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January 12, 2022

Meet USDLA’s New E-Newsletter Editor and the USDLA Support Team

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An item from the United States Distance learning Association.

Happy New Year
E-Newsletter Coming This Spring
New Editor for the USDLA E-Newsletter
Dr. James W. Brown
USDLA Advisory Board Member, Dr. James Brown has been appointed editor of the USDLA Newsletter, coming this Spring. In addition, Dr. Brown has been a featured guest presenter for a webinar titled, “Helping Professors Quickly Transition to Online Teaching During COVID-19 Pandemic”. He also co-hosted the National Distance Learning Week Conference in November 2021, hosted by Dr. Georgianna Laws.
Dr. Brown is a pioneer in online course development focusing on science and public health courses. Dubbed the “Godfather of Online Science”, his efforts broadened as he assisted numerous colleges and universities convert their face-to-face courses to an online format during the COVID-19 Pandemic. He was honored with a proclamation from the New Jersey legislature and the USDLA President, Dr. Arletha McSwain shifting his moniker to the “Godfather of Online.”
Dr. Brown is one of the Top 40 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University, and an additional M.S. in Health Sciences from New Jersey City University. He served as Assistant Dean of the College of Professional Studies at New Jersey City University, and the Dean of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Human Performance for Ocean County College becoming an East-coast powerhouse for online health science, nursing and science course development with over 14 unique online science courses.
USDLA Support Team
Sue Porter
Membership Manager
Sue Porter returns to USDLA as the Membership Manager. Two and a half years ago she worked in membership for USDLA; but, left to deal with knee surgery.
Sue began working in videoconferencing in 1997. She was the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, MI, for 10 years. Sue was responsible for distance learning – VC and online, working to get K12 VC expanding across Michigan. She is one of the co-founders of TWICE (Two Way Interactive Connections in Education), Michigan’s K-12 video conferencing organization. She managed TWICE’s CAPspace website and signature event, Read Around the Planet, and served as the special event coordinator for Polycom’s K12 videoconferencing.
Fun Facts: Winter is her favorite season! She loves the snow and the cold,and reading by the fire.
Jacquelynn Ravella
Marketing, Sponsorship Support and Administrative
Jacquelynn, has been a part of the USDLA family since 2019. She has a diverse background in distance learning, training, marketing, project management in education and corporate. Her passion is helping people become successful. She knew when observing students interacting with subject matter experts from other parts of the world via videoconferencing, this was another level of education to help students with success.
Fun Facts: Jackie has flown airplanes, parasailed, paraglided. She is also a photographer, soon to explore underwater photography, and voice talent and actor for commercials and e-learning.
Herb Collingridge
Developer
A native of WA state, Herb grew up in Edmonds. Herb has worked in the creative field for over 18 years, starting as a production designer right out of college. After 4 years, he left the corporate world to become self-employed for at least 11 years. He worked with mostly small- and medium-sized companies providing graphic, web design/development, photographic, and marketing services.
Herb has always had a creative streak, whether drawing, music, photography, or in his adult years graphic/web design, and is excited to bring his skillset coupled with years of experience to USDLA.
Fun Facts: Herb loves movies and brings zany humor and lots of movie quotes. He plays & teaches drums, serves as a deacon at his church in Kennewick, and enjoys fly fishing with his brother and a few friends.
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President
Eric Jones, President-Elect
USDLA 35th Anniversary 2022 – Details coming soon!
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

December 26, 2021

Happy Holidays

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And another season greetings…

On behalf of the entire USDLA family, we wish you and yours a safe, healthy, joyous holiday season and happy new year!
Arletha McSwain, PhD
USDLA President
Career Opportunities
American College of Healthcare Executives
Instructional Design Specialist
United Way of Northern New Jersey
Instructional Design Consultant RFP
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President
Eric Jones, President-Elect
USDLA 35th Anniversary 2022 – Details coming soon!
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

December 14, 2021

USDLA 2022 National Conference Survey

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The second of two items from the folks at the USDLA.  This one an opportunity to have input on their next conference.

Your Input is Greatly Appreciated!
Hello Friends of USDLA,
Thank you for your past support of the association. Your input is requested to help us better plan our 2022 National Conference in Nashville. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey by clicking here. Thanks again for your support and we hope to see you IN PERSON next year.
Pat Cassella – National Conference Chairman
Thank You to our Sponsors
Thank you for supporting USDLA, our partners and our State Chapters.
Arletha McSwain, President
Eric Jones, President-Elect
Pat Cassella, Past-President, Chairman of the Board
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches over 30,000 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

2021 Webinar Wrap-up and Bonus Content

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The first of two items from the folks at the USDLA.  In this one, note these up-coming webinars.

2021 Wrap-up Webinar with Bonus Content
Friday, December 17, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm ET
As we head into the end of 2021, we want to thank you for your participation in our events and our community. This year has brought many challenges but through it all we have tried to provide you with valuable content and opportunities to come together with others in the distance learning space to share best practices, learn from one another, and help envision what is possible for all of our learners in the coming months and years.
Join us for our last webinar of 2021, a chance to review the past webinars, ask questions, and help us all plan for the coming year.
If you missed any of the live events, we hope that you will watch the replays which are available on demand to our members. If you haven’t joined yet, we hope you will consider doing so by going to our membership page and selecting the level that is right for you.
As a little added incentive, and because we had more amazing proposals to our conference this year than we could fit into the live event schedule, we are gifting you a playlist of pre-recorded offerings when you register for this free end-of-year wrap-up webinar so you will have new ideas to carry you through the end of this year and into
the next.
The Bonus Playlist Includes:
Leveraging What We’ve Learned: Fostering the Best Pandemic Teaching Strategies
Dr. Nancy Chapko
Leading Online Learning Innovation in Uncertain Times Joe Evanick
Beyond The Pandemic/ Creating Student Success in the Online Classroom
Valencia Gabay and Diane Roberts
Activate Your Course: Humanize Your Online Communication
Dr. Dan Keast
With Great Flexibility: Designing, Teaching, and Supporting Students in HyFlex
Dr Lee Ann Dickerson and
Rebecca Wells-Gonzalez
The Impact of Student Recognition of Excellence to Student Outcome in a Competency Based Educational Models
AnnaMaria Bliven and
Christopher Kline
Texas College Bridge: Improving Equity, College Readiness & Postsecondary Success
Angie Smajstrla and
Timi Creekmoore
Using Lean Model to Facilitate Online Learning during Pandemic
Jitendra Singh
Tips for Engaging a Virtual Audience
Allison Gallo
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President
Eric Jones, President-Elect
USDLA 35th Anniversary 2022 – Details coming soon!
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

December 7, 2021

USDLA Award Winners Webinar and USDLA President Serves on CHLOE Advisory Panel

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No K-12 winners this year…

USDLA Event
2021 USDLA Award Winners
Webinar
December 10, 2021
1:00-2:00 pm ET
Join us to hear from the 2021 USDLA Award winners detail their winning projects. Presentations will be provided by:
21st Century Award: University of Cincinnati Online (winner); and Frontier Nursing University (runner-up)
Outstanding Leadership Award: Dr. Jitendra Singh, Professor, Health Administration, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Innovation Award: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (winner); and Columbia University School of Social Work (runner-up)
Excellence in Teaching Award – Clarkson University (winner); and Iowa State University (runner-up)
Impact Award – College of Education, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Quality of Research Paper Award – Dr. Jitendra Singh, Professor Health Administration, Minnesota State University Moorhead
We are excited to share with everyone the amazing and innovative initiatives that our partners and members are undertaking to promote distance learning all over the world. Here is your opportunity to hear the latest and ask questions of these amazing award winners!
USDLA President Appointed to CHLOE Advisory Panel
Dr. Arletha McSwain,
USDLA President
Dr. Arletha McSwain will serve on the CHLOE Advisory Panel through June 2023. The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) Project looks at the structure and organization of postsecondary online education in the U.S., as it becomes increasingly mainstream. As online learning moves from an experimental phase to an established institutional function, CHLOE documents steps to achieve stability, reliability, and consistency.
CHLOE continues to track the unique perspectives of chief online officers on a wide range of issues related to the management of online learning, including institutional priorities and resources, support for instructors and students, quality assurance, and educational technology.
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President
Eric Jones, President-Elect
USDLA 35th Anniversary 2022 – Details coming soon!
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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