Technology Use and Research Approaches for Community Education and Professional Development

Technology Use and Research Approaches for Community Education and Professional Development

Valerie C. Bryan (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and Victor X. Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
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Release Date: February, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 362|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2955-4
ISBN13: 9781466629554|ISBN10: 146662955X|EISBN13: 9781466629561
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As the areas of community education and professional development continue to expand, the technologies that are utilized in these programs are also progressively advancing. However, it can sometimes be difficult to pin-point the best system in such a vast, ever-changing world of technology.

Technology Use and Research Approaches for Community Education and Professional Development investigates how the role of information technology is impacting the academic and workplace environments. This publication will explore areas such as unique learning styles, various methods of disseminating information, and technology’s role and impact within these settings. Researchers, practitioners, and instructors in the areas of adult, continued, and higher education will benefit from this text’s innovative way of addressing efficient methods of utilizing technology.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult Learning
  • Career Development
  • Social Computing
  • Technologies in Higher Education
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Web-Based Teaching and Learning

Reviews and Testimonials

This book addresses the various modes of communication and their impact on information and cognitive overload; how new management and learning systems are needed to support new technologies; the role of race, gender, access, age, and literacy levels; how social media tools and social isolation can influence research; the new power paradigm shift in career areas and how they impact workplace ethics, social capital, and social justice; and new career paths that might arise in emergency preparedness, medical advances, gaming, artificial intelligence, and lifelong learning. Chapters include discussion of adult learning assumptions and theories in light of new technologies, learning tools in online math classes, the conditions for meaningful and responsible participation in an informatized society, social networking and cyberbullying in community education, the use of technology in the education of health care providers and maximizing workforce readiness, the use of Second Life in learning, and demographic variations in the adoption of internet banking.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Of use to any educator, instructional designer, administrator, or researcher interested in using the latest technologies in adult learning programs, or seeing how information and communication technologies can be implemented with adult learners who might be more resistant to the use of technology.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Valerie C. Bryan is a Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar and Professor in Educational Leadership & Research Methodology in Adult and Community Education at Florida Atlantic University. She will also receive the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame’s (IACEHOF) Class of 2015 by the Board of Directors of the International Adult and Continuing Education in November, 2015. She also will be featured as one of “The 100 Women of Florida Atlantic University” in the Spring 2016. Other recognitions and awards include “woman of outstanding leadership” by The International Women’s Leadership Association, 2013; an award for a research project with Homeland Security “Emergency Alert Technology for the Profoundly Deaf”; FAU’s Unsung Hero Award for mentor roles, 2013; FAU’s Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year, 2012; Outstanding Virtual Presentation Award as a co-presenter at E-Learn 2011-2012--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Honolulu, Hawaii; FAU Graduate Mentor Award, 2011; MacAWARD Exceptional Faculty for College of Education, 2009; FAU College of Education Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 2009; FAU’s President's Award, 2006-2007; FAU College of Education's Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 2006; FAU College of Education Teacher of the Year, 2005-2006; Clemson University’s President’s Award, 1993; State of North Carolina’s Individual of the Year, 1984, for the Mountain to the Sea Trail; and Co-Webmaster of One of Top Ten US Literacy Internet sites, 1998. At Florida Atlantic University, she teaches courses in adult learning, executive leadership, aging, integration of technology, and a host of other subjects (52 different courses), in multiple platforms. Her research areas focus on virtual learning communities, communities of practice, successful aging, and global learning. She has chaired over 90 dissertations while at FAU, received over $2 million in grants, and been asked to do 11 comprehensive evaluations of systems outside of FAU. She has served on two statewide assessments related to technology and online learning systems. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Gerontology, has contributed to several blogs for Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21); has abbreviated work in; has contributed the “information technology book chapter” for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Management text, a required text for all parks and recreation programs nationwide (2016, 2010, 2005, 1999) and the accompanying Compendium (2016, 2010, 2005). She has contributed three books; 30 book chapters; reviews for 7 books; international, national and state journal articles (52 refereed; 11 non-refereed); international, national, state, regional and local presentations (84 refereed; 190 non-refereed); as well as international virtual presentations to Canada, Hawaii, Spain, and China. Her work is the highest cited on for her department.

Dr. Victor X. Wang, Professor/Dissertation Chair/Recipient of 2016 AAACE Presidential Award, has published more than 230 refereed books, book chapters, and journal articles. These publications address andragogy and pedagogy, which can be considered as the umbrella under which such areas as andragogical curriculum and program development, management, human performance technology, social justice, global education, diversity and E-learning are addressed.

Currently, Dr. Wang is co-editing the International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology with a Columbia University Professor, Dr. Lyle Yorks and a doctoral student of Malcolm Knowles, Dr. John A. Henschke. Dr. Wang has won many academic achievement awards, including the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly & Creative Achievement Award. He has had extensive experience in chairing and mentoring doctoral dissertations (including dissertations from University of Auckland, New Zealand). Some of his books have been adopted as required textbooks by major universities in the United States, and in China. In addition, numerous universities worldwide including some Ivy League Universities have cataloged his books and journal articles. Dr. Wang’s teaching (including teaching via technology) has reached many states in the United States and China. Personal Link: