Continuous Learning Research Coalition
University of Memphis/FedEx Express
The Continuous Learning Research Coalition (CLRC) is a cross-disciplinary collaboration
between The University of Memphis administrators, faculty, and graduate students of
the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) graduate program, and members of the Center for Continuous Learning at FedEx Express.
Real-World Problem Solving
This real-world, problem solving venture explores the role of continuous learning
in corporations and can assist FedEx Express in establishing corporate strategies
to enhance impacts of learning.
Benefits to University of Memphis
This cross-disciplinary collaboration also benefits The University of Memphis students
by providing practical learning experiences, presentation and publication opportunities,
as well as the establishment of a research alliance based on the scientist-practitioner
Benefits to Organizations
Continuous learning in corporate settings is of high importance due to its association
with a variety of organizational benefits such as: improved performance, commitment,
retention, involvement and satisfaction.
University of Memphis will also provide hiring organizations with better-prepared
graduate students as they engage in practical problem solving as a significant part
of their practicum course works.
The CLRC Grant is funded by the FedEx Institute for Technology.
Principle Investigator: Dr. Deborah Lowther
Co-Principle Investigators: Dr. Richard Irwin and Dr. Trey Martindale
Two IDT professors and eight IDT graduate students involved with research projects
for the CLRC have been invited to present at the international convention of the Association
for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Conference held in Louisville,
Kentucky, October 2012: Dr. Deborah Lowther, Dr. Trey Martindale, Laura Alderson,
Dorian Brown, Dorothy Hale, Smita Jain, Kris King, Mary McCraw, Joe Sweeney, and Julie
In addition, four IDT graduate students are completing practicums with FedEx Express:
Laura Alderson, Dorothy Hale, Joe Sweeney, and Julie Zammit.
:: Brown, D. & Martindale, T. A Review of Intercultural Training in the Workplace
:: Jain, S. & Martindale, T. Facilitating continuous learning: A review of research and practice on individual
learning capabilities and organizational learning environments
:: McCraw, M. & Martindale, T. Instructing Multi-generational Students
:: Sweeney, J. & Martindale, T. Increasing Employee Participation in Voluntary Training: Issues and Solutions
:: Zammit, J., Lowther, D. & Martindale, T. Social Media Networks in the Workplace