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September 7, 2010

CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT: Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA)

I wonder what kind of K-12 representation it has…

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U.S. Federal Government Chapter Spotlight

The Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) is a nonprofit, professional association formed to promote the development and application of distance learning in the Federal Government, in accordance with  Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code for Business Leagues and charted by the State of Ohio. Additionally, the Association actively fosters collaboration and understanding among those involved in leveraging technology and instructional media in support of the education and training needs of Federal Government.

Focused on supporting Federal Government agencies involved in distance learning, the FGDLA  encourages the application of all forms of distance learning media, as well as embracing innovative methods in  integrating instructional technologies to meet the training and education needs of the Federal Government. Our membership is derived primarily from individuals employed by the various agencies within the Federal Government.

The FGDLA is a chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association.

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See the recent FGDLA Newsletter below…



August 02, 2010
In this newsletter
Mark Your Calendars

Welcome New Members to FGDLA

FGDLA 2.0 Launches Fall 2010

Government’s Digital Campus

Free Member Benefit

All the best from your board of directors:

President: Phil Westfall (Dept of the Air Force),

Government Sector Vice President: Donna Parker, (Dept of the Air Force),

Higher Education Sector Vice President: Jolly Holden (American Intercontinental University),

Treasurer: Randy Palubiak (Enliten Management Group),

Chair of the Board of Advisors: Mike Tippets (Hughes),

Chair of the Publications Committee: Catherine Upton (B2B Media)

To Our Membership:This is our first general communication to our membership this year, and this eNewsletter will come quarterly to members.

  • Mark Your Calendars
August 18 – 20
FGDLA Conference at Washington Interactive Technologies Conference 2010, Arlington, VA

August 19th
SALT’s Interactive Technologies Conference, Arlington, VA
12:45-1:20PM, Thursday, Aug 19, in the FGDLA presentation roomAugust 26th, 2 PM FGDLA Board Meeting

Sept 2010, General Membership Conference Call Meeting

You can join this list of 300 esteemed organizations, and become a member free at

Mr. Clarence Baker
Acting CLO/Director
Health and Human Services University

Mr. Lorenzo Rodriguez
IMI Specialist

Ms. Peggy Kenyon
Training Products Manager
US Army

FGDLA has tapped the resources of Social Networking and web site Guru Jolly Holden. Members will discover a new Website now live at

Watch for your LinkedIn invite to the FGDLA Group. Only members will be invited to this closed community. Connect with one another, share ideas and solutions on this LinkedIn Group

LinkedIn FGDLA Group members will gain exclusive access to learning resources and industry articles. The FGDLA LinkedIn Group will promote industry collaboration and will enhance interaction for government agencies.

Today, distance education is recognized worldwide as a vital ingredient to maintaining a strong, well-trained workforce. In the U.S., one noteworthy program that is using broadband networks and the latest audio and video technologies to provide distance learning is the Government Education and Training Network (GETN. Developed by the Government Alliance for Training and Education (GATES), GETN is a network of Federal agencies that use a common satellite carrier for an interoperable, interactive network that enables agencies to share distance learning programs using common facilities.
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As a member of FGDLA, you earn a free subscription to Government Elearning! Magazine. View the e-zine here. To receive the print publications, subscribe complimentary at:
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Newly formed Georgia Distance Learning Association (GADLA) chapter’s inaugural meeting and luncheon on Friday September 17, 2010

The newly formed Georgia Distance Learning Association (GADLA) will host the chapter’s inaugural meeting and luncheon on Friday September 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Fahm Hall.  The luncheon and meeting is being offered free for Georgia education, tele-health, corporate elearning and technology professionals interested in becoming a part of this exciting new organization.

We hope you can join us for the state chapter meeting as this event will be informative and inspiring.

RSVP by September 2, 2010 to Felecia Singleton at or 912-525-8031.

Sept. 15-17
Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel
15 E. Liberty St.
Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah College of Art and Design invites you to the sixth annual Designs on eLearning Conference, an international conference on learning and teaching with technology in art, design and communication.

The Designs on eLearning Conference aims to cast light on established practices in the field, on innovations in teaching and learning with technology, on the challenges and successes presented by the visual nature of our discipline, and on the benefits of online and blended learning. It provides a forum for disseminating and promoting good practice in art, design and communication and for the exchange of ideas and information on the creative use of elearning in development.

To learn more about the SCAD hosted Designs on eLearning Conference visit our website. ( )

Featured Keynote Speakers
Brian A. OliverSmith, President and CEO
Urban Planet Mobile

Philip Butler, Senior eLearning Adviser
University of London Computer Centre

Reggie Smith III, President
United States Distance Learning Association

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Traveling Arkansas: Virtual GPS
Growing Personal Success Through Distance Education
ARDLA Conference 2010
September 21-23
Clarion Resort on the Lake
Hot Springs, Arkansas

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2010 Fall Leadership Workshop Set for Horseshoe Bay Resort, October 6-8

Mark your calendar to attend the 2010 Fall Leadership Workshop, October 6-8, 2010 at Horseshoe Bay Resort located in the Texas Hill Country. Join us for exciting team building activities and strategic planning to see where you can help guide the future of the organization. Don’t stand on the sidelines…get in the game!
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Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) Fall Conference, October 15 – 16, 2010 Orlando, Florida.

“Creating Technology-rich Instructions” is the theme for the 2010 state-wide Fall Conference of the Florida Distance Learning Association that will be held in Orlando. The October 15 and 16 meeting will be held at the Nova Southeastern Student Educational Center located at the Millennium Mall in Orlando, Florida. Featured speakers will include K-12 educators, university professors and expert technology providers. For more information or to register for the conference visit

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MDLA’s 2010 Fall Event
MDLA hosts a mini-conference each fall. The event, which is free to members and guests, will be held during National Distance Education Week (November 8 – 12, 2010).
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Fall 2010 Conference
The ODLA Fall Conference will be held at Rose State College on November 12, 2010 from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. If you are interested in presenting a talk please follow this link. If you are interested in exhibiting your wares please follow this link.

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8th Annual
PADLA Conf & Expo
November 19th 2010
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Since 1993 USDLA has continued to establish state chapters in all fifty states. USDLA Chapters are designed to fulfill the needs of the USDLA membership as well as the distance learning community as a whole through local chapter meetings, state conferences and activities. USDLA State Chapters represent local offices of the national association as a nationwide resource for the promotion, development and application of distance learning for educating and training.
For more information on starting or joining a state chapter, contact Ken Conn, USDLA Senior Vice President for Chapters at or USDLA at 800.275.5162.

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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

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