LT’s Angel Pazurek recently attended and presented at the 2012 annual conference of the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education (AAACE) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme of this year’s conference was “Developing and Sustaining Adult Learners in the 21st Century” and Pazurek attended with other leaders in the field of Adult Education, including Dr. John A. Henschke (pictured). She presented her current research which leverages phenomenology to illuminate adult learners’ lived experiences in online learning environments and places an analytical focus on how they experience the phenomenon of engagement particularly. Findings suggest dynamics that influence how learners uniquely experience engagement in these unbounded virtual spaces and provides insight that can help inform online learning facilitation and instructional design. Such empirical research is critical at a time when online learning is becoming increasingly more prevalent in various adult learning contexts.
The mission of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is to provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.