About WAL Modules

Module: Action Learning and Reflective Practice

Module Objectives

The Action Learning and Reflective Practice (ALRP) module has been written to help in the design and implementation of an action learning program within an organizational setting. It aims to help participants and their managers understand the theory and application of action learning programs in the workplace.

It provides knowledge about the theory and application of ALRP concepts that provide a foundation on which to facilitate action learning projects.

Module Topics

Topic 1: Deciding if Action Learning is Right for your organization
Topic 2: Co-Designing an Action Learning Programme to Achieve Results
Topic 3: Implementing Strategies for Successful Action Learning Programmes
Topic 4: What Action Learning Facilitators Do
Topic 5: Evaluating Action Learning
Topic 6: Understanding Reflective Practice
Topic 7: Theories and Concepts of Reflective Practice

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the principles of action learning and high level analysis and synthesis in order to plan an action learning project intended to have significance for their organization.
  • Identify and critically reflect upon the individual and team issues and professional implications of carrying out action learning.
  • Articulate critically their role within the action learning process.

 

Module: Facilitative Leadership

Module Objectives

The objectives of this module are to:

  • Develop an understanding of leadership and a framework for analyzing leadership.
  • Impart knowledge of leadership development including learning from experience.
  • Impart the knowledge of concepts, practice and process of facilitative leadership.
  • Develop an understanding of self as a facilitative leader.
  • Integrate the practice of facilitative leadership into the planning and delivery of a workplace project.

We will also look at the dynamics of leadership using the interaction model (leader, follower and situation) with particular emphasis on the emergence of facilitative leadership and its impact on individual and group behavior in your organization. Coaching and mentoring and groups and teams will be addressed along with conflict resolution and negotiation and dealing with communication in a generational workforce.

Module Topics

Topic 1: Understanding Leadership
Topic 2: From Facilitation to the Facilitative Leader
Topic 3: The Emergence of Facilitative Leadership
Topic 4: implementing Facilitative Leadership (Part 1)
Topic 5: Implementing Facilitative Leadership (Part 2)
Topic 6: Developing Yourself as a Leader (Part 1)
Topic 7: Developing Yourself as a Leader (Part 2)
Topic 8: Developing the Team
Topic 9: Understanding and Responding to the Situation

Module Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this module will enable the participant to able to:

  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge of leadership and leadership relationships and present a coherent argument about how these apply to the participants work situation.
  • Analyze and synthesize a range of information, including theoretical concepts appropriate to leadership interventions.
  • Apply and critically evaluate leadership skills at work.

 

Module: Work-Based Learning

Module Objectives

This module is designed to introduce Work-Based Learning (WBL). It examines the value of WBL in developing a learning organization. It highlights the weaknesses of traditional forms of organizational learning and how WBL can overcome them to create a culture of learning. It examines the theory and processes of WBL and provides knowledge about setting up and managing a WBL project.

Module Topics

Topic 1: Why should an organization consider using WBL?
Topic 2: Moving towards a learning organization
Topic 3: Theory and practice
Topic 4: Action learning, community of practice and action science
Topic 5: Reflective practice – why is it necessary?
Topic 6: Methods of reflective practice
Topic 7: Facilitation in WBL
Topic 8: Designing a Work-Based action project
Topic 9: Managing and evaluating WBL

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the principles and practice of WBL in organizations.
  • Demonstrate high level analysis, synthesis and evaluation in order to consider how WBL might be applied within their own organization.
  • Produce a reflective and well argued written proposal for the implementation of WBL at team and/or department level within their organization.
Module: Organisational Learning for Knowledge Management and Application

Module Objectives

This module provides understanding of how knowledge is collected, stored and retrieved in practice and how this contributes to the development of a learning organisation. Building on a foundation of Organisational Development (OD) and Development of a Learning Organisation (DLO), it takes a closer look at the types of learning that occur within organisations and how knowledge can be applied to achieve more effective outcomes. The participant will learn about the importance of managing knowledge, where the competitiveness of organisations these days depends on what they know and how well they use that knowledge in anticipating and adapting to the ever changing environment.

Module Topics

Topic 1: Organisational learning
Topic 2: The organisational knowledge management model
Topic 3: Culture (what happens around here)
Topic 4: Old Pros (who are the employees that know)
Topic 5: Archives (where knowledge is stored)
Topic 6: Process (how things work)
Topic 7: Combining elements of the organisation knowledge management model
Topic 8: Challenges of managing organisational knowledge
Topic 9: Knowledge management system
Topic 10: Action learning and reflective practice for managing and applying knowledge in the organisation

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge of key concepts of the learning organization and present a coherent argument about how these apply to the participants work situation
  • Analyze and synthesize a range of information, including theoretical concepts appropriate to the learning organization
  • Design and critically appraise a human resource development intervention at work

 

Module: Change using Action Research and Action Learning

Module Objectives

The purpose of this module is to enable participants to understand change management theories and practice using the Action Research method. This is provided through discussion on the theories of change management and insights on how the theory could be applied to improve the practice of change management with a special emphasis on the role of action research in organizational change management. It aims to help management develop diagnostic skills that will enable the manager to be more effective in organizational needs assessment, increase their ability to handle internal and external issues imposed by the organizational change and develop skills that will lead to successful planning, implementing and sustaining change.

Module Topics

Topic 1: Managing change: a process perspective
Topic 2: Recognizing the need for change and starting the change process
Topic 3: Diagnosing what needs to be changed
Topic 4: Leading and managing the people issues
Topic 5: Planning and preparing for change: Setting the Stage
Topic 6: Planning and preparing for change: Types of Interventions
Topic 7: Foundations of Action Research
Topic 8: Implementing change and reviewing the progress
Topic 9: Implementation of Change through Action Research
Topic 10: Sustaining change and learning

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the principles of action research and how it can be used to bring about organizational change.
  • Identify and critically appraise the ethical issues and professional implications of carrying out action research in their organization.
  • Demonstrate high level analysis and synthesis in the design and implementation of an action research project.
  • Articulate and critically appraise the outcomes of an action research project to inform others in the organization.
Module: Negotiated Professional Development

Module Objectives

The negotiated professional development unit provides the opportunity for you to develop understanding about a professional area for personal development. You will be guided to explore relevant literature and to demonstrate the ability to draw upon the learning gained in order to develop your own professional practice.

The themes of this negotiated professional development will be related to individual professional development and organisational objectives. This means that you can define and focus on the development of new skills and knowledge that will benefit both you and your organisation.

Module Learning Outcomes

To complete the unit successfully your work should demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit which are the ability to:

  1. Select and critically evaluate current theories relating to a chosen area of professional development;
  2. Systematically analyse and synthesise information relating to a chosen area of professional development in order to inform future action;
  3. Analyse and then action plan change of personal professional practice in order to implement professional understanding gained in the chosen area of professional development.

 

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