- Examining the Learner's Own Ideas: Personal Dimensions of Free-Choice Learning, Sept. 26 - Nov. 13, 2016.
- Exploring E-Learning Tools, Oct. 31 - Dec. 11, 2017.
- Understanding Cultural Influence: Sociocultural Dimensions of Free-Choice Learning, Jan. 9 - Feb. 26, 2017.
- Developing STEAM Curriculum, Jan. 9 - Feb. 26, 2017.
- Designing Learning Environments: Physical Dimensions of Free-Choice Learning, April 3 - May 21, 2017.
- Developing Effective Evaluations, April 3 - May 21, 2017.
- Online, instructor-led
- $540 per core course; $390 per elective course; $150 discount for those who register for certificate track
- Designed for:
- • Staff and volunteers at museums, zoos, aquariums, science centers, cultural and natural history museums, nature centers and nonprofits focusing on public education
- • Community college and adult educators
- • Those conducting science-based outreach at universities
This innovative program immerses museum, zoo, aquarium and science outreach professionals and volunteers in informal and free-choice learning theories. Participants will work with some of the field’s leading researchers and learn how to apply informal learning environments theories in real-world educational settings.
Participants can earn the Museum and Free-Choice Learning/Informal Education Certificate by completing each required course for this program or take individual courses without enrolling in the professional certificate program.
What is Informal Learning?
Informal, or free-choice, learning is all about deciding what, where and how we want to learn over the course of our lifetimes. It's the learning that takes place all the time, outside of the classroom, no matter how young or old you are.
Watch an online information session about this certificate program.
Oregon State University Museum and Free-Choice Learning/Informal Education Certificate is a proud partner with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) specializing in Education & Interpretation.
What You'll Learn
- Personal, socio-cultural and physical dimensions of free-choice learning and informal learning theory.
- Learn from Oregon State University scholars leading the field of free-choice learning research.
- Valuable professional development by enrolling in the full professional certificate program or a single course.
In this series
Sea Grant Professor
John H. Falk
Sea Grant Professor
Marine Education and Learning Specialist at the Oregon Sea Grant Extension Office.
Instructor and program coordinator.
Director of Public Programs, Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Michelle Mileham is the Director of Education at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City and is finishing her Ph.D. at Oregon State University. Michelle studies Environmental Education in the context of Free-Choice Learning and her research interests include how aquarium staff and volunteers use stories to explain their connection to nature. While pursuing her Ph.D., Michelle also worked as an external evaluator on grant-funded programs for museums and a local school district.