We are pleased that you
have chosen to visit us at usdla.org. Each year many
thousands come to this website – some as educators or trainers
wanting to hone their professional skills, some as potential distance
learning students hoping to gain a better understanding of their
options, and some as scholars pursuing research on technology-enabled
learning. Whatever brought you here, welcome.
The United States
Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has an interesting footprint.
Founded almost 30 years ago, USDLA is the oldest national
organization devoted to advancing distance learning. We are active
in K-20, corporate, government, and telehealth. We embrace all forms
distance learning media, from networked to physical media, and all
forms of delivery from videoconferencing to online learning and, yes,
even the postal system. Indeed, it is this breadth and depth of
engagement that has led us to say, “Come learn from a community
that is broader than your own.” Whatever your learning
specialty, welcome home.
You will find on this
website an amazing Research center with information that you likely
will not find elsewhere on the Web. You’ll get a snapshot of the
“best of the best” in our Awards section. Learn about USDLA in
your local area in the State Chapter section. Looking to validate
the professionalism of your program? See our Credentialing section
and learn about USDLA’s Quality Standards certification. If you
want to go deeper, definitely check out our Events section and
especially our national conference in the spring and our policy forum
in the late fall.
If that seems like too
much to take in all at once, then you (as an individual, an
institution, or a company) need to consider joining USDLA. You will
find that we’re a rather straightforward group of hands-on distance
learning professionals. Just as we have been helped by others along
the way, we want to reach out, lend a hand, and together move forward
to better develop and refine distance education!