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HEAL501: Leadership and Learning in Higher Education

Focuses on the leader’s capacity to influence change and support growth in student learning. Examines new and emerging models of learning and considers their implications for the design and organization of post-secondary educational environments. Introduces systems and change theories. Considers how to inspire and lead innovation to support student achievement and institution-wide success. Co-requisites: HEAL510
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL510: Approaches to Educational Research in Higher Education

Introduces research concepts and methods most relevant to higher education. Examines the role of institutional research and program evaluation in supporting planning and decision making. Introduces different approaches to both quantitative and qualitative research, their theoretical underpinnings and practical applications, as well as intellectual property and copyright issues. Introduces the concept of research literacy and the process of translating research results into action-oriented strategies that support organizational improvement. Considers the leader’s role in supporting faculty engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Co-requisites HEAL 501
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL520: Global and National Perspectives on Higher Education

Examines the roles that higher education plays in contributing to society from both Canadian and international perspectives. Considers how international, national and provincial policies shape and define higher education systems. Takes a critical stance on higher educational institutions’ design and organization. Considers issues of governance and institutional culture in various higher educational contexts.
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL525: Global Perspectives on International Education

Explores historical and current conceptualizations of international education, including its roles and purposes. Examines key issues and critical perspectives that affect how higher education institutions integrate international education into their academic and business models. Considers distinctions in key concepts such as internationalism, internationalization, intercultural competence, and globalization and their implications for higher educational leadership. Analyzes key issues, opportunities, tensions, and conflicts associated with developing international programs and institutional models of internationalization.
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL530: Leading Educational Change in Higher Education Environments

Examines the leader’s role in initiating, supporting, and sustaining innovation and change in higher education environments. Explores leadership and change-oriented models and theories that can be applied to higher education contexts. Considers the important role of organizational culture and how it affects both leadership approaches and organizational change models. Articulates how communication, collaboration and collegiality influence the change process. Engages participants in how to work effectively with disparate stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, government, interest groups, etc.) to promote positive organizational change.
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL535: Communication and Organizational Culture in a Globalized World

Explores the role of communication processes and organizational culture in advancing international education in higher education. Examines the implications of communication competence for leaders relative to decision making, problem solving and conflict management in organizational settings. Introduces frameworks, models and concepts for developing communication plans, analyzing cultural contexts and leading cultural change in organizations.
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL540: New Models for Institutional Viability

Examines how the finance, marketing, labour relations, and recruitment functions of higher education institutions need to work together to support enrolment growth and institutional development. Considers the implications and opportunities for developing effective collective bargaining processes. Explores the innovative ways that higher education institutions raise funds, market programs, and develop recruiting strategies to support programs and services.
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL545: The Business of International Education

Examines key facets of the business side of international education, including business development, marketing and recruitment strategies, contract management, policy analysis and risk management. Explores the implication of cross-cultural contexts on marketing, strategic partnerships and business development. Considers the implications of international trade in educational services, including the impact of legal, political and fiscal requirements in foreign markets on business development opportunities. Examines the practical applications of global systems thinking to key institutional ventures such as offshore campuses, twinning arrangements and international collaborations.
Course Credits: 3.0

HEAL550: Systems Thinking and Strategic Planning in Higher Education

Focuses on the development of effective and practical plans using a results-based and systems-thinking focus. Explores various models and frameworks for developing both strategic and operational plans. Introduces systems thinking models, concepts and tools for examining complex and inter-dependent issues of significant importance to the post-secondary educational leader. Explores the philosophical and historical antecedents that inform current systems thinking models as well as current approaches to educational planning and development. Examines the role of evidence-based decision making and the use of data-driven strategies in support of developing, implementing, and reviewing plans. Investigates institutional management and planning as an inclusive and collaborative process.
Course Credits: 3.0


Prepares students for a successful launch into their learning journey by creating an opportunity for students to meet and get to know one another in a virtual setting. Offers a fully-online introduction to the applicable program within the School of Education and Technology. Provides overview of the program and course options and introduces students to the RRU technology platforms.
Course Credits: 0.0