Survey of SD teaching practices

Survey of SD teaching practices

Are you involved, at any level or in any setting, in teaching or training people in any aspect of System Dynamics? This could be as a subject in its own right, as part of another subject, training people how to use System Dynamics software, or any other; in an academic, industry, consultancy, or specific sector context.  If so, we at the UK chapter would like to hear from you and we have devised a simple questionnaire which we hope will inform a round-table discussion at our forthcoming conference (

The questionnaire asks some straightforward questions and makes reference to the ‘competency framework’ that was recently published in the System Dynamics Review (Schaffernicht & Groesser 2016).

If in doubt, please send us something.

*** Complete the survey here: ***

Responses would be appreciated by 31st March 2017 so they can inform the panel discussion at the forthcoming UK Conference.

If you have any questions or comments, or would prefer to complete the survey as a word document, please contact Jenny Morgan (

Please forward this email on anyone else you think should have received it, including anyone who taught you something about System Dynamics.




A Robust Data-driven Macro-socioeconomic-energy Model

System Dynamics can be applied to national accounts along with energy flows, employment and transportation. This is demonstrated in a recent paper “A Robust Data-driven Macro-socioeconomic-energy Model” available for free until 6 May 2016 at The paper introduces what’s called the 7see model showing how it is configured using historical data (from 1990 for the UK economy) and how its performance is assessed in reproducing the historical period. Publications to follow will show how the 7see approach enables historical data to underpin business-as-usual (BAU) scenario to 2035, then how to introduce policies that give rise to different outcomes. This work will be presented at the our annual conference on 14th April. COP21 in Paris introduced yet another acronym, INDCs for Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. Since this 7see modelling works at national level, it is well placed to help policy makers address the challenges of evaluating and comparing paths that will take them to their new national carbon-reduction targets.

International Journal of Management Education; call for papers.

Special Issue – The Use and Impact of Simulations in Management Education

This Special Issue aims to explore the use of simulations across different contexts within business and management education. Simulations have become increasingly important to academic programme activity within business and management schools. They are regarded as key tools for facilitating generative learning, allowing students to experience the excitement, challenge and operational reality of running a virtual organisation but in a safe, relatively risk-free environment. Whilst the benefits of simulations are often discussed in the literature, evidence regarding the impact of their use – in terms of attainment of learning outcomes, behavioral change, student experience or other measures – remains limited. A full understanding of whether the impact of simulations is consistently felt across different types of learner is also lacking. Additionally, further research on how the impact of simulation based learning might be enhanced is required.

Further details submission guidelines can be found here.

Calling all System Dynamics Students

Student Presentations at the 2014 Conference

We would like to invite you to consider submitting a student presentation (poster or slides) for the forthcoming system dynamics conference of the UK chapter which will take place in London between 3-4 April 2014.

Students are invited to submit proposals for oral presentations and/or poster designs explaining research projects employing system dynamics as part of their studies (PhD, masters or undergraduate level students at British universities considered). Prizes are available for both presentation formats. Ongoing work is warmly welcomed for which feedback can be sought from practitioners and other academics and as such, presenting can be an invaluable source of feedback for students in the middle of their studies.

Student submissions cannot be accepted after the cut-off date 15 March 2014.

To submit a paper or poster, complete the form here.

Applications are also still open for the student prize.

Please pass this information on to others you may know who could also be interested in presenting their system dynamics research submissions from British universities.

System dynamics model for the learning effectiveness evaluation

Tian-Syung Lan, Yu-Hua Lan, Kai-Ling Chen, Pin-Chang Chen and Wen-Cheng Lin have published a paper in Mathematical Problems in Engineering on developing a system dynamics model for learning effectiveness evaluation. The results of this study verified that there are positive correlations between family involvement and students’ learning effectiveness, as well as students’ learning effectiveness and teachers’ teaching achievements.

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