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

This course investigates the fundamental roles in the psychology of learning, including identity, motivation, interest, prior knowledge and experience, choice and control play in supporting lifelong learning.

Study how learning leaders can build on these dimensions to successfully build and engage lifelong learners through experiences in museums, zoos, aquariums and home school settings.

This course will be richly illustrated by real world examples of learning in free-choice settings and be designed to support future learning leader's efforts to engage diverse audiences and facilitate lifelong learning in science and mathematics.

Time Commitment: Plan for 5 hours of work per week.

Informal and Experiential Learning Certificate

This online course is part of the Informal and Experiential Learning Certificate developed by free-choice learning experts John Falk, Lynn Dierking and Sean Rowe based on the innovative Oregon State University graduate program in education.

Core Informal Learning Courses:

Elective Courses:

College Partners

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

New dates coming soon!
Seven weeks
price (2)
$425 (+ $60 registration fee)


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.