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Information Systems Engineering and Management Professor Barry Boyer co-authored a paper recently published by the International Journal of Digital Society.

Co-written by Sindy Acosta, Kaylee Bloom, Raymond Francis, and LaDelta Williams, the paper, titled “Adult Learner Motivation During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” examines the motivation adults have in returning to education as an outlet for personal and career growth in the post-pandemic world.

The following is the paper’s abstract:

“Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused immense challenges for staffing at companies and organizations across the United States. Coined “The Great Resignation,” the mass exit of employees across many major industries has surmounted to 4.3 million people leaving their jobs in August 2021 alone (U.S. Department of Labor). Employees must determine if their pre-pandemic career still aligns with their goals and personal needs as we enter 2022. This paper will discuss the motivational factors and theories for adult learners returning to education as an outlet for personal growth and career advancement. As online and blended learning programs increase, digital credentialing platforms are presented as a strategy for adult learners to embrace as part of their career advancement goals.”

To view the paper, please visit this link.


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