Thursday, April 2, 2015

PADLA Meeting: A Wireless Collaboration Technology Case Study

PADLA cordially invites you to attend our next meeting to be held on 4/22/15 at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, featuring:

"A Wireless Collaboration Technology Case Study @ Wharton: Part 2": Presented by Wharton Staff


"Introduction to Solstice: A Wireless Collaboration Technology" : Presented by Christopher Jaynes, Founder/CTO of Mersive

  • Date: 22 Apr 2015
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location: Wharton School of Business: University of Pennsylvania

PADLA Members – Free
Non-Members – $25.00 (USD)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Last Chance to Register for the e-Learning 3.0 Conference Next Wednesday!

If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?  Over 200 people from more than 50 institutions and organizations have already signed up to attend, so reserve your spot today!  Now in its 13th year, the conference will be held on Wednesday, March 25th from 8 am – 4:30 pm in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel (33rd & Chestnut Streets).  Presentations will focus on a variety of topics, including instructional gaming, using mobile devices in the classroom, digital pedagogy, student peer evaluation, producing videos for online courses, Twitter as an instructional tool, and much more!  To access the full list of speakers and topics, review our conference program.

Your registration fee includes welcome materials, access to the presentations and keynote speaker session, a continental breakfast, a $10 card to spend on lunch at local restaurants, afternoon refreshments, and entry into the door prize drawing at the conclusion of the event (winners must be present).

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Frank Lee, Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel and co-founder of Drexel's Game Design Program.  His most recent project, Skyscraper Tetris, earned the Guinness World Record for largest architectural video game display, covering nearly 120,000 square feet on two sides of the Cira Centre, one of Philadelphia’s tallest skyscrapers.  Dr. Lee will be speaking about "Informal Learning at the Entrepreneurial Game Studio," where students are encouraged to form teams, create an LLC, and ship a game within 6-9 months.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from and network with your colleagues from around the region!  If you have any questions, email  We look forward to seeing you at the conference next week!

Online Learning Team
Drexel University
Korman Center, Room 109Philadelphia, PA 19104

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