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Informal Learning Certificate: For Museum, Zoo, Aquarium or Community Teaching Professionals is a Program

Informal Learning Certificate: For Museum, Zoo, Aquarium or Community Teaching Professionals

Starts Nov 6, 2023

$1,185 Enroll

Full program description

Informal learning/free-choice learning is about deciding what, where and how we want to learn, especially for the type of learning that happens in the real world. 

The certificate is based on the Contextual Model of Learning a conceptual framework that posits that learning is influenced by the interaction of time and variables within three contexts: personal, sociocultural, and physical. 

  • Gain insight into fostering learning via creation, participation, and exploration.
  • Learn more about informal learning and the opportunities it provides for learners.
  • Discover how to give valuable STEM and critical thinking skills outside the classroom.
  • Have the opportunity to share your own unique situation and bring theory into practice in your own institution with your learners.

All courses are asynchronous (no group meetings required).

The certificate courses require a minimum time commitment of about 5 hours a week.

The basic format for each learning module includes academic reading assignments, discussion boards, and real-life activities.

Each module builds on the next culminating in a final project assignment.

Deadlines are flexible and because most of the assignments are contextualized in the workplace or informal learning setting that the student might be working or volunteering at, the student has the ability to take the time the student needs to finish the work to their satisfaction.

Most of the assignments are grounded in an informal science context, so it would be perfect for folks working at an aquarium, zoo, or exhibit environment like a museum or art gallery.

Full Certificate Courses (these courses must be completed to be awarded the certificate)

  1. Personal Dimensions of Informal Learning: Nov. 6 - Dec. 11, 2023
  2. Sociocultural Dimensions of Informal Learning: Jan. 8 - Feb. 12, 2024
  3. Physical Dimensions of Informal Learning: March 11 - April 15, 2024

10% discount when you sign up for all three courses. Enter code Certificate23 when paying for all three.

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