Workplace & Learning in Diverse Contexts


Master of Education - MEd Interdisciplinary (4 course program)




One year (4 consecutive terms)


Graduate Program Administrator:
Brenda Tschanz

Academic Co-coordinators:
Dr. Janet Groen

Dr. Colleen Kawaliliak

Program Overview

This program will be of interest to individuals working within human resource development, training, and education capacities, as trainers or facilitators, organizational staff, or independent consultants. It will provide graduate students with an opportunity for advanced professional education and learning to increase practice-based knowledge and competence pertaining to adult learning within a variety of work and learning, organizational settings.

Program Details

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the Online Delivery eLearn website.

Program Goals:

  • Explore issues and opportunities for learning in diverse work and learning contexts.
  • Critically examine, from an adult education perspective, current challenges pertaining to learning in support of individual and collective change.
  • Develop empowering and proactive strategies and practices that promote adult learning and professional practice in diverse work and learning contexts.

Target Audience:

  • Trainers
  • Facilitators
  • Education Specialists
  • Human Resource Specialists
  • Independent Consultants
  • Organizational Staff

A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.

Fee details are available through the University Calendar. An explanation of fees is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies' website.

The University of Calgary offers multiple ways to meet the cost of your education. Please refer to the Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries page to learn more about options available to students. For additional information, please contact Student Financial Support.

Please refer to the MEd Interdisciplinary page for the latest Admission Requirements and Transcripts information.

Program Schedule & Course Descriptions

  • Program begins each July (summer term 1) 
  • Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L
  • 3 units per course

Term 1 - Summer

Workplace Learning & Society

This course provides a macro-level examination of the place of individual, group and organizational learning in the community and contemporary society; perspectives on societal change, work and learning; philosophical and ideological perspectives.

Registration info:
EDER 631.05 L05 (50088)

Term 2 - Fall

Organizational Theory and Analysis in Education

Through the use of various metaphors as an analytical tool, this course will introduce students to the concepts and practice of organizational theory, change and development as it has evolved over the past century. By understanding the historical and theoretical roots of these concepts, students will have a context in which to develop the skills and expertise needed as organizational change agents.

Registration info:
EDER 617 L01 (73638)

Term 3 - Winter

Learning in Groups & Teams

This course examines how current theoretical models of small group theory contribute to creating and sustaining teams within a variety of workplace settings. It will address multiple issues related to small group and team development such as power, diversity, equity in leadership and ongoing feedback and process consultation. 

Registration info:
EDER 631.21 L02 (12021)

Term 4 - Spring

Career Development

This course examines key concepts and current practices relevant to facilitating employee career development within organizational settings. The focus will be on gaining an appreciation of how the individual career development needs of employees and typical business goals of organizations interact.

Registration info:
EDER 631.11 (TBA)

Have Questions? Connect with Us

GPA, Brenda Tschanz

Graduate Program Administrator

Brenda Tschanz

Dr. Janet Groen

Academic Program Co-coordinator

Dr. Janet Groen

Dr. Colleen Kawaliliak

Academic Program Co-coordinator

Dr. Colleen Kawaliliak