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Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) Connects Members and Friends

Wednesday, December 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: J. Bernard Bradley, CDLT Director
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AAACE’s Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT), with over 200 members, was well represented at AAACE 2016 in Albuquerque! For example, conference activities under the distance and online learning (including technology) strand alone included over 40 concurrent sessions, poster presentations and roundtable discussions. A special “CDLT Director’s Appreciation Award” was given for the first time. Also new for 2016, rebranded “Commission Sponsored Sessions” were offered exclusively at 9:15 am on Wednesday, November 9th. Lastly, “The CDLT News” is seeking stories and articles from AAACE 2016 and beyond for its next blog edition.


CDLT Commission Sponsored Session
As part of this rebranding, the CDLT’s interactive panel discussion, entitled “Transition from Face-to-Face to Online: What is there for Adult Educators?” attracted nearly 70 attendees. Panelists included Simone C.O. Conceição, Ph.D., Joellen E. Coryell, Ph.D., and William C. Diehl, Ph.D. Distance learning is growing exponentially because of the convenience of time and place. Discussants, therefore, addressed strategies for both transitioning existing courses or designing new ones for online delivery while creating a sense of presence among virtual adult learners in the U.S. and across the globe.



CDLT Director’s Appreciation Award Recipients
The “CDLT Director’s Appreciation Award” was established in 2015 to honor outstanding members who demonstrate both commendable levels of leadership and volunteerism as evidenced by selfless dedication to the completion of CDLT projects and services. Recipients also exemplify high levels of commitment to assisting others in achieving their own goals. Awards were presented at the awards luncheon by the CDLT director. The recipients for 2016 are Kathleen Stone, Ed.D. and Leigh Ann Whittle, M.A., M.Ed.


Kathleen Stone receiving her award from J. Bernard Bradley, CDLT director. Not pictured is Leigh Ann Whittle, who was unable to attend while caring for her newborn.

Kathleen, the CDLT’s awards chair, is spearheading the development of an internal awards and recognition program for CDLT members. A new award for best practices or innovations in online learning at the intersection of adult learning is in the works for 2017. Leigh Ann has been instrumental in establishing the commission’s newsletters, including both the blog version of “The CDLT News,” and “CDLT News Briefs” for late-breaking information and deadlines.

Dr. Kathleen Stone is currently Director of Curriculum for the College of Business at Western Governors University where she is responsible for the development and performance of all online, competency-based undergraduate and graduate business programs for adult learners. Previously, Kathleen was Director for Curriculum and Instructional Design in the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College where she managed the team responsible for supporting faculty in the development, design, and revision of online courses. She began her career in serving adult learners at the community college level, where she held roles such as Coordinator of Community and Workforce Development and adjunct faculty teaching face-to-face and hybrid formats.

Kathleen has explored new and innovative modes of learning from the use of open educational resources, badging, MOOCs, adaptive learning, and competency-based approaches. In 2014, she was a Co-PI on a grant to develop a MOOC on Metaliteracy. Kathleen is also an accessibility advocate, working to ensure all learners can benefit from innovative educational approaches. In 2015, she was successfully awarded a grant to develop a MOOC on designing and teaching courses with accessibility in mind. Kathleen’s research interests include online course completion, school community, and accessibility. She has presented at state and national conferences on OER, accessibility, competency-based learning, online course completion, and school community. Kathleen completed her M.S. in Adult Education specializing in Human Resource Development from SUNY Buffalo State College, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University.

Leigh Ann Whittle has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, writing and editing, along with nearly eight years’ experience teaching communication courses at Elon University, Liberty University, and Guilford Technical Community College. In 2014, she formed Sapphire Communications, a small business marketing and public relations firm; she also co-owns Aviation Lifestyles, which retails merchandise for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Her experience gives her both professional and academic interest in business communication techniques and best practices. Leigh Ann has a B.A. in Corporate Communications and Journalism from Elon University, an M.A. in English from East Carolina University, and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from North Carolina State University.

Contribute a Blog Article to The CDLT News
We are pleased to announce that we will feature blog articles as part of “The CDLT News,” our blog newsletter, and through periodic blog posts on the AAACE website. If you have research or insight from the recent AAACE conference or otherwise that you would like to share, please submit them to our blog. We are seeking posts of approximately 1,000 words or less on all online- and distance-education topics (including educational technology) at the intersection of adult learning. Please submit your articles via Microsoft Word and include your name, title, and institutional affiliation. Additionally, please send a professional headshot and any other
photographs or images relevant to your article. APA format should be followed if your article requires references, and active voice is preferred. Bloggers may use their AAACE articles for other purposes like expanding them for submission as a magazine or journal article, if applicable, per AAACE policies and procedures.

Blog Deadlines: To propose a blog article, email the suggested title by January 15, 2017 or earlier if possible to Leigh Ann Whittle, newsletter editor and CDLT Communications Chair, at leighannwhittle1@gmail.com . Full invited blog articles that follow the above guidelines are due no later than January 25, 2017 for publication in “The CDLT News” by early February. Thereafter, proposed article titles may be submitted at any time.

We are also interested in highlighting our members’ achievements, RFPs, job postings and other announcements with relevance to members. Please email your announcements regarding publications, presentations, promotions, new positions, job opportunities or other good news at any time to Leigh Ann Whittle at the above email address for inclusion in future CDLT newsletters.


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