'This is Sticking with Them:' Professor Explores Benefits of Model-Based Learning

Published Jan 23, 2020

Through model-based learning, students use diagrams as a way to think about and reason with systems—and to think about how complex systems interact and change.

“Model-based learning” seems like a reframing of classic teaching practices, but it’s nonetheless a powerful reframing. Emphasizing the model—and encourage students to test and iterate their models—is catchy. It’s also deliberately organizational—it requires students to organize and structure their thinking about a given system, often visually.