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News from the CPAE Executive Committee

Monday, April 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ann Brooks, Chair, CPAE
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By Ann Brooks, Chair, CPAE

Imagining Our Future: Moving Forward

The CPAE Executive Committee (EC) sent out a survey to members in Fall 2016 to identify priorities our organization would like to pursue moving forward.  Members identified, in order of importance, six priorities:

  • Work together to elevate the visibility of Adult Education’s contributions and importance to society.
  • Promote research and advocacy for federal, state, and local policies relevant to adult education.
  • Foster increased collaborative relationships between and among adult education faculty, programs, and institutions.
  • Reach out to broader potential members such as adjunct faculty, doctoral students, researcher-practitioners, and our international colleagues.
  • Enhance career development of new faculty and doctoral students through mentoring and networking events with experienced faculty.
  • Increase opportunities for dialogue among CPAE members at annual meetings and online.

While several of these priorities will require effort on the part of CPAE members, the EC identified priorities that we could begin working on immediately: increase collaborative relationships and increase opportunities for dialogue.
The first effort was a “Speed Dating” event at  the 2016 CPAE co-conference in Albuquerque organized by Larry Martin, Liz Roumell and Ann Brooks. Participants formed six informal interest groups at this event and pointed out the need to develop an online platform for these interest groups to connect and collaborate.  This led to the EC’s second effort to address member priorities.

Social Media for Professional Networking 

To address the need for a social media venue to facilitate member collaboration and opportunities for dialogue, Haijun Kang, newly elected CPAE member at large, took on the task of surveying CPAE community members’ social media habitus for professional networking and collaboration purposes. 
Haijun Kang reports that the survey was conducted in February and a report entitled “A Snapshot of 126 CPAE Members’ Social Media Habitus for Professional Networking and Collaborations Online” was presented to the CPAE EC at the meeting on March 28, 2017. In total, 126 CPAE community members completed the survey. Majority survey participants (97%) are on social media for professional networking and collaborations with Facebook (FB) and LinkedIn are their most favorite platforms to use. Among the survey respondents, FB users are more active than LinkedIn users with 78% FB users are on FB more than 3 times a week and 40% LinkedIn users are on LinkedIn for more than 3 times a week. A list of social media selection criteria is developed with eleven things to consider when selecting social media platform(s) for professional networking and collaboration purposes. Please follow this link to access the full report: 

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