United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Establishes Global Affiliate Chapters (GAC)

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Global level of collaboration will allow countries to educate and inform distance learning communities throughout the world.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has expanded its international membership through a new Global Affiliate Chapters (GAC) program. This new relationship with other global organizations will enable USDLA to promote global collaboration, encourage the exchange of information and further USDLA’s mission to educate and inform distance learning communities globally.

“Today’s classrooms and training facilities are not complete unless they are academically connected to people and information,” said Russell G. Colbert, USDLA Senior Vice President for Business Development. “Global Affiliate Chapters are an exceptional way of creating agile partnerships, gaining access to information, sharing interactive content, exchanging cultural experiences and collaborating more as a connected world.”

Distance learning continues to flourish increasing the need for national and global professional associations where practitioners can come together. The USDLA is proud to be an association that provides a place for interactivity to take place.

“As we approach our 20th Anniversary as a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we look forward to expanding U.S. and Global Affiliate Chapters (GAC),” said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. “By doing this we are able to educate and inform an even broader audience and also learn from countries around the world.”

USDLA Global Affiliate Chapters are designed to fulfill the needs of the distance learning community through international meetings, conferences and activities. USDLA Global Affiliate Chapters (GAC) represent alliances focused on the promotion, development and application of distance learning for educating and training.

While many countries have developed substantial associations meeting their member’s needs in a great way and others are just beginning national association development, having a place globally to connect is of great advantage. USDLA Global Affiliate Chapters provide a forum to access various groups and their members across the world.

“The first to affiliate was the United Kingdom with Australia, Japan and the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) following closely behind,” said Marci M. Powell, USDLA Senior Vice President for Global Affiliate Chapters. “This proves the need for global networking in distance learning is strong and growing.”

Global Affiliate Chapters enjoy the many benefits of USDLA membership including the opportunity to publish articles in the newly expanded USDLA Distance Learning Magazine. Additionally, USDLA hosts bi-monthly webinars which bring leaders together in collaborative discussion and information exchange. Each webinar features guest speakers from among the leaders of USDLA and the Global Affiliate Chapters.

For more information regarding Global Affiliate Chapters go to http://www.usdla.org/html/aboutUs/gac.htm.

About the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

Prior releases from USDLA:

2006 USDLA Distance Learning Awards at the Training Solutions Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado: http://www.prweb.com/releases/USDLA/2006Awards/prweb442287.htm

Distance-Educator.com Collaborates with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA): http://www.prweb.com/releases/USDLA/distancelearning/prweb420136.htm

Global Design Interactive Becomes Platinum Sponsor of United States Distance Learning Association: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/06/prweb400852.htm

United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Announces Quarterly Supplement in USA Today: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/6/prweb396750.htm

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