In good learning experiences, empowered learners will explore and work on authentic, well-constructed problems, and through that exploration, they will learn the underlying systems in play.
Reveal Systems Principles
- System Thinking: help learners find and expose underlying systems and assumptions that demystify problem-spaces.
- Meaning as Action or Image: teach that knowledge is built through active use and reconstruction that varies depending on the situation.
How to Deepen Learning
- Ask students to find and share methods, shortcuts, and “cheats” for solving problems, recognizing that these expose systems.
- As an alternative to “save the world” problems, assign students to also find dystopic solutions, as these help expose systemic problems (i.e. use the rules of the system to wreck things — in models and thought-pieces).
- Assign roles (e.g. hero/villain, design/engineering/marketing/ nance, etc.) and have students explore and solve problems from various perspectives to better understand multi-dimensionality of systems.
- Share (and solicit finding/sharing by students) examples from current media of negotiating assumptions and systems.
- What other strategies can Canvas aid with?