Abstract for: Hop, Step, Step and Jump Towards Real-World Complexity @ Delft University of Technology

This paper deals with System Dynamics education at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. It focuses more specifically on the quadruple jump approach towards dealing with real-world dynamic complexity. The paper starts with an overview of the System Dynamics courses, situated within the broader curriculum. Then recent innovations in the Introductory System Dynamics course are discussed. Finally, some of the lessons learned are distilled. The rationale behind this paper are the beliefs that (higher) education determines to a large extent the quality of (the next generation) professional System Dynamics modelers, and hence, the field of System Dynamics as a whole, and that sharing (innovative and/or proven) educational practices, and exchanging actual and challenging (teaching and testing) cases may lead to further improving the quality of System Dynamics education.