For Teachers 2016-10-27T11:21:32+00:00

1. For Teachers

We believe systems thinking is for everyone. From primary school to university to professional learning, our content is specifically designed to be accessible to all ages. Whether you are homeschooling, tutoring a small group or putting together a full university course, Complexity Academy is the deepest and richest source of content for systems and complexity that is freely available online; just waiting for you to slot into your educational project. Our content can complement what you do to deliver a richer more engaging experience. All content is specifically designed in a modular fashion so that you can use videos or articles individually; mix-and-match with your own content; or simply provide our whole courses as they are. All of our content is available for download and licensed under Creative Commons so you can use, adapt, mix or remix it as you see fit. Equally, you can have student access courses, articles or look up terms directly on the site.

2. Understanding Our Platform

The area of complex systems can look overwhelming and intimidating when one is first presented with all of its new concepts, models, and methods. Students and researchers often struggle to make sense of this zoo of ideas and can become over focused on specific areas without seeing how they interrelate. Likewise, it is well known in pedagogy that people learn best when they have some form of overall model or schema of the subject within which they can fit in the specific domains, without this one can end up seeing the trees without the forest and the result will be an incomplete understanding. For this end we are developing a framework designed to help give some overall structure to the content students are learning and how it interrelates. It should not be taken as a formal model of any kind more as a practical heuristic in the formation of your own understanding of the subject.


Systems Thinking
Systems Theory
Systems Models

Complexity Theory

Adaptive Systems
Network Theory
Nonlinear Systems

Complexity Science

Nonlinear Physics
Systems Ecology
Complexity Economics
Social Complexity

Complexity Management

Complex Projects
Systems Management


Life Cycle Design
Systems Architecture
Services Design
Engineered Systems

3. Where to Start

So where should you start? Behind all areas of complex systems are a few core concepts derived from systems theory, if the student can understand these this will make it much easier for them to tackle the more advanced concepts and understand how it all fits together. These basic ideas include: Holism & synthesis, emergence & synergies, relationalism & networks, feedback dynamics & evolution. By taking our “Introduction to Systems Thinking” or “Systems Theory” course this will give one a solid grounding in the basic ideas. We would then recommend the “Introduction to Complexity Theory” course this will give one an overview to complexity. After this, the “Nonlinear Systems” course is another good introduction and then maybe “Complex Adaptive Systems” and “Network Theory.” By that stage, students should have a solid grasp of the basics.

4. Get Support

We are here to help you on your journey teaching complex systems if you have any questions or need support feel free to contact us, or even better post a question in the support forum and we will get back to you with 24 hours. Oh! and we would love some feedback about your experience on the site, it helps to improve the service for others.

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