Systems Thinking and Practice: Diagramming

Unattributed, Open University, Jun 02, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This may all be old news to some people, but there is enough of a relation to concept mapping and to network analysis, both of which have been recent items of discussion in the e-learning space, to warrant inclusion here. Systems thinking is essentially the use of models to represent actions and influences in complex environments. It includes a method of diagramming that enables users to visualize these environments. This link is to a course offered by the Open University. It's mostly Flash-based, and if you view it without sound (as I did) a transcript is available. Watch for the incredible flying severed fingers. I haven't tried it, but you may also want to try the isee player, a systems thinking visualization tool.
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