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Adult Learning and Leadership

Department of Organization & Leadership

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ORL 6500 Qualitative research

An introduction to qualitative research methods conceptualization and data collection procedures and design. Students learn various qualitative data collection techniques and conduct a pilot study.

ORL 6501 Qualitative research methods in organizations: Data analysis and reporting

Prerequisite: ORL 6500. Strategies and procedures for qualitative data analysis, within and across case studies, individual and group interview analyses, data display, and methods of presenting and reporting findings.

ORLD 4050 Introduction to adult and continuing education

An introduction to the professional field of adult and continuing education: fields of practice (higher education, workplace, management training, social action, literacy and the like, and their evolution, and new challenges); schools of thought such as pragmatism, radicalism and humanism and their transformation and their relevance; clarification of concepts; and discussion of emerging issues and challenges.

ORLD 4051 How adults learn

Role and perspective changes in adulthood, concepts of maturity, learning theories, personality development, cognitive learning and thinking, creativity, interests and attitudes, motivation, self-concept, and achieving styles. Implications for the education of adults in a wide variety of workplace, community, and educational settings.

ORLD 4053 Facilitating adult learning

In-depth consideration of issues, strategies, and methods for facilitating adult learning. Theory is considered in relationship to practice. Methods are identified that are suited to adult learning in different settings, and to the role played by groups in individual to team learning. No prerequisites required, but learning is enhanced when taken following ORLD 4051.

ORLD 4085 Management and Leadership Skills in Practice

This course develops skills as a manager and leader using a cognitive-science based approach to skills development. Taking a hands-on, experiential approach, the purpose is to demystify the notion of management, provide students with feedback about their own management potential, and facilitate their personal and intellectual growth as a skilled leader.

ORLD 4091 Somatics: A Mind/Body Approach to Leadership Development

This course presents a somatic, or whole body, approach to professional and personal leadership development. Somatics is a methodology and change theory that views the individual as an integrated mind, body, and spirit and utilizes the whole body, not just the mind, as an essential place of intelligence, learning, and change. Working with our interdependent system of thoughts, emotions, and neuromuscular physiology, somatics give us “a way in” to quickly and directly develop deep insight into our embodied and largely unconscious patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that result in our actions, conversations, decisions, relationships, and the leader we show ourselves to be. Utilizing somatic processes enables leaders to consciously and mindfully move from awareness to alternative actions, counterbalancing the natural tendency to choose habits that are familiar and comfortable but not always effective in our personal and professional leadership practices.
 
Throughout this experiential course, students will participate in an interactive, creative learning experience designed to build whole-body awareness, reconnect with their leadership purpose, gain a repertoire of practices that can enhance their potential to develop a more powerful leadership presence, maintain balance in chaos and conflict, and build more effective relationships and teams in a diversity of contexts. Connections will be made to the ways somatics is supported by neuroscience, Western and Eastern philosophies, spirituality, psychology, adult learning, leadership, and organizational development theories. Students will be exposed to the way these practices are currently being utilized for leadership development and as a means of precipitating transformative change in individuals, corporations, and other organizations.

ORLD 4800 Workshop in higher and adult education

Special topics or events related to the administration of programs in adult education. Topics change each semester. Open to degree and non-degree students.

ORLD 4815 Developing critical thinkers

This workshop will explore answers to questions concerning facilitating adult learning. Presentations from the workshop leader will be interspersed with small group exercises focusing on different approaches to helping adults learn. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own experiences as learners and facilitators and to consider how these experiences might help them to reframe their practice.

ORLD 4827 Fostering transformative learning

In this course, we will explore how adult learners transform their habits of mind through critical self-reflection and discourse. We will also examine the relationships between individuation, authenticity, and transformation. We will focus on practical and innovative strategies for fostering transformative learning in adult education settings. This is a distance learning course.

ORLD 4828 Imagination, authenticity and individuation in transformative learning

Participants in this course will engage in an in-depth exploration of transformative learning with an emphasis on the role of affect and imagination in the learning process. The rational, cognitive approach will be reviewed for those participants unfamiliar with the traditional theory. We will investigate how the journey of becoming authentic is a transformative process. Jung's concept of individuation - differentiating one's Self from the collective- will be used as yet another lens through which we can view transformation.

ORLD 4844 Helping adults learn

In this course, participants will explore the ways in which adults learn critical thinking and they will experience different techniques to teach critical thinking. Exercises to be reviewed will include: Scenario analysis, heroes and villains, crisis decision simulation and critical incidents. The course will mix presentations by the leader with small group exercises.

ORLD 4850 Discussion as a way of teaching

Discussion is one of the most frequently used teaching methodologies in higher and adult education today. This 2-day workshop explores the rationale for the use of discussion, examines some of the most frequently used discussion approaches, and investigates the use of discussion in specific teaching contexts. It is based on Stephen Brookfield (the workshop leader) and Stephen Preskill's book Discussion as a Way of Teaching, a 1999 Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice.

ORLD 4900 Research and independent study in adult education

Permission of instructor required.

ORLD 5023 Leadership and self-development: A biographical approach

This course takes an in-depth look at leadership and self-development using a biographical approach. Writing one's own life history and interpreting other students' narrative allows participants to go directly to the heart of all significant leadership transformation: growing as a person to grow as a leader. Multidisciplinary readings are also privileged in order to explore leadership as a complex phenomenon.

ORLD 5050 Mobile Learning Design for Professional Growth

This course provides students with comprehensive practical strategies to leverage mobile first learning designs, organizational leadership, and professional development utilizing mobile devices. The course provides an adult learning overview on mobile devices, helps you connect and apply your adult learning subject area of interest, and pursue mobile learning activity designs, delivery, assessments, monitoring, and evaluation.

ORLD 5053 Developing and managing adult learning programs

Organization studied in relation to community structure and social forces. Topics covered include: Finance and facilities, personnel, program, and community relations. Major emphasis on case analysis.

ORLD 5054 Strategy development as a learning process in organizations

This course provides a comprehensive view of organizational strategy from a learning perspective. Students examine various models for facilitating the development of strategic initiatives through learning interventions.

ORLD 5055 Staff development and training

Introductory course covering the organization, management, and instructional process involved in staff training and development programs in business, industry, unions, healthcare institutions, government, and other noncollegiate settings. Current developments, innovative practices, and issues. This course is also offered in a distance learning format.

ORLD 5057 Adult learning and education: Theory and practice

Prerequisite: ORLD 4050, ORLD 4051, or ORLD 4053. Advanced seminar in theory development through a synthesis of the writings of selected philosophers, social scientists, and educators. History and transformation of adult education philosophy and theory; cultural, social and political contexts of theory-building; critical analysis of the main schools of thought; discussion of new challenges to adult learning and education theory (social learning, organizational learning).

ORLD 5060 Learning and Technology in Organizations

This course is designed to help students understand and cope with the many issues involved in developing organizational learning programs and integrating an important component: technology. The course aims at providing a combination of research case studies together with the existing theories on organizational learning in the workplace. This course responds to the existing theories on organizational learning in the workplace, as well as the complex and various dilemmas faced by human resource managers and corporate executives regarding how to actually deal with the impact of technology on employee learning and management. The objectives of this course are presented in four integrated competency units: first, the ways in which IT has revolutionized learning in organizations; second, the alternative ways technology can be used to support distance learning; third, technology as it supports knowledge management; and, fourth, how technology changes organizational functioning and management.

ORLD 5061 The Learning Organization

This course describes theory and practice in creating learning organizations. In-depth attention is given to action science as a framework for organizational learning and consulting. Readings and case studies provide insight into learning at individual, group, and organizational levels. Consulting, coaching, formal and informal learning are emphasized.

ORLD 5062 Human resource development in organizations

A comprehensive view of the field of human resource development. The emphasis is on how HRD relates to a changing workplace and how emerging theories of strategic and performance management relate to the learning and development needs of people and organizations. Prerequisite: ORLD 5055 or ORLJ 5003 (Organizational Psychology students), or instructor permission.

ORLD 5063 Online Teaching and Learning: Applying Adult Learning Principles

In this course we will explore online teaching and learning within adult education, higher education, community colleges, and organizations (corporate, non-profit); new theories, research, and applications that inform best practices in online learning; and “participative culture” vis-à-vis communities of learning, the history and evolution of online learning, and planning and designing an online course.

ORLD 5070 Leadership for Adult Development

Supporting adult development enhances adults’ internal capacities, which in turn enables them to manage better the complexities of leading, teaching, learning and living. This course seeks to help leaders—of all kinds—support adult growth within organizations. To support adult growth, leaders need to implement practices in service to adults’ professional and personal development. This is especially important given the complexities of the adaptive challenges we face in the course of leading, learning and working today. In this course we will explore an expanded notion of leadership that includes adult development. We will study research on adult developmental theories and their connections to practices that facilitate adults’ transformational learning (i.e. learning that helps adults develop greater cognitive and affective capacities to better manage the complexities of leadership, work and life). We will consider questions such as: How can we create organizations and systems that support adults’ transformational learning? What practices support adult development? What developmental principles inform these practices? How can we support leadership development in the workplace? What supports and conditions are necessary and needed?

ORLD 5073 Action Learning Design and Coaching

Professor Marsick and Dr. O'Neil. What is action learning? Organizations increasingly build learning directly into work—as a part of the way that people get and use new ideas, solve problems and meet difficult challenges. Action learning is a popular strategy for leadership development that does just that. In this approach, people learn as they work together in small groups to ask questions about their challenges, try out new solutions, and rethink results in light of the data they collect. Sometimes this results in organizational learning and change. This course is an experiential learning laboratory that will help participants begin to develop a framework and skills for designing and coaching action learning programs.

ORLD 5550 Research on organizational learning

Students will read and discuss theory and research on organizational learning for knowledge/expertise creation and sharing; and review, design, or conduct research in schools, businesses, or not-for-profit organizations.

ORLD 5815 Critical theory and adult learning

In this workshop, participants examine major figures in the critical theory tradition. The implications of the ideas of notable individuals such as Marcuse, Fromm and Foucault are considered as they relate to adult learning and the practice of adult education.

ORLD 5821 Leveraging emotional intelligence (EQ) to enhance organizational effectiveness

Leveraging Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to Enhance Organizational Effectiveness will explore research, best practices, and future directions. Students will learn to select among popular EQ assessment and measurement tools, distinguish between cognitive learning and emotional learning strategies, effectively position the business case for EQ, and evaluate the effectiveness of EQ learning strategies. Participants will receive personal profiles based on three popular EQ assessments and applied insights to leadership development strategies including executive coaching.

ORLD 5822 Building productive relationship with social intelligence (SQ)

The Workplace Learning Institute. Building Productive Relationships with Social Intelligence (SQ) describes the components of the emerging emotional economy and why its important to organizational performance, expand EQ capability by amplifying social intelligent components, examine the social neuroscience behind the dynamics of productive relationships, combine non-verbal agility to expand empathic accuracy for improved communication, and develop foundational human interaction skills to enhance relationships. Participants will examine the results of 2 assessments: (1) NBI (Thinking Style) and (2) Team Roles Inventory with a focus on devising small group and team development interventions.

ORLD 5823 Building 21st century organizational capability with cultural intelligence

The Workplace Learning Institute. Building 21st Century Organizational Capability with Cultural Intelligence (CQ) students will learn a strategic learning and leadership framework used to guide cultural diversity interventions in organizations, examine the theoretical and philosophical foundations associated with evidence-based cultural diversity strategies, explore a set of core practices informed by important leadership questions, experiment with sample tools designed to launch strategic cultural diversity processes, apply strategic diversity learning and change process to personal project to integrate key learning. Participants will examine how three assessments (i.e., Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire, CQ Assessment, and Bennett's Intercultural Development Inventory) can be used to inform the design and implementation of various learning strategies focused on building a leveraging diversity capacity in the workplace.

ORLD 5900 Research and indepedent study in adult education

Permission required. Conduct research studies (not a part of a doctoral dissertation) under guidance. Focus on a particular institution or type of institution, e.g., college of liberal arts, professional school, community college.

ORLD 6900 Research and independent study in adult education

Permission of instructor required.

ORLD 7500 Dissertation seminar in adult education

Permission required. Students should have completed most or all coursework (including research methods courses) and have passed the certification examination. The course is intended for students who have identified a reasonably narrow area for research and have already completed a preliminary literature review. The course will assist the student in design, methods, and other matters of concern in the preparation of an acceptable dissertation proposal.

ORLD 7900 Directed Dissertation Research

Permission required. All doctoral students eligible for this course must register each semester until a proposal hearing has occurred and a proposal has been approved.

ORLD 8900 Dissertation Advisement in Adult Education

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

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