Informal Learning in Museums Professional Certificate

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 Learning in Museums Professional 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 Learning in Museums Professional Certificate by completing each required course as well as one elective course:

Core Informal Learning Courses:

Elective Courses:

Informal Learning in Museums 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 Learning in Museums Professional Certificate is proud to partner with 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)

INFORMAL LEARNING IN MUSEUMS COURSE START DATES

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

Mar. 30 – May 17, 2020

Developing Effective Evaluation Studies

Mar. 30 – May 17, 2020

Developing STEM / STEAM Curriculum Online Course

Jan. 6 - Feb. 23, 2020

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

New dates coming soon!

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

Jan. 6 - Feb. 23, 2020

Instructors

Erin Hicks, M.A.

Erin is a museum professional with over 10 years of experience working on the design and development of art and history museum exhibits. Erin expanded that experience to include museum education theory and practice as she earned a masters degree in museum studies, specifically following a learning track of visitor experience and education. Her coursework and research focused on interpreting and exhibiting art collections, art education in museums, and administrative topics such as museum planning and the economics of arts and culture. While attending Buffalo State, SUNY, located in Buffalo, New York, Erin was introduced to the study of creativity and the impact that creative problem solving methods could have on critical museum issues by completing coursework at the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) also located at Buffalo State. Erin's academic and professional work in the field culminated into a research project entitled Second Nature: An exploration in planning and design concepts for a place- and community-based museum process.

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

Past Students' Work

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