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May 20, 2022

Recognition of Industry Leaders at USDLA Conference

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An update on this up-coming conference.

We are gearing up for our 35th Anniversary celebration so please mark your calendars and join us in Nashville!
On Wednesday afternoon we will be taking a walk down USDLA memory lane as we reminisce about past trends, recognize industry leaders and take a look at what the future of on-line learning has in store.
Our Awards dinner will follow on Wednesday evening where we will recognize leaders in the digital/distance learning space as we enjoy a fabulous meal and evening cocktails.
We exceeded our expectations this year with more than 100 quality submissions from experts around the world. Don’t miss these informative sessions that include:
  • Hybrid Teaching Techniques
  • Digital Literacy Tips and Tricks
  • Building Course Communities
  • How to engage Students Online
  • Metaverse Online Learning and so much more!
Don’t forget, there are 4 Pre-Conference sessions that are completely free for all registered attendees.
Can’t join us in Nashville? No problem, all sessions will be virtual for the first time!
Remember, registration is limited and filling quickly so be sure to grab your ticket now while they are still available at
See you in Nashville!
Pat Cassella
USDLA Chairman of the Board and Conference Chair
USDLA 35th Anniversary National Conference
Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
July 18 – 21, 2022
Offered In Person and Virtually
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President
Eric Jones, President-Elect
USDLA 35th Anniversary National Conference – July 18-21, 2022 – Nashville, TN
About 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 | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

May 19, 2022

Share Your SITE 2022 Papers

Note this item intended mainly for those who attended the 2022 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference.

Every article published on LearnTechLib comes with built-in features for authors to view and share their SITE 2022 papers widely with colleagues and more! Share your latest conference proceedings from SITE 2022.
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May 18, 2022

AADES 2022 (8-9 August 2022)

Formerly AADES stood for the Australian Association of Distance Education Schools, although now it is just known by the acronym, but they have their next biennial meeting coming up this summer in Adelaide, South Australia.  I’ll be honest and say that I missed the call for proposals, as this is a conference that I have wanted to attend for a number of years and was kind of thinking that this next one might be the one (I guess I’ll have to wait until 2024 now).

They haven’t posted the full program yet, but what has been posted thus far is available here and you can see the full list of invited speakers here.

Anyway, as a conference totally focused on K-12 distance and online learning in Australia, I encourage you to keep an eye on it – and if you’re able to, check it out.

Help us make #DLAC23 even better!

A chance to improve on what is already a pretty good conference.

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Presentation: Online or Remote Learning and Mental Health

A few days ago my colleagues and I presented this session at the OTESSA annual conference.

Moore, S., Barbour, M. K., & Veletsianos, G. (2022, May). Online or remote learning and mental health [Paper]. Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association Annual Conference.

Abstract: While there has been a great deal of debate over the impact of online and remote learning on mental health and well-being, there has been no systematic syntheses or reviews of the research on this particular issue. In this session, we will present a review of research on mental health / well-being and online or remote learning. Our preliminary analyses suggest that little scholarship existed prior to 2020 and that most of these studies have been conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. We report three findings: (a) it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to control for pandemic effects in the data, (b) studies present a very mixed picture, with variability around how mental health and well-being are measured and how / whether any causal inferences are made in relation to online and remote learning, and (c) results across these studies are extremely mixed. Based on this study, we suggest that researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and administrators exercise extreme caution around making generalizable assertions with respect to the impacts of online/remote learning and mental health.

The slides are embedded below.

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