Photograph of D. Verne Morland 

Curriculum Vitae

D. Verne Morland is the managing partner of ROI Learning Services, a consulting firm that assists business and academic clients by developing online and distance learning programs and by providing strategic consulting services to assess and improve their overall approach to education.

Prior to running ROI Learning, Verne was director, Learning Systems, for the Global Learning Division of NCR Corporation, a global technology solutions company with 30,000 employees throughout the world. In this capacity Verne was responsible for the design, implementation, and support of two of the company's primary intranet sites - the NCR University Online Campus and HR eXpress, a global site for all human resource matters. These sites both featured clean, user-friendly designs and a focus on delivering personalized information to each visitor. Verne was also the designer, editor, and publisher of a monthly email newsletter - the "MyNCRU Personal Learning News" - that reached over 6,500 subscribers and included the use of real-time machine translation to convert the English language source into French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Between 1982 and 1998 Verne also served NCR as a director of Organization Development for Worldwide Services, director of Workstation Product Marketing for NCR Europe (a $2B, 12,000 person division), director of Marketing Programs and Market Research, and senior strategic planner for NCR's Development and Production Group (manufacturing operations).

In the early 1990s (1992-1995) Verne was an independent consultant specializing in the application of educational technology in K-12 schools.

Prior to joining NCR in 1982, Verne worked as a consultant and project manager for Computer Sciences International - Deutschland, GmbH, in Munich. During that time, he consulted with several leading European firms, including Siemens AG, the German Federal Railroad, and Panavia Aircraft, GmbH. Prior to his work in Europe, Verne was with General Electric Company’s Space Division where as project engineer he was responsible for all technical aspects of a $2.2 million computer flight simulator for the Naval Training Equipment Center in Orlando, Florida.

Verne has published articles on management and technology in the AMA’s Management Review, Communications of the ACM, Datamation, and New Management (see publications). One of his management articles, “Lear’s Fool: Coping With Change Beyond Future Shock,” was cited by Jim O’Toole in his book Vanguard Management and by Warren Bennis in his book On Becoming a Leader. His most recent articles and presentations Verne has focused on the practical use of machine translation to improve corporate communications.

Verne prepared for college at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Science from Princeton University. While an undergraduate he sang a capella music with the Princeton Tigertones, a 16 man group founded in 1946 with 24 record albums to its credit.

Verne also holds an MS degree in Education from the University of Dayton. In his master’s work Verne focused on the role of technology in education reform and the design of “learner-friendly” systems. Verne's master's thesis, submitted in April 1995, is titled, "Contemporary Issues in Educational Technology: Challenges, Processes, Tools, and Solution Options in K-12 Applications." This work deals with three issues:

  1. How should schools plan for the new technology? (MS-Word 76K)
  2. How should schools introduce the new technology? (MS-Word 57K)
  3. How should schools support the new technology and its users? (MS-Word 63K)

The entire thesis (MS-Word 172K) is available as an MS-WORD document or you can retrieve any one of the three main sections by clicking on the links highlighted in the list above.