Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Conference: The Real Students/SMEs of Online Education

You are cordially invited to join the Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA) for an inside look into the real lives of Online Students and Subject Matter Experts. Learn best practices and hear how they survived, thrived, and learned to collaborate in the online environment. Whether your experience ranges from a seasoned veteran to someone just beginning to explore the dynamic world of Distance/e-Learning, you will be guaranteed to learn, share, and have ample opportunities to build your professional network.

When: Tues., May 18, 2010, 8:30am to 11:45am
Where: LaSalle University, Metroplex Corp Center, 4000 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Registration Fee: Members are Free; Non-Members $25

"Surviving to Thriving Online: Lessons Learned in Online Education": A Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Bobbe Baggio w/Panelists Margaret Uhrich, Robin Eisenburg, Tony Ellis and Mary Eklund

Recent graduates of LaSalle University’s Intructional Technology Management (ITM) Program share their perspectives as non-traditional online learners. Members of the graduating pilot group will recount their experiences, applying their lessons learned to corporate learning. Members of this initial group will discuss developing and supporting online learning skills for adult students, effective instructional techniques, and suggestions for applying these lessons in corporate settings.

"From Classroom to Chatroom: Collaborating Online with SMEs": Presented by Nathan Eckel: Performance Consultant, LaSalle Adjunct Professor, and Author.

Nathan Eckel explains how you can help Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) transition from face-to-face instruction to an online world. The Collaborating Online workshop at LaSalle uses several online strategies to help tenured faculty transition from classroom instruction to online facilitation. Eckel will also include some tips on working with both corporate and academic SMEs, and present reasons why taking a collaborative approach (as opposed to a competitive one) is so important today.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Excellence in Education Rich Media Impact Awards

The University of the Sciences is now using Mediasite to capture lectures in several venues throughout campus. See how other Universities are using Mediasite lecture capture. View these videos from finalists in the Excellence in Education category of Sonic Foundry's Rich Media Impact Awards.

Members of the Mediasite user community are invited to nominate organizations that achieved measurable improvements in information accessibility, cost savings, efficiency and productivity through Mediasite lecture capture. Please let us know if you'd like to be nominated for the award next year.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Going Google at USP - Preview

Join us for a Webinar on April 23
The University of the Sciences is rolling out Google Apps for Education on April 29. This optional resource will give all faculty, students and staff a state-of-the-art communication and collaboration platform to supplement our existing e-learning infrastructure. We will have the ability to share and collaboratively edit documents compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We can create unlimited Wiki websites (Sites in Google parlance) and stream videos from our own private branded YouTube-like site. All content resides in our own protected domain and will require a login and password. Content is not exposed to the public through search engines.

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Title: Academic Tech Webinar Series: Going Google at USP Preview
Friday, April 23, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Your Desktop

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Certification Course for Teaching Online

Online Courses: Step-by-Step is a new program to help faculty members teach online comfortably and confidently. Have you wanted to incorporate online teaching into your course? Are you interested in bringing your passion for teaching into the virtual world, but uncertain how to get there? Are you concerned about a long and painful learning curve? Or are you teaching online now, but the experience is less than what you expected?

You don’t need to be a technology whiz … you don’t need to be a programmer … you don’t need a sophisticated understanding of the online world. You simply need to be a committed educator interested in reaching students in this exciting new way.

Online Courses: Step-by-Step is a three-module program developed in partnership with program designer John Orlando, Instructional Resource Manager of Norwich University’s School of Graduate Studies and a ten-year veteran of online faculty training. The focus is on the three areas critical to your success in moving online:
  • The pedagogy of online teaching.
  • The “tools of the online trade.”
  • How to get your course up and running.
You’ll complete one module per week for three weeks, developing a thorough understanding of virtually every aspect of the online teaching experience.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact Dr. Rod Murray. Although this is not an instructor-led course, Rod will be available throughout the course to answer questions and participate in online discussions.

NOTE: Do not sign up on your own on the Magna Publications website -- the University gets a group discount.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Next Frontier: Innovation, Trends & Realities of Online and Blended Education

If you missed the Drexel E-Learning 2.0 Conference on March 25, it's not too late to learn from some of our colleagues. The highlight of the Conference was the keynote presentation by Dr. Kristen Betts. Don't miss this Mediasite recording of the Keynote:

Other presentations that I attended and would highly recommend are:
The complete listing of the conference presentations can be found at Conference Presentations.