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  • 24 Sep 2015 11:04 AM | Louis Stricoff (Administrator)


    Relationship Manager

    LivingTree ( is looking for experienced Relationship Managers. LivingTree is a private social network for the K-12 education system and connects districts/school administrators, classes/teachers and students/parents to streamline and enable seamless communication, coordination and collaboration. LivingTree is available on the web, iOS and Android. Built on an innovative, scalable & stable platform, and launched in June-2013, LivingTree is currently used by thousands of school communities in the United States and Internationally.

    As an evangelist of LivingTree's engagement platform, the right candidate will have the opportunity to work with communications and technology leaders in school districts in a defined region of the United States. This person will have the opportunity to transform school/community/family relationships through sales and implementation of the only multi-tiered collaboration network available today.

    The right candidate will have proven ability to keenly build and nurture customer relationships, occasionally work closely with the management team on pipeline building and attainment, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and will have a very high bar for communication quality.

    This position is a contract position.  LivingTree will provide marketing materials both physical and digital, inside sales support, and CRM access. The candidate will participate in twice monthly national sync meetings and cover personal expenses. Commission will compensate the position. The person in this role will join a passionate, fun team focused on transforming relationships through community engagement.


           Extensive experience in education management/sales, preferably education technology and/or communication platforms

           Strong network within specified region school districts and beyond, preferably among communications and technology leaders

           Proven track record of relationship management, pipeline building, deal closure

           Passion for community engagement, parent-school partnership, student success

           Keen understanding of technology

           Passion for learning and personal growth


           Own relationship development in specified territory

           Own pipeline building and sales closure in specified territory

           Work with LivingTree management team regarding both status and strategy (meetings twice monthly)

           Work closely with marketing to select proper venues, conferences, messaging to achieve growth goals

           Emanate passion for parent engagement and LivingTree!


    If interested in this business opportunity please contact Marci Powell #210-403-9737


  • 13 Aug 2015 1:15 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has announced the promotion of Stephen G. Hart to vice president in the Human Resources Department.

    Hart joined the Bank in 1985 as a marketing analyst and served in the Business Development Department for 16 years, becoming marketing manager and eventually the marketing officer. He was promoted to assistant vice president in 2001 in Business Planning and Analysis, and then he moved to the Human Resources Department in 2003. As vice president, Hart will continue to lead talent management; staffing and recruiting; diversity and inclusion initiatives; and Human Resources Information Systems, a function within Human Resources that involves data collection and warehousing employee information. In addition to his work at the Bank, Hart serves as president of the Pennsylvania/ Delaware/ New Jersey Distance Learning Association and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Hart is also an adjunct professor at La Salle University. 

    Hart has a master’s degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from La Salle University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. 

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank and savings and loan holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. It is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

  • 18 Jun 2015 2:28 PM | Louis Stricoff (Administrator)

    The American College of Financial Services, is seeking an LMS Administrator with a background in Instructional Technology.  The chosen candidate will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the educational platforms of the American College, including providing technical assistance to faculty and staff of all online learning tools used in daily operations.

    In addition to administering online learning platforms, the ideal candidate will have the desire and ability to develop an in-depth proficiency with current educational applications of The American College, including Blackboard, Adobe Connect and the Questionmark Perception online examination software. This position will work closely with faculty and other departments within the IT division, while at the same time providing high quality customer service to external clients and students as needed. 

    Essential Job Functions:

    Ongoing Responsibilities:

    • o   Configure and modify educational platforms to meet the needs and goals of The College.

    • o   Maintain current knowledge and develop new skills in alignment with LMS functionality, features and tools.  Needs application-level knowledge of the Blackboard LMS to communicate effectively with internal staff.

    • o   Support instructional designers, content developers, and academic technologists in the deployment of course materials, course copying, course merges, backups, course retrieval and setup processes within the LMS environment.

    • o   Manage and maintain course/organization data within the Blackboard LMS environment, such as: updating course properties; creating Master Course Shells and Templates; creating organizations; monitoring SIS integration processes; and exporting, archiving, and backing up courses/organizations.

    • o   Manage and support the SIS integration for user account/access within the Blackboard LMS environment.

    • o   Develop and maintain documentation for new or existing LMS Building Blocks or other integrated academic technology products, as well as all support documentation for all educational platforms. Write and maintain technical procedures, job aids, and policy documentation.

    • o   Provide technical support to users of the educational platforms as needed.

    • o   Work with faculty members to apply instructional technologies/techniques to the organization and development of new courses/learning materials.

    • ·       Application Maintenance:

    • o   Schedule, plan, test and install system updates, service pack/patch upgrades, building blocks, and other software integrated with the Blackboard LMS, Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom and the Perception testing software in partnership with other IT professional staff.

    • o   Conduct after-hours and weekend on call responsibilities as assigned.

    • ·       Reporting:

    • o   Perform routine educational platform audits and checks and compile performance metrics.

    • o   Provision, maintain, archive and report data in the educational platform environments and integrated products/processes.

    • ·       Vendor Management:

    • o   Lead and facilitate meetings with vendors and internal departments to coordinate consistent system and business processes.

    • o   Support educational platform problem escalation and reporting process.

    • o   Verify, submit, and track product bugs/issues to ensure prompt resolution by our vendor's support teams.

    • ·       Perform other duties as required.

    Required Skills and Educational Background:

    • A bachelor's degree in Educational Technology or in a technology or education related discipline with experience supporting faculty, staff, and students in online learning environments. Masters preferred.

    • ·       Minimum of 3 years of experience in the administration of educational platforms and the instructional technology field.

    • ·       Strong experience with Blackboard and Adobe Connect. 

    • ·       Experience working with Help Desk and end user support personnel in a higher education environment, including, but not limited to, executing escalation protocols.

    • ·       Strong knowledge of eLearning development tools such as Articulate/Storyline, Captivate, or other screen capture tools.

    • ·       Experience with retrieving database data through SQL queries or ability to learn.

    • ·       Development experience using HTML, CSS, XML, and Javascript.

    • ·       Familiarity with Google Analytics and Google Forms.

    • ·       Past project management experience a plus.

    • ·       Practical knowledge of adult learning theory.

    • ·       Excellent communication skills and able to manage very detailed processes

    • ·       Ability to work on energetic team, be self-driven/self-motivated, and meet deadlines.

    Please submit your resume to recruiting@theamericancollege.edualong with your salary requirements.

    The American College is an equal opportunity employer. The American College does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, military status, veteran status or any other status protected by federal or state law.


  • 15 Jun 2015 2:09 PM | Louis Stricoff (Administrator)

    The Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State–Hershey is accepting applications for an Instructional Designer to assist faculty members primarily with the development of online public health courses offered via the World Campus and secondarily with on-campus courses in Hershey. Duties include working collaboratively with faculty members to design and develop online credit courses. Function as a lead project manager, using a range of technology-enhanced systems to develop content for a variety of delivery modes. A solid understanding of pedagogical principles of instructional systems theory, an application of existing and emerging educational technologies, and an in-depth understanding of instructional design issues/best practices related to teaching and learning in distance/online courses are required. The ability to demonstrate to faculty members the advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical techniques and principles is essential. Candidates should be able to manage the scope, timeline, and deliverables of multiple projects being developed simultaneously and must possess solid communication, collaboration, time management, and teamwork skills. Some travel to University Park, Pennsylvania, may be required. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire.


    Go to: - See Job#56618, Instructional Designer


    I am available to address any questions regarding the position via phone or email.


    Betsy Aumiller, DEd
    Assistant Professor
    Penn State College of Medicine
    Department of Public Health Sciences
    90 Hope Drive, Suite 2200
    Mail Code A210, PA Box 855
    Hershey, PA 17033


  • 21 Jan 2015 2:59 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)

    PADLA Members,

    If you missed our recent Annual Conference & Expo, or even if you did attend, you may like to hear what some of our presenters and attendees had to say. I interviewed:

    • Louis Stricoff, MEd, CTS, Executive Director, PADLA
    • Steven Hart, CPBA, PADLA President
    • Will Thalheimer of Work Learning Research, Inc., Keynote Speaker
    • Jeff Rothenberger, Presenter
    • Scott Beadenkopf, Attendee

    Listen in at Rod's Pulse Podcast:


    Rod Murray, PhD

  • 20 Mar 2014 4:00 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)
    Presented by Dina Leytes a Practice Group Chair, Intellectual Property and New Media, at Griesing Law, a boutique law firm located in Philadelphia.  

    Advances in online learning technology represent a paradigm shift in education and training, enabling near-universal access and free online courses. At the same time, online learning has created a number of complexities with which corporate and academic institutions are only beginning to grapple. A key set of concerns has to do with who owns and has rights to valuable content incorporated into online curricula. This interactive presentation will address the following issues that pertain to content ownership in online education:

    • Using third party copyrighted content with permission
    • Fair use theory and practice
    • Creating contracts that address ownership of multi-media materials
    • Updating work-for-hire and institutional IP policies for online learning
  • 20 Mar 2014 2:00 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)
    Presented by Karl Okamoto the co-founder and CEO of ApprenNet LLC, an education technology company.  He is also the Director of the Program in Business & Entrepreneurship Law and Professor of Law at Drexel University.  Okamoto serves on the Board of Directors of Cosi, Inc., a restaurant company, and as Chair of the Business Law Education Committee of the American Bar Association.

    The heart of many e-learning solutions is a video presentation. A recorded lecture, voice over powerpoint, training video, these presentations transfer information in a scalable, anytime, anywhere manner. They are also often passive, isolating and dull. With support from the National Science Foundation, Professor Okamoto has developed a training method that retains the efficiency of traditional e-learning while re-inserting the interaction, engagement and community that face-to-face and small group learning offers. He will demonstrate this innovative training method and share use cases from both corporate training and academia.

  • 31 Jan 2014 1:28 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)
    Save the date: Thursday, March 27, 2014.

    Proposals are being accepted for the e-Learning Conference until February 7th!

    This conference features presentations on a range of e-learning topics including:
    • Best Practices
    • Pedagogy
    • Learning Management Systems
    • Support
    • Administration
    Share best practices and creative approaches for learning enrichment and student engagement. Join colleagues from across the region to learn how to utilize existing and emerging technologies, and develop engaging strategies to augment face-to-face classes, teach hybrid or online classes.

  • 30 Jan 2014 6:15 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)
    Great PADLA meeting today, hosted by Harrisburg University of Science & Technology. Learned about game-based learning and saw the Virtusphere.

  • 28 Jan 2014 4:00 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)
    Attention: Instructional Designers with five or more years of experience and have reused learning objects to participate in a research study: 

    An Investigation of Instructional Designers’ Criteria that Predominantly Influences Reusability of Learning Objects.

    Instructional Design has made significant contributions to presenting instructional material in virtual learning environments and has facilitated the way information is communicated, changed, and applied in many learning situations. Seeking experienced ID’ers who are willing to share their experiences and provide insights into varying rationale used to identify the criteria that contributed and influenced reuse of learning objects. This research study focuses on experienced instructional designer’s practical experiences to answer the why (rationale) by exploring practices (what are users’ definitions of learning objects, value, expectations), from experienced instructional designers’ perspectives.

    The research will investigate:

    • The predominate rationales practitioner’s use of learning objects.

    • The attributes of the learning objects practitioners believe should predominately influence reuse.

    • How practices are construed, formed and shaped from various points of view through vicarious experiences.

    • The attributes that led to decisions to reuse learning objects (capturing the creativity, reasoning and intuitive thought processes when challenged to solve ill-structured problems)

    To be selected to participate in this research, please go to the following link and complete a short Eligibility Questionnaire:

    Your participation in the research will offer value from a practical approach to how reusable learning objects could influence intended learning and could clarify understanding how experienced instructional designers established and modified their criteria, based on the attributes, in the decision to reuse learning objects.

    Thank you,
    Latonia Ayscue
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