The Organization, Information & Learning Sciences Program of the University of New Mexico, USA, offers an innovative, online Professional Development Certificate in eLearning which develops knowledge and skills in professionals who design, teach, support, evaluate, lead, and manage programs for diverse audiences via distance technology in educational, corporate, government, military, and non-profit organizations. The program is innovative as it approaches eLearning from an international and cross-cultural perspective.
Developed using the latest Internet-based technologies, and facilitated by internationally recognized faculty from a respected graduate program, the eLearning Certificate is accessible entirely online (with optional face-to-face meetings). There is no requirement for campus residency to complete these courses.
The 12 credit-hour program consists of four graduate level courses that address foundations of eLearning, the adult distance learner, media and technologies for eLearning, cultural issues and international contexts, eLearning design, development of online learning communities, faculty development, e-mentoring, learner support, assessment methods, and eLearning program planning, implementation, evaluation, and management.
The program emphasizes a learner-centered, community-centered, interactive approach to online learning, where participants engage in hands-on activities and work collaboratively on complex, authentic projects to develop products for immediate, practical use in the work environment. The Certificate can be completed within two semesters and the 12 non-degree graduate credits are transferable towards the Master's degree in OILS.
The following are the four OILS courses required for this Certificate:
- OILS 530: Theory and Practice of Distance Learning
Analyzes theoretical approaches to distance education and their practical applications. Examines characteristics and needs of distance learners, learner support, distance teaching, course design, delivery system selection, evaluation, policy, organization, and administration of distance education.
- OILS 531: Culture and Global eLearning
As an online learning community, participants explore the sociocultural dimensions of eLearning and the ways in which culture influences communication and the social environment. They address issues and challenges in international eLearning, study eLearning systems from around the world, and examine how eLearning can be used to understand and solve global issues.
- OILS 532: eLearning Course Design
Explores new paradigms based on constructivist and sociocultural learning theories for designing distance learning. Focuses on online learning design and evaluation, and networked learning communities. Analyzes print, audio, and video for designing hybrid learning environments. Recommended Pre-requisite: OILS 535.
- OILS 533: Management of Learning Systems
Focuses on management strategies and key elements of modern systems. Discusses program planning and management, funding and budget management, technology selection and implementation, marketing, quality control, and evaluation.
NOTE: OILS 533 can be substituted with one of the following:
- OILS 510: Designing Knowledge Management Solutions
- OILS 511: Collaborative Knowledge Creation
- OILS 500: Contemporary Instructional Technologies