Thursday, May 12, 2016

Active Learning Spaces Symposium @PhiladelphiaU

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The Active Learning Space Symposium at Philadelphia University on August 12 features presentations that highlight evidence-based and experimental processes in the design, implementation and assessment of active learning spaces.  The forum provides an excellent opportunity to share experiences and thoughts about the way the built environment and technologies can support, nurture, and optimize active learning pedagogies. 
As a participant, you will:
  • Learn best practices to optimize engagement and buy-in from all stake-holders in the design and implementation of active learning spaces
  • Garner tips and lessons learned in the assessment process of space, furniture and technology
  • Gain valuable insight into the ways in which active learning spaces and technologies foster active, collaborative, and real world pedagogies and skills
  • Take a glimpse into the future of active learning spaces
  • Network with knowledgeable folks who have implemented active learning space initiatives

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NMC Beyond the Horizon > The Hybrid Experience - Register Now!

In this online event, panelists will explore how the hybrid approach is fostering independent learning and collaboration, as well as cultivating more channels of communication among students and instructors. Panelists will reveal how the integration of online tools also provides instructors with the ability to track student success and engagement, rearranging face-to-face instruction around more active, hands-on activities.
The cost is $125. If you plan to participate, please let me know. I have a limited number of Coupon Codes.
The Panelists:
This online event is a program of the NMC Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through the NMC PLI, the NMC is working to scale the adoption of innovative personalized learning practices and solutions in US higher education. In this series of online events, the NMC convenes key influencers and leaders in the field to move the most innovative ideas and solutions from the foundation’s vast network of grantees and partners into practice. Learn more at

NE eLearning Consortium Conference on May 5th - REGISTER NOW!

Wilmington University is hosting the 2016 Northeast E-learning Consortium. The event will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 8:30am – 3:30pm. The theme will be Teaching and Learning with Technology.
The schedule for the 2016 Northeast E-Learning Consortium is now available! Over 40 sessions have been organized that are beneficial to these 5 major job functions:
  • Instructional technologists/designers
  • Leaders in online learning
  • Learning management system administrators
  • Educational and classroom technology specialists
  • Adjunct and full-time faculty
You will have the opportunity to attend any of the sessions. Expect to walk away with real world examples of innovative projects and creative strategies that will help you more effectively use web 2.0 tools and pedagogical strategies within your own institution. Together we can transform higher education through collaboration!

If you haven’t signed up yet, Register Now!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PADLA: Planning and Implementing Active Learning Spaces

The PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association invites you to hear a compelling case study and tour the concrete results involved in implementing active learning spaces within Philadelphia University. Active learning spaces combine a variety of enabling technologies that foster an evolving pedagogy which is the future of academic education and corporate training. 

Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 AM
Place: Philadelphia University, Tuttleman Center

Presentation: "Lessons Learned from Planning & Implementing Active Learning Spaces"

The planning stage is the 'make or break' step in determining the overall success of campus wide initiatives that strive to renew learning spaces that enhance active learning strategies. Through several small (individual classrooms) to large (new buildings) experiences with planning and implementing active learning spaces on our campus, one pivotal lesson learned has been getting the 'right' stake-holders into the planning stage and fostering productive discussions that will optimize the final spaces for all involved (faculty, students, IT, etc.). Using active learning methods, participants in this session will identify strategies to maximize campus-wide ‘buy-in’ from all stakeholders before environments are built. We will identify those planning team members’ characteristics that lead to productive planning and implementation of active learning spaces and discuss strategies for orchestrating planning teams that represent all stakeholders’ agendas and interests. This session is highly relevant to institutions thinking about embarking on learning space transformations that will align with active, collaborative, real-world teaching coupled with mindful use of technologies that support collaborative pedagogies.

Campus Tour: Active Learning Spaces @ Philly U

This event also includes a campus tour highlighting Philadelphia University's experimentation and implementation of both formal (classrooms, studios, labs, building-wide) and informal (student center, library) learning spaces. These are innovative, mindfully-designed physical spaces with appropriate technologies which foster active, collaborative, real-world teaching and learning.



Monday, February 1, 2016

PADLA: Instructional Design and Techniques for Creating Effective eLearning

Join us for this PADLA (PA/NJ/DE Distance Learning Association) half-day event featuring two presentations on Instructional Design and Effective eLearning:

Instructional Design and Techniques for Creating Effective eLearning

Collaborate with your PADLA professional community by going back to the basics of sound instructional design and techniques to create effective eLearning. Too often we become so focused on the technology that we tend to lose sight of our main mission of creating effective education and learning.
  • Presenters:
Victor Yocco, PhD, Philadelphia-based researcher, learning strategist, and the author of Design for the Mind

Rich Herbert, Program Manager, Mortgage Academy at PHH Mortgage
  • Location:
PHH Mortgage1 Mortgage WayMount Laurel, NJ 08054-5452
  • Date: 16 Feb 2016
  • Time: 8:30 to 11:30

Friday, January 29, 2016

Drexel 2016 eLearning 3.0 Conference - Call for Proposals

On behalf of Drexel University, the 2016 e-Learning Conference, which is being held on Thursday, March 24th in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building on Drexel University’s University City Campus, is currently accepting proposal submissions. Proposals are for presentations that will run for 45 minutes on topics related to the use of technology in teaching and learning. 

Proposals are now due by Friday, February 5, 2016 and will be reviewed after that deadline, with final decisions on which have been selected being sent out in mid to late February. Please forward this along to your colleagues who might be interested in presenting. 
Michael Shelmet
Associate Director of Instructional Technology
Office of Information Resources and Technology
Drexel University

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PADLA 13th Annual Conference & Expo (12/17/15) Register Now!

Join us to attend the 13th Annual Distance/e-Learning/Ed Tech Conference, presented by the Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association.
  • Thursday, December 17, 2015
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • West Chester University
This event features a keynote address by Alex Freeman Director of Special Projects at the New Media Consortium and co-author of the New Media Consortium's 2015 Horizon Report
Presentations include 20+ Corporate, Higher Ed, K-12 concurrent sessions, including an interactive Panel Discussion on The Impact of Virtual Learning Environments on the Design of Physical Learning Spaces
Also great Food, Exhibitor Expo, Exhibitor prizes, a printed conference guide, and a new meeting social networking app and more. 
Last year was SOLD OUT so REGISTER NOW!