Sunday, March 1, 2015

Drexel eLearning 3.0 Conference - Discount Admission!

The eLearning 3.0 Conference at Drexel University is one of the premier regional events focused on teaching and learning in an online environment.  For 13 years this conference has been bringing together eLearning professionals from across the region to learn about emerging technologies and exchange best practices and creative approaches to engaging learners in online settings.


Drexel has extended a special invitation to PADLA members this year, offering a 25% discount off the regular price.  The special $75 fee for PADLA members can only be obtained through registering:

Keynote Address

Dr. Frank J. Lee is an Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University with appointments in Psychology, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

Lee co-founded Drexel's Game Design Program in 2008, currently ranked as one of the Top 5 Best Game Design Programs in U.S. He is also the founding director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio in the Excite Center at Drexel University.

Past projects have won national and international awards and recognitions and have received extensive national and international media coverage. His most recent project, Skyscraper Tetris, had over 1500 articles and mentions and a world record as the Largest Architectural Videogame Display.


  1. Helping Faculty Get Beyond Lectures
  2. Taking a Risk: Using Technology to Foster Collaboration, Encourage Creativity and Engage Students
  3. How to Make a Successful Technology-based Instructional Game
  4. From Distraction to Engagement - Integrating Mobile Devices into Teaching
  5. Reclaim Class Time With VoiceThread
  6. Online Course Development: Balancing Student Load and Regulatory Demands
  7. Tweet2Learn: 10 Ways Teachers Tame Twitter
  8. Teaching Digital Pedagogies: Two Cases
  9. The Director and the Professor: Timelines in Academic Video Production
  10. When Teams Aren’t Fair – Empowering Student Peer Evaluation
  11. Incorporating Open Educational Resources into Your Online Classroom
  12. Online Course Design by the Numbers: Leveraging Analytics to Improve Course Delivery
  13. Enhancing Learning Through Collaboration Between Instructional Technologists and Faculty
  14. Creating Community in the Online Classroom: Lessons Learned and Strategies for Success
  15. Diversifying Discussion: Organization and Function in Online and Blended Learning
  16. Can An Online Learning Platform Mimc a Highly Interactive, Engaging, and Efective  Live Classroom Experience?
  17. Video Roulette: Making a Deceptively Complex Undertaking Easier for Faculty and More Useful for Students
  18. Engage, Captivate and Inspire – Creating a Multi-Platform e-Learning Classroom
  19. Web-based Evaluation of Trainee Knowledge and the Quality of Our Educational Program
  20. PADLA Introduction

Learn more about this one-day conference at  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PADLA: Going Mobile - Case Study & Technology Review

Join us for this PADLA (PA/NJ/DE Distance Learning Association) event.

PADLA cordially invites you to attend our next meeting featuring two presentations on Mobile Learning:

Date: 24 Feb 2015
Time: 8:30 to 11:30

Devereux Ronald P. Burd Conference Center
444 Devereux Drive
Villanova, PA 19085

Cost: Free for Members ($25 for non-members)

Mobile-ized Information Transfer: Mobile Learning in the Parking Management Industry

Presented by Donald E. Hurford, Vice President, Human Resources @ Parkway Corporation

Info-on-demand is the new status quo for the mobile generation.  Content at one’s fingertips is now taken for granted, and workers now expect that level of access from their employers, particularly in the realms of training and development.  The Parkway Corporation has collaborated with TrainByCell to develop a customized mobile learning site that provides this level of accessibility to our parking operations managers.  Use of this platform has also aided in formalizing transfer of previously “tacit” knowledge within the Parkway Corporation.   Applications of the mobile site that will be demonstrated in this presentation include short job aids, learning videos, long form standard operating procedures,  electronic forms and workflows.

Introduction to m-Learning

Presented by Stu Maleeff, Dir of Development/Founder @ Mobile Info Pros

In a world where more and more powerful devices are at everyone’s finger tips, how do you effectively deliver training to an audience that’s not always in front of a desktop computer? mLearning is not a replacement for traditional classroom instruction or eLearning, but it can be a great complement to either or both.  Mobile Info Pro’s technology allows instructional designers (or functional managers) to rapidly deploy content to the devices that their people are constantly carrying; smart phones and tablets. The platform uses a device's native browsers instead of having to incur the expense and time of developing mobile apps for each different mobile platform. In addition, people are notified of available content via text messaging while managers can use engagement tools to monitor and log progress. mLearning is now available to organizations of any size at any time, from any place, on any mobile device.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Drexel 2015 e-Learning Conference - Call for Proposals

 Call for Proposals

The 2015 e-Learning Conference, which is being held on Wednesday, March 25th 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. Individuals can fill out the form located at:

Proposals are due by January 23, 2015 and will be reviewed after that deadline, with final decisions on which have been selected being sent out in early February. Please forward this along to your colleagues who might be interested in presenting. Updates to the conference can be found on the conference website at:

Michael Shelmet
Associate Director of Online Learning

Office of Information Resources and Technology
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Korman Center 109
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PADLA Annual Conference and Expo!

The non-profit Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association’s (PADLA) 12th Annual Distance / eLearning / Ed Tech Conference & Expo is coming!
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Place: West Chester University
  • Conference Only $25 (regular $50)
  • Conference & Annual Membership $75 (regular $100)
Annual Membership includes our 4 bi-monthly meetings!
The Conference features a keynote address by a well-known industry leader, Will Thalheimer PhD & President of Work-Learning Research Inc, plus 20+ concurrent sessions in Corporate, Non-Profit, Higher Ed, and K-12 tracks.
With PADLA’s assumption of the now discontinued Villanova Tech Expo, we except attendance to easily exceed 300+ and exhibitors to exceed 30+. This is an excellent opportunity to join other Distance/e-Learning/Ed Tech professionals by becoming part of our regional community and expand your professional network.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

National Distance Learning Week

The United States Distance Learning Association is an organization that promotes awareness of modern learning methods through technology. During the week of November 10-14, 2014, organizations across the country educate their constituents on the growth in distance learning and showcase local accomplishments.

REGISTER for these FREE webinars now:
  • Achievement Badging: Certificates and Certifications for Lifelong Learning
  • Adapting to Competency-Based Learning: An Industry Perspective
  • Adding Game Elements to Online Courses: It’s Not That Hard!
  • An Instructional Designer Supported Approach to Accelerated Online Course Development
  • Connect, Collaborate, Serve, Learn: A Virtual Pathway to Educational Success
  • Connecting Pathways to K12 Videoconferencing
  • Continuous Improvement in quality course design - what is Quality Matters?
  • Distance Learning Resources in Telehealth
  • Engaging Online Students in the Career Development/Job Placement Process
  • Enhancing Faculty Performance Through Coaching; The Walden University Coaching Model
  • Exploring the Promise of Student Personal Learning Networks
  • First Course Success: Using Data to Predict Program Success
  • Five M's to Training
  • Follow Positive Faculty Instructional Technology Adoption Strategies @SCADeLearning
  • Helping Your Students Connect Their Learning
  • How Easy Can Connections Get?
  • If You PLEs ... You'll Thank Me Later
  • Integrating Emerging Technologies and Information Literacy in Online Learning
  • Leveraging the Model UN for Truly Global Learning Communities
  • Mythbusters - Putting Online Testing to the Test
  • Professional Development Resources for the Department of Defense
  • The Impact of Transformational Technology on Collaboration and Innovation in the Classroom
  • The State of State Authorization and Professional Licensure
  • Too young for social media? We think not!
  • USDLA State Chapters Program Overview
  • Videoconferencing Solutions Connecting Leaders, Teachers and Students in Learning Networks
  • Virtual Clinical Experiences for the Developing Teacher
  • Where Competency Based Education is Leading Us: Interviews from the field
  • Why Thurgood Marshall College Fund Is Building Blended Lab Schools

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PADLA Distance/e-Learning/Ed Tech Challenges Workshop

In the PADLA spirit, you are cordially invited to share your expertise, insight, and ideas to help our Corporate, Non-profit, Higher Ed, Ed Tech, and K-12 presenters who are facing real-world Distance/e-Learning/Ed Tech problems within their organizations.

This is our annual "Challenges" workshop. Past presenters and attendees have found this peer-to-peer interactive workshop to be very valuable in meeting their own challenges and gaining additional insights into how others solved theirs.

Date: 23 September 2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA

Challenges include:

  • Sunoco Corporate University: "Winning the Race: How will Sunoco University Implement Project Management?"
  • The PA College of Health Sciences: "Temporary Teaching Technology Troubles"
  • Viddler: "Controlling Interaction on a Smartphone"
  • d'Vinci Interactive: "Bringing Interactive Technology to the Common Core"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PADLA: Social Media in Online Learning

Join us for this PADLA (PA/NJ/DE Distance Learning Association) event.

PADLA cordially invites you to attend our next meeting to be held on 5/1/14 at the Devereux Foundation Ronald P. Burd Conference Center in Villanova, PA, featuring two presentations on the use of Social Media in Online Learning:
  • Date: 1 May 2014
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Social and Mobile Shouldn't Be Distant from Learning

Presented by Shelly Blake-Plock, President & CEO at  An Estuary, LLC

Just as social and mobile technologies have changed the face of communications, entertainment, politics, and business networking, so too are they changing the ways we learn online. Join in this conversation as we take a look at what’s going on “under the hood” of social and mobile technologies and discuss what these developments mean for academic institutions and corporations looking to maximize the accessibility and impact of online learning offerings.

Beyond Likes and Hashtags: Leveraging Social Media for Learning, Training and Networking

Presented by Dr. Kimberly Wilson, College of Education at Temple University

This presentation will help socmephobes (those who fear social media) and experienced users alike get more out of social media.  In this informative and interactive program, participants will be introduced to the basics of social media for the purposes of training, learning, and networking. The program is divided into three areas:

  1. Best practices
  2. Case studies and examples
  3. Suggestions and guidelines for using social media effectively

The effective use of social media in these contexts will be discussed using case studies and real-life examples.  Participants will learn how to incorporate social media such as Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube into their training even if they have little or no experience with it.  Whether you love social media or fear it, you’ll leave the program with a whole new outlook and concrete actions you can take immediately to elevate your work to the highest level.