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What will your commissions be up to at the AAACE conference? Check it out below!

All Commission Activities will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 9:15 am to 10:00 am.
Commission for Affiliate Organizations

On Wednesday morning, the Commission for Affiliate Organizations will host a meet and great with new affiliates and partners, along with a discussion on how to build relationships and networking across adult education organizations.

Commission for Workforce and Professional Development

On Wednesday morning, the Commission for Workforce and Professional Development (CWPD) will discuss the activities done over the past year. They will also use this time to brainstorm commission activities for the next year.

Commission on Community, Minority, and Non-Formal Education

The Commission on Community, Minority, and Non-Formal Education will be hosting a meeting to showcase the work of the commission members and to plan the direction and activities that the group will pursue in the upcoming year. This meeting will include a discussion of the AAACE in Action project, the Diversity Task Force, and the development of a commission relaunch-renaming plan.

Commission for Adult Basic Education and Literacy

The Commission for Adult Basic Education and Literacy will be holding a session entitled Practitioners Learning Through Doing: Discussion of Flipped Professional Development Models for Adult Educators.

Research states that effective professional development (PD) is extended over time and incorporates reflection, collaboration, active learning, classroom application, and accountability. Despite these recommendations, PD for educators is still generally delivered via traditional one-shot lecture/webinar. Integrating presentation with small and large group discussions, this session will model one possible solution – a flipped approach to professional development. Explore and discuss research supporting this approach, examine its key components and bust common implementation myths/challenges. Participants will leave having created a plan for integrating at least one element of the flipped approach into their professional practice. Primarily intended for those involved in the design and delivery of professional development for faculty and educational practitioners, this session may also provide insights to workforce trainers, administrators, policy makers, and those involved in the design of online and blended learning. Before the session, attendees are strongly encouraged to try ‘flipping their PD’ by completing tasks listed at:

Commission for Distance Learning and Technology

On Wednesday morning, the CDLT will host a panel entitled Transition from Face-to-Face to Online: What is there for Adult Educators?

Distance learning is growing exponentially because of the convenience of time and place. This interactive panel discussion focuses on strategies for both transitioning existing courses or designing new ones for online delivery and creating a sense of presence among virtual adult learners in the U.S. and across the globe. Current and prospective online instructors, instructional designers, distance education administrators, consultants, and graduate students in higher education, community-based, or business settings will all benefit from this pragmatic session. Attendees are encouraged to pose questions or share their own best practices and artifacts with colleagues.


Simone C.O. Conceição, Ph.D. (panel chair), Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Visiting Professor of Distance Teaching and Learning - Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Awards/Leadership: CPAE Early Career Award; CPAE Career Achievement Award; Education Faculty Fellow, National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements.



Joellen E. Coryell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Graduate Programs in Adult Education at Texas State University; Director of the PhD program in Adult, Professional, and Community Education. Awards/Leadership: CPAE  Early Career Award; Top 25 Texas Education Professors from Online Schools Texas; Co-Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education; Co-Chair of Instructional Improvement SIG for the CPAE.



William C. Diehl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Coordinator of Online Graduate Programs in Adult Education. Awards/Leadership: Interviews Editor for The American Journal of Distance Education; Founder of the International Museum of Distance Education and Technology online project.