The Call for Proposals for DLA2015 is now closed.

We invite proposals on topics related to:
  • Managing growth in distance education
  • Training & support for distance instructors
  • Support for distance students
  • Budget and cost-benefit of distance education
  • Marketing distance courses and programs
  • Distance learning ethics and copyright
  • Organizational issues in distance education
  • Evaluation of distance courses and programs
  • Striving for excellence

Important Dates:

DLA2015 Conference:
June 28 - July 1, 2015
Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia

Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration

Distance Education
Certificate Program

Registration Begins
January 26, 2015
Registration Deadline
April 13, 2015

Program Begins
April 27, 2015
October 2015

Social Media Marketing Certificate Program
Registration Begins
April 1, 2015
Registration Deadline
July 30, 2015

Program Begins
August 2, 2015
September 27, 2015

Distance Education Certified Trainer Program

Registration Begins
April 27, 2015
Registration Deadline
July 6, 2015

Program Begins
July 20, 2015
November 2015

Advanced Technologies for Distance Education Certificate Program
Registration Begins
April 27, 2015
Registration Deadline
July 6, 2015

Program Begins
July 20, 2015
December 2015

Call for Proposals
Open for 2015

The DLA Conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage, and support distance education activities. The conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on topics related to:
  • managing growth in distance education 
  • training & support for distance instructors 
  • support for distance students 
  • budget and cost-benefit of distance education 
  • marketing distance courses and programs 
  • evaluation of distance courses and programs 
  • distance learning ethics and copyright issues 
  • organizational issues in distance education 
  • striving for excellence 

There are two types of workshops:

1. Paper Sessions - { Paper Session Proposal }
2. FishBowl Dialogue Sessions - { FishBowl Proposal }

Paper Sessions
Your submission indicates your commitment to preparing a written paper for the Proceedings and making your presentation (Paper Session) during the conference at a time and place assigned by the Conference Committee. Paper Sessions will last 45 minutes each, with at least 15 minutes allowed for interactivity and discussion, but other formats may be utilized. You may submit more than one proposal. Please complete the online form to submit your paper proposal.

FishBowl Dialogue Sessions
Your submission indicates your commitment to developing engaging questions and facilitating a discussion on your chosen topic. Your responsibilities are to:

    1. provide a 300 word overview of the topic
    (which we will post to the conference website)
    2. frame the opening of the conversation
    (this should take you no more than 5 minutes).
    3. keep the conversation from getting too far off track
    (but don’t really moderate)
    4. submit a written summary of ideas learned through the conference website (within 1 hour after the end of the session).

The FishBowl works as follows: Your presentation room will be set up with a circle of 8 chairs in the center of the room. There will be two more circles of chairs around this central circle. Only those in the center circle can talk. You can ask for volunteers or select people from your audience. There will always be an empty chair in the circle. When someone from the outer circle wants to join the conversation, they may go and sit in the empty chair. When they sit down, someone else in the inner circle should leave so that there is always an empty chair left. As the facilitator, you may also select people to go and join the conversation. Also, if your FishBowl proposal is selected, you will be provided with further guidelines about preparing for and structuring your session. These sessions last for 45 minutes.

For FishBowl topics, you should focus on critical issues for distance administrators. Think of something that people might feel passionately about. For example, if you chose the topic “Extrinsic Rewards to Promote Faculty Participation in Training,” you might begin by asking whether or not faculty should be paid to attend workshops as they prepare to teach online. The topic you select should also be one of familiarity to you in terms of your research or work experiences. To propose a FishBowl Session, please submit this online form.

All proposals are due no later than December 15, 2014.

Evaluation of Proposals
Proposals will be evaluated by the Conference Committee for relevancy to the field of distance learning administration; clarity; and usefulness of topic. Acceptance notices and instructions for submitting final papers will be sent by January 30, 2015.

Publication & Awards
Papers developed from accepted abstracts will be published in the printed conference proceedings, to be distributed to all paid attendees, and sold to others. All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards within several categories. Award winning papers will be invited for publication in The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, and will also receive a certificate.

Conference Fee
Presenters must register by March 20, 2015. The conference fee for all presenters will be $325. This includes all conference activities and several meals.