Key leaders in Texas from primary and secondary public schools, community colleges, higher education institutions, state government, major corporations, the military, and the telecommunications industry worked diligently towards formation of the TxDLA (Texas Distance Learning Association), which was established in 1996 as a not-for-profit professional association affiliated as a state chapter of USDLA. TxDLA was the first organization in Texas to bridge the boundaries between the diverse range of professionals interested in the field of distance learning.
TxDLA members choose to represent their organization as an association of “distance learning” professionals in order to invite broad participation in the networking and exchange of information demanded by our mission. We use the broad term “distance learning” to encompass all of the persons and tools employed today in bringing about effective distance learning. Our broad definition of distance learning results in an inclusive Association. We address issues of interest to the entire distance learning community, which includes the learners themselves as well as the administrators, educators, instructors, corporate trainers, content, equipment, software producers/publishers/providers, telecommunications providers, and others involved in the typical distance learning situation.
In support of this goal of exchange of information, TxDLA has organized eight regional groups within the state to provide networking opportunities with colleagues in the area through periodic meetings which might be hosted by a member or TxDLA partner.
One of the primary events of the year for TxDLA is their Annual Conference, which this year will be held March 22-25, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas, and is one of the largest conferences focused primarily on distance learning in the nation, and the largest in Texas. The TxDLA Conference
offers three days of outstanding professional development, hands-on and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, exploration of new trends through interactive learning environments, in-depth presentations from distance learning experts, inspiring keynotes, discovery of new products and
services through our exhibits, and plenty of networking in a fun environment!
This conference is perfect for distance learning administrators, designers, instructors, producers, programmers, consultants, trainers, technicians, help desk supporters, or anyone who wants to come and learn, teach, and/or mentor in an incredibly comfortable networking environment.
In 2016, TxDLA leaders collaborated to address the specific need for in-depth training in accessibility issues and universal design in the online environment with the development of TxDLA’s 31-hour Digital Accessibility Certification Program. This online program is now offered three to four times a year and positions online course instructors, instructional designers, program administrators, ADA coordinators and researchers to be on the leading edge of accessibility by providing them with an understanding of the current state of accessibility for people with disabilities; the latest legal enforcement actions including resolution agreements, court cases, and consent decrees, while equipping them with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and practical skills in making digital content accessible.