For many years distance learning providers operated outside of the then standard, face-to-face educational paradigm. That mentality made our gatherings special and an almost tangible sense of family emerged. This warmth and camaraderie continues today. There are some good times in this, certainly, but the spirit is built more around the privilege of working hard and learning together.
2017 National Conference
April 30 – May 3, 2017
Take a look at events that USDLA has hosted in the past.
Another element of the USDLA culture is that by and large, we come together as working professionals, not as high-brow educational theorists. So “what works” will always trump fancy pedagogical jargon. By and large, you’ll find an emphasis on harvesting practical, real-world solutions … and often from unconventional sources. To wit, might an elementary school teacher offer something of value to a college professor? The answer can be surprising!
Many of our events, too, bring together companies which provide goods and services to distance learning providers. Certainly marketing can take place in such a setting but experience shows that it’s more about finding synergies than practicing salesmanship.
Folks learn from a community that is broader than their own – and everybody wins!