For almost three decades USDLA has been a key focal point for all aspects of distance learning. In those early years, distance learning practitioners were too often regarded as a curiosity, at best, well-intentioned techno zealots operating somewhere on the fringe of “real” education. That, of course, has changed. No small portion of the credit for this shift is due to researchers who collected data that might both improve our methodologies and inform the public, educational providers and consumers alike, on the benefits of technology-driven education.
Little surprise, then, that USDLA provides a portal to perhaps the most comprehensive collection of DL-related information on the Internet. Providing information is a key element of the Association’s mission. We believe that our doing so benefits our fellow professionals as well as the general public.
Current data along with certain landmark studies are available through the links below. We have curated the links in this way to streamline our interface and to enhance the accessibility of our most current data. Historic data, generally that published prior to 2013, is accessed through our member portal.
The work of the Association is done through volunteers. We are not equipped to provide personalized assistance to researchers. Rather, we have tried to make a wealth of information available on a self-service basis. If you have ideas on how we might better do this or if you are aware of distance-learning resources which we have overlooked, we’d encourage you to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Though we are unable to respond individually, we will circulate your comments internally and incorporate your ideas as we are able. If distance learning research is your passion, by all means consider becoming a member and working with us in this vital area.