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March 16, 2011

KEYNOTE PROFILE: Michael B. Goldstein, Member, Member Dow Lohnes, PLLC….PLUS More Events & Jobs!

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Keynote Profile Michael B. Goldstein Member Dow Lohnes, PLLC “The New Reality: Federal Enforcement of State Regulation of Distance Learning” Date: Monday, May 2, 2011 Time: 12:30pm – 1:45pm GoldsteinMr. Goldstein is a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dow Lohnes, PLLC, where he is co-leader of the firm’s higher education industry practice, which represents hundreds of schools, colleges and universities and related organizations with regard to issues involving the uses of technology in delivering postsecondary education, accreditation and licensure of cross-border learning, for- and non-profit financing of postsecondary institutions, public offerings and private equity financing of institutions, joint ventures among for- and non-profit educational entities, and acquiring and protecting access to federally-financed student financial aid resources, including the management of audits, compliance reviews and adverse actions. Prior to joining Dow Lohnes in 1978 to organize the higher education practice, Mr. Goldstein was Associate Vice Chancellor for Urban and Governmental Affairs and Associate Professor of Urban Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and before that served as Assistant City Administrator and Director of University Relations in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York. Mr. Goldstein has written and lectured widely on these and other higher education-related topics, and has taken a very active role in the postsecondary industry. He is a member of the UNESCO-CHEA Task Force on Degree Mills and he serves as a member of the Strategic Planning, Publications and Annual Meeting Committees of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He has served as chair of the NACUA Committee on Legal Education, co-chair of the Education Grants Committee of the Federal Bar Association and chair of the Education Law Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a trustee of the Fielding Graduate University, a director of the Washington Center for Internships and Acdemic Seminars, a former trustee of Mount Vernon College and a former director of the American Association for Higher Education. Mr. Goldstein holds a law degree from New York University, a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, and was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Urban and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

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====================================== Newsweek USDLA Newsweek is teaming up with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) for its “Excellence in Distance Learning” promotional sections appearing in Newsweek throughout April.  The USDLA will be providing a promotional essay highlighting the advantages and the effectiveness behind distance and online learning written by Dr. Denzil Edge, President, Board of Directors, USDLA. Important Dates: State-wide Markets Issue Date – April 11th Space Close –  March 15th Important Dates: Metro-wide & National Markets Issue Date – April 25th Space Close – March 29th Reserving space alongside this anticipated feature is the perfect way to align your college with both Newsweek and the USDLA! Please contact Amber Smith at 1-646-467-6612 or for more information regarding markets and rates available for participation. Send to a Colleague
============================== Additional Events…. EDEN Annual Conference, 2011 (In partnership with USDLA) June 19-22, 2011 Dublin, Ireland EDEN Annual Conference Website: Forward to a Friend ================================ Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) w/ Enterprise Learning! Summit DC March 22, 2011 Washington, D.C. Note: Attention: FGDLA members receive 40% discount from thje 2011 Enterprise Learning Summit! Click here for more information. Website: Forward to a Friend ============================ Presidents Forum March 28, 2011 Washington, D.C. Website: Forward to a Friend ============================ Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds (FCVW) Conference 2011 May 11-13, 2011 Washington, D.C. Website: Forward to a Friend ======================= Innovations in e-Learning Symposium June 7-9, 2011 Fairfax, VA Website: Forward to a Friend
======================== Jobs 11-83 – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION (MANAGER 210) WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, DIVISION OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania seeks a highly qualified and experienced individual for the position of Executive Director for Distance Education. The successful candidate will have an earned masters (required) or doctorate (preferred) degree, 3 years of direct experience with distance education by either teaching distance education courses or serving in a supervisory or support role to a distance education program, and 2 years of management experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have significant experience with program development and management, faculty development and support, student support, and program assessment in a collective bargaining environment. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current trends in technology and pedagogy as applied to distance programs, excellent organization and communications skills, and a firm commitment to diversity and equal opportunity goals. The Executive Director of Distance Education will oversee the development and on-going assessment of distance education and lead the strategic planning process for these initiatives. This position is responsible for all aspects of program administration, program budgeting, faculty and student development and support, program assessment, program marketing, and fund raising (grant writing and contracts). This management position reports directly to the Associate Provost with supervision of 1 FTE support staff. S/he oversees and ensures the efficient and effective interaction of distance programs with the various university support services. Primary responsibilities include: ·  Lead the establishment, development, promotion, and implementation of online and outreach programs that are consistent and integrated with the University’s strategic plan and academic mission. ·  In consultation with the deans, identify and recommend new program initiatives and opportunities to strengthen and expand existing programs. ·  Ensure efficient and effective operation of all aspects of distance programs from marketing to program completion. ·  Provide support for curricula that meets standards of academic quality as defined by external, and state accrediting bodies. ·  Develop and recommend policies and procedures that are consistent with the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. ·  Act as the liaison between West Chester University and the Chancellors office for reporting purposes and dissemination of information. ·  Build and maintain strong partnerships and collaborations with business leaders, community organizations and other non-profit entities to meet community needs ·  Ongoing assessment of programs to support continual improvement ·  Respond to unexpected events and external needs Salary range is $73,455 – 97,940 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits package included. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist. Apply by on-line application at  Electronic submission allows for cover letter and resume attachments (required).  References with contact information will be required prior to interview. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Position is available immediately. AA/EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding. =========================================== DEAN, SCHOOL OF EXTENDED EDUCATION BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, MUNCIE, INDIANA Ball State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, School of Extended Education.  The university seeks an innovative, visionary leader with expertise in online and off-campus delivery of programs to serve as its Dean, School of Extended Education.  The successful candidate will have the ability and experience to integrate cutting-edge distance learning technology and pedagogy into a traditional university environment.  Demonstrable success in online/distance education program development, management, and marketing with an entrepreneurial mindset are required.  Applicants should have an earned doctorate and depth of experience in higher education administration with significant experience in online/distance education. Ball State University is a selective, state-assisted doctoral granting institution serving more than 22,000 students.  The dean of the School of Extended Education (SEE) will support the university’s overall mission to redefine education by providing world-class learning experiences to a growing number of online and distance students (currently over 7,000 students are being served).  A distance learning pioneer since the 1980s, Ball State University reaches students globally through its online offerings as well as face-to-face programs delivered at sites located throughout Indiana.  The seven academic colleges offer more than 50 online/distance learning degrees and certificates.  Online enrollments have increased by more than 200 percent in the last 5 years (  The dean also oversees the university’s Building Better Communities (BBC) initiatives that include community, economic development, business services, and immersive learning experiences. ( Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, a midsized Midwestern city one hour northeast of Indianapolis.  Muncie recently was named the national’s most affordable college town by Coldwell Banker. Minimum qualifications:  earned doctorate; significant experience in an area related to distance education, including budget management, development and implementation of online education programs; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work with diverse groups.  Preferred qualifications:  experience in education program development and management; record of building strong and positive working relationships with peers and diverse stakeholders; excellent project planning, development and delivery of complex distance education projects; experience in state and local economic development programs and services; experience in non-credit professional education offerings; demonstrated success in acquiring external funding. Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of transcript of highest degree earned, and the names and contact information for three references to:  Dean Mitch Whaley, Search Committee Chair, c/o Office of the Provost, Ball State University, Muncie, IN  47306.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. ====================================== PROJECT MANAGER (PL) FLORIDA, FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL (FLVS) The Professional Learning Project Manager manages and directs FLVS training projects; providing support, delivering projects, and developing training strategies. This person plans, organizes, and implements development projects within major organizational policies; assigns resources to appropriate projects; reports progress of major activities to Senior Project Manager through reports and meetings; monitors project process; and implements evaluation instruments upon project completion. The Project Manager manages relations from the project start to final application support. To view a detailed job description, please click here Requirements For consideration for this position, candidates must meet all of the job requirements as listed below: ·    Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years of experience in the Information and/or Educational Technology field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. ·    Experience in Project Management. ·    Experience in development and delivery of training material, preferred. Responsibilities Primary responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: ·    Manages all training development project-related processes including planning, gathering requirements, identifying deliverables, maintaining timelines, monitoring budget, identifying resources and materials, and providing quality assurance, documentation, and final product support and enhancement. Project manager delivers 90 percent of projects on-time, on-budget, and within scope, as measured through bi-annual goal analysis. ·    Identifies, reviews, and refreshes FLVS training applications annually, focusing on one or more of the following: content, usability, appropriate technology, results, and standards set by the department. ·    Establishes and maintains a redevelopment cycle for all training courses, in conjunction with the redevelopment of FLVS student courses and/or FLVS applications. ·    Recommends with cross-team feedback new trainings annually to be developed. ·    Negotiates contracts with vendors as required for departmental operations and/or educational resources for developed applications (including client pricing when applicable). ·    Evaluates existing standard operating procedures in e-business and e-learning and deploys processes to mitigate weaknesses, improving at least five processes annually. ·    Provides technical support as needed, addressing trouble tickets until solution is provided to the end users, as measured on customer satisfaction surveys. ·    Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits such as meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others. ·    Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by his/her supervisor. ·    All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning. ====================================== DIRECTOR OF CONTENT SERVICES CHICAGO, IL Seeking an experienced online content manager to develop and drive educational content for the learning platform of a major, well-respected national real estate organization based in downtown Chicago.   Job involves identifying relevant course concepts for both real estate managers and sales associates, outlining those courses and researching subject matter experts, managing/holding accountable the content production companies used to create these online products, eliciting student feedback for continual enhancement of course content, and managing budgets related to course development. ·    Minimum of 3-5 years of e-learning/distance learning and instructional design/development experience ·    Experience in project management in an online learning environment ·    Must be based in downtown Chicago ·    Knowledge and experience with an LMS or CMS ·    Expertise in learning styles and spaced repetition learning ·    Skills involve writing, communication, LMS proficiency, high energy, deadline orientation, quick study to learn real estate ·    4 year degree preferred ·    Salary negotiable based on experience; please provide minimum requirements Qualified candidates should reply via email to WANT TO POST A JOB? 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