Thanks for stopping at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) website to take a little time to interact with us and uncover some examples of the excellence of distance learning along with the people and organizations behind it. Our website is comprised of several focused areas of which you may be interested in exploring further.
Formed in 1987, you’ve found us in a very special year where the USDLA is celebrating our 30th birthday. We’ve been consistently supporting the development and application of distance learning over that time while representing the community across a variety of constituencies that includes pre K-12, Higher Education, Continuing Education, Homeschooling, Corporate, Military & Government, and Telehealth. Synchronous & asynchronous, online, video conferencing, and/or whatever we need to do to bridge the divide (even smoke signals and carrier pigeons)… We Are Distance Learning.
Our desire at the USDLA is for you to not only sit back and learn from the best of the best in distance learning, like through our USDLA Award winners, but to become active participants in that experience. It all starts someplace, maybe it’s checking out the website or attending an event, but over time should expand into focused networking, volunteering, leading, and hopefully someday mentoring the next generation.
There are several paths for you to explore and take in order to help you get the highest level of engagement as well as personal and professional growth with the USDLA. This can begin through a Chapter, but then filter into helping make things happen with a USDLA committee like Communications or Membership. Or maybe you’re one of our international friends that would like to be a part of our Global Partnership committee. The point is to identify how you can get the most out of your experience by what you can put in to the experience.
If you haven’t already, join us, as a member and/or sponsor, and plan to immerse yourself in the unique diversity of a community broader than your own while we learn from and with one another formally as well as informally.
In closing, recently a good friend of mine, fellow USDLA Board member Patrick Pluscht, made a comment about one of our Chapters that I feel is also true about the USDLA. It has been 30 years and the USDLA “endures even as distance education is being mainstreamed because it focuses on what’s really important—connecting people and growing new leaders, not just showcasing great technology.” As you start and strengthen relationships in our distance learning community, please try to remember that, and focus on how you can best contribute to your USDLA family.
Hoping to see you virtually or in the flesh, sooner rather than later.
2017 USDLA President