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2015 Pre-Conferences

2015 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

February 19-21, 2015 in St. Louis, MO



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The Modern Workplace Learning Landscape: What it Means for You and Your Organization

Presenter: Jane Hart

Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 19, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (repeat)

  • $99.00 (early bird rate) $125.00 (regular rate) - Members
  • $179.00 (early bird rate) $205.00 (regular rate)- for Non-Members

In this workshop, Jane Hart will engage with participants to expand on and explore the theme of the keynote address she will deliver to conference participants on Friday of the conference.

Sneak peak of Jane Hart's Conference in the America's Keynote "The New Frontier of Workplace Learning!"

Jane will help workshop participants to deeply understand how the way we learn at work is fundamentally changing, in large part influenced by the Web, and how organizations at the leading edge are modernizing their approaches to workplace learning. In this workshop Jane will take you on a tour of the new learning initiatives that are taking place in the workplace today and the trends that emerging around these.

Participants will gain guidance on how to implement them yourself (if you’re a practitioner), how to think about these trends and initiatives as related to your research agenda (if you’re a researcher), and/or the how to think differently about the capabilities students of HRD (and related) programs will need to be effective in organizations (if you’re a professor).
Bring your laptops or tablet along as the workshop will be highly participative. Participants will also be able to download a copy of Jane’s e-book Beyond E-Learning: A Guide to the Modern Workplace Learning Landscape.

This workshop is co-sponsored by ATD St. Louis Chapter and AHRD

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Jane Hart Jane Hart is an independent workplace learning advisor who helps L&D departments around the world modernize their approaches to workplace learning by moving beyond classroom training and e-learning to support continuous performance improvement and personal development more broadly and in more relevant ways.  Jane is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - - one of the world’s most visited learning sites on the Web, where she compiles the very popular annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list from the votes of learning professionals worldwide. Jane has been blogging for many years and her blog was recently rated top of the 50 most socially shared Learning & Development blogs. Earlier this year Jane published the 2014 edition of her popular Social Learning Handbook. In February 2013, the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI) presented Jane with the Colin Corder Award for Outstanding Contribution to Learning.

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The Writing and Publishing Process: Identifying decision points, recognizing the component parts of a manuscript, and using tools to improve writing

Presenters: Tonette S. Rocco, Sunny L. Munn, and Joshua C. Collins

    The session has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued the week of 02/01/2015.

Intersecting Mixed Methods Research Techniques and HRD Research Topics:
A Winning Combination

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Gerber Facilitators: Dr. Toby Egan and Dr. Rajashi Ghosh

Thursday, February 19, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • $99.00 (early bird rate) $125.00 (regular rate) - Members
  • $179.00 (early bird rate) $205.00 (regular rate)- for Non-Members

Despite calls for pluralism, there have been few mixed methods studies conducted in HRD and even fewer published in AHRD sponsored journals. At the same time, HRD practitioners have encouraged the use of mixed methods approaches in organizations and HRD applications. Given this reality, this workshop addresses the need to foster Mixed Methods Research (MMR) in HRD by engaging HRD scholars and scholar-practitioners in the quest to discover how they can best apply MMR models and techniques in developing their scholarship.

As AHRD has begun to officially recognize the rigor of MMR (the 2013 Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award was presented to a Mixed Methods study) this workshop is a timely endeavor.

Come to this workshop if you would like to:

  • Understand the complexities and nuances of the mixed methods field.
  • Identify “what” kind of data is quantifiable and “why”.
  • Write Mixed Methods Research Questions.
  • Align mixed methods model with your research questions.

The workshop is specifically designed for:

  • HRD scholars and scholar-practitioners with varying knowledge about mixed methods and about HRD-related research methods.
  • Doctoral students who are working on framing their research questions for their dissertations.
Dr. Gerber

Dr. Nancy Gerber is the author and Director of the PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University. Dr. Gerber has served on the Interim Board of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA), chaired the Governance Committee, and was Program Committee Chair for the inaugural Mixed Methods International Research Association conference in Boston, 2014. She has been attending and presenting at Mixed Methods Research international conferences since 2007.  She has presented on topics such as “Creating Images of the Mind:  Qualitative and Quantitative Dimensions”.

Dr. Gerber  currently serves on the  MMIRA Conference Committee and is Chairing the Mixed Methods International Research Association Regional Conference to be held in June, 2015 at  the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University.  Dr. Gerber is a reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy, International Journal for Qualitative Methods, and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Dr. Toby Egan

Dr. Toby Egan is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Senior Fellow at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Dr. Egan joined the University of Maryland by way of  Purdue School of Engineering & Technology/Purdue University Graduate School and Texas A&M University where he served as a tenured associate professor and director. He was recently co-recipient of the Human Resource Development Quarterly's Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award for a study using mixed methods research and was also the recipient of the Academy of HRD Early Career Scholar Award. He has a PhD in HRD from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Rajashi Ghosh

Dr. Rajashi Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in the Human Resource Development program in School of Education at Drexel University. Her research aims to use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore different factors (e.g., mentoring, coaching, workplace incivility) that can reinforce or hinder workplace learning and development both in domestic and international contexts. Prior to joining academics, Rajashi worked in the corporate sector in the areas of performance management and workplace learning. She has published several articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and her work has been recognized by several awards at the AHRD, AERA, and AOM. She is currently a Board Member of AHRD (specific role is Vice President, Global strategy) and also the Chair of India HRD Special Interest Group (SIG) in AHRD.

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