A Core Course in the Informal Learning in Museums Professional Certificate Program

January 8 - February 25, 2018
Online, instructor-led
30 hours
$425 (+ $60 registration fee)

Understanding Cultural Influence: Sociocultural dimensions of free-choice learning leads you through investigations of connections between learning theories, particularly informal learning and the fundamental concepts of sociology, social psychology and anthropology.  Explore how social stratification, social structure and interaction, social institutions, and cultural background influence the science of learning.

This is a core component course of OSU's exclusive online Informal Learning in Museums Professional Certificate program.

  • Erin Hicks

    Erin is a museum professional with over 10 years of experience working on the design and development of art and history museum exhibits. Erin expanded that experience to include museum education theory and practice as she earned a masters degree in museum studies, specifically following a learning track of visitor experience and education. Her coursework and research focused on interpreting and exhibiting art collections, art education in museums, and administrative topics such as museum planning and the economics of arts and culture. While attending Buffalo State, SUNY, located in Buffalo, New York, Erin was introduced to the study of creativity and the impact that creative problem solving methods could have on critical museum issues by completing coursework at the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) also located at Buffalo State. Erin's academic and professional work in the field culminated into a research project entitled Second Nature: An exploration in planning and design concepts for a place- and community-based museum process.