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USDLA Webinar May 31 - AI is here, but 1,300 faculty, administrators, and trustees tell us they're not ready. Why?
5/31/2024 - 5/31/2024

Presenters: Dr. Jeff Seaman, Dr. Nicole Johnson, and Dr. Julia Seaman

It's no secret there's considerable interest in the potential role Artificial Intelligence (AI) has to play in education. Some believe it will totally revamp how we teach, while others see it as a passing fad. Some predict minor changes to our education system, while still others are unsure of the impact AI will have, but remain very worried. The ongoing Digital Learning Pulse Survey project asked over 1,300 faculty, administrators, and trustees how they believed AI would impact their institution, where they expected any changes to occur, and if they thought their institution was ready. These results will be presented and discussed with time for audience questions and comments as part of a panel discussion.

The results are surprising. Respondents differ on how much impact they expect AI will have in the next five years, ranging from "massive" to "none," and differ on where they expect AI-derived changes to occur. One thing the overwhelming majority do agree on is that their institution is not prepared.


Location: Zoom Meeting







USDLA 2024 National Conference
6/17/2024 - 6/20/2024

2024 USDLA National Conference and Award Ceremony

Dates: June 17th – 20th

The host location will be the Marriott St. Louis Grand

Join us in St. Louis at the Marriott Grand for our annual conference! Experience the vibrant, authentic spirit of St. Louis, Missouri with a prime downtown location near the St. Louis Zoo, City Museum, Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village, and the Gateway Arch. The downtown St. Louis hotel is a National Historic Landmark that was originally the Statler Hotel, an icon of the St. Louis skyline since the 1900s.

In between sessions you can relax in the guest rooms and suites featuring plush bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi and scenic downtown views. Attendees can also maintain their workout routine in the well-equipped fitness center. After USDLA sponsored activities, delight your palate with contemporary American cuisine and cocktails at the Zenia Bar & Grille restaurant. 

The conference promises something for everyone:

  • Keynote Addresses
  • Conference Kickoff Party
  • Pre-Conference Sessions
  • Over 60 Concurrent Sessions
  • Virtual Option for Select Sessions
  • Multiple Keynotes from Industry Leaders
  • International Awards Celebration
  • Bill Jackson Memorial Walk/Run
  • Night on the Town
  • Public Policy Forum
  • Closing Keynote Address

Our USDLA National Conference has long been an event where we mingle, discuss technology and learn from an audience broader than our own. Nothing can replace those live in-person interactions and conference feedback has always focused on those personal relationships made with one another.

For our 37th anniversary will be focusing on tracks that are in high demand as we continue to navigate both remote and in-person learning strategies. These tracks include:

  • Micro-certifications
  • Leadership tracks
  • HyFlex Strategies for Success
  • Student Engagement Techniques
  • Professional Development for the Online Staff/Faculty
  • Policy, Regulation and Governance in Distance Education
  • Distance and Digital Leadership
  • Ensuring Quality, Flexibility and Access (OER, Hyflex, and more)
  • Innovative Techniques and Technologies
  • Best Practices in Instructional Design and Learner Engagement
  • Great IDEAs: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility
  • What’s Next for Distance Education

Location: Marriott St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63101




Please visit usdla.org/2024-national-conference/ for all up to date conference details





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9/25/2024 - 9/25/2024

Please save the date for this special event on Public Policy and AI

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11/4/2024 - 11/8/2024

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1/21/2025 - 1/24/2025

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