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December 19, 2013

USDLA 2014 Annual Conference Call For Proposals

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USDLA 2014 Annual Conference

Connecting Pathways to Learning


The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Proposals are

now being accepted based on the conference theme,

Connecting Pathways to Learning

May 4 -7, 2014

The Hilton St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, MO



Submission Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 20, 2013 

We welcome proposals from all corporate, education (higher and K-­12), healthcare,

government, and military organizations on distance learning topics related to:

–   Connecting Globally Through Innovative Distance Learning Programs

o K-12 and Higher Education

o Telehealth and Telemedicine

o Government and Military

–   Leadership Pathways

o Challenges and Successes

o Federal Regulations and Policies

–   Pathways to K-­-12 Learning

o Connecting Common Core State Standards through Distance Learning Solutions

o Pathways to College Readiness through Distance Learning Technologies

–   Creative Strategies, Technologies, and Techniques to Make Learning Connections

o Connecting with Social Media

o Learning through Mobile Technologies, Mobile Learning, and Innovating Apps

o Connecting through New Learning Models

o Credentialing the Workforce through Distance Learning Pathways

There is also a continued opportunity this year to present your session in our virtual classroom setting, which means your session will be viewed by face-to-face attendees as well as those attendees joining us virtually. You will be able to note your interest to do this in the call for proposal link below.

There are several ways to participate:

–   Concurrent information sessions provide an opportunity for you to give an interactive presentation in one or more of the conference topic areas. Conference attendees expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. The committee seeks high quality, though-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format. Co-presenters are encouraged. The program committee may select your proposal to be featured in a panel along with other presenters.(60 minutes)

–   Poster sessions allow presenters to prepare a standing table-top poster that describes a project, process, research or other activity. Presenting a poster session will give you an opportunity to meet and network with a majority of conference attendees and USDLA Award Winners as these sessions are held during the Awards Dinner Reception on Monday evening. (60 minutes)

–   Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues in the field of distance learning.  (3-hour sessions on Sunday, May 4thfrom 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

The committee recommends that proposals be specific about what will make the presentation valuable to attendees. Any proposal that is perceived to be a “sales pitch” will not be considered. Your proposal should be focused on innovative issues, working solutions, and should address the conference theme. All presenters and co-presenters (regardless of session type) will be expected to register for the full conference.



Theconferencewill provide a standard set up (LCD data/video projector and screen). You will need to provide your own laptop computer. If you require Internet access for your session, please stat that clearly in your proposal. Please note that we are unable to provide audio resources (house sound or speakers) for concurrent and/or poster sessions.

Preparing Your Proposal:

All conference proposals should be submitted using the online submission form by clicking on the following link:

For your information, the automated proposal submission system will ask you for the following information:

Please be prepared to provide the following:

1.   Contact Information: the name and full contact information for the lead presenter and

any co-presenters.

2.   Session Title: a succinct, but descriptive title of no more than ten words

3.   Format: concurrent, poster, or pre-conference session

4.   Abstract: 50-word (or less) description of the session. Pleasenote: the session abstract will

be used in the printed program. You should make sure it accurately reflects your session as it will be what draws people to it.

5.   Content: a clear summary of learning objectives and session content in 300-500 words

6.   Conference Topic(s): session can cover more than one topic

7.   Audience Focus by Constituency: USDLA serves multiple constituencies, including K-12,

higher education, corporate, government, military, telehealth, and international. Please tell us who would benefit from your session (may be more than one group).

8.   Internet: Only a standard setup of projector and screen are available. If you need Internet

access for your session you must include that information in your proposal. We cannot accommodate request made during the conference. If you need sound please bring your own speakers.

9.   Virtual Session/Live Feed: opportunity to offer your session in a virtual classroom

with live feed from St. Louis.

Review Criteria:

Conference participants will expect well-delivered presentations containing quality information that is of practical value to their day-to-day professional lives. Members of the USDLA 2014

Conference Program Committee will review each proposal. Reviewers will look for clear descriptions. Considerable weight will be given to proposals that specify session learning objectives and clearly describe why the content will be valuable to attendees.

Specifically, reviewers will look for the following:

–   Relevance to the conference theme, Connecting Pathways to Learning

–   Quality of the presentation: substance, clarity, organization, interactivity

–   Evidence of innovation and effective practice

–   Audience appeal and opportunity for discussion

Status of Proposal and Notification:

The 2014 Program Committee will review proposals and you will be contacted about the status of your proposal by February 10, 2014. If your proposal is accepted, the lead presenter will receive an email containing information relevant to your presentation. Lead presenters are responsible for forwarding all information to their co-presenters. Presenters are eligible for the Early Bird registration rate (even after the close of Early Bird registration).

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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