Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology

Martha Bedard, Department Chairperson
Lee Clark, Department Administrator
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
Mark Salisbury, Ph.D., University of Oregon

Lecturer and Technology and Training Program Coordinator
Kevin Brady, Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Robert Grassberger, Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Student Information Contact
Loretta Brown, (505) 277-4131,

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the Organizational Learning & Instructional Technology (OLIT) Program is to provide quality education for individuals interested in improving the learning experiences of adults in school, business, government, military, healthcare, and non-profit organizations through the application of instructional practices and organizational technologies that advance individual, group, and organizational learning.

The OLIT Program is based on a belief that learning is a life-long process, which is stimulated by active participation, a respect for the individual’s past experiences and diversity, critical reflection, and dialogue. Through the teaching of new developments in learning theory, the application of new technologies, and the management of change, the OLIT Program prepares professionals to help individuals, groups, and organizations learn in more effective ways.

In light of the massive and continuous change organizations experience, it is imperative that graduates of our program be ready to not only manage change, but lead future change efforts as well. To this end, we strive to develop a community of learners who build motivation for learning in their own organizations. The learning communities they develop will be characterized by a shared vision, systems thinking, and team learning.

The OLIT Program focuses on the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of training, organization development, knowledge management, distance education, e-learning, and instructional technology systems, methods and strategies with the intent of improving human performance. The program can best be described as one that is both theory-based and practitioner oriented.

Upon graduation from the OLIT Program, depending on individualized Program of Studies, students will be able to:

  • Undertake life long learning, developing in concert the cognitive and affective domains to think critically, reflect on practice, and solve problems effectively within organizations.
  • Design learning environments that promote the growth and learning of individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including those with special learning needs.
  • Address the cultural issues that influence the design, delivery, and evaluation of instruction within diverse social and linguistic contexts.
  • Integrate the scholarship of adult learning throughout their professional lives.
  • Design and develop effective instructional experiences based on a variety of models of design and evaluation (systems, constructivist, socio-constructivist).
  • Apply multimedia and distance learning theories, technologies and practices in the design, delivery, and evaluation of instruction.
  • Address professional standards for instructional technology applications.
  • Develop learning communities in real and virtual environments based on the theoretical foundations of communities of practice (Content and nature).
  • Conduct research and evaluation studies.
  • Administer and manage a variety of learning systems.
  • Innovate and manage organizational knowledge.
  • Facilitate individual and team processes, and communication.
  • Lead individual, group, and organizational learning, and change.
  • Engage in human resource development within local, national, and global organizations.
  • Mentor and coach individuals through the process of their personal and professional development.
  • Lead strategic planning and evaluation in a variety of political and social contexts.
  • Balance inquiry and advocacy while respecting the individual or group within the social context.
  • Model ethical practices in their work.

To ensure that these objectives are met, the content of the program’s courses are grounded in theoretical and empirical research and the extant literature, and are taught by experienced faculty using new and emerging technologies to facilitate activities, discussions, lectures, exercises, readings, simulations, and collaborative projects with other institutions in the U.S. and overseas.

The courses that comprise the OLIT Program also reflect the seven domains outlined in the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework. Furthermore, the program’s courses have been correlated to the recommended competencies and guidelines that have been developed by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Association for Educational Communications Technology (AECT), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) associations, and therefore reflect the mission of the College and the requirements of the profession.

For recent updates and additional information on the OLIT Program and courses, visit our Web site at


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

OLIT 420. Creativity and Technical Design. (3)

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

OLIT 466. Principles of Adult Learning. (3)

OLIT 470. Workplace Training. (3)

OLIT 471. Designing Training. (3)

OLIT 472. Training Techniques. (3)

OLIT 473. Measuring Performance in Training. (3)

OLIT 481. Technological Change and Society. (3)

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

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

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

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

OLIT 501. Instructional Design. (3)

OLIT 505. Contemporary Instructional Technologies: Survey. (3)

OLIT 507. Designing Knowledge Management Solutions. (3)

OLIT 508. Program Evaluation. (3)

OLIT 509. Collaborative Knowledge Creation. (3)

OLIT 511. Dissemination and Application of Knowledge. (3)

OLIT 514. Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning. (3)

OLIT 521. Presentation Technologies. (3)

OLIT 522. Digital Video Techniques for Instruction. (3)

OLIT 525. Instructional Multimedia. (3)

OLIT 527. Practicum-Instructional Technology. (3)

OLIT 528. Management of Learning Systems. (3)

OLIT 533. Instructional Use of Computer Simulations. (3)

OLIT 535. Theory and Practice of Distance Learning. (3)

OLIT 536. Instructional Television: Principles and Applications. (3)

OLIT 537. Culture and Global eLearning. (3)

OLIT 538. E-Learning Course Design. (3)

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

OLIT 541. Organizational Consulting Theory and Practice. (3)

OLIT 543. Training Techniques. (3)

OLIT 546. Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult Learning. (3)

OLIT 561. The Adult Learner. (3)

OLIT 562. Team Development. (3)

OLIT 563. Mentoring Adult Career Development. (3)

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

OLIT 592 / 492. Topics. (1-4)

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

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

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

OLIT 598. Directed Readings in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

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

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

OLIT 601. Advanced Instructional Design. (3)

OLIT 608. Advanced Seminar in Organizational & Program Evaluation. (3)

OLIT 635. Research in Distance Education. (3)

OLIT 639. Advanced Instructional Technology Seminar. (3)

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

OLIT 661. Seminar: Transformational Learning. (3)

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

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

OLIT 698. Directed Readings in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

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

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