has been working as a Research and Development Coordinator. She is a part-time instructor at boğaziçi University, MEF University. She is a member of the Systems Thinking Association in Türkiye and many non-governmental organizations where she has been involved in the establishment and work. She is actively working in her organization and the Association to develop the applications of systems thinking in education.

 

Welcome (Back) and Networking Session

Please join us online Friday, January 26th 11AM ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter). See the “Join” button at the bottom of this page for the meeting link.

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics, the SDS Economics Special Interest Group (SIG), Psychology and Human Behavior SIG, Environmental SIG, Water SIG and Transboundary Groundwater Resilience (TGR) Network of Networks will co-host a

Welcome (Back) and Networking Session

We will have a round of introductions and then discuss

  • Future co-hosted events and SIG sustainability
  • International System Dynamics Conference 2024
  • Anything else the group wishes

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) from these sessions and more on our website.

If you are interested in presenting your work in a future CLM, please contact Christine Tang (ctang@wpi.edu).

Tentative Schedule
https://wp.wpi.edu/lcsap/events/collective-learning-meetings-clm/

Telephone details: https://mailchi.mp/56da7a870e2d/happy-new-year-wpi-system-dynamics-updates-and-upcoming-events