Poly Returns As Major Sponsor For The U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

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Poly, a USDLA 21st Century Award Winner for excellence in distance education and innovative eLearning practices, has signed on to sponsor USDLA.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) welcomes Plantronics, Inc. ("Poly" – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT) , a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration, today as their latest major sponsor. The association is the first non-profit distance learning association founded in 1987 in the United States to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.

“Poly builds upon a long legacy in our industry and we are thankful to have their support,” said Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President of USDLA. “As one of USDLA’s prestigious 21st Century Best Practice Distance Learning Award winners, Poly (Plantronics and Polycom) continues to raise the bar and we are excited to have them onboard.”

“This is truly a great moment for us as another award-winning non-profit organization that has been providing educational and experiential programs via Poly video conference technology to over 450,000 students in 50 US states and 32 countries worldwide,” said Eric Jones, CEO, Oiada International and USDLA Board Member.

Poly combines legendary audio expertise and powerful video and conferencing capabilities to overcome the distractions, complexity and distance that make communication in any environment challenging. Poly believes in solutions that make life easier when they work together and with partners' services. Poly headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services are used worldwide and are a leading choice for a variety of industries including education.

“Remote learning is very different than teaching in the classroom and requires easy-to-use technology that works flawlessly with all the leading video conferencing software so that teachers can build a connection with their students,” said Darrius Jones, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and interim Chief Marketing Officer. “We see tremendous potential to better address the needs of educators, and we look forward to supporting the association across all events beginning with the 2020 National Virtual Conference.”

“I am excited to bring Poly back to the USDLA family and their support further enables our transformation as an association and expansion of our mission to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications,” said Dr. Reggie Smith III, USDLA CEO / Executive Director. “USDLA is standing strong during these challenging pandemic times to lead the world in the application of distance learning best practices.”

The 2020 National Virtual Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. The 2020 event will be held Tuesday July 21, 2020 – Friday July 24, 2020 and promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to our virtual stage. The format of the event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from many different points of view. The moderate size makes it possible for attendees to actively participate.

“We look forward to working with Poly and our new board members as we continue to execute our mission and to bring together new and returning members at the National Conference (July 21-24), National Distance Learning Week (NDLW - November 9-13), and the International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE - December 2-4),” said Janet Major, USDLA Board Chair.

About 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 Washington, D.C. 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. For more information, visit http://www.usdla.org/

About Poly
Plantronics, Inc. ("Poly" – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT) is a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration. Poly combines legendary audio expertise and powerful video and conferencing capabilities to overcome the distractions, complexity and distance that make communication in and out of the workplace challenging. Poly believes in solutions that make life easier when they work together and with our partners' services. Our headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services are used worldwide and are a leading choice for every kind of workspace. For more information, visit http://www.Poly.com.

Poly, the propeller design, and the Poly logo are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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