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National Distance Learning Week 2021 Begins

Posted on 11/04/2021

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National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), sponsored by the US Distance Learning Association (USDLA), is November 8 to 12. The USDLA was 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. The USDLA will once again host a series of free, virtual NDLW sessions throughout the week meant to: generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning; celebrate distance learning applications in K-12, telehealth, higher education, corporate, and government/military; discuss current issues and emerging trends; highlight best practices; and recognize leaders in the field.

Distance learning has been a regular feature of adult education for a number of years and has become the "new normal" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before COVID-19 turned things upside down, many adult education agencies offered distance learning as a part of their instructional programs to meet the needs of their students who are not able to regularly attend face-to-face courses due to work, family, health, and other personal reasons.

During NDLW 2021, Life in a Hybrid World – Learning How to Flex, USDLA is offering a number of free webinars on a variety of distance learning topics. You can sign up for these webinars on the USDLA NDLW webpage. The USDLA website is also a good resource for additional information about distance learning; you can learn more on the USDLA Distance Learning Resources webpage.

NDLW is a great time to celebrate your distance learning achievements and evaluate next steps for increasing distance learning options for your students. If you need more assistance with distance learning at your adult education agency, please contact OTAN at or call us at 916-228-2580.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.