Chapters have tremendous flexibility within the USDLA structure. Generally, activities will reflect a balance between fostering camaraderie and developing professional interests. These can be complementary—a “cook’s tour” of a distance learning operation can help colleagues find common ground and develop both personal and professional understanding.
As noted elsewhere, some groups have an annual conference, others do not. Some convene at a physical venue while others choose to collaborate virtually. Some associations favor state and national events while two or three other groups may come together for a multi-state activity. The local affiliate chooses what works best for them.
- a subscription to the USDLA’s regular newsletter
- access to the USDLA’s job listing
- member discounts to the USDLA’s national events: National Distance Learning Conference, Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., and International Forum for Women in e-Learning (IFWE)
- opportunities to present as part of National Distance Learning Week
- inclusion in the USDLA News Alerts
- access to the USDLA’s online webinars at discounted or no charge”
The National Office works with chapters in a number of ways. One of the most visible ways is support with the administrative tasks associated with starting up a new chapter. Part of the assistance is legal and part of it is bred from personal experience at the local level. National can sometimes facilitate speakers for a meeting or conference. A National Board Member in the role of Chair for Chapters, meets with chapter leaders monthly and can be available for consultation.
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