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Informal and Experiential Learning Certificate Online

Save $240 when you register for the complete Informal and Experiential Learning Certificate series (versus individual courses)! Hurry, space is limited in this in-demand program. 

Enroll through Saturday, May 15, for our current cohort! This affordable, flexible series includes:

  • Sociocultural Dimensions of Informal Learning | May 10 - June 20
  • Communicating STEM in Public Spaces | May 10 - June 27
  • Physical Dimensions of Informal Learning | July 12 - August 29
  • Personal Dimensions of Informal Learning | July 12 - August 29

With this accelerated approach, you'll complete the program in just four months! Note: This series may be completed in any order, and additional scheduling options may be available. Click the "register" button at right to view all options. 

New! Learn more about the Informal and Experiential Learning Certificate from this recent interview with OSU faculty member Lynn Dierking, Ph.D., developer of the program.

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What is Informal Learning?

Informal learning is all about deciding what, where and how we want to learn over the course of our lifetimes. It's the learning that takes place all the time, outside of the classroom, no matter how young or old you are.

Informal & Experiential Learning Certificate is an innovative program that immerses museum, zoo, aquarium and science outreach professionals and volunteers in informal and free-choice learning theories.

You will work with some of the field’s leading researchers in museum studies programs and you will learn how to apply informal learning environments theories in real-world educational settings.

What You'll Cover in this Series

  • Personal, socio-cultural and physical dimensions of free-choice learning and informal learning theory.
  • Learn from Oregon State University scholars leading the field of free-choice learning research.
  • Valuable professional development by enrolling in the full professional certificate program or a single course.

Learning Outside the Classroom

You can earn the Informal & Experiential Learning Certificate by completing each required course as well as one elective course:

Core Informal Learning Courses:

Elective Courses:

Informal & Experiential Learning Certificate Info Session

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For more information on this certificate program, please watch the following recorded information session.

Proud Partners

This course is a collaboration between Oregon State University College of Education and Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education.

Oregon State University Informal & Experiential Learning Certificate is proud to partner with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) specializing in Education & Interpretation.

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Multiple dates
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Each course takes seven weeks to complete
location
Online
price (2)
Full Certificate: $1,515
(+ $60 registration fee, per course) ($390 saving)
Individual Courses: $390 - $425
(+ $60 registration fee, per course)
Additional Information: Designed for museum professionals, interpretive guides, park rangers, curators, exhibit designers, outreach specialists and public educators more generally.

INFORMAL & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CERTIFICATE COURSE START DATES

Designing Learning Environments: Physical Dimensions of Free-Choice / Informal Learning

July 12 - Aug. 29, 2021
Sept. 13 - Oct. 31, 2021

Developing STEM / STEAM Curriculum Online Course

May 10 - Jun. 27, 2021

Examining the Learner's Own Ideas: Personal Dimensions of Free-Choice / Informal Learning

July 12 - Aug. 29, 2021

Understanding Cultural Influence: Sociocultural Dimensions of Free-Choice / Informal Learning

May 10 - Jun. 20, 2021

Strategies for Communicating STEM ideas in Public Spaces

May 10 - Jun. 27, 2021

Instructors

John H. Falk, Ph.D.

Sea Grant Professor, Museum and Free-Choice Learning / Information Education Course Advisor

Lynn Dierking, Ph.D.

Sea Grant Professor, Museum and Free-Choice Learning / Information Education Course Advisor

Talal Alajmi

My name is Talal. I am currently in my final year in the Science and Math PhD program at Oregon state. Prior to OSU I completed two graduate degrees: one from the University of Edinburgh in Science (Biochemistry) Communication and Public Engagement and the most recent one from the University of Oregon in Educational Leadership. My focus is exploring science education through authenticity and context and how to utilize this framework to enhance and improve students’ knowledge and interest in science. Since enrolling at OSU in 2018, I have been working with an array of students from different backgrounds, and as an educator I believe each learner is unique and deserves an engaging and collaborative environment to grow intellectually and socially. 

 

Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.