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Presented at the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education (AAACEs) Conference on October 29, 2010

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  • VirtualHuman Resource DevelopmentPresented at the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education Conference on October 29, 2010
    Rochell R. McWhorter, ABD
    Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Tyler
    Elisabeth E. Bennett, PhD
    Tufts University School of Medicine and Baystate Health
    Donna S. Mancuso, M. S.
    Texas A&M University
    Copyright 2010 Rochell R. McWhorter, Elisabeth E. Bennett and Donna S. Mancuso
  • Virtual HRD: Tools for Enhancing Practice or Paradigm Shift?
    There is a vast array of digital options for virtual communication and collaboration.
    The time is right for dialogue in the field of HRD to push the boundaries of research and practice to develop a greater understanding of technology-mediated work, learning, and human development.
    It is vital we understand that “humans shape and are shaped by…technology” (Palloff & Pratt, 1999) and vHRD seeks to examine both the human and the technological components of the phenomenon.
    Copyright 2010 Rochell R. McWhorter, Elisabeth E. Bennett and Donna S. Mancuso
  • Two Definitions offered for vHRD
    “a process of developing and unleashing human expertise for the purpose of improving individual, team, work process, and organizational system performance within technology-enabled environments” (McWhorter, Mancuso & Hurt, 2008; Swanson & Holton, 2009, p. 4).
    “a media rich and culturally relevant web environment that strategically improves expertise, performance, innovation, and community-building through formal and informal learning” (Bennett, 2009).
    Copyright 2010 Rochell R. McWhorter, Elisabeth E. Bennett and Donna S. Mancuso
  • Table 1: Model of Virtual Learning Transfer in vHRD
    We suggest that virtual learning transfers to the work environment and adds to the knowledge, skills, and perspectives of adult learners.
    Copyright 2010 Rochell R. McWhorter, Elisabeth E. Bennett and Donna S. Mancuso
  • Emergence of VHRD
    Once only considered a useful tool for training or learning, the Web has become an integrated dynamic environment where the work of virtual HRD (vHRD) is accomplished through the advent of virtual teams, virtual learning, virtual learning communities, virtual communities of practice, virtual mentoring, virtual career development and virtual worlds.
    The Emergence of vHRD was explored over the past 20 years by analyzing the impact that technology has changed the way we research and practice.
    The shift from technology as tool to technology as an integrative environmentcan be demonstrated by deeply analyzing the published literature.
    Copyright 2010 Rochell R. McWhorter, Elisabeth E. Bennett and Donna S. Mancuso
  • Exploring Adult Learning in Virtual Environments
    Technology has had an enormous impact on adult educators and learners.
    Knowles, Holton, and Swanson (2005) suggested that technology provides a “rich learning experience in the andragogical” tradition (p. 237).
    Virtual environments can enable lifelong learning by providing flexibility in the pace of learning for the learner’s own competence and circumstances (Macpherson, Elliot, Harris, & Homan, 2004).
    An empirical study within a virtual world explored the construct of adult learning in the3D environment.
    Results included both enablers and barriers to success in a virtual world which may be useful for adult educators.
    Copyright 2010 Rochell R. McWhorter, Elisabeth E. Bennett and Donna S. Mancuso
  • Table 2: Discussion of Empirical Study in a Virtual World
    1Collaborative analysis with Dominique T. Chlup
    Copyright 2010 Rochell R. McWhorter, Elisabeth E. Bennett and Donna S. Mancuso
  • References
    Bennett, E. E. (2009). Virtual HRD: The intersection of knowledge management, culture and intranets. In G. McLean, Y. Cho, & E. Cho’s (Eds.), HRD’s Role in Knowledge Management, Advances in Developing Human resources 11(3), 362-374.
    Knowles, M. S.,Holton, E. F. H. III, & Swanson, R. A. (2005). The Adult Learner (6th ed.). Burlington, MA: Elsevier.
    Macpherson, A., Elliot, M., Harris, I., & Homan, G. (2004). E-learning: Reflections and evaluation of corporate programmes. Human Resource Development International, 7(3), 295-313.
    McWhorter, R. R., Mancuso, D. S., & Hurt, A. C. (2008). Adult learning in a virtual environment. In T. J. Chermack, J. Storberg-Walker, & C. M. Graham (Eds.), Refereed Proceedings of the 2008 Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference (pp. 1148-1152). Bowling Green, OH: Academy of Human Resource Development.
    Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (1999). Building learning communities in cyberspace: Effective strategies for the online classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    Swanson, R. A., & Holton, E. F. (2009). Foundations of human resource development (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.