Learning in the workplace

lpsys2417  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Learning in the workplace
4 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
New perspective on professional learning and development: trends
Formal and informal learning at work
Characteristics of the learners at work: Motivation in adult learners
Characteristics of the learning work environment: Workplace affordances and Organizational learning climate
Supporting professional learning and development at work

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 A1. control knowledge about explaining and understanding of  an individual, a group or an organization;
A2. analyze, criticize in a argued way and model a situation (individual, group or organization) in reference to theories, research results, methods and tools related to psychology.
B1. control knowledge in connection with the interventions aiming at improving a given situation (individual, group or organization);
B2.plan an intervention aiming at improving a given situation (individual, group or organization);
C1. present (oral and written) a synthesis by adapting it to different public;
E2. identify the contribution and the increment value of the scientific research in psychology and sciences of education on its comprehension of situations;
This course provides an overviewof the state-of-the-art theory, research, and practice in the field of professional learning and development. In the course we first elaborate on the role of learning and professional development in a knowledge economy and as essential part of an organizational strategy. A broad perspective on professional learning and development is put forward. Different theories and models of professional learning are discussed at multiple levels: individual, team, organization and network. The role of informal learning at work is put forward. Second, the characteristics of the learner at work at different professional stages are outlined: in the beginning and in the second half of the career. We will center on understanding the role of motivation in how adults learn and acquire expertise in a professional domain. Next, we discover why the workplace environment plays a major role in professional learning and development of workers. We will identify job characteristics that enhance or hinder learning and the different aspects of a powerful organizational learning climate. At last, various ways to facilitate formal and informal learning and development at work are discussed and illustrated (practices and tools).
Online resources
The course is available via Moodle
Articles in English
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Psychology