Open Studio

What is the Open Studio?

The Open Studio consists of hour-long Zoom meeting sessions led by Waters Center staff. Each session will examine a different topic through a systems thinking lens. Just like our in-person workshops, sessions will be interactive and include opportunities for dialogue among participants. So be prepared to have your web camera on and to connect with other systems thinkers from around the world!

Do I need to know about systems thinking to attend?

Each Open Studio session will cater to everyone from a seasoned systems thinker to a beginner. However, we do recommend signing up to the Thinking Tools Studio and exploring the various courses and resources available in addition to the Habits of a Systems Thinker prior to sessions when possible.

Are Open Studio Sessions free?

Yes! We are happy to offer these sessions free of charge. Donations are always appreciated to help us continue our efforts to openly share our resources — no amount is too little.

How do I sign up?

To register for Open Studio sessions, visit the Thinking Tools Studio. Please note, you will need to register for the Thinking Tools Studio to sign up for a session. Registration will open for sessions on a rolling basis (typically one-week prior to the session occurring).

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Upcoming Sessions:



October 1, 9 am PDT and 3 pm PDT – What Can We Learn From Examining Change?

The one constant in life is change! Whether we like it or not, change happens and it is here to stay. As systems thinkers, it is important to focus on the patterns and trends over time that create change rather than on isolated events. The Behavior-Over-Time Graph (BOTG) is a tool that shows us what is happening — or happened — in the system to create the results we are experiencing. In this Open Studio, we will “tell the story of the BOTG” by using real-life scenarios. In the process, we will examine elements of a system, observe a system in motion, and use a BOTG to represent and analyze dynamic systems. You will walk away from this Open Studio with an understanding of how to use a BOTG to examine change over time and how this tool can help you gain new insights about your system of interest.



October 3, 9 am PDT – Teacher Studio: What Can Students Learn From Examining Change?

The one constant in life is change! Whether we like it or not, change happens and it is here to stay. As systems thinkers, it is important to focus on patterns and trends over time that create change rather than on isolated events. The Behavior-Over-Time graph (BOTG) is a tool that shows us what is happening – or happened – in the system to create the results we are experiencing. In the classroom, a BOTG can be used in all content areas, in evaluation, and with all students PreK through 12th grade. In this Teacher Studio, we will practice using the BOTG to engage students in their thinking, to take a critical look at the patterns we might find in a variety of content areas, and to analyze progress. You will walk away from this Open Studio with an understanding of how to use a BOTG to examine change over time and how this tool can help you engage your students in their learning.



Check back later for additional events!