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DITA for eLearning Content Development March 26, 2010

Posted by Karen Lubrecht in e-SIG Presentations, Intructional Design.
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At our March meeting at the Bucks County campus of La Salle University, Brian Driscoll addressed the implications of and potential uses for the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) in eLearning content development and delivery. 

If you missed the event, his slide presentation can be downloaded. (104 KB)

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Brian Driscoll

Brian Driscoll, Application Developer, is primarily responsible for developing, testing, and implementing out-of-band solutions to meet clients’ needs. Brian has created custom Flash and .NET applications that have allowed clients such as The CEI Network, Mercy Health System, Merck, Fannie Mae, The World Bank, TakeCare Health Systems, Teleos Leadership Institute, The Insurance Institute of America, and The Continuum Center for Health & Healing to deliver cutting-edge web-based training programs to their end users. Mr. Driscoll also works extensively on SoftAssist’s internal application development and business process reengineering initiatives. Brian’s professional interests include distributed application development, and his personal interests include playing guitar and traveling the U.S. and Abroad with his family. Brian holds a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education (magna cum laude) from Temple University and is currently earning an M.S. in Software Engineering from Drexel University.


8 Ways to Increase Your Professional ROI March 26, 2010

Posted by Karen Lubrecht in e-SIG Presentations, professional development.
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Our on-line session featured Tai Goodwin who presented an engaging look at ways to improve our professional importance and increase our professional ROI. She helped us look at 8 practical strategies increase our value and be recognized as a better collaborator and communicator. She demonstrated techniques that engage learners as she presented her material. We left re-energized, refocused, and ready to take our performance to a new level.

If you missed her presentation, her slide presentation can be downloaded. (1.23 MB)

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Tai Goodwin

Tai Goodwin has over 12 years in learning and development working for companies such as DTCC (Depository Trust & Clearing Corp), Barnes & Noble, and William Scotsman. As a learning professional she has worked in a number of roles, including training specialist, e-learning designer, and learning technologist. She is currently a Principal Instructional Designer for Computer Associates, a global IT development company. Tai holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree (with a focus on instructional design for e-learning) in education, from Drexel University and Capella University respectively.

Recognize 2009 and look forward to 2010 March 5, 2010

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January 21, 2010

The meeting began by honoring those who helped the SIG in 2009. A certificates was presented to Jean Scattergood for her assistance in the Panel in December.  The others will receive theirs by mail. Bobbe Baggio and Noelle Archambeau were honored for their time and energy building the eLearning SIG over the past few years.

Dr. Bobbe Baggio is honored for her service as the eLearning SIG Co-chair

Dr. Bobbe Baggio is honored.

A shy Jean Scattergood receives her certificate from Margaret Uhrich

A shy Jean Scattergood and Margaret Uhrich

Members took time to  share favorite resources:


  • slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte
  • Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life by Steven R. Johnson
  • Designing Your Organization: Using the STAR Model to Solve 5 Critical Design Challenges by Amy Kates and Jay R. Galbraith
  • Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands (The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More than 60 Countries) by Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by by Daniel H. Pink
  • Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds
  • The books of Edward Tuffte (edwardtufte.com) , Professor Emeritus at Yale University, –  using visuals for teaching. Using visuals as verbs, adverbs, adjectives. Envisioning information.


  • Drexel has events with speakers who are local and national talent. One is in March.
  •  Villanova has a technology fair with a few sessions and lots of vendors. Drexel has an event in October. 

Websites and Blogs:

  • Articulate blog, http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/, byTom.
  • Articulate and Captivate forums
  • ASTD.org
  • ASTD Greater Philadelphia Chapter eLearning SIG blog, https://phlesig.wordpress.com
  • danpink.com
  • educause.edu
  • Googling the problem is a great resource
  • iconlogic.com
  • Linda.com
  • LinkedIn.com
  • PPTools.com -provides free add-ins for PowerPoint. The starter set is a toolbar that runs within PowerPoint to align or resize, page down and click.
  • Sloan (MIT), http://mitsloan.mit.edu/