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June 17, 2018

Call For Volunteers: 2018 International Forum for Women in E-learning (IFWE)

From Thursday’s inbox…

USDLA
Save the Date – Call for Volunteers
The United States Distance Learning Association’s
International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE)
San Antonio, Texas
 Wednesday, November 28 – Friday, November 30, 2018
Call for Volunteers!
Hello all,
We are pleased to announce this “Save the Date” for the International Forum for eLearning (IFWE) 2018 event!  IFWE is designed to recognize current and inspire future women leaders in the field, and is presented by USDLA every two years.  IFWE is an opportunity to share ideas, learn about eLearning best practices, discuss issues, and gain a better understanding of being a successful leader.  In addition, it provides attendees with a wonderful opportunity to establish new relationships and contacts, find a mentor or become a mentor, and learn from friends involved in eLearning. The format of the event allows attendees to hear about relevant topics from many different points of view.  IFWE attendees leave the event energized with new ideas and a new network of colleagues to call upon when needed.
IFWE is the perfect professional development opportunity for up-and-coming women leaders to learn from some of the best in the field.
There isn’t another event like IFWE, so you don’t want to miss it this year.  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 28 – Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas.  More information and the Call for Proposals will be available soon at www.usdla.org/events/ifwe-2018/.
In addition to “Save the Date,” this email serves as a Call for Planning – your opportunity to volunteer to help plan the program or work with the hospitality team to ensure we have the best IFWE to date!  If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Rhonda Blackburn (rblackburn91@gmail.com) no later than Wednesday, June 20th.
If you are interested in running a mobile round table, please contact Mary Boaz (mary.boaz@EKU.edu) no later than Wednesday, June 20th.  .
Note that these committees fill quickly, so if you’re interested please contact Rhonda or Mary right away.
We look forward to seeing many of you later this year!  If you have specific questions about IFWE, please feel free to contact one of the co-coordinators, Darcy Hardy at dhardy@usdla.org or Janet Major at jmajor@usdla.org.
Thanks!
-Darcy, Janet, Mary and Rhonda
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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. http://www.usdla.org 

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June 7, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (06-04-2018)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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May 24, 2018

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May 19, 2018

Press Release: Flores Retires As USDLA CEO/Executive Director

An item from today’s inbox…

For Immediate Release
USDLA
Media Contact:
Eric Christopher Webb
1-443-740-6899
FLORES RETIRES AS USDLA CEO/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
USDLA’s First African American President and Board Chairman Smith Assumes Helm
BOSTON, MA (May 17, 2018) – Dr. John Flores announced his retirement as CEO / Executive Director from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) effective July 1, 2018 at its recent annual national conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Flores, who had served in the post for more than 20 years, had been the heart and soul of USDLA and had positioned the organization to become globally recognized as a voice and force supporting all aspects of the distance learning industry.  His tenure was marked with outstanding success through steady membership enrollment, sponsorship growth, and revenue generation.
“It is with mixed feelings I announce my retirement, but I look forward to the next chapter in my life,” Flores said.  “It has been a wonderful journey with USDLA and I have met hundreds of terrific colleagues. I want to especially thank all USDLA Boards of Directors I have worked with over the years. It has truly been my honor to have served the Association.”
The Board of Directors voted to appoint Dr. Reggie Smith III as Flores’ replacement effective July 1, 2018.  In addition, a transition support team has been established since the USDLA headquarters will move from Boston to Washington, D.C. as part of the leadership transition.
“I’ve known both Dr. Flores and Dr. Smith for over a decade and I’m certain the transition will be seamless,”said Pat Cassella, USDLA President. “I am working with Reggie daily to move USDLA along and the board is confident in his abilities as we continue to grow it as a premier organization for the entire distance / online learning profession globally.”
 “I am excited that Dr. Smith will be succeeding me,” Flores said.  “He has been a longtime friend and colleague and I am sure he will continue to maintain and lead the Association in a most positive and productive way. “
Prior to his appointment, Smith served as Chair Emeritus of the USDLA Board of Directors providing board leadership to the association, members, and partners. In 2009 and 2010 respectively, Smith was elected as the association’s first African-American president and then chairman.
“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Flores.  He is a legend in the field and I plan to leverage the tremendous work he has done to continuously expand USDLA globally,” said Smith, who is the incoming CEO / Executive Director. “Distance learning is about using available technologies and technology infrastructures to make more effective learning opportunities accessible to all learners, whatever their age, location, or reason for learning from anywhere, at any time, and at any pace, in accordance with the individual needs of each student. It is critical to competitiveness in today’s fast-paced global, economic environment, which requires constant innovation, upskilling, and reskilling for lifelong learning, and distance learning is the only efficient, scalable, sustainable way to build and protect the value of our current and future workforce.”
Over the years, Smith, who is a recognized authority on media and telecommunications issues has served as presenter, keynote or judge at various events and conferences worldwide and has been recognized for his distinguished service in supporting distance learning, including the USDLA Hall of Fame Award, Black Engineer of the Year Award for Community Service, Federal Government Distance Learning Association’s (FGDLA) Hall of Fame Award, FGDLA Pillar Award, Virtual World Association’s Excellence Award among others.
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About the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. 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, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit: USDLA.org
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May 18, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (05-14-2018)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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CEO / Executive Director
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