Successful businesses thrive on employees who are both motivated and skilled. Improve business performance by learning to leverage the human capital of an organization.
Senior leaders in the most successful businesses agree that leveraging the human capital of an organization is vital to survival in today’s competitive business climate. This requires businesses to align employee development plans with strategy and provide targeted learning experiences to ensure they equip their workforce to perform at the peak of their capability, attract the best candidates, and retain the most qualified employees. The advanced certificate in workplace learning and instruction provides professionals with the competencies required to develop highly effective learning materials that drive strategic employee development, boost performance, and manage the employee development efforts of an organization.
Workplace learning and instruction, advanced certificate, typical course sequence
Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Theories of Learning
This course examines the physiological, psychological, and socio/cultural factors related to learning and development of humans throughout the life cycle, as appropriate for the organization's needs. Selected theories of learning and development are critically analyzed and applied to teaching contexts. Students are expected to critically examine their own assumptions and beliefs about learning, and development and develop an appropriate approach to the task of designing learning based on the organization's workforce and needs. Attention is given to stages of cognitive growth, the development of learning goals, learning environments, and to a variety of theories of learning. Learning styles are discussed as a sub component of learning theories.
The process of instructional design is both an art and science. The framework of this course is to teach the students how to design instruction regardless of content area to allow learners to successfully achieve stated outcomes. The components of the course include problem identification, needs assessment, analysis of learner’s abilities, the design of measurable performance objectives, the development of assessment strategies within the design of instructional materials, and the formative and summative evaluation process.
Learning Assessment and Evaluation
In a learning environment assessing the accomplishment of learning outcomes involves designing evaluation instruments, collecting data regarding performance, and calculating the overall impact of learning. Of equal importance is to calculate the costs for the learning program to demonstrate a return on investment to the organization. This outcome is computed through measuring the increased competencies of the learners and determining the value the learning contributes to the organization. To achieve this outcome learners will measure and grade performance for a variety of intellectual learner domains as well as assess the overall program effectiveness through interpretation of data. This is an online class only.
Learning Design and Technology
Given the organizational needs, assessment results, and the learner's abilities selected learning plans are used as the solution to enhance personal performance within an organization. A variety of strategies can be considered to teach within the learning plan including the use of non-traditional learning programs and tools, the development of engaging learning programs linked to corporate strategies for promotion and succession, and/or the use of traditional instructional strategies to engage the learner in the task and enhance personal productivity. Once the strategy is selected it will be developed for the learning situation. To deliver the learning strategy a variety of software programs will be considered to teach the instructional strategy. The end goal is to develop an instructional strategy using technology to teach and evaluate learning specified in the learning plan.
Total Semester Credit Hours
To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in workplace learning and instruction, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.