CDLT Skill Development: Webinars, Blogs and Volunteer Opps
Monday, May 02, 2016
Posted by: J. Bernard Bradley, CDLT Director
As one of AAACE’s newest of eight commissions, the Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) provides members and friends with opportunities to share best practices for research on how adults are learning in networked and other technological 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 about learning with virtual and other technologies. The CDLT News, our biannual newsletter, is designed to not only share best practices but also engage members through an ever-evolving array of volunteer and networking opportunities. Also, visit the CDLT webpage within the AAACE website by mid-May as we launch an expanded online presence.
Regardless of any time limitations or work-life balance issues, there is a place for you to engage with the CDLT. For example, new blogs posts feature best practices on a wide spectrum of technology-related topics and highlight noteworthy educational or community outreach activities, both nationally and internationally. Social media is just one of many relevant topics on which CDLT experts are blogging in 2016! More technology blogs will be posted on a monthly basis and through future newsletters.
To submit a blog, click here or email the CDLT’s communications chair, Leigh Ann Whittle, at: email@example.com.
Additional opportunities to learn or engage are highlighted in The CDLT News. For example, an enhanced lineup of CDLT webinars are featured as part of the new AAACEd It! Webinar Series. For the leisurely Summer months, webinar topics may include short yet practical skill-building opportunities such as: strategies for developing an electronic portfolio, and utilizing new Linked-In features for professional networking or to grow a brand. If blogging is not your forte, consider any of the following ways to engage. Some require less than an hour of time. They include but are not limited to:
- Joining the CDLT. Contact the AAACE national office for details;
- Volunteering for a leadership role or as a committee member. We currently need help with (1) our blog newsletter, (2) website presence and (3) new awards committee chaired by Dr. Kathleen Stone of Western Governors University.
- Submitting a proposal to present on distance learning or technology at the intersection of adult learning for the annual AAACE conference in Albuquerque;
- Reviewing CDLT proposals to present for the annual AAACE conference;
- Suggesting innovative webinar topics or volunteering as a presenter or panelist;
- Proposing community outreach or grant-related activities for the CDLT;
- Participating in online discussions through the CDLT’s emergent Linked-In subgroup, which is open to both AAACE members and non-members; and
- Other activities of interest to CDLT members.
On behalf of our growing leadership team and membership, we welcome your ideas and participation. It’s easy to engage with the CDLT! For more information or to volunteer, email Dr. J. Bernard Bradley, CDLT Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.