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Open slots still available in advanced HRD courses

by the College of Education at Illinois / Aug 31, 2016

Open slots are still available for a few advanced courses in the Division of Human Resource Development.

HRD 592 - Perspectives of Human Resource Development

(4 credit hours; Thursday, 9a – 11:40a)

Instructor: Ronald L. Jacobs

Admission to an EPOL doctoral program or permission of instructor Email:

Location: 389 Education

CRN: 66114

Course Description

This seminar provides an analysis and synthesis of disciplined inquiry in human resource development including an historical perspective, formulation of the research process, and the utilization and communication of research.

Specifically, the seminar focuses on an understanding of scholarship, the role of theory in conducting scholarly research, the research process, and the degree requirements for completing the early research project and eventually the dissertation.  Additional topics will include issues related to conducting partnership research and the relevance of a science of design.  Students will identify an area of scholarly focus and develop a research problem statement based on this identified area of focus.  The seminar will be guided by the following as written by the instructor: “Simply put, there is no substitute for doing quality research when organizations require practical information” (Jacobs, 1997, p. 6).

Emerging scholars in human resource development should identify early on topics of particular interest that may later result in the focus of their own research.  How to move from topics of interest to that of a scholarly research study is fundamental to PhD study and requires an understanding of scholarship, theory and theory building, and the research process, with particular emphasis on the developing and articulating a research problem statement.

HRD 592 - Technology and HRD

(4 credit hours; Wednesday, 9a – 11:50a)

Instructor: Jessica Li


Location: 17 Education

CRN: 6611

Course Description

Internet Technology (IT) has pervasive influence on our society, organization, and individual. Technology has long been the driver of organizational change, human resource development included. Human resource development professionals need to be knowledgeable about learning technologies in order to make intelligent decisions and leverage technology to maximize training outcome. More importantly, we need to understand how technology have changed organizational routines, processes, and individual behaviors and reflect these changes in our design. This course will lead students through an investigative journey: 1) to understand the impact of technology, 2) to identify the changes that Technology has brought to the field of HRD, 3) to develop and establish a framework that can be used to study HRD issues in this new technology environment. Students will have opportunities not only participate the course but also contribute to the design of the course by bring in their own research ideas and findings. Current Internet technology applications will no doubt be part of this course in relation to

The course will meet from 9-11:50 every Wednesday Morning at room 17 education building.

HRD 550 Adult And Professional Education

(4 credit hours; Wednesday, 1p – 3:50p)

Instructor: Eunjung Grace Oh


Location: 389 Education

CRN: 63148

Course Description

This course takes a broad look at the philosophy, theory, research, and practice of adult education, along with additional considerations for the development of the professions and professionals. The broad perspective includes the social, cultural, and political factors that affect the planning, development, and implementation of adult education.

The course caters to self-directed and self-motivated doctoral students and advanced master’s students by encouraging the study of special topics that match their scholarly and practical interests. During this course you will explore the major adult learning theories, the practice of adult education, and the aims and challenges of professional education. Questions? Please contact