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2017 CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media

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Click here to view a short video from Dr. Leslie Cordie (Auburn University), who is leading the interactive workshop portion of the CDLT Symposium on Social Media, titled: "Digital Andragogy: Lifelong Learning with E-Portfolio and Other Social Media Tools.”

The early-bird deadline ends on Friday, September 15, to maximize savings for registration to attend or present at the 2017 "CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media" (10/31) and the annual AAACE Conference. If attending the main AAACE conference as a member, the additional symposium registration fee is only $35 for regular members or $25 for graduate students.

Click here  to register for the CDLT Symposium and the AAACE Conference, and click here for more details.

Schedule of Events (tentative)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Symposium Purpose

The 2017 Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media provides a collegial atmosphere for sharing best-practices and research on using social media and related technologies when serving adult learners in formal, non-formal and community-based practice settings.

Who Should Attend?

Social media increasingly provides adult learners with instant access to information and networking opportunities both across the nation and around the globe. Therefore, symposium attendees will learn about practical strategies for integrating social media into educational programs and marketing campaigns that target adult learners. What is your social media story?

To promote the exchange of ideas, presenters and attendees from a wide variety of practice settings and experience levels are encouraged to participate in the symposium. They represent academics, graduate students, practitioners, support staff, private businesses, nonprofits, consultants and others whose roles support adult learners in meeting their unique educational or career needs.

Program Overview (tentative)

The 2017 Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) "Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media” will be held October 31, 2017, from 8 am until 2 pm, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Our host hotel, the Sheraton Memphis Downtown, is located directly across the street. The AAACE Conference keynote address and president's reception follows one hour later.

Leslie Cordie, assistant professor (Auburn University), and Lauretta Freeman-Horn, a doctoral student at AU and former WNBA basketball star, will serve as featured presenter and facilitator for the workshop portion of the symposium. In addition, the following 15 discussion-based presentations have been accepted to round out the symposium.

  • Creating Instructor Podcasts for Distance Education Courses
  • Adult Putting the SOCIAL in Social Justice: Using Social Media to Recruit/Retain Diverse Students
  • Using Social Media in Diabetes Education and Support Groups
  • I'm not a "Tech" Person: Constructing a Conversation on Social Media with Adult Learners
  • Social Media Use Among ODL Based Pre-Service Teacher Trainees
  • Educators, Put Your Hero Cape On: Using Social Media in the Classroom
  • Florence 360°: Facebook 360° content gives adults an immersive learning experience to Florentine antiquities
  • Lessons Learned: Using Social Media to Market a Community College Learning Center
  • Building Virtual Relationships
  • Connecting and Engaging with Bitmoji
  • Designing a Prototype: Personalized Programmatic Learning Environment
  • Incorporating Freirian Dialogue into Online Pedagogy via Social Media
  • 10 Ways to Engage Adults Using Social Media in the Learning Process
  • Integrating Social Media into the Classroom
  • Evolution of Technology and Education (Social Media)

The symposium will commence with a brief networking activity, followed by an interactive workshop on planning for social media projects and campaigns, as well as the integration of social media within courses and programs for adults. Dr. Leslie Cordie, assistant professor (Auburn University), and Lauretta Freeman-Horn, a doctoral student at AU and former WNBA basketball star, will serve as guest presenter and facilitator for the workshop portion of the symposium.


Individual speed presentations (with audio-visual equipment) and roundtable discussions are designed to complement the workshop by allowing symposium attendees to explore select topics of interest in greater depth. At the discretion of the planning committee, some roundtable discussions will be combined into shared concurrent sessions. However, all individual presenters will facilitate two presentations. 


CDLT Symposium: Workshop Speaker & Facilitator - Tuesday, October 31, 2017


 8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

 "Digital Andragogy: Lifelong Learning with ePortfolio and other Social Media Tools”

Leslie A. Cordie and Lauretta Freeman-Horn


Leslie Cordie is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education program at Auburn University.  Cordie will serve as guest speaker for the workshop portion of the symposium.


Cordie’s interactive workshop is titled, "Digital Andragogy: Lifelong Learning with ePortfolio and other Social Media Tools.” She will focus on the integration of social media and ePortfolios within courses and programs for adults. Strategies for planning social media projects and marketing campaigns will also be addressed.


An ePortfolio is an electronic portfolio of acquired learning that provides a professional presence. This workshop will help you understand the nature and uses of ePortfolios, while demonstrating how easy it is to personalize them and add media-rich content using free online platforms and other social media tools.


Dr. Cordie presently serves as Director-at-Large on the board of directors for the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). She has over 20 years combined experiences in higher education, government and military, and corporate America. Her background includes distance learning, adult education, training, instructional design, program and professional development, and healthcare. Prior to her current faculty position at Auburn University, Cordie was in the College of Agriculture where she was the Distance Learning Coordinator for several years.


Dr. Cordie has a PhD in Adult Education and Technical Communication from Colorado State University which includes an emphasis in distance learning, adult learning theory, online information, and instructional design and curriculum development. She also earned an MBA from the University of Texas (Austin), and has experience working with the airlines and the military in quality and performance improvement.


Prior to coming back to Auburn in 2012, she was the Chief Curriculum Coordinator at Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. She was responsible for the oversight of curricula in professional continuing education and professional military education for 11 schools at 5 centers headquartered at Maxwell, and three satellite campuses across the US; AND included through distance learning programs available at bases around the world.


Dr. Cordie’s research interests focus on eLearning and understanding effectiveness in the adult teaching-learning environment.


Lauretta Freeman-Horn, M. Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and PhD student in the Adult Education program at Auburn University, will serve as symposium facilitator. Freeman-Horn is a member of the Auburn University Chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and former two-sport All-American who competed on Auburn's basketball and track teams. In basketball, she was an undisputed leader, ranked 1st in the SEC in rebounding (13.8), second in scoring (18.7), forth in field goals, and forth in blocked shots. She set the school record for rebounds in a season (401) during her senior year. She was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection, a Kodak All-American, and SEC Player of the Year. She is the second best high jumper in Auburn's history at 6'1 1/4. She went on to compete professionally in the now defunct American Basketball League (ABL) and represented the United States as a member of the 1994 Gold Medalists Goodwill Games Team. On April 19, 2013, she was inducted in the Auburn Tiger Trail. On May 22, 2014, she was inducted into the Mobile (AL) Sports Hall of Fame.  

Freeman-Horn is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Jamie and Sydney, and an associate minister at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. She is respected by her peers, coaches, professors, and the youth in her hometown (Mobile, AL) and the Auburn community where she currently serves as a Family and Child Therapist, mentor, and role model.

Symposium Registration and Fees

Please consider adding your voice to the chorus at the CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media as we discuss strategies for using social media and related technologies in meeting the needs of adult learners. To attend the symposium, click here  for registration information. Also, click here to access AAACE conference information.  If attending the main AAACE conference as a member, the additional symposium registration fee is only $35 for regular members or $25 for graduate students. Register by the early-bird deadline of September 15, 2017 to maximize savings!


 CDLT Networking Mixer
Thursday, November 2, 4:00 p.m.

Both members and non-members are encouraged to get involved by attending this informal mixer. Attendees may learn more about the CDLT and its many programs and activities, network with colleagues who have similar interests, volunteer to lead activities like AAACEd It! Webinars, recommend new activities, explore leadership opportunities, write an article for The CDLT News, or just chill. CDLT leaders will also be available to answer questions. 

Questions? Email the CDLT at:


The CDLT News

CDLT News Briefs

CDLT Awards

CDLT Purpose Statement

In recognition of the growing influence of online and other distance learning technologies on adult learning, AAACE supports the CDLT to provide members with opportunities to share best practices and research on how adults are learning in networked learning environments. Our goal is to increase communication and collaboration among adult educators across academic, workplace, community, and other settings who have an interest in sharing their knowledge and practice about learning with virtual technologies.

The committee further agreed to move forward with five core activities over the short term:

  • Posting of the CDLT's new purposes statement, contact information, and incipient activities on the AAACE website
  • Activating a discussion group, focusing on distance learning and technology as related to adult learning, within the AAACE's existing Linked-In professional networking site
  • Publishing a CDLT newsletter
  • Forming committees and identifying leaders to help move specific projects forward
  • Offering educational webinars

CDLT members, click here to view members-only networking and resources. 

Contact Information:

J. Bernard Bradley, PhD, GPC
CDLT Director

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