Abstract for: Effective self-directed learning activities for master’s in Public Administration policy simulation and modeling curriculum

This presentation overviews how grounding instructional design strategies in andrigological principals can result in engaging and accessible self-directed learning activities effective for teaching system dynamics to adults. Effectively teaching system dynamics as a policy modeling tool to master’s students in public administration presents myriad challenges – particularly when delivered remotely in an online environment. One such challenge is building efficacy for learners from diverse non-technical disciplines pursuing careers in public administration. This case study of developing a public policy simulation and modeling course using instructional strategies anchored in the six key principals of androgogy. We examine the use of a model building project as a practical way to consider individual learners contexts, motivations and other unique characteristics. This inclusive approach may be useful for others who are developing curricula to teach applied system dynamics to adults.