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The mission of the Organizational Learning & Instructional Technology (OLIT) Program is to provide quality education for individuals interested in improving the learning experiences of adults in school, business, government, military, healthcare, and non-profit organizations through the application of instructional practices and organizational technologies that advance individual, group, and organizational learning. The OLIT Program focuses on the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of training, organization development, knowledge management, distance education, e-learning, and instructional technology systems, methods and strategies with the intent of improving human performance. The program can best be described as one that is both theory-based and practitioner oriented. Upon graduation from the OLIT Program, depending on individualized Program of Studies, students will be able to: Undertake life long learning, developing in concert the cognitive and affective domains to think critically, reflect on practice, and solve problems effectively within organizations. Design learning environments that promote the growth and learning of individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including those with special learning needs. Address the cultural issues that influence the design, delivery, and evaluation of instruction within diverse social and linguistic contexts. Integrate the scholarship of adult learning throughout their professional lives. Design and develop effective instructional experiences based on a variety of models of design and evaluation (systems, constructivist, socio-constructivist). Apply multimedia and distance learning theories, technologies and practices in the design, delivery, and evaluation of instruction. Address professional standards for instructional technology applications. Develop learning communities in real and virtual environments based on the theoretical foundations of communities of practice (Content and nature). Conduct research and evaluation studies. Administer and manage a variety of learning systems. Innovate and manage organizational knowledge. Facilitate individual and team processes, and communication. Lead individual, group, and organizational learning, and change. Engage in human resource development within local, national, and global organizations. Mentor and coach individuals through the process of their personal and professional development. Lead strategic planning and evaluation in a variety of political and social contexts. Balance inquiry and advocacy while respecting the individual or group within the social context. Model ethical practices in their work. To ensure that these objectives are met, the content of the program’s courses are grounded in theoretical and empirical research and the extant literature, and are taught by experienced faculty using new and emerging technologies to facilitate activities, discussions, lectures, exercises, readings, simulations, and collaborative projects with other institutions in the U.S. and overseas.
Hooded by OI&LS Chair PhD, OLIT December 15, 2016
Organizational Learning & Instructional Technology (OLIT)