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!  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

National Distance Learning Week

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) will be celebrated from November 9 -13, 2015.  During NDLW, Higher Education and other sectors will educate their constituents on the amazing growth in distance learning and showcase their accomplishments.

As expected, there are many online workshops and webinars, but there are also face-2-face gatherings to learn and celebrate - some right in our back yard. Follow these links to learn what is available:
Note: Unfortunately, some sessions are closed, but most will be recorded, stay tuned for links. Instead, come to our USciences Online Learning Viewing Party.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Northeast eLearning Consortium Conference

Gwynedd Mercy University is pleased to host the 2015 Northeast eLearning Consortium Conference on:

Tuesday, October 20th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The consortium’s annual conference allows faculty, academic technologists, information technology professionals, and other relevant staff to learn more about the ways in which technology and related administrative processes can enhance the online learning experience.

It also provides participants with the opportunity to network and share best practices with peers that use the same LMS.  Time will be allotted for User Group Meetings for the various LMS, such as, Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, WebStudy, etc.

Monday, August 17, 2015

PADLA Meeting: Microsoft Technology Center Tour & Software/Hardware Demos

You are cordially invited to join the PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association for a visit to the truly state-of-the-art Microsoft Technology Center in Malvern, PA. Whether you are in Corporate, Non-Profit, Higher Ed, or K-12, there will be something for everyone to see and learn.
During this visit, Microsoft Mid-Atlantic representatives will be conducting tours of their impressive facility and discuss some of the emerging Windows 10 based technologies such as Surface Hub and Hololens. This will be followed by in-depth presentations of software products including the PowerPoint MIX add-in allowing users to easily create and share interactive online e-Learning videos and OneNote Class Notebook Creator software to develop lessons in digital notebooks for educators/trainers.

The Malvern MTC has been in operation since 2011, and is co-located with the field sales offices for the northern contingent of employees representing the Mid-Atlantic Sales District of Microsoft. The facility is an executive-class showcase designed to highlight the great solutions that Microsoft has to offer for all types of customers. Tim Pash, the Director, has a team of Architects who are experts in their field and that collaborate to ensure customers understand what our capabilities are and can clearly map them to the business issues they face. Besides enterprise customers, the facility hosts Professional User Groups, Community and K-12 student events, etc. One of our goals is to keep high utilization and to make a positive impression of Microsoft to as many people as possible.   Please consider the facility for the next team offsite, customer event, or executive meeting you need to conduct.  


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ApprenNet Gather & Learn 2015

Join us for ApprenNet’s inaugural user conference, Gather & Learn. Join ApprenNet’s community of power users, new users, and interested users to help each other maximize learning outcomes on the world’s most robust platform for teaching and learning real-world skills – the kinds of skills you have to practice to master.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Drexel University
Thomas R. Kline School of Law
3320 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Learn how ApprenNet can help you take your learners to the next level from this impressive panel of speakers:
  • Dr. Carol Okupniak (Keynote)
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Drexel University College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Dr. Drew Ross
    Dean, Open College @ Kaplan University
  • Dr. Craig Loundas
    Director, Leadership Development and Talent Management, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Deirdre Woods
    Executive Director of Penn Open Learning Initiative, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Susan Aldridge
    Senior Vice President of Online Learning, Drexel University

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PADLA: IPEX Building Tour & Patient Simulation Technology Review:

PADLA cordially invites you to attend our next meeting to be held on 6/16/15 at the University of the Sciences:

Join us for a tour the new IPEX Building at the University of the Sciences and experience the history and latest breakthroughs in healthcare simulation training. This will be a unique look into both a state-of-the-art building design from both the architectural and learning technology perspectives, followed by and a deeper dive into USciences' Physicians Assistant program where you will tour video-enabled exam rooms with realistic manikins that respond to treatment.
"IPEX Tour" conducted by Rich Cosgriff: Director, Classroom Technology & University of Sciences Staff
Get a small group guided  tour of the University of the Sciences recently completed IPEX, (Integrated Professional Education Complex) while experiencing some of the latest learning technologies used to enhance healthcare education. Gain an understanding in the decision-making process when incorporating state-of-the-art learning technologies into a new space.

"Why not Shock Me?? Growing Up in Medical Simulation"presented by Kevin King: VP North American Sales CAE Healthcare
Kevin will take you on an in-depth journey from the inception of medical simulation (and it's struggles) through modern times. The audience will gain perspective on traditional medical teaching techniques, mistakes made in the siloed learning environment and eventually be comforted knowing that most of the medical practitioners touching their loved ones have been trained using the latest and greatest technology. The audience is invited to open their minds, and be prepared to be frightened and enlightened!!
  • Date: 16 Jun 2015
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location: University of the Sciences

PADLA Members & USciences Faculty/Staff – Free
Non-Members – $25.00 (USD)

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.