Organizational Learning and Performance

The Department of Organizational Learning and Performance (OL&P) offers courses to prepare students for a Bachelor of Science degree in Workplace Training and Leadership (WTL), including an optional concentration in Professional-Technical Education. A master's degree in Organizational Learning and Performance is offered and described in the Graduate Catalog.

The baccalaureate program in the Department of Organizational Learning and Performance, aligned with State educational standards, provides the adult learner with opportunities to engage in the processes of inquiring, learning, and applying known competencies within the fields of Human Resource Development and Professional-Technical Education.

A course grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade in an Organizational Learning and Performance (OLP prefix) course and/or required course. A course grade of "D" or lower in any OLP prefix course and/or required course is unacceptable towards graduation and should be repeated.

For online information about this department and its programs, visit http://www.isu.edu/olp/.

Bachelor of Science Degree: Workplace Training and Leadership

Credit Requirements

Credit toward the BS in Workplace Training and Leadership must be earned in three (3) specific areas:

  1. General Education - University requirements for a BS degree: 36 credits minimum (see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog).
  2. Program Core and Electives Coursework - See requirements listed below.
  3. Competency-Based Experience - Credit may be granted for occupational competency based on demonstration of competency in an occupational specialization. Portfolios will be accepted after the student's sophomore year. A minimum of 10,000 hours of documented work experience in an occupational specialty is mandatory to apply. A maximum of 24 months of professional-technical, proprietary, or military education successfully completed in an approved program may be applied. All applicable work experience and technical education must be documented, verified, and evaluated by a review committee prior to granting of 24 credits, maximum. The credit granted may be applied toward the Workplace Training and Leadership degree only.

Workplace Training and Leadership

The BS in Workplace Training and Leadership program prepares the student to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate training in business and industry. The degree has been designed to recognize work experience competency and technical skill earned through a post-secondary technical program, the military, or continuing education evaluated by the American Council of Education Guide.

Minimum Requirements:

General education requirements for a BS Degree (minimum)36
Program Core30
Electives30
Competency-Based Experience (OLP 2210/OLP 3310)24
Total Hours120

Required Courses:

OLP 4401Foundations of Professional Technical Education and Human Resource Development3
OLP 4402Occupational Analysis and Course Construction3
OLP 4403Methods of Teaching in Corporate and Professional-Technical Education3
OLP 4404Evaluation in Corporate and Professional-Technical Education3
OLP 4407Instructional Technology in Human Resource Development3
OLP 4409Professional Readings and Writing3
OLP 4431Workplace Leadership3
OLP 4450Principles of Adult Education3
OLP 4457Facilitating Adult Learning3
OLP 4465Practicum in Workplace Training and Leadership3

Electives:

OLP 3320Selected Topics1-8
OLP 4405Learning Fundamentals3
OLP 4406Grantwriting3
OLP 4410Principles of Change3
OLP 4444Career Guidance and Special Needs3
OLP 4461Directed Studies1-4
OLP 4464Instructional Facilities Management3

Workplace Training and Leadership - Professional-Technical Teacher Education Option

The Workplace Training and Leadership with a Professional-Technical Teacher Education (WTL-PTE) option prepares persons for instructional responsibilities in professional-technical education. The program includes content applicable to State of Idaho standards for Professional-Technical educators. It emphasizes teaching career and technical subject areas in secondary and post-secondary institutions.

Technical Specialization Coursework

Students enrolled in the WTL-PTE option must possess coursework leading to a technical specialization in at least one occupational area recognized as a specialization offered in a post-secondary professional-technical system.

Minimum Requirements: Workplace Training and Leadership - Professional-Technical Teacher Education Option

General education requirements for a BS Degree (minimum)36
Option Core30
Competency-Based Experience (OLP 2210/OLP 3310)24
Technical specialization (maximum of 18) and electives30
Total Hours120

Required Courses: Workplace Training and Leadership - Professional-Technical Teacher Education Option

OLP 4401Foundations of Professional Technical Education and Human Resource Development3
OLP 4402Occupational Analysis and Course Construction3
OLP 4403Methods of Teaching in Corporate and Professional-Technical Education3
OLP 4404Evaluation in Corporate and Professional-Technical Education3
OLP 4407Instructional Technology in Human Resource Development3
OLP 4431Workplace Leadership3
OLP 4444Career Guidance and Special Needs3
OLP 4457Facilitating Adult Learning3
OLP 4464Instructional Facilities Management3
OLP 4467Practicum:Student Teaching3-8

Electives: Workplace Training and Leadership - Professional-Technical Teacher Education Option

OLP 3320Selected Topics1-8
OLP 4405Learning Fundamentals3
OLP 4406Grantwriting3
OLP 4409Professional Readings and Writing3
OLP 4410Principles of Change3
OLP 4450Principles of Adult Education3
OLP 4461Directed Studies1-4
Total Hours17-27

Courses

OLP 2210 Competency-Based Equivalency I: 12 semester hours.

Credit, unique to Workplace Training and Leadership majors, for verified workplace competencies evaluated by review committee. Credits are awarded as experiential learning credit. Graded S/U. PREREQ: Junior standing and six required credits in the major. F, S, Su

OLP 2220 Technical Education Equivalency: 1-18 semester hour.

Credit, unique to the Workplace Training and Leadership - Professional-Technical Education majors, for technical competence acquired through verified post-secondary professional technical, proprietary, or military education evaluated by review committee. Graded S/U. F, S, Su

OLP 2296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hour.

Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U or may be letter graded. PREPREQ: Permission of the instructor. D

OLP 2299 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content

OLP 3310 Competency-Based Equivalency II: 12 semester hours.

Credit, unique to Workplace Training and Leadership majors, for verified workplace competencies evaluated by review committee. Credits are awarded as experiential learning credit. Graded S/U. PREREQ: Junior standing and six required credits in the major. F, S, Su

OLP 3320 Selected Topics: 1-8 semester hour.

Examination and analysis of special topics for professional-technical education teachers/trainers. May be repeated. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

OLP 3397 Professional Educational Development: 1 semester hour.

Credit, unique to the Workplace Training and Leadership - Professional-Technical Education Option majors, for technical competence acquired through verified post-secondary professional-technical, proprietary, or military education evaluated by review committee. Graded S/U. D

OLP 4401 Foundations of Professional Technical Education and Human Resource Development: 3 semester hours.

Acquaints the student with the various aspects of professional-technical education: history, legislation, philosophy, and organization of professional-technical education. F, S

OLP 4402 Occupational Analysis and Course Construction: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of components of occupations to determine instructional content. Development of instructional materials based on performance objectives and competency identification. F, S

OLP 4403 Methods of Teaching in Corporate and Professional-Technical Education: 3 semester hours.

Teaching methods and techniques applicable to teaching in corporate and professional-technical education. F, S

OLP 4404 Evaluation in Corporate and Professional-Technical Education: 3 semester hours.

Designing and conducting evaluations at four levels in professional-technical education, and in business and industry training, including data analysis and preparation of evaluation reports. F, S

OLP 4405 Learning Fundamentals: 3 semester hours.

Examination of the research related to learning fundamentals and implications for curriculum and instruction. D

OLP 4406 Grantwriting: 3 semester hours.

Reasons for requesting a grant, goal setting, sample projects, identifying funding agencies, submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP), elements of a good proposal, library resources, websites, and other references for grantwriting. D

OLP 4407 Instructional Technology in Human Resource Development: 3 semester hours.

Applying evidence-based instructional principles to design, development, and evaluation of synchronous and asynchronous e-learning. Includes development of online multi-media materials for professional, industry, and educational application. F, S

OLP 4409 Professional Readings and Writing: 3 semester hours.

Exposure to the professional literature and websites of professional-technical education and corporate training, including practice in writing abstracts of journal articles using APA style. F, S

OLP 4410 Principles of Change: 3 semester hours.

Critical analysis and discussion of change management theory, principles of leadership and change, and an in-depth review of principles related to personal change. Includes a review of current issues in managing transitions, leading change. D

OLP 4431 Workplace Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Supervising in a professional-technical education or corporate training setting. Study human relations factors: planning, organizing, evaluation, staff development, labor relations, and personnel policies/practices. D

OLP 4444 Career Guidance and Special Needs: 3 semester hours.

Examine career guidance concepts, specialist services, special needs legislation, abilities and inabilities (both mental and physical), job seeking skills, and information sources. D

OLP 4450 Principles of Adult Education: 3 semester hours.

Provides an understanding of adult education as a field of academic inquiry and professional practice. Examines current and past trends and practices of adult learning. D

OLP 4457 Facilitating Adult Learning: 3 semester hours.

Study of the needs and interests of adult learners in business and industry using Andragogy. Planning of conferences and workshops for adult learners. D

OLP 4461 Directed Studies: 1-4 semester hour.

Individual work under staff guidance. Field research on specific occupational advances in technology. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

OLP 4464 Instructional Facilities Management: 3 semester hours.

Organization, safety, and management of professional-technical education training facilities. An in-depth study of laboratory requirements and total facility planning. D

OLP 4465 Practicum in Workplace Training and Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Development of workplace competencies applicable to business and industry settings. Supervised professional experience required. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. Graded S/U. F, S

OLP 4467 Practicum:Student Teaching: 3-8 semester hour.

Development of teaching competencies applicable to career and technical education settings at the secondary and post-secondary levels. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. Graded S/U. F, S

OLP 4497 Workshop: 1-2 semester hour.

Workshops aimed at the development and improvement of skills. Does not satisfy requirements for a major or a minor. May be repeated. Graded S/U. D

OLP 4498P Professional Development Workshop: 3 semester hours.

New methods and opportunities to enhance and supplement skills. Subject to the approval of the dean of the student's college, a maximum of eight credits earned in workshops may be applied toward a degree; students taking the courses only for personal development may choose the 0-credit option; those seeking professional development must choose a for-credit option. Graded S/U. D

OLP 4499 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated. D

Chair and Professor

Scott

Assistant Professors

Lindbeck

Lion