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

Understanding Cultural Influence: Sociocultural dimensions of free-choice learning leads you through investigations of connections between learning theories, particularly informal learning and the fundamental concepts of sociology, social psychology and anthropology. 

You will explore how social stratification, social structure and interaction, social institutions, and cultural background influence the science of learning.

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

Informal Learning in Museums Certificate

This online course is part of the Informal Learning in Museums Professional 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 WorkSpace.

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


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.

Past Students' Work

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