Distance Learning

Road Maps, A Guide to Learning System Dynamics is a self-study guide to learning system dynamics. It is organized as a series of chapters, and is being developed by the System Dynamics in Education Project at MIT under the direction of Professor Jay Forrester. Presently, nine chapters of Road Maps are available. Road Maps teaches the reader how to identify different kinds of systems all around us and how to model these systems using a computer. Road Maps can be a resource for both beginners and advanced system dynamics modelers, and requires no previous system dynamics knowledge and only basic math skills.

Introduction to System Dynamics is an online book prepared for the Department of Energy by Michael J. Radzicki, Ph.D. of Sustainable Solutions, Inc. While the examples are directed to energy policy, anyone interested in learning system dynamics will find it valuable. The very clever web pages were designed by Robert A. Taylor of U.S. Department of Energy. Be sure to see the bottom of the Overview page for an explanation of how to move through lessons. If you click on a note, it will cover the chapter menu. Clicking the Menu button on the upper right restores the chapter menu. (The online simulations have not yet been implemented.)

WPI’s Advanced Study Program in System Dynamics: WPI is proud to offer you a Master of Science in System Dynamics and a Graduate Certificate in Systems Dynamics. The study of System Dynamics gives students the ability to use system dynamics computer simulation modeling in any organization or industry. WPI offers courses that are focused on the use of simulation modeling for experimental analysis and are aimed at solving a variety of problems in the private and public policy domains.

MIT OpenCourseWare has published materials of several System Dynamics courses. MIT OpenCourseWare is a free and open publication of material from thousands of MIT courses, covering the entire Massachusetts Institute of Technology curriculum and used by millions of learners and educators around the world.
Introduction to System Dynamics (as taught by John Sterman)
System Dynamics II (as taught by John Sterman)
Research Seminar in System Dynamics (as taught by Hazhir Rahmandad)


Strategy Dynamics Online course: “Strategy Dynamics” is simply system dynamics for business purposes, explained in terms business people can understand and use. Our 14 week course, written and presented by Kim Warren, is suitable for internal management, consultants and analysts. Classes consist of short audio-visual lectures, plus exercises, practical frameworks and demonstrations using the Sysdea™ software. Course access continues indefinitely. The course is free of charge to university faculty and is also available for degree-credit via the WPI Advanced Studies Program.

University of Bergen’s Graduate Course in Natural Resources Management: University of Bergen offers a graduate-level course in Natural Resources Management. In this course, students learn to manage water reservoirs, fisheries, forests, animal herds etc., and they learn to operate in product and quota markets. The course is interactive with on-line tasks and immediate answers, videos, analogies, animations, simulators, simulation models, games, and discussions. There is no tuition fee.

We will set up additional hyperlinks to as many good distance learning programs as we can identify. Suggestions via feedback above would be appreciated.