At the end of the course, students have knowledge on and insight into:
- different theories of WPL and relations between them,
- factors that influence workplace learning,
- advantages and disadvantages of various workplace learning theories for different practices.
At the end of the course, students are able:
- to describe advantages and disadvantages of different ways of supporting and regulating learning at the workplace,
- to describe relations between learning theories and ways to facilitate WPL (including technology),
- to analyse and evaluate the quality of a corporate curriculum in relation to theory,
- create alternatives to optimize a corporate curriculum in relation to theory,
- to write an advice on how to optimize a corporate curriculum in an organisation.
Relationship with EST labour market (Intended Learning Outcomes [ILO’s] as described in the EST programme specific appendix of the EER):
- This course contributes (strongly) to: Domain expertise, Research competence, Academic reflection
- To a limited extent, this course contributes to: Design competence, Advice competence
- This courses assesses the following ILO’s in some way (can include formal/informal, formative/summative, peer/expert): Domain expertise, Design competence, Research competence, Advice competence, Academic reflection
This course is focused on workplace learning: learning that takes place intertwined with the daily work process. Many paradigms and related theories exist that describe the process of workplace learning and how this can best be facilitated. This varies from learning theories that focus on experiential learning, learning in communities of practice, or learning theories that also take the organizational level into account. In this course we will discuss these theories, and their advantages and disadvantages when you would organize workplace learning accordingly. Not every theory will fit every context, every type of learner, and you will evaluate whether a theory fits your own perspective on learning. This course will prove how practical a good theory can be: you will experience how to facilitate learning in different contexts based on the underlying principles of a theory.
The course will start with some introductory lectures for which a flipped-the-classroom concept is used. You will study theories at home and in class we work on assignments to analyse the theories and apply these to a case. Half way the course a take home exam is given. You will apply what you have learned in the second part when You interview an HRD manager about the corporate curriculum of their organization: how is the learning regulated and facilitated in this organization? The final assignment will consist of an analysis and evaluation of this corporate curriculum, resulting in an advice report on how to optimize this curriculum by making use of various theories.
The course assessment consists of two parts.
The first part is an individual take home exam consisting of open answer questions.
The second part is a group assignment (in small groups) for which you have to write an advice report based on an interview with an HRD-manager.
The exam counts for 40% and the assignment for 60% of your grade. The average of both exams need to be at least “sufficient” (≥ 5.5) to pass this course.
Relationship with technology:
- We discuss several options of how technology can be used to facilitate workplace learning
- You may interview an HRD-manager from a technological company