Systems Thinking & Change's Description

Have you created or designed something intended to change an education or learning organization from your work in K-12, university, industry or government settings? Are you frustrated, wanting to learn how great innovations can better impact education systems? If so, we’d like to see it in Las Vegas 2016.

Continuous change in our highly interconnected education and social organizations define today’s reality.  As Systems Thinking and Change scholars and practitioners we use systems thinking to describe, research and to lead change in a technology-enabled learning world. Our mindsets and new paradigms are being used to drive creative new education processes and innovations by advanced leaders who transform today’s learning organizations. If your work leads, designs and/or creates change in Education you should join us and submit a proposal to our Division. The Systems Thinking and Change Division is an academic home for interdisciplinary education system dreamers, designers, leaders and change agents who challenge and strive to improve technology-enabled learning and the organizations that house our work.

For Las Vegas 2016, we are particularly interested in research and practices involving change and change leadership in education systems whether that work is intentional, designed or accidental. We welcome evidence of your change efforts in learning environments, instructional systems and in broader contexts like governance, community participation, adult learning, online learning, or innovative pedagogies often with embedded new technologies and design thinking.

This year we have a specific focus on theoretical and practical inter-disciplinary ‘change’ effort work connecting research with practice. This may include: examples of the use of systems thinking in creating learning environment improvements; specific leadership projects that changed a system; instructional strategies or education policy work in any kind of organization impacting learning and technology. Your project leadership perspectives with thoughts on how that work could change a system/organization are of particular interest.

Strong proposals will incorporate one of 3 major ideas:

1.)  Interdisciplinary efforts, perhaps within and beyond educational technology domains to describe or interpret evidence from your efforts to lead or to create specific change in a technology-integrated organization (school, university or corporate). We want to hear about your intended or actual change impacts locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. What worked, what didn’t, and what has great promise?


2.) Examples of systems thinking or change thinking embedded in creative new designs or developments for learning systems. This may include work from a variety of applications with a special emphasis on distance learning, instructional design, human performance, e-Learning environments, mobile technologies, emerging technologies, learning management systems, MOOCs or social media environments. We want to hear about how systems thinking informed your D&D work – impacting several parts of an education system.


3.) New systems or change theories  suggesting a creative a framework or schema for organizing further study of change and change leadership impacting education systems. We want to learn about new models and mindsets informing your complex work as a change leader, designer, developer, instructor or learner.  

Deadline for proposal submissions is February 1, 2016.

For questions regarding proposals to the Division of Systems Thinking & Change please contact the 2016 Systems Thinking Program Chair: Dr. Eugene Kowch at