The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2010

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Distance Learning Focus of CPLED Role

By Leona Dvorak, Ph.D. Regional Coordinator, CPLED

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, I started my career in adult education at Regina Plains Community College in the 70s. I designed and taught a series of programs aimed at promoting women, especially Aboriginal women, into new careers in the trades and technologies. I believe this was one of the most rewarding jobs I ever held!

By the late 80s, I felt I needed to enhance my education and decided to get my Master’s degree in Education. After much research and soul-searching I decided to go to graduate school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here I gained both my Master’s in Education, as well as my Doctorate in Educational Technology.

My areas of research were distance education, adult learning theory, and cross-cultural communications. I graduated with my Doctorate late in 1997 and moved back to Winnipeg to begin working in the northern communities in Manitoba. I ended my time in Manitoba working at the University of Manitoba in the Continuing Education Division, designing courses for distance delivery.

Since I own a horse and fancy myself a bit of a cowgirl, I’ve moved to Alberta where I am now the Regional Coordinator for CPLED . I design online courses for distance delivery. I also spend my summers riding my horse in the mountains near Calgary.

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