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Webcast: May 2011

May Webcast: Exploring the Emergence of Virtual Human Resource Development


As technology is permeating our personal and professional lives, it is also having an enormous impact on the field of human resource development (HRD). Virtual HRD (VHRD) has recently emerged as a new area
of inquiry in the field and is driving a paradigm shift necessitating new skills, policies and theories as we move forward.

This webcast will highlight a recent issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources, (December, 2010) on Virtual Human Resource Development (VHRD). Join us for a discussion of this timely issue!



Editors of the Special Issue:
Rochell McWhorter and Elisabeth "Liz" Bennett

Plus several authors of articles in the Issue:

  • Diane Chapman
  • Sophia Stone
  • Donna Mancuso
  • Wen-Hao David Huang


Rochell McWhorter is a senior lecturer in the Department of Human Resource Development and Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler and a doctoral candidate (ABD) in educational human resource development at Texas A&M University in College Station. Her research interests include scenario planning as the development of leadership capability and capacity, and virtual human resource development (VHRD).


Elisabeth "Liz" Bennett is an assistant professor with Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts and director of education at Baystate Medical Center. She received her PhD in adult education with an emphasis in human resource and organizational development from the University of Georgia. She is member of the board of directors for the Academy of HRD. Her research includes virtuality and simulation in medical education, the career development of women academic physicians, and theoretical development for virtual human resource development and adult informal learning.


Diane Chapman is teaching associate professor and director of the Training & Development Online M.Ed. and certificate programs at NC State University. She has over 20 years of management experience in business and industry. Her research involves the evaluation and affect in e-learning, using virtual worlds as an instructional strategy, and technology in workforce development.


Sophia J. Stone (EdD) is a Teaching Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction and a Research Associate with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. Sophia also coordinates the online Graduate Certificate Program in E-Learning in the department of instructional technology at NC State. Previously she was assistant director for Distance and Independent Learning at Duke University. Her professional background includes more than 15 years' experience in higher education and training and development. Her research interests include online learning, 3D virtual worlds, instructional design and online professional development.


Donna S. Mancuso is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at Texas A&M University, College Station who received her master's degree in educational human resource development in May 2008. Her research interests include adult learning in a virtual environment, workforce and transitional education, women's issues, and grief education.


Wen-Hao David Huang has a joint faculty appointment in human resource education and educational psychology at University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. His research focuses on motivation issues in virtual learning and workplace settings. In particular, he is interested in individuals' learning and performance motivation in wikis, digital game-based learning environments (DGBLE), and open learning environments supported by open courseware.


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