This issue has a wide variety of rich articles relating to several important issues for distance learning administrators, including accreditation, learning outcomes, organizational structure, and the "dark side" of distance learning. It is very interesting to see how topics have evolved over the 16 years of the OJDLA from basic computer training and selling faculty on distance learning to broader concerns that affect our lives in fundamental ways.
Personally, my interests have evolved along the way as well. As the nuts and bolts issues in the field of distance learning administration have matured a bit, I have become more fascinated with the human impact of our collective success in online education. How do we design and deliver technologies that work for us rather than against us and our students? How do we regain mindfulness and purpose in our days filled with distractions of digital overload?
To explore these questions and help to shape the dialogue, I am pleased (and frankly thrilled) to announce our first annual Conference on Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World, to be held May 27-29, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. The call for proposals is now open, and I encourage you to submit an abstract for a presentation relating to how we may better embrace emerging technologies in a people-centered way that includes balance, compassion, healthy living, mindfulness and relationships.The conference is for distance learning leaders, AND also healthcare practitioners, social scientists, and education administrators. Of course, we will also have our wonderful 16th annual Distance Learning Administration Conference in Jekyll Island on June 28 – July 1, 2015. The call for DLA2015 will open in October. I look forward to seeing you in Savannah and/or Jekyll Island next spring!
Melanie N. Clay, Ph.D.
December 13, 2013
A special thanks to Thinking Cap for being the premiere sponsor of DLA2013!
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