Greetings from the President
Thank you for being part of our USDLA family!
I am so excited to be part of this amazing and growing family. We have members from all over the world and from all constituencies – higher education, corporate, K12, health care, non-profits, government and military. Having this diverse collection of experiences just makes our association unique and collectively rich. If you are not a part of this association, I would welcome you to join us to network and share our collective wisdom! As an association, we are over 30 years old and our members and board have as much experience in the distance learning sphere!
I have been a member of USDLA for over 15 years and, not only have I met lifelong friends and colleagues, but people who I could always count on. I have built my career around this amazing group. Through this trying and different year where distance learning is being applied everywhere. USDLA has stepped up to lead and guide with our Friday Webinar Series that we continue to do – look for our topics on our website! It has been fun to be a part of this endeavor over the past 3 months.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our face-to-face conference in Nashville (it will go back this next year!), but we are working on building an engaging and exciting virtual conference. Keep an eye on our website for updates, as they come out every day! We hope to see everyone online as part of this new adventure! We will continue to also plan for National Distance Learning Week the second week of November, the International Forum of Women in eLearning in New Orleans in December, and our policy forum as we also continue to bring you our Friday series!
We are here to serve you and to help you network with amazing colleagues in the field. Check out our 2020-2021 board of directors and our committees! We are always looking for people who would love to get involved! If you are not a member, I encourage you to join us and be part of this incredible group of distance learning professionals. The United States Distance Learning Association welcomes you and looks forward to your involvement in “our” association!
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn
2020-2021 USDLA President