Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PADLA: Exploring the Technologies Behind Sustainable Competencies

Join us for a unique PADLA evening event in Wilmington, DE, co-hosted by the Technology Forum of Delaware, for an exploration of the technologies that are behind sustainable competencies.

When: June 21, 2017 - 5:30 to 8:00PM
Where: Wilmington University, 320 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720


New digital learning technologies, such as Gamification and Virtual Reality, are constantly being added to the set of tools available to learning organizations. Some work other and others don’t. John Royer, Founder & Managing Partner of InSiteHub, is an award- winning learning strategist and technologist, and an expert in learning trends, will present a studied look at the impact of learning technologies over time.

John will share his insights into how technologies including micro learning, gamification, badging, nano-degrees, confidence based testing and e-portfolios are being implemented together to drive the latest trends in micro credentialing and ultimately sustainable competencies for corporate learning. John will also examine how online coaching, new platforms, and Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality fit into the corporate learning strategies of the future.


Representatives from our host, Wilmington University, will also conduct tours of their gamification lab, learning technologies lab, and discuss details of their Collaborative Work Program.

Scott Shaw, Chair, Game Design and Development Program will demonstrate how organizations can take advantage of the newer technologies including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality in the context of online learning, micro credentialing, and competency based learning.

Monday, March 13, 2017

PADLA: Learning Technology Tour & Workshop

PADLA invites you to join us in exploring hot topics in the world of learning technologies. One presentation will address the next step in the creation of virtual reality learning technology and the other will explore the creation of a new methodology to meet the challenge of learning retention.

Villanova CAVE Tour

Attendees will take part in a guided tour of Villanova University's Immersive Studies CAVE which provides viewers with an immersive experience viewing and interacting with 3D virtual-reality worlds, 3D big-data displays, and 3D models of real-world locations and objects. Some of the facility's features include:

  • An 18-ft wide by 10-ft deep by 7.5-ft high enclosure within which viewers can interact with a virtual world.
  • A extendable projected ceiling. This means the Villanova CAVE can be operated to project on either three walls and a floor, or three walls and a ceiling.
  • Integration with a robot (Seemore) designed at Villanova that carries a spherically immersive video camera array for capturing video that covers 360 degrees horizontally and 280 degrees vertically. This video can be played and controlled interactively in the Villanova CAVE.
  • A commitment to support researchers across Villanova as well as collaborate with academic and industry researchers around the world.

Nine Ways to Implement Continuous Learning and Solve the Forgetting Problem

Attendees will actively participate in a workshop conducted by Steve Just, Chief Learning Officer of Intela Learning. This workshop covers the science of learning and remembering, and why learners forget. It highlights nine practical continuous learning strategies to overcome the forgetting problem.

Years of research have shown that 60-80% of what is taught in courses (instructor-led or eLearning) is not transferred to the job. This has been a source of frustration to trainers for decades. But we now have a solution to this problem because we are at the beginning of a new technology-enabled era in learning: the era of Continuous Learning.

Date: 26 Apr 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Villanova University

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Current Members – Free
Non-Members – $25.00

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PADLA From Start-up to Success: Bringing Your Learning Tech Vision to the Marketplace

The PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association is pleased to invite you to join us on February 23 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM in an entrepreneurial journey guided by an esteemed panel of regional experts made up of a Technology and Intellectual Property counsel (Fred Wilf: Wilftek) a prominent Venture Capitalist (Chad Stender: Seventy Six Capital), and a successful Learning Tech start-up company (Donna DeMarco: Viddler). Through real-world examples, based on their extensive experience, the panel will address the challenges and essential steps necessary to bring a Learning Tech vision to the marketplace.
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The panel discussion will be followed by a presentation by Jill Sitnick, representing Microsoft, and will focus on their Learning Tech tool, One Note.

The topic for this event is most appropriate due to the location of the meeting in the new Microsoft Reactor Center located in the University City Science Center. Both of these organizations are committed to the success of Technology Start-ups.

Friday, December 16, 2016

USciences to Host PADLA Annual Conference

University of the Sciences will host the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA) 14th Annual Conference and Expo on December 20, 2016.

The PADLA is the regional chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association and is dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and information with other distance and e-learning professionals concerned the myriad of issues and technological changes in the field.

The conference will include 25 presentations, with several presentations from USciences faculty and staff, including one from Phyllis Blumberg, PhD, director of the teaching and learning center, about assessing and improving your online teaching, and another from Andrew Esposito, instructional designer in the office of academic technology, on developing an online course and the balance between the student load and regulatory demands. 

“One of the best things about PADLA is that it serves both the corporate and academic worlds,” said Rod Murray PhD, executive director of academic technology services at USciences and PADLA board member. “It’s fun to hear about learning technologies our corporate friends use and no doubt they learn from us as well.”

For the keynote, Jim Scherrer, founding director of the Compuseum, will interview Bill Mauchly, son of one of the ENIAC inventors, founder of the first computer company and the first computer programmer, about Philadelphia’s place in Computer History.

For more information about the conference visit the PADLA website or reach out to Dr. Murray at USciences faculty and staff are invited to attend for free.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

PADLA 14th Annual Conference & Expo

We are very excited to announce details for the PADLA 14th Annual Conference & Expo to be held on December 20, 2016 at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Join your regional colleagues who are making an impact on how we learn.

The Call for Presentations has been extended to this Friday, November 11, 2016!

Our event features:
  • More than 15 concurrent presentations
  • Expo Hall Exhibitors
  • Exhibitor Prize Treasure Hunt
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks
This year's conference will feature a keynote by Jim Scherrer, founding Director of the Philly-based Compuseum, and Bill Mauchly, the son of one of the inventor's of the earliest electronic general-purpose computer, the ENIAC, right there in Philly.

Also, check out the FREE Pre-conference Virtual Trade Show on November 16.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Montgomery County Community College's 22nd Annual Technology and Learning Conference

Join us for Enhancing the Educational Environment
Montgomery County Community College's 22nd Annual Technology and Learning Conference
on October 7, 2016, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

To see sessions and register for the conference, go to

Thursday, September 15, 2016

PADLA: Virtual Reality for Education & Training

You are invited to join the PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association at the Project Management Institute in Newtown Square, PA, for the second installment of in-depth presentations, case studies, best practices & hands-on demos of the latest in Virtual Reality and its implications for the advancement of Academic/Medical Education & Corporate Training. Whether you are in Corporate, Non-Profit, Higher Ed, or K-12, this event will go deep into the cutting-edge forefront of these brave new realities at the infancy of their exploration.

Presentations include:

Inside the Mind & Body thru VR presented by Dan Schwartz: President, Steve Cipollone: EVP, & Rob Bauer: Sr. Producer at Variant VR.

Variant VR will be presenting two to three short VR experiences concentrating in the continuing medical education field and will be supplying 10 headsets for audience viewing. They will give a brief description of how the process of the virtual reality experience is presented and a quick overview of other ways to deliver VR to other audiences. They will conclude with a review of a typical VR production timeline and expectations for someone thinking of stepping into this exciting new technology.

Empowering the Next Generation thru Virtual Simulations & Virtual Reality presented by Dr. Mikkel Marfelt at Labster.

New technologies such as immersive virtual reality can be highly effective for student learning while opening up new avenues for distance learning disciplines. By using new virtual technologies, we can also improve student motivation, engagement, as well as, theoretical and practical skills. See how Labster's next generation of virtual lab simulations are helping to improve learning outcomes for students around the world.