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Dr. H. K. (Morris) Baskett

Dr. Morris BaskettM.A. (University of Calgary)

D.Phil (University of Sussex)


 Hello.  I’m writing this ensconced in my home office in Priddis, Alberta, Canada.  Priddis is located in the Foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Priddis is on the “Cowboy Trail” that skirts the east slopes of the Rockies. Check it out. My wife, Anne, and I escaped the city of Calgary in 1997 to live here. We love it! That was just a year after I retired from the University of Calgary as Professor Emeritus. Once again I look forward to working with Athabasca University graduate students in the Master of Distance Education program.  I’ve taught MDDE 612, 613 and 601 previously.

Over the past forty plus years I’ve been a practitioner, administrator, teacher and researcher in adult and continuing education; workplace learning; and human resource development.  My career has included assistant department manager, Hudson’s Bay Co; community and adult programs staff and executive director with the YMCA; Program Director in human relations, CPE in Social Work and Associate Dean Research and Development with the Faculty of Continuing Education, University of Calgary; Cluster Coordinator, National Faculty and Lead in Human Resource Development with the distance Ed D program of Nova Southeastern University

I’ve chaired the Professors of Adult Education group of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education and have been a member of the review boards for both the CASAE Journal and CJUCE.  I’ve advised and examined well over 200 master and doctoral graduate students

In the area of training, I’ve been a founding member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, a member and executive member of the Alberta Society for Human Resource and Organization Development, as well as a member of the research committee of the American Society for Training and Development.  I taught Human Resource Development for Nova Southeastern University’s doctoral program in education and have done my share of training as an independent consultant.

I have helped develop and taught in two Master’s degrees in adult education and workplace learning as well as co-creating the first distance-based programs in Canada for Bachelor of Social Work students. I’ve designed and written “packaged” courses for self-study in workplace learning, experienced correspondence  study as a student, taught live interactive video courses, and witnessed, enabled and used such marvelous innovations(in their day) as the electronic blackboard, independent study, audio teleconferencing and the use of video and audio tapes for instruction and practice feedback at-a-distance. Wow!  I feel like I’m living history!

My research has focused on adult education researchers, workplace learning and self-directed learning.

In short, I’m comfortable with graduate work, blended and distance education programs, and “non-traditional” educational approaches.  I particularly enjoy engaging with other adults in learning and discovery and along the way, being surprised and delighted at how much I have learned from the interaction!


Last updated by MK May 21, 2014

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