CDLT Member Spotlight
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Linda E. Morris, Ed.D.
I began my career in adult education in the 1960’s, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, teaching 18- to 40- year-old primary school teachers (grades 1 to 3). Books were scarce, for some courses non-existent. I spent weekends using an ancient typewriter to create student notes on ink stencils, and then grinding them out on a mimeograph (precursor to photocopiers). The goal was to help students prepare to teach grades 4 to 6 -- providing facts, information, concepts, and differing perspectives – while Cameroonian colleagues attended overseas universities. Much has changed!
I have had opportunities to work in human resource development and adult education in private, public and academic sectors: in professional service firms including Ernst & Young (E&Y) and KPMG, for NASA’s Academy for Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL), and as faculty or adjunct faculty in Virginia Tech’s Adult Learning Human Resource Development Program and at The George Washington University, the University of St. Francis (online), and Louisiana’s Northwestern State University (NSU)(online). Roles included designing learning courses and programs and serving as an internal consultant on learning design and alignment and as an external consultant for knowledge and change management and measurement. Volunteer commitments in professional associations led to leadership positions in ASTD/ATD and AAACE (Past-President), and I am now President of the Coalition for Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO) (http://www.thecollo.org/).
Increasingly focusing on adult development and information communication technologies (ICT), I co-edited with Clare Klunk an Adult Learning Special Issue on Adult Development (February 2016) and with Costas Tsolakidis annual International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education Proceedings (e. g., http://www.icicte.org/ICICTE16Proceedings.htm). Currently, I am helping NSU build an online Adult Learning and Development doctoral program.
I view adult development as “a set of substantive qualitative changes that we may undergo moving from dependency to interdependency, from being shaped to a great degree by our environment, to constructing and co-creating thoughts and views” (Morris, 2016, p. 219). Moreover, given today’s challenges, “It is now time to more explicitly concentrate on promoting adult development to prompt longer term shifts in perspectives and behaviors, simultaneously continuing to support adults’ immediate and short-term learning needs” (p. 220). My question is what role might ICT (and CDLT members) play in this endeavor?
Morris, L. E. (2016, November). Adult development: A global imperative. Proceedings of the 2016 International Pre-Conference (of AAACE). Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Available from firstname.lastname@example.org.)