Creating and Sharing Knowledge

Creating and Sharing Knowledge

This course explores enterprise social networking technology and its impact on organizational knowledge and organizational learning in the workplace. The course will introduce theory, concepts and frameworks to help you understand knowledge sharing and learning within communities and networks of practitioners,  the unique attributes of social networking technology as it applies to organizations, and current uses of network technology to change the way people work or learn (i.e., crowdsourcing and personal learning networks). Finally, you will learn to apply course concepts through prototyping, class projects and business cases.

Upcoming Sessions

Spring 2018

Date Time
Sunday, May 6 6 to 9 p.m.
Monday, May 7 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 8 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Classes begin April 3 and end June 9.
Virtual class sessions Tuesday evenings


  1. Social-practice perspectives of organizational knowledge and learning
  2. Enterprise social networking technologies
  3. Communities and networks in organizations
  4. Innovative models (MOOCs, communities, personal learning networks, crowdsourcing, narrating-your-work)
  5. Prototyping new models
  6. Assessing opportunities for new digital solutions to organizational challenges
  7. Aligning digital solutions to strategic organizational challenges


  • Understand perspectives on organizational knowledge and organizational learning and how these perspectives impact approaches to creating and sharing knowledge
  • Use an approach to look at enterprise technologies that softens the perception of complexity and continuous change
  • Develop your personal digital literacy
  • Use MSLOC design process to develop a technology solution to a strategic organizational challenge

Strategize and Ideate Phase: Co-Curricular

Creating and Sharing Knowledge is the third course in the Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certification (DOEC) sequence. Co-curricular activities are in addition to coursework - but build off of key course insights.

Activities are mapped to phases of the MSLOC design methodology, which guides the 12-month process to design an innovative solution to an organizational effectiveness challenge as part of DOEC.

Quarter 3 Strategy and Ideate phase co-curricular activities:

  • Explore possible solutions to your selected problem
  • Create a journey map of your proposed solution
  • Identify specific aspects of the solution that could be prototyped and tested
  • Document your learning journey on your eportfolio website


Contact Us

Master's in Learning & Organizational Change

First Floor, Annenberg Hall
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7376