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July 1, 2020

USDLA Virtual National Conference

Note this up-coming virtual conference.

This is a virtual conference like no other!
Modernizing Learning: Building the Future Learning Ecosystem
FREE copy with your conference registration
Join us for fun activities, keynote speakers and over 20 presenters. We will have virtual rooms for conference attendees to network, meet sponsors and international dining. Enjoy yoga, a sunrise walk, and entertainment by acoustic guitarist Roger Connelly. We will also have our Awards Celebration.
Non-member registration includes a one year individual USDLA Membership as part of your conference registration.
Pre Conference Workshops
How to Produce a Virtual Field Trip – And Where to Be Sure to Go!
Janet Major, Associate Director Facilities, Arizona Telemedicine Program – Arizona HSC
Apple Teacher & Tool Lab – A Look into Creating Content with Apple Tools
Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate VP for the National SMART Technology Innovation Center, TSU
Grant Writing Workshop – A Look into DL Grants, Writing Tips, Submitting, and Managing a Grant
Kristin DeProspero, Grant Program Manager, Solutionz Conferencing, Inc.
OhioDLA presents: Ohio Rocks! An Exploration of How
Ohio’s K–12 Distance Learning Programs are Rockin’ the USA
Tom Miller, Manager of Connected Learning, Cleveland Clinic K-12 School Programs, Lee Gambol, DL Coordinator & Museum Educator, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Jordan Rader, Manager of Online Education Programs, COSI (Center of Science & Industry‎) Leslie Charles, Distance Learning Coordinator, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Laura Bryson, CIO, The Ohio Broadcast Commission Jerry Csaki, Director of Youth and Education, The Pro Football Hall of Fame
Virtual Fun Activities
Enjoy our tradition, The Bill Jackson Memorial Sunrise Run/Walk”. This year we offer a virtual option of healthy exercise in your neck of the woods. We will be live ready to capture fun photos or video.
The first 100 conference registrations will receive a FREE Zoom shirt you can sport on your walk!
Sunrise Run/Walk
sponsored by Zoom
Chicago Blues Rocker
Roger Connelly
Our opening reception will include music by acoustic guitar entertainer, Roger Connelly. He has performed at Catalina Island Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica.
Morning Yoga
Join us for a morning class to prepare yourself for an amazing day of learning. The session includes breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
More USDLA Events: Mark Your Calendar
Mark Your Calendar for National Distance Learning Week
November 9-13, 2020
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Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
We look forward to seeing you virtually!
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President/USDLA 2020 Conference Chair
Mrs. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO / Executive Director
Mr. Pat Cassella, Chair Emeritus
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

June 26, 2020

USDLA Virtual National Conference

This online conference may be of interest to some practitioners.

This is a virtual conference like no other!
Join us for fun activities, keynote speakers and over 20 presenters. We will have virtual rooms for conference attendees to network, meet sponsors and international dining. Enjoy yoga, a sunrise walk, virtual field trip and entertainment by acoustic guitarist Roger Connelly. We will also have our Awards Celebration.
Non-member registration includes a one year individual USDLA Membership as part of your conference registration.
Over 20 Presenters
Virtual Fun Activities
Enjoy our tradition, The Bill Jackson Memorial Sunrise Run/Walk”. This year we offer a virtual option of healthy exercise in your neck of the woods. We will be live ready to capture fun photos or video.
The first 100 conference registrations will receive a FREE Zoom shirt you can sport on your walk!
Sunrise Run/Walk
sponsored by Zoom
Chicago Blues Rocker
Roger Connelly
Our opening reception will include music by acoustic guitar entertainer, Roger Connelly. He has performed at Catalina Island Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica.
Morning Yoga
Join us for a morning class to prepare yourself for an amazing day of learning. The session includes breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
Add To Your Calendar
Mark Your Calendar for National Distance Learning Week
November 9-13, 2020
___________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
We look forward to seeing you virtually!
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President
Mrs. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, Chair, Conference Committee
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO / Executive Director
Mr. Pat Cassella, Chair Emeritus
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

June 25, 2020

IFWE 2020 Call for Proposals Due July 1st

Note this up-coming conference deadline.

Wednesday December 2 – Friday December 4, 2020
New Orleans, LA. | Marriott, New Orleans
Call for Proposals | Due July 1, 2020
USDLA is pleased to present Call for Proposals for the ninth International Forum for Women in E-Learning conference. The 2020 conference theme developed by your very creative IFWE 2020 Program Committee is, “What a Wonderful World”.
The theme celebrates women and eLearning in a world that has used online teaching and learning methodologies while navigating the COVID-19 crisis. To complement the theme, the committee has selected four tracks that represent the tracks for which we are soliciting submissions for presentations. These tracks and their corresponding descriptions are described below.
Leading, Learning, Living and Leaning
Be sure to check out the IFWE 2020 website: https://usdla.org/events/ifwe/ and join our IFWE Facebook Page
Thank you for supporting USDLA and IFWE. We look forward to seeing you in
New Orleans
Darcy Hardy
IFWE Founder & Chair
USDLA Chair Emeritus
Janet Major
IFWE Co-Chair
USDLA President
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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

June 24, 2020

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Elects Leadership

This item may be of interest to some readers.

PRESS RELEASE
UNITED STATES DISTANCE LEARNING ASSOCIATION (USDLA)
 ELECTS LEADERSHIP
Seasoned Industry Veteran Dr. Rhonda Blackburn Becomes USDLA President and Dr. Arletha McSwain Becomes President-Elect.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 23, 2020 — The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) recently elected Dr. Rhonda Blackburn as President of the association. The association is the first non-profit distance learning association founded 1987 in the United States to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.
Dr. Blackburn has been working in academia for the pasts 20+ years as a teacher, administrator, trainer, and consultant. Before serving as  VP and Chief Academic Officer for LoudCloud Systems, she was the Senior Advisory Consultant and Strategic Account Manager for Higher Education for Desire2Learn, where she provided guidance and planning for state-wide consortiums and large institutions.
Prior to Desire2Learn, Dr. Blackburn was the Associate Provost of Educational Enhancement at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her office covered faculty development, instructional technology, distance education, media/video services, and classroom experience. Within this capacity, she supported faculty while helping them develop well designed courses, both traditional and online. She also guided her staff in understanding the technology and how it can be used effectively in a classroom setting. She spearheaded the redesign and integration of technology into the classrooms throughout the campus.  Dr. Blackburn received her B.S. in psychology at Texas A&M University and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education and a specialty in Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University.
“We welcome Dr. Blackburn as our new president.  She brings exceptional knowledge and a level of acumen that will assist the association in its continued efforts to promote the development and application of distance learning,” said Reggie Smith III, Ph.D., USDLA CEO / Executive Director.
In addition, this transition included the election of Dr. Arletha McSwain as President-Elect and the first African-American woman in the role. Dr. Arletha McSwain currently serves as HR Senior Trainer Specialist-Education Technology and Title IX Coordinator at Bethune Cookman University. Dr. McSwain is the 2017 recipient of the USDLA Hall of Fame Award. She serves as the Chair of the USDLA  Certification Committee. She previously held the position as the Dean of Extended Learning and Professor of Education at Norfolk State University. Her exemplary leadership in online administration and faculty development  has resulted in both Bethune Cookman University and Norfolk State University’s online degree programs receiving Quality Standards Certification awarded by USDLA.
“Dr. McSwain brings a wealth of experience and especially when it comes to the USDLA Quality Standards Certification program and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  Together with Dr. Blackburn and Mrs. Janet Major as Board Chair, USDLA stands strong during these challenging pandemic times to lead the world in the application of distance learning best practices for the benefit of society,” said Reggie Smith III, Ph.D., USDLA CEO / Executive Director.
This transition included the following newly elected board members:
·      Dr. Judith Bayliss, Chief Education Advisor & Center Director, Defense Acquisition University
·      Dr. Trina Coleman, CEO & President, Coleman Comprehensive Solutions, LLC
·      Ms. Kristin Deprospero, CEO and President, Funding Solutions, Inc.
·      Mr. Eric Jones, CEO, Oiada International
·      Dr. Beverly Knox-Pipes, Founder/Lead Consultant at BKP Solutions/Adjunct Professor,
Nova Southeastern University
·      Ms. Kjierstin Layton, Global Sales, Vyopta
·      Dr. Jodi Marshall, Senior Vice President, K12, Inc.
·      Mr. Michael Mathews, VP Technology and Innovation, Oral Roberts University
·      Dr. Kenneth Nanni, Executive Director, Florida Society for Health Care Risk Management and Patient Safety
·      Ms. Valary Oleinik, Gamification of Learning Speaker & Coach, Valary with a Why
Finally, “We look forward to working with our new board members as we execute our mission and to bring together our new and returning members at the National Conference (July 21-24)National Distance Learning Week (NDLW – November 9-13), and the International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE – December 2-4),” said Rhonda Blackburn, Ph.D., USDLA President.
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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

June 23, 2020

USDLA Summer Webinars

These free professional learning opportunities may be of interest to some readers.

Weekly conversations with our USDLA board members and colleagues
FRIDAY – JUNE 26, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT)
What it Now Means in the Learning Profession
Presenters:
Frances Kassinger, Training Lead, Talent Management Solutions
Lifestyle Coach, Treasury Executive Institute Enterprise Business Solutions
Office of the Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of the Treasury
Janet Major
The Theory of Change (TOC) and other change process tenets suggest change is a conscious, procedural event. In this informal webinar discussion, Dr Kassinger offers an alternative perspective: that change often is unintended and shaped more by a learner’s natural (instead of contrived) environment. Beginning with a personal example of her own unexpected and profound professional change early in her career, Dr Kassinger reflects on how historic pandemic quarantines equally influenced other lasting educational practices. She finally offers evidence that similar educational changes appear to be emerging in the wake of the COVID 19 environment and how she and her training team are responding.
For more webinars and Distance Learning Resources please visit DLResources.
Thank you for supporting USDLA, and our State Chapters
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, USDLA President
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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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