2019 Up and Coming Events
The United States Distance Learning Association hosts several yearly events including our National Conference (May 2019), National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) from November 4th-8th and the Public Policy Forum (tentative November). Every other year we also host the International Forum for Women in E-Learning (IFWE). Our community of members, conference attendees and sponsors have helped to make these the “go-to” events within the distance and digital learning community by providing leading-edge session topics, live technology demonstrations and highly interactive participation. Conference attendees quickly understand why our events are so highly rated by past participants – intimate settings with like-minded professionals sharing best-practice topics that can be immediately applied to their daily routines. While distance learning has provided countless benefits for the teaching community over the years, our physical gatherings are truly special with a tangible sense of family enjoyed by all.
When it comes to virtual events, our NDLW program can be enjoyed by all regardless of travel constraints as it is held completely on-line. During this week-long event we offer the latest in hot topics ranging from game-based teaching to ADA compliance and everything in between. Be sure to register for these popular events. For more information, please contact Elaine Shuck (Communications Chair) at email@example.com or Pat Cassella (Events/Conferences Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another element of the USDLA culture is that by and large, we come together as working professionals, not as high-brow educational theorists. So “what works” will always trump fancy pedagogical jargon. By and large, you’ll find an emphasis on harvesting practical, real-world solutions … and often from unconventional sources. To wit, might an elementary school teacher offer something of value to a college professor? The answer can be surprising!
Many of our events, too, bring together companies which provide goods and services to distance learning providers. Certainly marketing can take place in such a setting but experience shows that it’s more about finding synergies than practicing salesmanship.
Folks learn from a community that is broader than their own – and everybody wins!