US Distance Learning Association

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is the first nonprofit distance learning association in the United States to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.

Founded in 1987: This premier professional membership organization is designed to advocate and support the needs of Distance Education leaders, USDLA’s resources support the Distance Education Professional Community who serve education, business, health, and government.

Vision and mission: To advocate, research, and share best practices in the utilization of distance learning modalities in education, business, health, and government nationally and internationally continues today.

Membership: USDLA offers its members networking opportunities through its annual conference, monthly/weekly webinars, and discussion with peers, thought leaders, and researchers in the field of distance education.

  • Volunteer opportunities include committee membership, support to local state chapter, and/or selection to the Board of Directors. USDLA represents constituencies in education, business, health, and government nationally and internationally as its voice continues to influence policy development, research, leadership, and best practices in Distance Education.
  • USDLA  provides opportunities for companies that support the distance education community to participate as corporate members and sponsors. Please visit our Sponsorship Page.
  • Membership choices include Individual as well as Organizational membership. Please contact or visit our Membership Page.

Note: Membership in USDLA does not constitute Accreditation or Certification in Distance Education/Learning. However, USDLA certifies institutions and educational providers who meet its Quality Standards for distance learning. The approximately 91 standards highlight best practices at all levels of education and training and are adaptable to a variety of needs and situations. For more information, please visit Higher Education Certification.

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