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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Build the core knowledge needed to build a systems mindset.

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    D​evelop the ability to operationalize systems thinking.

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    L​earn how to understand communities and develop place based interest.

Skills you will gain

Project ManagementClient interactionSystems Thinking

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 weeks of study, 3-5 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction to Systems

8 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Introduction to Systems Mindsets8m
Systems Thinking8m
Defining a System13m
Defining Key Terms12m
Systems Mindset – Scale & Hierarchy10m
Systems Mindset – Social & Environmental Systems9m
Systems Mindset – Landscapes6m
1 reading
Consulting Is More Than Giving Advice15m
2 practice exercises
Progress Quiz5m
End of Module Assessment15m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Operationalize Systems Thinking

10 videos (Total 84 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
10 videos
Positionality and Bias7m
Getting to Team8m
Four Phases of Project Management5m
Who's on my Team?4m
Going from Ideas to Vision7m
Background Research9m
Presenting Yourself14m
Value Proposition15m
Making Meetings Count8m
1 reading
Four Phases of a Project Proposal15m
3 practice exercises
Reviewing Positionality and Bias5m
Reviewing Value Propositions5m
End of Operationalizing Systems Assessment20m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Understanding a Community

11 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
11 videos
A Framework for Observation and Inquiry10m
Custom, Culture, and Legacy: Part 110m
Custom, Culture, and Legacy: Part 210m
Introduction to Stakeholder Engagement14m
Social and Cultural Profile3m
Creating a Project Scope9m
Project Resources5m
Team Contract and Communication Plan10m
Project Proposal8m
Final Assignment4m
1 reading
Further Reading10m
3 practice exercises
Reviewing Custom, Culture, and Legacy8m
Reviewing Project Proposals5m
End of Understanding Communities Assessment10m

Instructor

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Joel Hartter

Associate Professor and Faculty Director MENV
Masters of the Environment

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the Leading Sustainable Community Transformation Specialization

The ability to engage stakeholders is an increasingly important competency that requires tact, strategy, collaboration, and high quality communication skills. Solving complex problems effectively, appropriately, and in a timely manner requires a major shift in mindset, moving away from siloed, discipline-specific methods.The three courses in this specialization are designed to provide a foundation for approaching complex problems, engaging with stakeholders, and providing tools to collect and analyze data to solve community transformation challenges holistically....
Leading Sustainable Community Transformation

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