InterJournal Complex Systems, 590
Status: Submitted
Manuscript Number: [590]
Submission Date: 20627
Revised On: 20916
Developing a Web-based Syllabus for an Undergraduate Course in Systems Thinking and Complexity
Author(s): Ronald DeGray ,Shyamala Raman

Subject(s): CX.1, CX.3, CX.6

Category: Brief Article

Abstract:

In this manuscript, we report our pedagogical and epistemological experiences in developing an interactive syllabus for an undergraduate course on Systems Thinking and Complexity. Our aim was to develop a capstone course for an Information Technology (IT) concentration that would provide students with a cognitive framework beyond the technical aspects that they would acquire in an Information Technology curriculum. The Internet has been a catalyst in democratizing the dissemination of the discourse on Systems Thinking and Complexity. The Internet and technology provide a means for new pedagogy and in some cases give rise to a change in epistemology. Multimedia and animations are used to convey an understanding of difficult concepts in systems thinking and complexity that are otherwise beyond the reach of text based materials.

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