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Student Profile: Bernard Harris

KCUR Public Radio interview in Kansas City about my dissertation 20 JUN 18

Bernard Harris, doctoral student in Adult Learning and Leadership, conducted an in-studio interview with KCUR Kansas City Public Radio on June 20, 2018.  He was discussing his dissertation topic about the education and training of African American officer cadets at the infantry and medical Officer Training Camps at Fort Des Moines, Iowa in 1917 prior to overseas deployment to France for World War I.  His interview was the result of an article he wrote for a K-State class being published by the Annals of Iowa Journal, State Historical Society of Iowa and a precursor for a free presentation to the public which was on June 24, 2018 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City on the same topic.

Segment 2, beginning at 36:50: The role of African-Americans in World War I.

You can check out his interview HERE


Interested in Teaching Online?


If you have ever thought about expanding your professional skills to include online teaching in business or academic environments, consider taking the teaching online class offered online beginning June 25th!

EDACE 824 Teaching Online
Instructor: Dr. Haijun Kang
Dates: 6/25/18 – 8/10/18
KSIS: 11873
This course examines online adult learning theories, online pedagogies, current research, and trends in e-education for the workplace and higher education.

Contact: Dianna Bartel for more information

Trace Belcher: Student Profile

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Trace Belcher
Doctoral Student- Kansas State University Adult Learning and Leadership
Instructional Designer
HCA Corporate Headquarters in Nashville, TN

 Tell me about what you do:

“The CSG concentrates on Nurse Education, including regulatory training, professional development, and continuing education. I mainly take existing content and update it in a way to increase learner engagement and recall. I also work with subject-matter experts (SME’s) to develop and design new training to improve the patient experience. This requires an understanding of adult learning principles, as well as the technical and systems knowledge to implement the training once it is created. I am also on several projects, which will transform how Clinical Education is managed for over 85,000 clinicians nationally.”

Why do you love what you do?

“I, like many others in the corporate world, have suffered through horrible training, both in-person and online. It is my mission to make sure no one has to go through that again (well, at least at HCA)! I love that I get to learn new things every day, but also take the education and skills I gained at K-State to make a difference in the lives of our nurses, and by extension, the lives of our patients.”

If someone came to you and said, “I want to be an instructional designer!” What advice would you offer?

“Keep calm and learn to prioritize! Seriously, my first day at HCA, I was 3 months behind. Lol! I had 14 lessons that needed to be designed and deployed within 90 days (at least that was the initial request). Learning how to prioritize, and even manage a demanding schedule (skills I also used as a working student) will help anyone in this field keep his or her sanity.”

In what way did the Adult Learning and Leadership program help prepare you to be an instructional designer?

“My research for my dissertation is in increasing attention, and thereby recall, in eLearning lessons. I take what I learned from my professors, on adult learning theory,  memory processing, and even instructional design, and use it to make a difference at HCA.”

“You should always enjoy your work. We spend one third of our day at our job (sometimes more). If you do not love what you do, generally, then you will be miserable most of the time. “Find out how to get paid doing what you love”, a quote from my mother, helps keep me focused on the bigger picture when I am up to my neck in training requests. Do what you love; love what you do. Go Wildcats!”