Aklilu Tilahun Tadesse


Postdoctoral Fellow , System Dynamics modeller for the Belmont Forum COAST Card project


Department of Geography

Research groups


Why did you decide to do a PhD in system dynamics?

As an educator with trainings in Physics, Computer Science, and System Dynamics, I always look into ways on how to teach effectively the core and complex concepts in the different subjects to fellow students. I found that a PhD in System Dynamics at UiB would help to synergize my diverse background and to find effective strategies that would support higher education students in their study of complex dynamic systems.   

Short summary of PhD project

The concepts taught under the System Dynamics (SD) program often break down the barriers among fields such as natural science, engineering, political science, economics, law, education, medicine etc. Furthermore, students who register to the SD program often come with diverse academic, cultural, and experiential backgrounds and perspectives. Teaching such diverse group of students under the same class is often a challenge.

My PhD project focuses on how to teach effectively about complex dynamics systems to divers group of students. The project aims to develop and test effective educational methods, techniques and tools that support students in their study of complex dynamic systems.  

The project has planned to support both online and face-to-face instructions. To support the online learning, a personalized and adaptive online learning environment has been developed on the bases of holistic instructional design principles. For the face-to face instruction, a flipped classroom strategy has been adopted.