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  • 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
  • 28 Aug 2013 8:18 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)
    We are looking for an instructional designer to volunteer to produce our first e-learning module as part of Global Giveback – a competition organized by LINGOs and the E-learning Guild.


    American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) seeks volunteer proficient in Articulate Storyline to develop eLearning module(s) on our program planning methodology

    Course Topic:

    Introducing Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) – Tools for Designing Effective Peace and Social Justice Programs

    Scope of Work:

    The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.

    We are looking for a volunteer instructional designer to help us develop our first e-learning modules! Candidates must be highly skilled in Articulate Storyline and have access to the software, character packages and other assets.

    We plan to convert training materials from an in-person course we have recently developed into 1-3 learning modules. The intended audience is our domestic and international program staff (approximately 250 individuals dispersed across four domestic and four international regions). The course(s) is intended to provide a refresher for those who attended the in-person training, and an introduction for current and future program staff who have not.

    The objective of the course is for learners to be able to determine whether their program is likely to achieve its intended result(s) and identify ways to adjust current work to achieve greater impact. The course will introduce learners to Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP), a set of tools for designing effective peace and social justice programs. Upon completion of the module, learners will demonstrate familiarity with RPP terminology, have practiced applying the tools, and can recall where to seek additional support.

    The volunteer on this project will be provided with an outline of the envisioned course design, including clear learning objectives and concrete ideas of scenario-based activities. S/he will also have access to supporting curricular materials (PowerPoint presentations, training manuals, and activities). The volunteer will consult monthly via phone or Skype with AFSC’s Organizational Learning Coordinator and a subject matter expert.

    We anticipate that development of the first module will require a three months commitment, with potential for a longer term relationship.

    Deadline for applications: September 6, 2013

    Begin work: September 2013

    Completion and Launch: November 30, 2013

    Contact: Laura Horwitz, AFSC’s Organizational Learning Coordinator at no later than Friday, September 6, 2013. Please provide a sample of work and references.
  • 03 May 2013 4:42 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)

    From: David Brickett [
    Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 3:50 PM
    To: Louis Stricoff; 'WENDY LEBING'
    Subject: RE: Higher Education Symposium Thank You



    Thank you for your help.  I also enjoyed the presentations last week.

    As Wendy stated, we are looking for a replacement for Microsoft Producer.  Ipresent, Presio is the next best software that I can find, but lacks a lot of tools that I need.  Most of the programs that I find are on-line only.  Any input you have would be helpful.

    David Brickett


  • 18 Feb 2013 4:29 PM | Rodney Murray (Administrator)

    "Learning to be a Digital Citizen" presented by Joe Raimondo, Principal at The Infotention Network

    Presented at the PADLA meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at West Chester University.

    The convergence of social technologies and the exponential growth of the availability of data has provoked the emergence of a new set of fundamental capacities to deal with the information onslaught, as well as to enable people to be effective digital citizens. How do we develop effective models and pedagogy for providing these new capacities? We will explore how to provide a standard set of models for teaching "infotention" a term coined by author and futurist Howard Rheingold to describe "the psycho-social-techno skills/tools we all need to find our way online today, a mind-machine combination of brain-powered attention skills with computer-powered information filters." Further, we will explore the work Howard has done to develop online skills training in this arena as well as how this type of learning would scale to cover the whole enterprise.

    View PowerPoint Presentation

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