Joe Thomas at E-Learning Network Feb. 24th

You are invited to the monthly meeting of the E-Learning Network–a group of e-learning professionals representing Memphis-area corporations and organizations.

* When: 11:45 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Thursday, February 24th, 2011
* Where: University of Memphis, College of Education, Ball Hall 320. Map:
* Featured Speaker: Joe Thomas, Ph.D., Chief Operating Office, OrgWide e-learning services (
* Who is Invited: anyone interested in teaching and learning.
* Parking: use the parking garage just north of Ball Hall
* Food: bring your lunch. We’ll have some light refreshments, and we’ll eat while we meet.
* About the E-Learning Network:


Building a Repository of Instructional Design and e-Learning Resources

Come join us for a practical, working session for instructional designers to share our absolute, best (nothing second-rate!) resources for creating innovative, creative, and effective learning assets, whether deployed in a learning management system or using a traditional, instructor-led paradigm.  Participants should come prepared to share one or two (or more) resources so we can build a useful compendium for all of us to use in our individual practices.  Resources can include instructional design Web sites, blogs, job aids, samples, templates, or anything else you consider an excellent resource that your instructional design colleagues might find valuable.  Together we’ll develop a comprehensive repository of resources for instructional designers … and we’ll continue to build and publish new resources over the next year.

Bio Sketch

Dr. Joe Thomas is an innovator and entrepreneur. For more than 20 years, Joe has created and evaluated technology-based learning solutions for education and workplace training. Collaborating with professionals and experts across many different disciplines, he has developed industry-leading strategies for transferring learning and knowledge, and then assessing the impact of learning on the individual and the organization.  Joe is a former member of senior management at NIKE, Inc. where he worked domestically and internationally (Japan, Korea, Belgium) to implement Change Management and training solutions for new distribution centers being built in Asia and Europe.  He managed a multi-cultural team in the areas of organizational development, applications training, and executive leadership development.

After successfully developing and leading the delivery of complex training solutions across diverse national groups and languages, Joe was invited to return to the NIKE World Headquarters-based Promotional Distribution Center as the operations manager to turn around the ailing business.  Prior to joining NIKE, Joe served as a senior industrial psychologist with Federal Express Corporation where he was responsible for measuring employee competencies for all customer service-based jobs.  He also provided consultation to the Leadership Institute, The Quality Academy, the Ground Operations Division, the Customer Service Division and the International Customer Service Division in assessment methodologies, statistics and data analysis, training impact measurement, and program evaluation.  Joe earned a B.A. and M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University Fullerton, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from the Johns Hopkins University.  Because of his passion for teaching, Joe has maintained a number of adjunct teaching positions during his professional career with institutions like the Johns Hopkins University (statistics, psychology), Cal State Fullerton (research and design), Towson State University (testing and measurement), and the Christian Brothers University (industrial-organizational psychology).

Joe maintains membership in many professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Statistical Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education, to name a few.  He has authored scores of technical papers and training manuals (in four languages), and is a highly-regarded presenter in the topics of innovative eLearning, assessment methodologies, and performance improvement.

Please forward this notice to interested colleagues, or those you know involved in training and learning initiatives.


Trey Martindale, Associate Professor
Instructional Design and Technology, University of Memphis (901) 870-6926
Director, IDT Studio
E-learning Network

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