Course Description

To what extent does business success depend on an organization's capacity to learn? What makes organizational learning relevant in today's economy? How does it differ from quality improvement, restructuring, and other attempts to build organizational effectiveness? This course will help you: enable learning in your workplace, assess the organization's learning capacity, and recommend ways to create a strategic learning culture.

Course Details

Upon completion this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Define the learning organization
  • Identify strategies and processes that develop a learning organization
  • Connect organizational culture to the learning organization as an enabling driver
  • Identify desired behaviours of participants within a learning organization
  • Advocate for learning as a strategic, enabling function of an effective organization

Topics of instruction:

  • Unpack Peter Senge’s model for a learning organization
  • Integrate new models and ways of thinking to support traditional views
  • Reflect on your own organization’s learning attributes
  • Discuss strategies to build a learning culture
  • Assess your organization’s learning disabilities and challenges
  • Develop an implementation plan that focuses on your unique organizational growth opportunities
  • Re-visit and update your own definition of a learning organization to make sure it works for you


Students should expect to spend five to seven hours on coursework each week. 
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Online Asynchronous
Jan 16, 2024 to Mar 11, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $549.00
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Reading List / Textbook

Title: Building an Innovative Learning Organization
Author: Russell Sarder
Publisher: Wiley                                                                                            ISBN: 978-1-119-15745-8
eBook ISBN: 78-1-119-15747-2 (available through UCalgary library)

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.


Recommended text (not required to purchase):

Title: The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization
Edition: REV edition (March 2006)
Authors: Senge
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 9780385517256


Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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