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Human Resource Development and Learning

Explore organisational learning, its role in business and the future of human resource development.

Human Resource Development and Learning
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

The focus of human resource development and learning is on the individual and on how to build expertise to improve organisational performance. Technology has shaped the way we learn and has provided innovative and cost effective methods to encourage personal and organisational growth.

In this course, you’ll examine the concept of human resource development (HRD) and how people learn. You’ll also explore the growth of e-learning and the ongoing developments within the digital learning space, including the use of MOOCs, game-based and blended approaches to enhance learning.

What topics will you cover?

  • Human resource development (HRD): models and strategies
  • Learning theories
  • The learning organisation
  • The future of HRD
  • E-learning: benefits and challenges
  • HRD in a changing environment: MOOCs, gamification and blended learning

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify ways in which HRD contributes to the overall mission of the organisation
  • Explain the concept and theories of the learning organisation
  • Recognise the internal and external barriers to learning and development
  • Explore the role e-learning has to play in the future of HRD in organisations

Who is the course for?

This course would suit professionals at all levels in an organisation, across all disciplines. It may be of particular interest to those in leadership or managerial roles - looking to improve business processes by managing organisational behaviour.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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