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Letter from Chairman of the Board,
Dr. Jolly T. Holden
Dear USDLA Members and Sponsors:
During the past year, the distance learning profession has
witnessed an enormous growth unparalleled in our rich
history. Our profession is at the dawn of a new era in
distance learning. Ours is not an intuitive profession.
As learners and practitioners, we will constantly be challenged to
defend the application and adoption of distance learning. The
architects of this evolution have at their disposal a vast array of
technologies by which to develop and distribute distance learning
courses. But our profession is not about technology, it's
about people. It's about providing quality education and
training. It's about focusing on the learner and the
instructional process. We must build upon the research but at
the same time challenge the very essence of that research. We
have, over the years, seen our profession moving from an
experimental environment to mainstay; from faddish to mainstream;
from a cottage industry to a sustainable and viable industry.
Now, we must strive to build upon what the pioneers have forged and
our predecessors have endured.
The USDLA is well prepared to meet the challenges and
expectations of our profession as we confidently navigate through
the technological innovations of our time. Over the years,
the breath and depth of the USDLA leadership has increased
significantly-it's experience solidifying the very core of its
foundation-embodying the very essence of our charter.
As my term of Chairman of the Board comes to a close, the
dynamic new leadership of the USDLA will provide the beacon of
stewardship to guide us through the numerous challenges confronting
our profession. We find our strength through the vibrant
membership we serve and the professional community we
represent. We build upon the past so we may provide a better
service and stronger organization in the future. Thank you
for providing me the opportunity to contribute to this exciting
profession and the privilege of being a part of this world class
Jolly T. Holden, Ed.D.