Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences, MA

University Libraries and Learning Sciences

Program Description:

Plan I: Professional Portfolio Option (36 credit hours)
Plan II: Thesis Option (39 credit hours)

The OILS Program offers a Master’s Degree that gives students an opportunity to combine aspects of adult learning, organizational learning and development, instructional technology including multimedia design and distance learning, principles of knowledge management and data management, and the design, development, and evaluation of training. OILS students can expect to develop a diverse skill set that helps them hit the ground running when they enter the workforce. They are able to design, teach, support, evaluate, lead, and manage programs for diverse audiences. Coursework includes areas such as foundations of organizational learning, the adult learner, instructional design, principles of knowledge management, cross-cultural issues in learning, instructional technology, e-learning, and program evaluation. Data management courses give students the conceptual and practical hands-on training that allows them to effectively design, manage, analyze, visualize, and preserve data and information. Students who are knowledgeable in these areas are at a significant competitive advantage as they pursue further academic and professional efforts. OILS courses require students to apply their learning in real world contexts. Not only do OILS graduates have the flexibility to choose where they work, they also enjoy diverse and rewarding employment options which include Adult Learning, Instructional Design and technology, Organizational Development, Training and Development, Distance Learning Education, eLearning, Online learning, Knowledge Management, Data Management, Project Management, and much more.

Required Courses (24 credit hours)

OILS 542Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning3
OILS 540Foundations of HRD and Instructional Technology3
OILS 541The Adult Learner3
OILS 543Instructional Design3
OILS 500Contemporary Instructional Technologies: Survey3
OILS 502Instructional Multimedia3
OILS 530Theory and Practice of Distance Learning3
OILS 510Designing Knowledge Management Solutions3
OILS 544Program Evaluation3
OILS 545Cross Cultural Issues in Adult Learning3
OILS 531Culture and Global eLearning3
 Electives (9 credit hours) 
 Students choose courses to strengthen their preparation in specific areas of their choosing. 
Six of these 9 credit hours should be from the OILS program.
 Elective courses may include: 
OILS 501Presentation Technologies
OILS 503Instructional Multimedia
OILS 504Instructional Use of Computer Simulations
OILS 511Collaborative Knowledge Creation
OILS 512Dissemination and Application of Knowledge
OILS 513Foundations of Information Management Practice 
OILS 514Metadata
OILS 515Introduction to Spatial Data Management
OILS 516Information Management
OILS 520Environmental Information Management 
OILS 521Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization
OILS 522Spatial Data Management in Environmental Sciences
OILS 530Theory and Practice of Distance Learning 
OILS 532E-Learning Course Design 
OILS 533Management of Learning Systems 
OILS 549Building Social Capital in Learning Organizations 
OILS 551Training Techniques 
OILS 552Team Development 
OILS 553The Role of Wisdom in Adult Learning and Culture 
OILS 554Organizational Consulting Theory and Practice 
OILS 555Mentoring Adult Career Development 
OILS 556The Business of Learning

A 3 credit hour graduate course in a related field may be selected with the permission of the student’s advisor. Such a course might be from another department in education, business, public administration, communication, sociology, or psychology.

Professional Portfolio or Thesis Options:

Plan I: Professional Portfolio Option: Students must register for OILS 596 (3 credit hours). Under the professional portfolio option students complete the internship and prepare a dossier showing work products which demonstrate their capabilities in OILS fields of study.
Plan II: Thesis Option: Students must register for OILS 599 Master’s Thesis for two semesters (6 credit hours). Under the thesis option students plan, conduct, and report on original research conducted to address a research problem in an area related to their study in the OILS program. OILS students selecting the thesis option are encouraged to take EDPY 500 Survey of Research Methods in Education, EDPY 511 Introductory Educational Statistics, and/or LLSS 502 Naturalistic Inquiry under their electives for the OILS master’s degree program.

Admission Requirements:

To enter the degree programs at the Master's or Doctoral level, the student must complete appropriate application materials and proceed through the admission process. Application packets and program information are available from the program office. For specific details and guidelines, contact the Program Coordinator or the Administrative Assistant. All graduate candidates are required to work under the supervision of an assigned advisor and to develop and follow a planned program of studies composed of courses selected with the approval of the faculty advisor and/or Program of Studies Committee. Courses taken without prior approval may not be accepted toward the completion of the degree.

Contact Information:

Linda Wood: Program Coordinator
(505) 277-4131