GWU Human and Organizational Learning HOL Program Overview

BLUF: I am enrolled in the GWU Human and Organizational Learning (H&OL) doctoral program, an interdisciplinary approach, studying individual/organizational effectiveness, combines leadership, management, sociology, biology, psychology, and anthropology (the acronyms I created so I can remember all these are: P-LAMBS or B-LAMPS). The program balances theory, research, and practices relevant to interrelationships among people, organizations, and learning, organized around three constructs (Organizational Development & change, leadership development, learning): organizational development and change; leadership development; and learning (individual, group and organizational). I chose this program because I am more interested in how people and the human systems they design approach and adapt to solve the complex problems that interest them. I am less interested in finding a "sharper tool" to solve problems. 

Human and Organizational Learning (GWU Graduate School of Education and Human Development) Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program.

The Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning balances theories, research, and practices relevant to inter-relationships among people, organizations and learning while utilizing systemic change processes. Human and organizational learning is an interdisciplinary approach that offers insights about people facing complex issues concerning individual and organizational effectiveness. Studies draw on the fields of management, sociology, biology, psychology, and anthropology. Students form collective support communities, promote action learning and model a learning culture. http://gsehd.gwu.edu/programs/hol/whyhol

The Human & Organizational Learning program, now starting its 25th year, is organized around three primary theoretical constructs:

* organizational development and change; 
* leadership development; and 
* learning (individual, group and organizational).

Human and organizational learning is an interdisciplinary approach that offers insights about people facing complex issues concerning individual and organizational effectiveness. The program focuses on the inter-relationships among people, organizations and learning while utilizing systemic change processes. Theory, research and practice are balanced throughout the curriculum. 

Classes meet two days a month (Friday and Saturday), 0900-2100, and for one week (seven days) during the summer residency periods on GW's campus in Ashburn, VA. The first six semesters over two years represent the bulk of the coursework. Comprehensive exams are in January of the second year. The third year consists of seminar courses focused on dissertation research that meet at the discretion of the dissertation chair.

Year 1, Term 1-Summer 2012
* HOL 8700 Foundations of Human Organizational Learning
* EDUC 8110 Issues and Ideas in Education
* HOL 8100 Organizational Culture (Marquart)
Term 2-Fall 12
* HOL 8721 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum - Part 1
* HOL 8701 Adult Learning
* HOL 6704 Leadership
Term 3-Spring 13
* HOL 8721 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum - Part 2
* EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research-3
* HOL 6706 Seminal Readings in Human and Organizational Studies
* HOL 8703 Human Systems Change

Year 2-Term 4-Summer 13
* HOL 8706 Interdisciplinary Readings in HOL-3
* EDUC 8120 Quantitative Reserach-3
* Options for electives: HOL 6706, 09-1600, 2 Jun Conf Call, 21 Jul, 25 Aug
The classes I will be taking:
Term 5-Fall 13
* HOL 8702 Organizational Diagnosis-3
* HOL 8720 Applied Research Methods-3
* HOL 8721 Comprehensive Practicum-3
Term 6-Spring 14
* HOL 8722 Advanced Research Issues-3
* HOL 8100 Special Topics-3
* Advanced Research Methods Options-3
Year 3
Term 7-Summer 14
* HOL 8998 Proposal Development-3
* HOL 8100 Special Topics-3


If I get really ambitious, I might take some time to explain what some of the classes are about.