Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences

Martha Bedard, Dean
Linda Wood, Department Administrator
MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Patricia Boverie, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Charlotte N. Gunawardena, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Kathleen J. Keating, M.L.S., University of Arizona
William Michener, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Mark Salisbury, Ph.D., University of Oregon

Assistant Professors
Kevin Comerford, M.S.I.S., University of North Texas
Amy S. Jackson, M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College
Victor Law, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Robert Olendorf, Ph.D., Michigan State University; M.L.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Suzanne Schadl, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Lori Townsend, M.L.I.S., San Jose State University 

Research Assistant Professors
Karl Benedict, Ph.D., University of New Mexico 

Kevin Brady, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Szu Yu Zoe Chao, M.S., Michigan State University; M.L.I.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robert Grassberger, Ph.D., University of New Mexico


The field of learning sciences advances the knowledge and practice of learning from multiple theoretical perspectives and disciplines. The Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (OILS) program offers a unique perspective on learning sciences by concentrating on the convergence of organization development, information design and data management, and instructional design and instructional technology. The program focuses on learning at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

OILS offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees for individuals interested in improving the learning experiences of adults in businesses, non-profits, government, and schools through the application of instructional and organizational practices and technologies, and methods for designing, managing, analyzing, visualizing, and preserving data and information. The OILS program prepares leaders who will facilitate organizational learning, instructional technology, and knowledge management initiatives in real world settings.

Learning is a life-long process, which is stimulated by active participation, a respect for individuals’ past experiences and diversity, critical reflection, and dialogue.


OILS 320. Information Management for Professionals. (3)

OILS 391 / 591. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 18 Δ)

OILS 420. Creativity and Technical Design. (3)

OILS 421. Production and Utilization of Instructional Materials. (3)

OILS 466. Principles of Adult Learning. (3)

OILS 470. Workplace Training. (3)

OILS 471. Designing Training. (3)

OILS 472. Training Techniques. (3)

OILS 473. Measuring Performance in Training. (3)

OILS 481. Technological Change and Society. (3)

OILS 483. Instructional Applications: Computer Technology. (3)

OILS 492 / 592. Workshop . (1-4 to a maximum of 13 Δ)

OILS 493 / 593. Topics. (1-3, no limit Δ)

OILS 495. Field Experience. (3-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

OILS 500. Contemporary Instructional Technologies: Survey. (3)

OILS 501. Presentation Technologies. (3)

OILS 502. Instructional Multimedia. (3)

OILS 503. Digital Video Techniques for Instruction. (3)

OILS 504. Instructional Use of Computer Simulations. (3)

OILS 505. Instructional Television: Principles and Applications. (3)

OILS 510. Designing Knowledge Management Solutions. (3)

OILS 511. Collaborative Knowledge Creation. (3)

OILS 512. Dissemination and Application of Knowledge. (3)

OILS 513. Foundations of Information Management Practice. (3)

OILS 514. Metadata. (3)

OILS 515. Introduction to Spatial Data Management. (3)

OILS 516. Information Modelling. (3)

OILS 520. Environmental Information Management. (1-3 )

OILS 521. Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization. (1-3)

OILS 522. Spatial Data Management in Environmental Sciences. (1-3)

OILS 530. Theory and Practice of Distance Learning. (3)

OILS 531. Culture and Global E-Learning. (3)

OILS 532. E-Learning Course Design. (3)

OILS 533. Management of Learning Systems. (3)

OILS 540. Foundations of HRD and Instructional Technology. (3)

OILS 541. The Adult Learner. (3)

OILS 542. Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning. (3)

OILS 543. Instructional Design. (3)

OILS 544. Program Evaluation. (3)

OILS 545. Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult Learning. (3)

OILS 549. Building Social Capital in Learning Organizations. (3)

OILS 551. Training Techniques. (3)

OILS 552. Team Development. (3)

OILS 553. The Role of Wisdom in Adult Learning Across Cultures. (3)

OILS 554. Organizational Consulting Theory and Practice. (3)

OILS 555. Mentoring Adult Career Development. (3)

OILS 556. The Business of Learning. (3)

OILS 583. Graduate Teaching I. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 ∆ )

OILS 591 / 391. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

OILS 592 / 492. Workshop. (1-4)

OILS 593 / 493. Topics. (1-3, no limit Δ)

OILS 595. Field Experiences. (3-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

OILS 596. Internship. (3-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

OILS 598. Directed Readings in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

OILS 599. Master’s Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

OILS 600. Science, Technology and Society. (3)

OILS 601. Advanced Instructional Design. (3)

OILS 608. Advanced Seminar in Organizational and Program Evaluation. (3)

OILS 635. Research in Distance Education. (3)

OILS 639. Advanced Instructional Technology Seminar. (3)

OILS 641. Advanced Seminar on Organization Development and Consulting. (3)

OILS 661. Seminar: Transformational Learning. (3)

OILS 690. Dissertation Proposal Seminar. (3-6 Δ)

OILS 696. Internship. (3-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

OILS 698. Directed Readings in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

OILS 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)

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