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CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media

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Leslie Cordie and Lauretta Freeman-Horn to Highlight CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media: Extended Presenter Deadline is 7/21/17

The 2017 Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) “Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media” will be held October 31, 2017, from 8 am until 2 pm, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel. Dr. Leslie Cordie, assistant professor (Auburn University), and Lauretta Freeman-Horn, a doctoral student at AU and former WNBA basketball star, will serve as featured presenter and facilitator for the workshop portion of the symposium. Join the discussion by clicking here to submit a brief presenter application by our extended July, 21, 2017 deadline.   

The symposium will commence with a brief networking activity, followed by an interactive workshop on planning for social media projects and campaigns, as well as the integration of social media within courses and programs for adults. The workshop will be led by pre-selected facilitators and precede all individual symposium presentations, as described below. What is your story?  


Leslie Cordie is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education program at Auburn University. Cordie will serve as guest presenter for the workshop portion of the symposium. A second guest presenter will be announced soon.

Cordie’s interactive workshop is titled, “Digital Andragogy: Lifelong Learning with ePortfolio and other Social Media Tools.” She will focus on the integration of social media and ePortfolios within courses and programs for adults. The final panelist, who is yet to be identified, will address planning for social media projects and campaigns.

An ePortfolio is an electronic portfolio of acquired learning that provides a professional presence. This workshop will help you understand the nature and uses of ePortfolios, while demonstrating how easy it is to personalize them and add media-rich content using free online platforms and other social media tools. The integration of other social media tools into courses and programs for adults, both formal and non-formal, will also be considered. 

Dr. Cordie presently serves as Director-at-Large on the board of directors for the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). A second featured presenter will be announced soon. She has over 20 years combined experiences in higher education, government and military, and corporate America.  Her background includes distance learning, adult education, training, instructional design, program and professional development, and healthcare. Prior to this faculty position, Cordie was in the College of Agriculture where she was the Distance Learning Coordinator for several years.
Dr. Cordie has a PhD in Adult Education and Technical Communication from Colorado State University which includes an emphasis in distance learning, adult learning theory, online information, and instructional design and curriculum development. She also earned an MBA from the University of Texas (Austin), and has experience working with the airlines and the military in quality and performance improvement.
Prior to coming back to Auburn in 2012, she was the Chief Curriculum Coordinator at Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. She was responsible for the oversight of curricula in professional continuing education and professional military education for 11 schools at 5 centers headquartered at Maxwell, and three satellite campuses across the US; AND included through distance learning programs available at bases around the world.
Dr. Cordie’s research interests focus on eLearning and understanding effectiveness in the adult teaching-learning environment.

Lauretta Freeman-Horn, M. Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and PhD student in the Adult Education program at Auburn University, will serve as symposium facilitator. Freeman-Horn is a member of the Auburn University Chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and former two-sport All-American who competed on Auburn's basketball and track teams. In basketball, she was an undisputed leader, ranked 1st in the SEC in rebounding (13.8), second in scoring (18.7), forth in field goals, and forth in blocked shots. She set the school record for rebounds in a season (401) during her senior year. She was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection, a Kodak All-American, and SEC Player of the Year. She is the second best high jumper in Auburn's history at 6'1 1/4. She went on to compete professionally in the now defunct American Basketball League (ABL) and represented the United States as a member of the 1994 Gold Medalists Goodwill Games Team. On April 19, 2013, she was inducted in the Auburn Tiger Trail. On May 22, 2014, she was inducted into the Mobile (AL) Sports Hall of Fame. 

Freeman-Horn is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Jamie and Sydney, and an associate minister at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. She is respected by her peers, coaches, professors, and the youth in her hometown (Mobile, AL) and the Auburn community where she currently serves as a Family and Child Therapist, mentor, and role model. 


Both AAACE/CDLT members and non-members are encouraged to submit proposals for individual symposium presentations. They represent practitioners, graduate students and academics from a wide variety of practice settings, both nationally and internationally. The common factor linking all accepted proposals is relevance to and advancement of social media in meeting the needs of adult learners. Diversity among presenters and topics is highly encouraged.
Proposals are not required to include data or be research based for consideration. Sessions may include one or more presenters.

Each accepted individual presentation will have “two” components:
1) A speed presentation of 5-10 minutes with A/V equipment to present the core concepts of the topic. 
2) A follow up roundtable discussion (30-45 minutes) for in-depth networking and information sharing with symposium participants.

The two presentations may be listed separately on vitaes and resumes.  


Click here for more information on the CDLT Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media. Click here for a list of suggested topics, or propose your own! Additional sessions will be approved as presenter applications are received, so apply today!


To attend the symposium, click here then click on “Registration Information.” If attending the main AAACE conference as a member, the additional symposium registration fee is only $35.

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