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After studying this course, you should be able to:
- practise a very basic implementation of cybernetic optimisation through the use of the action learning process
- appreciate the role of visual modes of communication in surfacing and reflecting on personal mental models
- practise visual modelling and communication as basic skills in systems thinking and practice.
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Understanding the environment: learning and communication
This course will facilitate your own exploration of key environmental, social and economic threats that will converge to challenge communities in the near future. You will be required to develop this exploration according to three modes of modelling and communication: verbal, visual, and numerical. This multi-mode approach encourages a more holistic exploration of the complexity involving the left and right side of the brain and using a wider range of intelligences. This will hopefully allow you to produce a more appropriate and actionable understanding of complex situations in stark contrast to the conventional logical-analytical approach which is usually taught in educational establishments.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Environmental Studies courses or view the range of currently available OU Environmental Studies courses.
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