Abstract for: Learning with Loops that Mattter

Learning with Loops that Matter Loops that Matter (LTM) is a new approach to understanding that drivers of model behavior that is built into Stella. In this workshop we will show how LTM can be used in conjunction with relatively simple models to help people understand important principles of systems through visualization and analysis of feedback loops. This will include the automated generation and animation of causal loop diagrams that highlight important model structure driving behavior. The workshop has the dual purpose of teaching LTM, and showing how LTM can be used to enhance the teaching of System Dynamics. There are no prerequisites for this workshop. Participants will be provided with the software and models used in the discussion and efforts will be made to minimize the mechanical requirements needed to learn. Participants should bring their own computers.