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7/13/18 Extended Deadline: Nominations and self-nominations for 2018 CDLT Best Practice Award in Distance Learning or Technology for Adult Learners. NOTE: The winner(s) will be announced during the 2018 AAACE Conference and featured during a special CDLT "best practices" session. Click here to access eligibility criteria, application requirements, winner perks and the online application (also available below by clicking on "CDLT Best Practice Award"). Questions should be directed to the CDLT via e-mail to:


2018 Call for Proposals is now Closed.

(CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium on Innovations in Distance Education and Technology:
RFP Application)


 What is your story for using distance learning or technology in innovative ways when meeting the needs of diverse adult learners in varied subjects and settings? We invite you or your team to share it as part of the 2018 Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) “Pre-Conference Symposium on Innovations in  Distance Education and Technology” for adult learners. The CDLT Pre-Conference will be held as part of the AAACE Conference on October 2, 2018, from 9 am until 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

Registration also includes an opening workshop,  special panel discussion, and tickets to the  AAACE Conference opening reception and cash bar immediately following the symposium to promote networking. The Call is now closed (May 7, 2018).

***PLEASE NOTE: This process ONLY applies to proposals for presentation at the “CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium.” Be certain to select "CDLT Pre-Conference" as your first interest area in "ProposalSpace."

Symposium Theme, Target Populations and Presentation Topics

We offer a welcoming environment for both neophyte and seasoned presenters to share their strategies for utilizing distance education, social media and other technologies in meeting the needs of adults in a wide variety of subjects. Our theme “Innovations in Distance Education and Technology” for adult learners welcomes diverse perspectives from practitioners, faculty, instructors, graduate students, support staff, program participants, trainers, instructional designers, managers, program administrators, consultants, adult learning specialists and others. They represent formal and non-formal educational settings including but not limited to: colleges and universities, community-based organizations, workforce development or literacy organizations, nonprofits, health-related organizations, businesses, training and technology firms and more! 

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  -  Uses of new distance education and social media technologies for adults
  -  New or innovative ways of using current technologies
  -  Future directions of online learning for adults
  -  Mobile learning apps and handheld devices for on-the-go learning

  -  Online adult learning/teaching strategies
  -  Innovations in instructional design and development for adult learners
  -  Student services for online learning
  -  Underserved populations in distance education
  -  Communities of practice
  -  Sense of place in online or hybrid learning
  -  Uses of social media for educational or promotional (marketing) purposes
  -  Ways to promote online degrees or programs for adults
  -  Digital citizenship (also digital literacy, digital access, digital health, information fluency, etc.)
  -  “How To” or “Best Practice” Sessions
  -  Research (Phenomenological, action research and other types)
  -  Many more – the choices are endless!


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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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