2016 TxDLA Conference

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
8:15 AM - 8:55 AM: Keynote Speaker
Keynote: The USDLA League of America Sponsored by Polycom / Hall of Fame Award Presentation
The USDLA team is an assemblage of heroes from all over the U.S. who united to empower distance education across the country. USDLA President Elaine Shuck will be joined by other USDLA colleagues - some in-person, some at a distance - to present an overview of the U.S. Distance Learning Association. The Association has been the key advocate nationally for distance learning for almost thirty years. Certainly the technology has changed during that time - and so has USDLA! By virtue of being a TxDLA member, you are also affiliated with USDLA. Learn how USDLA can be a benefit to you and how you, in turn, can be a help at the national level. At the end of the presentation, there will be a drawing for a member of the audience to go to the 2016 USDLA National Conference in St. Louis, MO this May! Don't miss it! * Sponsored by Polycom
Room: Lone Star Ballroom (Floor 2)
Elaine Shuck, President, United States Distance Learning Association, Global Director of Education, Polycom
With a background in technology, curriculum, and integration, Elaine is the Global Director Education for Polycom. She is a leader in collaborative learning and interactive videoconferencing. For close to two decades she has brought stimulating and engaging learning opportunities to K-20 classrooms. Her work ranges from hands-on demonstrations to educators, to reaching out to Polycom's corporate partners, to facilitating hybrid solutions that enhance education and training.

Elaine is an expert in her field and a frequent speaker. Audiences around the world - both face-to-face and through videoconferencing - respond enthusiastically to Elaine's lively style, technical mastery, and commitment to learning. She has designed and implemented programs that inspire faculty and students as they interact with world-class luminaries in medicine, education, or noteworthy events. Her work has garnered major awards from the International Society for Technology in Education and the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). An authority on social and connective media, collaborative learning, and best practices in distance learning, Elaine works with a host of educational groups and is currently President for USDLA.
John Flores, USDLA, Managing Director
Ken Conn, USDLA, USDLA Chair of State Chapters
George Collins, USDLA, Executive Vice President
Pat Cassella, USDLA, Board Member