The M.S. in Corporate Learning and Development consists of nine courses that cover every aspect of training, instructional design and professional skills development in the corporate setting.
EDC 603 Introduction to Effective Organizational Communication Skills
Effective communication helps to clearly define expectations and prevent misunderstandings that can be costly to organizational success. Different situations and different employee needs demand the use of multiple channels to communicate messages effectively. Organizational executives, managers, partners and all stakeholders benefit from effective organizational communication skills which will influence organizational behavior and foster positive change, as well as collaborative partnerships. This course introduces students to the skill set needed to meaningfully and effectively communicate within corporate, nonprofit, medical, and governmental environments. The course is designed to equip students with the organizational communication skills that will provide the foundations to engage in effective facilitation, meaningful feedback, negotiation of difficult situations, and presentation and platform teaching skills to promote maximum performance.
EDC 609 Applied Communication Skills in Organizational Behavior
Schools are producing graduates who will work in an age of global competition, new technology, shifting demographics, and changing social values. Consequently, corporations are seeking individual employees who are actively and passionately engaged in the business, operating from a sense of confidence and empowerment rather than navigating their days through difficult and extensive procedures and mind-boggling bureaucracy. These performance-oriented cultures possess statistically better financial growth with high employee involvement, strong internal communication, and an acceptance of a healthy level of risk-taking in order to achieve new levels of innovation. This course is designed to help participants develop and address a core set of skills that will adequately equip them to communicate efficiently and especially in situations that demands consultative, facilitative, and advocacy skills. Participants will build on their attending and communication skills to apply effective facilitation, meaningful feedback, negotiation of difficult situations, and presentation and platform teaching skills to maximum performance.
LIS 630 and LIS 631 Designing Learning Environments, I and II
This 6-credit sequence is a centerpiece of the MS in Corporate Learning and Development program. It is designed to teach students to explore formal models for the design of instruction, frequently technology-based instruction. Major models of instructional design are surveyed, with emphasis on cognitive theory, instructional design as an area of research, and instructional design as an applied or linking science. The course features implementation activities, enabling students to apply the conceptual processes described in the course. The Dick, Carey, and Carey (7th ed.) principles of instructional design are presented as a framework to guide development efforts, and comparisons and extensions are made using other models.
EDI 661 Transforming communities of practice: Applications, technologies & implementation
Education, public and private at all levels of delivery, is experiencing major changes directly related to the evolution and implementation of technology in teaching and learning practices. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically assess and selectively incorporate 21st century learning tools into new learning environments. The focus is on Web 2.0 tools and second generation Internet tools that offer increased interactivity allowing teachers and students to easily create, communicate, collaborate and share information, projects and ideas. The course is delivered in a blended format mixing traditional face-to-face and online, asynchronous, learning experiences.
LIS 692 Practicum/Internship
The practicum/internship is intended to provide students with a professional experience that demonstrates the nature of the responsibilities and roles of information professionals in the corporate setting. The intention of this internship is thus for students to apply the theory and knowledge they have gained through their coursework to a practical setting. The course consists of approximately 120 hours of supervised internship work in a corporate, or other appropriate setting. The class associated with the internship meets a total of three times through three synchronous meetings. These meetings will be in the form of seminar discussions related to the experiences the students are having at the internship site.
LIS 718 Facilitating Online Learning
Through this course students will learn about concepts, strategies and research for developing and facilitating an online learning community. Students will explore both asynchronous and synchronous tools while designing online activities based on best practices. Topics include understanding the role of the online facilitator, designing online coursework while creating a sense of presence, engaging learners in an online environment, constructing activities to engage online learners, and assessing online learning.
LIS 727 Corporate Informatics and Knowledge Portals
This course examines the structure and operation of business knowledge portals and knowledge management systems in the support of competitive business informatics. Strategic information sharing and collaborative social networks are examined in terms of their roles in corporate development. Students are introduced to the organizational and management aspects of business informatics and knowledge management, and the role of information services in competitive business settings. Among the topics explored are: organizational learning systems, knowledge networks, content management, taxonomy and ontology construction, human-computer interaction (HCI), and the managerial skills necessary to capitalize on the competitive advantages afforded by online collaborative systems.
MBA 623 Organizational Behaviors
This course examines the important behavioral issues facing individuals as they try to be productive within organizations. Initially, focus is placed on the organizational factors that influence behavior. Next, the course examines the individual differences that influence behavior. Topics in this section include motivation, reward systems, and values and ethics. The course then focuses on the development of effective work groups to explore communications, negotiations, teams, and learning organizations. Selected topics in leadership conclude the course of study.
EDL 638 Leadership Development
This course will present a view of theory and practice in an analysis of the components of management and leadership development. An historical perspective will provide the context for various models as well as best practices and trends for the future. This course is designed to enable students to: Acquire knowledge of administrative theory and the application of theory to leadership practice; Enhance leadership skills in decision making, teambuilding, strategic planning, and organizational structure; Identify the components of organizational culture; Identify personal leadership styles and an awareness of the impact and interaction of leadership styles; Define elements of effective leadership and practices.