US Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

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 best practices in 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 and serve education, business, health, and government.

Vision and mission: To advocate, research, and share best practices in utilizing 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 discussions with peers, thought leaders, and researchers in distance education.

  • Volunteer opportunities include committee membership, local state chapter support, and Board of Directors selection. 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 allows companies supporting the distance education community to participate as corporate members and sponsors. Learn more here: USDLA Sponsorship.
  • Membership choices include Individual as well as Organizational membership. Contact and learn more here: Membership.

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 various needs and situations. For more information, please visit Higher Education Certification.

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