Distance/e-Learning/Ed Tech Challenges: An Interactive Workshop

  • 20 Sep 2012
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Immaculata University: Malvern, PA

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PADLA invites you to participate in this unique workshop by sharing your expert prespective with our volunteer Challenge Presenters. Upon completion of their 5 min introductory challenge presentations, the audience will break up into 4 small groups to provide their input, ideas, and solutions. This workshop is a unique opportunity to give and get expert feedback from other professionals on the Distance/e-Learning/Educational Technology challenges faced by many. Past Challenge Presenters and Participants came away with extremely valuable new insights.

CHALLENGE: "Building the External Bench: Leveraging e-Learning to Bridge Intern to Employee" by Antoinette Bailey, Executive Director, National Learning Programs, XO Communications

DETAILS: We seek to shift our current intern program to one that can be leveraged to build our on-going talent base and bench strength. We seek to build a top flight intern program that:

  • Attracts top technology focused talent
  • Leverages technology to recruit; assess and select
  • Provides pre-hire TRN
  • Integrates gaming, simulations, etc. in learning re-enforcement
  • Tracks and assesses performance and “match” to company need -  throughout the company – to assess what interns to invest in continued TRN activities
  • Create school year touch points (training, information, contests, and quests) to sustain knowledge and maintain an interest level that rolls into…
  • Employee recruitment, selection and on-boarding activity

CHALLENGE: "The First Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Legal Education" by Karl Okamoto, Founder of ApprenNet & Drexel Law Professor

DETAILS: "This is a tsunami," Richard A. DeMillo, the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at GA Tech, said about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in a recent NYT article.  Coursera.  EdX.  Udacity.  Udemy.  All offer MOOCs.  Millions of users worldwide are expected to enroll in one of these courses and learn virtually from leading professors.  We are joining the experiment by creating the first law-focused MOOC. From what we gather, most MOOCs model traditional lecture-style courses.  While our MOOC will include a series of lectures, we want to increase engagement by integrating a technology we built last year.  Our technology provides the tools to create Meets - exercises that encompass learning by doing, learning from peers and learning from experts.  Will the Meets increase engagement in our MOOC?  Are there ways we can adapt the Meets to increase engagement?  Are there other tools out there to help make our MOOC more interactive?

CHALLENGE: "Re-Developing Our GED Blended Classroom" by: Erich Smith, Program Manager of the Digital Initiative Programs at Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)

DETAILS: We will be moving away from the current online platform we use (Skills Tutor) and looking to make use of the free and Open education resources online. How can we 1) find and test new resources 2) integrate these resources into our existing program 3) and use them in such a way to develop better methods to interact with our online learners (both low-tech and hi-tech).

CHALLENGE: "The Next Great Learning Challenge or the Search for the Loch Ness Monster: Incorporating mLearning with an LMS" by Armand Spoto, Director of Strategic Innovation, Lernia Training Solutions

DETAILS: With the increasing use of mobile technology, the need for mLearning is growing at an exponential rate. With all the advantage that mobile technology brings, the one element that eludes the industry is the tracking of the completion of training in a standardized LMS. Two possible solutions are: 1) download an LMS module and have all content self-contained with the LMS app on the device, or 2) enable users to download an app, and then have the results be submitted electronically to an existing LMS. What are some of the benefits and limitations and preferred vehicles to distribute mLearning content?

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