Tania Marien


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Free-choice learning is all about deciding what, where and how we want to learn over the course of our lifetimes. It's the learning that takes place all the time, outside of the classroom, no matter how young or old you are.

The following information was covered in this certificate program course:

  • How to apply contemporary learning theories to practice
  • How to apply research and evaluation to design of educational programs and environments
  • How the personal, social, cultural and physical contexts influence learning

Participants earned the Informal Learning in Museums Professional Certificate by completing five separate courses required for this program.

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This innovative program immerses museum, zoo, aquarium and science outreach professionals and volunteers in free-choice learning theories. Participants will work with some of the field’s leading researchers and learn how to apply informal learning environments theories in real-world educational settings.

The Oregon State Informal Learning in Museums professional certificate is a proud partner with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) specializing in Education & Interpretation.

Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University

Meeting the educational needs of those continuing their education, both for career advancement and personal enrichment.