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  • 03 Apr 2022 10:10 AM | Kenji Sakulrat (Administrator)

    NEDLA Executive Director, Dr. Laura Dowling, leads panel discussions at the World Higher Education Ranking Summit (WHERS) 2022. WHERS brings together the world’s brightest minds in higher education, leading authorities like the United Nations, prominent changemakers, government officials, and policymakers to implement best practices and adopt new technologies to innovate higher education. “I’m honored to be a part of the WHERS team,” says Dr. Dowling. “Innovation in academia is long overdue. The primary purpose of university education is to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for a chosen career. Universities are failing to deliver at a significant financial burden to the student consumer and increasing dissatisfaction of industry (employers) who claim graduates lack basic skills in multiple areas. The higher education business model, technology, and pedagogy is outdated for a digital, social economy and not delivering ROI. The time for transformation in higher education is now. “

    Dr. Laura states, “Another significant pain point is the broken university ranking systems.  College ranking systems focus on prestige instead of learning and student experience once they enter college, driving the cost of college up and standards down. Uniranks, the world’s largest university ranking engine, is a catalyst for driving transparency and accountability in higher education. Universities will be ranked on high academic standards, diversity and inclusion, employability post-graduation, ROI, and much more. Diverse participation from around the globe will accelerate knowledge sharing of best practices through collaboration and metaverse technology.”

    Dr. Dowling led the following discussion panels: How to Bridge the Gap Between Industry and Academia: Ways to Enable Students with Work-ready Skills, The Impact of Student Voices and Stakeholder Feedback on Global Ranking, How to Support Students’ Mental Health and Well-being, Creation of Transparent Universities Through the Power of Leadership, and Student Services and Employability.

    “It was an honor to work with Majdi Abu Alhaj and Linda Qeblawi on this important effort. It was a pleasure joining colleagues and students from across globe including Dr. J. R Reagan, Dr. Dennis Dipasguale, Humam Dweik, Rai Nauman Mumtaz, Professor Daniel Chatham, Dr. Ghassan Issa, Dr. Ajith Kumar, Rita Kakati-Shah, Dr. Bruce Mackh, Dr.  Michael Leslie, Ed Samuel, Dr. Georgia Bedford, Ruth Fuente, Timothy Markle, Connor, Shannon Blake-Lynch, Rashmi Sharma, and Sheherbano Shabbir.”

    Get informed, watch live replays, and become an integral part of Uniranks. Go to

  • 29 Jan 2022 1:00 PM | Rod Murray (Administrator)

    View our newly revised Vision, Mission and Values developed by our new Board.

  • 22 Nov 2021 4:24 PM | Rod Murray (Administrator)

    Dr. Douglas J. Koch and the rest of the Board of Directors of the NorthEast Digital Learning Association (NEDLA formerly PADLA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Dowling will be assuming the role of Executive Director effectively. In this role, Dr. Dowling will take a leadership role and work closely with the board to increase membership, align NEDLAs vision, mission, and goals, support marketing and communication efforts, and support programming. She will work closely with Mr. Louis Stricoff, our former Executive Director and current Board Member Emeritus on these efforts and draw from his decades of experience in these areas. The board is excited to have her on the board, as we believe her vast experience will complement the organization as it moves into its third decade.

    Dr. Laura Dowling is an author, Club House Co-host, keynote speaker, yogi, and scholar specializing in leadership, education, information technology selection and implementation, and health care administration. She has 25-years of corporate experience in highly regulated industries, building and leading teams to exceed financial and operational expectations. She holds an MBA in Technology Management and multiple technical, counseling, and soft skills certifications.

    Dr. Dowling has 10-years of non-profit board of directors’ leadership experience and 15 years of experience in innovative curriculum and course design and teaching in Higher Education. An experienced consultant, coach, mentor, and business advisor, Laura combines theoretical and practical knowledge with information technology to enhance hard and soft skill development, equipping individuals and organizations in successfully navigating complex business dynamics in the rapidly changing world of work. Laura has recruited, hired, managed, educated, coached, and mentored hundreds of employees and students over the years. Her customized approaches enhance individual, team, and organizational capacity to improve performance.

    Dr. Laura Dowling’s contact information:

    PADLA Board of Directors


  • 12 Oct 2021 3:55 PM | Rod Murray (Administrator)

    If you are also interested in supporting our newly expanded Academic & Corporate professional community by becoming an Exhibitor/Sponsor, please contact me ASAP for all details. Rest assured that we will be dedicated to helping you realize the highest ROI possible.

    For more info contact:

    Douglas J. Koch, EdD

    NEDLA President

    Check out the NEDLA Resources Page to find out about the Solution Providers who actively support our professional community and give them an opportunity for your next project.

  • 10 Oct 2021 1:55 PM | Rod Murray (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors of the NorthEast Digital Learning Association is excited to announce that Dr. Douglas J Koch has become the new President of NEDLA effective October 1, 2021. Steve Hart, current President, and an original Board member will step down after more than 20 years of leadership. Louis Stricoff, current Executive Director and PADLA/NEDLA founder, will also retire from his position. Dr. Rod Murray, who serves as the Director of Technology, will be stepping down shortly but remain on the Board to help with the transition. After his departure, he will join Steve Hart and Lou Stricoff as Board Members Emeriti.

    Steve Hart stated, "We are thrilled that Doug has agreed to take on the leadership of NEDLA at this consequential moment in our history. The pandemic has significantly increased the demand for ongoing high quality and effective online learning among all of NEDLA's membership segments. Doug will continue our strong tradition of service and build a supportive learning community among our members. Both Lou and I will work hard with Doug to ensure a smooth transition. We wish Doug all the very best as he steps into this new leadership role."

    Louis Stricoff stated, "Doug is the very best choice for NEDLA's future, exhibiting both a proven enthusiasm for the mission of the organization and advancement of the Digital Learning profession. This is a perfect time for a change in leadership and an opportunity for others to bring a fresh perspective to our professional community. As I have stated often, Thank You All for your continuing support."

    The Board is also pleased to announce that Dr. Dominique Kliger will remain as Vice President and continue to provide leadership as the organization transitions into its third decade. Doug, Dominque, At Large member Susan Darlington, and Treasurer Brian McCauly believe the change in leadership at NEDLA provides a wonderful opportunity for you, our members, to step up and help the organization continue our learning services and grow NEDLA to a new level. Doug is looking to fill a few critical leadership roles on our Board that he feels are necessary to help NEDLA remain viable in the post-pandemic era. They include:

    • Executive Director (including Business Development)
    • Secretary
    • Director of Communications (including Social Media)
    • Director of Technology
    • At Large Board members

    In addition to board members, NEDLA is looking for people interested in serving the organization as committee leaders. NEDLA is looking for people with backgrounds in the following areas:

    • K-12
    • Community Colleges
    • Higher Education
    • Libraries, Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
    • Corporate
    • Emerging Technologies
    • learning Pedagogies
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
    • Community Building
    • Membership Development
    • Programming and Events

    In closing, the Board of Directors would like to thank Lou, Steve, and Rod for their long and faithful service to the organization. We also want to express our sincere gratitude to the thousands of members, sponsors, and presenters for all you have contributed to NEDLA. We are excited about the future of online learning, and we look forward to you being a part of our ongoing learning community.

    Best regards,


  • 06 Mar 2021 4:00 PM | Rod Murray (Administrator)

    The PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association (PADLA) is very excited to announce our NEW NAME change to The Northeast Digital Learning Association (NEDLA) reflecting both our geographical expansion (encompassing all of the Northern & Mid-Atlantic US East Coast states from Maine to Virginia), and the evolution of our focus on the field of Digital Learning technologies and methodologies.

    NEDLA now greatly expands its Academic & Corporate community geographical reach, our professional knowledge base, and business opportunities for our Exhibitors/Sponsors to reach potential clients. JOIN US TODAY!

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