About the Virtual HRD Special Interest Group
Scope of SIG Activities
The Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning (VHRD) SIG works to:
- Contribute to the body of Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning knowledge work through research and publications and provide resources for practitioners.
- Facilitate interaction between its members by organizing activities and events on the topic of Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning.
- Increase knowledge and expertise in Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning theory, research, and practice.
- Promote interest in Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning topics.
- Develop partnerships between members for increased research and publication of high-quality research in the Academy supported journals.
- Support and foster learning Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning SIG members and others in the Academy.
- Provide a forum for networking, exchange of ideas, and mentoring of emerging researchers and practitioners in the areas of Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning.
Key SIG Tasks
The Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning (VHRD) SIG’s key tasks are to:
- Coordinate at least one activity to coincide with the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas
- Establish and maintain a SIG listserv to foster networking, discussion, and learning for the SIG members
- Establish and maintain a SIG website within the AHRD website to promote SIG visibility and awareness
- Maintain a membership list so that members can contact each other when needed.
- Promote publications and conference contributions that focus on Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning issues.
SIG Roles & Responsibilities
All Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning (VHRD) SIG members are responsible for:
- Creating opportunities for information sharing and open discussion of SIG issues
- Participating in SIG meetings
- Participating in working groups to accomplish SIG activities
- Recruiting new SIG members
- Communicating with each other about key events.
- Taking an active leadership role on committees if needed.
The Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning (VHRD) SIG Steering Committee is comprised of the following positions and responsibilities:
- Co-Chair – SIG Communications – Responsible for the overall communication between members. This includes coordinating the steering committee meetings and other activities of the committee, working with the committee to identify and achieve short- and long-term goals related to promoting the Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning agenda in the Academy, communicating with the AHRD Board Liaison, and mentoring future chairs. Calls a steering committee meeting at least once per quarter and ensures that updates are sent to the group at large at least once per quarter. Serves as the primary point of contact for the SIG, representing the SIG to AHRD, its Board, and general membership. Communicating with AHRD Board Liaison as needed. Completes a written report of SIG activities and conveys it to the AHRD Board Liaison on a biannual basis (i.e. every 6 months). Leads the SIG Steering Committee to accomplish the group’s annual goals.
- Co-Chair – Membership – Responsible for maintaining membership records and a membership roster with all contact information. Coordinates and co-hosts (with other Steering Committee Members) an orientation event at each conference. Also charged with disseminating up-to-date information to all SIG members. Leads the SIG Steering Committee to accomplish the group’s annual goals. Oversees the election of steering committee members. Serves as the secondary point of contact for the SIG in lieu of the Co-Chair for Communications and represents the SIG to AHRD, its Board, and general membership.
- Website Coordinator – Coordinates and promotes Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning SIG on AHRD website (including discussion boards, as appropriate)
- Learning Coordinator – Coordinates monthly or bi-monthly learning activities for SIG membership to build their online and technology-related skills.
- Member at large (student) – Represents the special concerns of student members
- Member at large (professional) – Represents the special concerns of practitioners
- Member at large (academic) – Represents the special concerns of academics