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April 6, 2021

USDLA Public Policy Webinars, Oiada Global Village Inspiration Day with Dave Shull, CEO of Poly and much more…

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Even more up-coming webinar events…

Events
Public Policy Webinar
Please join us for all three sessions, and the opportunity to learn and network with the leaders of distance learning
April 9, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
DOE Update
What is the vision of our newly elected administration? Join us for a review of the following report from the Department of Education: https://joebiden.com/education/
April 16, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Broadband Update
Which legislation will help close the gap in the digital divide? What organizations are leading the charge?
This panel will include representatives from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC).
April 23, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Technology Updates
What is the latest and greatest in technology for distance learning and where are the funding opportunities?
This session will feature board members of USDLA from several constituencies who are national experts to share their advice and resources to help foster growth both in broadband and the technology we connect to it.
Oiada Global Village Inspiration Day with Dave Shull, CEO of Poly
Apr 13, 2021 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
The objective of the Inspiration Day event is to provide students the opportunity to speak with Dave Shull to discuss how 21st century is being utilized during the Covid-19 pandemic. The conversation is meant to demonstrate the important role of technology in today’s environment and to boost the students’ confidence that they can make a difference in the world today and in the future.
About Oiada International Visit:
April 30, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm ET
OhioDLA
Bringing the Pieces of Educational Opportunities Together
David Stein, Chair
Paul Hieronymus, Vice Chair
Lee Gambol, OhioDLA Member
Time to go to New Orleans!
Details coming soon!
Committee Volunteer Opportunities Available
Sponsorship opportunities available: jmajor@usdla.org
Pandemic Coda One Year Later
As we pass the one year mark of the pandemic for most people in North America and Europe, The IMCCA created this “time capsule” to remember how we lived, what and who we mourned, what we learned and what we hope. USDLA participated along with other industry leaders to reflect on the past year.
IMCCA Pandemic Coda - One Year Later
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Ms. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
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.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

April 1, 2021

USDLA HBCU News, Friday Series, Public Policy, Broadband Breakfast and more…

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Note these up-coming events.

Events
Public Policy Webinar
Please join us for all three sessions, and the opportunity to learn and network with the leaders of distance learning
April 9, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
DOE Update
What is the vision of our newly elected administration? Join us for a review of the following report from the Department of Education: https://joebiden.com/education/
April 16, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Broadband Update
Which legislation will help close the gap in the digital divide? What organizations are leading the charge?
This panel will include representatives from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC).
April 23, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Technology Updates
What is the latest and greatest in technology for distance learning and where are the funding opportunities?
This session will feature board members of USDLA from several constituencies who are national experts to share their advice and resources to help foster growth both in broadband and the technology we connect to it.
Learning From the Resiliency of HBCU’s Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authored by Dr. Arletha McSwain, USDLA President-elect and Director of Online Learning , Central State University of Ohio
According to Pew Research, 34 percent of Black Americans don’t have high-speed internet and 42 percent don’t have personal computers. This obviously makes it very difficult for students and faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to be successful as they transition to remote learning.
Stronger Together – The 2020 HBCU Action Town Hall Report
On May 14th and 15th, 2020, the HBCU Action Nation Town Hall, co-hosted by United States Distance Learning Association, the Online Learning ConsortiumNational Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Tennessee State University, brought together many esteemed panels of experts that came together to share their stories, challenges, and solutions, holistically addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HBCU students, faculty and staff, institutions, and communities.
Dr. Robbie Melton, USDLA Board of Directors, Professor of Educational Administration at Tennessee State University
This week’s episode of The Key examines the state of open educational resources and other affordable textbook options.
Time to go to New Orleans!
Details coming soon!
Committee Volunteer Opportunities Available
Sponsorship opportunities available: jmajor@usdla.org
Education Technology Funding in 2021
Mar 30, 2021
Do you have the educational technology to make the new normal work? Learn how to successfully navigate funding avenues for EdTech in 2021. Acquisition is key, so sign up now to find out from the experts the best way to get the resources your school needs.
Our awesome panelists include:
– Reggie Smith III, Ph.D. Executive Director at USDLA
– Kristin DeProspero Solutionz Conferencing, Inc
– DC Greer, Vice President at Government Capital Corporation
– Michael Baker Vice President of Sales at VDO360
– Dan Freeman Founder of VDO360
Broadband Breakfast –
The State of Online Higher Education
Recording of the March 24 episode available as panelist discuss – The State of Online Higher Education
Dr. Badrul Khan, Author and
E-Learning & Instructional Design Professional (USDLA Advisory Board Member)
Dr. Charles Severance, Clinical Professor of Information, University of Michigan School of Information
Dr. Lori Williams, President and CEO of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
Dr. David Weinberger, Writer and Affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast
State Chapters
TxDLA Targeted Professional
Development Days:
2021 Spring Webinar Series
4-Year Higher Ed: Mar 25
2-Year Higher Ed: Apr 9
Corporate Trainers: May 6
Government/Nonprofit: Jun 25
TxDLA 2021 Virtual Conference:
This is How We Do It!
April 20-23
TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Program
Spring: April 2 – May 30, 2021
Summer: June 21 – August 1, 2021
Fall: October 4 – November 7, 2021
April 6
10:30am – 12:00pm ET
What will be the “new normal” for higher education?
Join NEDLA, Northeast Digital Learning Association (formerly PADLA) & IMS for a FREE virtual event.
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Ms. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
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.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

March 25, 2021

USDLA Friday Series, Public Policy, Telehealth, Revitalized State Chapter and much more…

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Note these up-coming events from the USDLA.

Events
March 26, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM ET
TxDLA We Are Family
Charlene Stubblefield, TxDLA President and Executive Director,
Center for Instructional Innovation and Technology Services at
Prairie View A&M University
 Dr. Aleyda Cantu-Lee, TxDLA President-Elect, and Director of Digital Learning, Office of Distance Education & Learning Technologies,
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
USDLA Signature Series – Public Policy
Please join us for all three sessions, and the opportunity to learn and network with the leaders of distance learning
April 9, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
DOE Update
What is the vision of our newly elected administration? Join us for a review of the following report from the Department of Education: https://joebiden.com/education/
April 16, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Broadband Update
Which legislation will help close the gap in the digital divide? What organizations are leading the charge?
This panel will include representatives from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC).
April 23, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Technology Updates
What is the latest and greatest in technology for distance learning and where are the funding opportunities?
This session will feature board members of USDLA from several constituencies who are national experts to share their advice and resources to help foster growth both in broadband and the technology we connect to it.
USDLA Highlights
USDLA is excited to partner with Mediaplanet on this Future of Education campaign! In both K-12 and higher education, school will continue to look very different this year for both teachers and students. Please enjoy this issue with a feature written by our President-Elect, Dr. Arletha McSwain.
Dr. Arletha McSwain, Director, Online Learning, Central State University of Ohio and USDLA President – Elect
Time to go to New Orleans!
Details coming soon!
Committee Volunteer Opportunities Available
Sponsorship opportunities available: jmajor@usdla.org
State Chapters
TxDLA Targeted Professional
Development Days:
2021 Spring Webinar Series
4-Year Higher Ed: Mar 25
2-Year Higher Ed: Apr 9
Corporate Trainers: May 6
Government/Nonprofit: Jun 25
TxDLA 2021 Virtual Conference:
This is How We Do It!
April 20-23
TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Program
Spring: April 2 – May 30, 2021
Summer: June 21 – August 1, 2021
Fall: October 4 – November 7, 2021
April 6
10:30am – 12:00pm ET
What will be the “new normal” for higher education?
Join NEDLA, Northeast Digital Learning Association (formerly PADLA) & IMS for a FREE virtual event.
SOCODLA
The Southern Connection Distance Learning Association (SOCODLA) is a a revitalization of the Tennessee DLA. SOCODLA is expanding efforts to better serve those in the southeast and beyond including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Learn More!
From Our Sponsors
USDLA Sponsors: The Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) and Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC)
ATP has been a leader in telemedicine and has been offering telehealth training for nearly 25 years. ATP offers many distance education opportunities, as well as on demand learning. ATP has won several prestigious awards from USDLA for our programming and best practices. The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC) is federally funded by the Human Resource Service Administration (HRSA) and is a subsidiary of ATP. SWTRC was created to advance the effective use of telemedicine services throughout the Southwest. The TRC formed the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and no matter where you live there is a TRC that serves YOU! Who is Your TRC?
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Ms. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
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.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org

March 17, 2021

USDLA Friday Series, Public Policy, New Digital Divide Podcast w/ Inside Higher Ed and much more…

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Note these items and up-coming events from USDLA.

Events
March 19, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM ET
Marketing for Student Retention
Gregg Meiklejohn CEO and
Co-Founder Enrollment Resources
Tom King SVP, Strategic Initiatives Enrollment Resources
March 26, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM ET
TxDLA We Are Family
Charlene Stubblefield, TxDLA President and Executive Director,
Center for Instructional Innovation and Technology Services at
Prairie View A&M University
 Dr. Aleyda Cantu-Lee, TxDLA President-Elect, and Director of Digital Learning, Office of Distance Education & Learning Technologies,
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
USDLA Signature Series – Public Policy
Please join us for all three sessions, and the opportunity to learn and network with the leaders of distance learning
April 9, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
DOE Update
What is the vision of our newly elected administration? Join us for a review of the following report from the Department of Education: https://joebiden.com/education/
April 16, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Broadband Update
Which legislation will help close the gap in the digital divide? What organizations are leading the charge?
This panel will include representatives from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC).
April 23, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Technology Updates
What is the latest and greatest in technology for distance learning and where are the funding opportunities?
This session will feature board members of USDLA from several constituencies who are national experts to share their advice and resources to help foster growth both in broadband and the technology we connect to it.
Time to go to New Orleans!
Details coming soon!
Committee Volunteer Opportunities Available
Sponsorship opportunities available: jmajor@usdla.org
USDLA Highlights
This week’s guest speakers are Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed’s technology reporter and author of our new report, “Bridging the Digital Divide: Lessons from COVID-19;” Lori Williams, president and CEO of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements; and Reggie Smith III, CEO of the U.S. Distance Learning Association. Plus, we hear from a university student about her experiences staying connected during COVID. Hosted by Inside Higher Ed Co-founder and Editor Doug Lederman.
Leading Change with Human-ware
People are fascinated with technological advances in the medical, science, and education disciplines. Thanks to the micro-sizing of integrated technologies in the supply chain, there are thousands of breakthroughs happening within each field.
Thank you to Lori Williams, President and CEO of
NC-SARA, and Inside Higher Education
State Chapters
TxDLA Targeted Professional
Development Days:
2021 Spring Webinar Series
4-Year Higher Ed: Mar 25
2-Year Higher Ed: Apr 9
Corporate Trainers: May 6
Government/Nonprofit: Jun 25
TxDLA 2021 Virtual Conference:
This is How We Do It!
April 20-23
TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Program
Spring: April 2 – May 30, 2021
Summer: June 21 – August 1, 2021
Fall: October 4 – November 7, 2021
April 6
10:30am – 12:00pm ET
What will be the “new normal” for higher education?
Join NEDLA, Northeast Digital Learning Association (formerly PADLA) & IMS for a FREE virtual event.
From Our Sponsors
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President
Ms. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
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.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002

March 9, 2021

USDLA NEWS – Broadband Breakfast, Public Policy Series, Bonus with USDLA Membership

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A newsletter from the folks at the United States Distance Learning Association.

Events
March 10, 2021
The Emergency Broadband Benefit: How Will the $3.2 Billion Program Work?
In this special Live Online Broadband Breakfast,
Dr. Reggie Smith, USDLA Executive Director and CEO, joined with an esteemed panel, will explore the program and how it will make a difference.
USDLA Signature Series – Public Policy
Please join us for all three sessions, and the opportunity to learn and network with the leaders of distance learning
April 9, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
DOE Update
What is the vision of our newly elected administration? Join us for a review of the following report from the Department of Education: https://joebiden.com/education/
April 16, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Broadband Update
Which legislation will help close the gap in the digital divide? What organizations are leading the charge?
This panel will include representatives from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC).
April 23, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Technology Updates
What is the latest and greatest in technology for distance learning and where are the funding opportunities?
This session will feature board members of USDLA from several constituencies who are national experts to share their advice and resources to help foster growth both in broadband and the technology we connect to it.
IFWE: International Forum for Women in eLearning
SAVE the DATE
December 1 -3, 2021
Time to go to New Orleans!
Details coming soon!
Sponsorship opportunities available: jmajor@usdla.org
State Chapters
TxDLA Targeted Professional
Development Days:
2021 Spring Webinar Series
4-Year Higher Ed: Mar 25
2-Year Higher Ed: Apr 9
Corporate Trainers: May 6
Government/Nonprofit: Jun 25
TxDLA 2021 Virtual Conference:
This is How We Do It!
April 20-23
TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Program
Spring: April 2 – May 30, 2021
Summer: June 21 – August 1, 2021
Fall: October 4 – November 7, 2021
From Our Sponsors
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President
Ms. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
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.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002
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