Monday Morning Magic from Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. — It’s an honor and pleasure to welcome another podcast and video show to the Inkandescent Radio Network: Distance Learning Roundtable, hosted by Pat Cassella, the executive director of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), and Dean Hoke, managing partner of the international organization Edu Alliance.
In the first episode of this monthly series, you’ll learn about:
- USDLA and its mission, Pat’s work, and how he became the executive director of this important organization
- Dean and the goals of Edu Alliance
- Their exciting show we are launching this month, October 2022, and what inspired them to create it
- Their upcoming guests
- USDLA’s upcoming event, National Distance Learning Week, which will be held Nov. 7-11
- Parting thoughts about the future of online learning and how this show will help podcast listeners and video viewers better understand the immense power of distance learning.
We leave you with these parting thoughts from the hosts about the future of online learning:
Dean says: The recent pandemic helped the world better understand how effective online learning can be to the educational community and trainers in corporations and government. We learned what works and where improvements in delivering content are still to be made. A friend of mine with UNESCO said, “while the pandemic was a worldwide crisis, it also, in its two years, advanced the field and acceptance of online learning by 10 years. That’s how important distance learning is.
Pat explains: While it certainly isn’t as hard to establish a distance learning class or session with today’s cloud-based meeting systems ajust 10 years ago, instructors still struggle with methodologies (ie: pure virtual, synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, etc.) As the times change, so will USDLA as we focus more on the pedagogy side of distance/digital learning – helping instructors and educators embrace the future of online instruction.
Until next Monday: May your curiosity guide you this week to learn as much as you can in as many new ways as possible. — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president, Inkandescent® Inc. Inkandescent.us
Meet the Hosts
About Pat Cassella, executive director, US Distance Learning Association (USDLA): Pat Cassella has been a presence within the high-tech industry for more than 30 years with leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Product Development, and Engineering. He has been involved with the USDLA for more than 15 years and is the Executive Director of the association. Pursuing his passion for engineering, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bridgeport and a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of New Haven. He has spent the past 20+ years within the IP video communications market as a sales, marketing and product architect within the Government, Education, Corporate and Medical markets.
He is the founder of ETC Video, an educational technology consulting company, and current Vice President of Worldwide Sales for VDO360, a leading manufacturer of cameras and communication equipment. He is a strong educational proponent and frequent speaker in promoting the use of digital video and advanced technologies in today’s classrooms and businesses. He is the CEO and Executive Director of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and an active participant in the distance learning and telepresence community.
He began his career at the Norden Systems division of United Technologies, designing and testing radar subsystems for F4 airborne applications. He has held senior positions at Interactive Digital Solutions, Discover Video, Entrata Communications and in the ATM broadband division at General Datacomm. developing their first and second-generation communication platforms. He has extensive signaling protocol experience and holds several narrowband to broadband signaling inter-working patents. Prior to starting ETC Video he was the Vice President of Educational Markets at VBrick Systems where he was responsible for their IP video product strategy, focusing on IP video ecosystems and their E-Rate program across all target verticals.
Pat resides in the coastal community of Ormond By The Sea, FL with his wife Sandy and rescued pets Player and Salem. He has served on past several community boards and is an active volunteer. His hobbies include motorcycle instruction and riding, educational technology development, civic event volunteering, sports, fishing, home networking technology and animal rescue.
About Dean Hoke: Based in Bloomington, Indiana, and the United Arab Emirates, Dean is the Managing Partner of Edu Alliance Group. Dean has decades of progressively responsible and visionary leadership roles in higher education, communications & online learning. He has led numerous initiatives that have created innovation and positive change in the higher education & non-profit sector.
Dean began his career in 1975 with Bellarmine University working in various roles, including admissions and external relations. In 1983 he entered the broadcasting field, serving as a senior executive for Public Broadcasting System stations and a cable network. In 1998 he co-founded The Connected Learning Network, a full-service online learning company. In 2009 accepted an invitation to move to the United Arab Emirates, serving in senior positions at Higher Colleges of Technology and Khalifa University before co-founding Edu Alliance in 2014. He participates in numerous advisory and consulting projects in the fields of international education, branding, business intelligence, and online learning. He is an active speaker and writer in global higher education and distance learning. Dean has written on leadership, higher education, and distance learning worldwide.
Dean has a B.A. from Urbana University, an M.S. from the University of Louisville, and a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He is currently Chairperson Elect of the American Association of University Administrators, an Advisory Board member of the Franklin University School of Education, and a member of the United States Distance Learning Association, where he previously served as President-Elect and Chaired the International Partnership Committee.