Driving Distance Learning to Excellence



Now Accepting Proposals for the 2017 FDLA/FAMTE Conference.

This years theme is Driving Distance Learning to Excellence! Proposals must contain the following information:
  • Short Description (approximately 75 words): A short summary clearly indicating the content and scope of the session, and how it relates to the conference theme.
  • Abstract (approximately 300 words): A more detailed description of the session, including what specifically will be covered; the audience it is intended for; how it will be presented; the application to research/scholarship, theory, and/or practice; and how it relates to the conference theme.
  • Session type: Select the session type that best describes your proposal:
    • Snapshot Presentation – 10 minute presentation. A snapshot session will consist of three presenters grouped together based on a common theme (each presenter will have 10 minutes to present). There will be a moderator to assist with keeping time. Each panelist will present followed by one Q&A session at the end.
    • Product Showcase – 10-minute presentation. Matching vendors with educators showcasing pedagogical implementation of products. Looking for K-12, higher ed user/vendor partnerships.
    • Poster Session – Create, develop and present a poster (physical or digital) on a current topic or research study. Posters judged on appearance, organization and engagement. A panel of judges will award a prize for the best poster.
    • Concurrent Presentations – 20-minute presentation. A concurrent session will consist of three presenters grouped together based on a common theme (each presenter will have 20 minutes to present). There will be a moderator to assist with keeping time. Each panelist will present followed by one Q&A session at the end.
    • Round Table – Present for 5 minutes and facilitate a discussion about topics related to best practices, and trends and issues facing online educators.
    • Pearls of Wisdom – 5-minute how to presentations on use of tools, or quick tips and tricks for educators.
  • Conference Information

    Hilton – Altamonte
    350 South Northlake Blvd.
    Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
    United States




    Information Regarding Proposal Submissions: For proposals accepted into the 2017 FDLA Conference authors have the option to expand upon their research by preparing a 1000-3000 word paper to be published in a special section of Distance Learning journal. Distance Learning is a peer-reviewed journal, an official publication of USDLA, and is co-sponsored by the NSU College of Health Care Sciences. Publication Guidelines are located at the bottom of this page.

    The Florida Distance Learning Association’s (FDLA) 2017 Annual Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry in Florida. This year’s fall conference promises to deliver another exciting and informative program that will bring together distance learning practitioners within Florida. The format of this event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from many different points of view. Sessions will be targeted to the K-12 audience, higher education, and virtually all distance learning stakeholders. The moderate size makes it possible for attendees to actively participate. This conference is an opportunity to share ideas, learn about distance learning programs and products, and gain a better understanding of the field. Network with other distance learning colleagues and exchange innovative ideas. FDLA 2017 will offer you and your staff keynote speakers, panel discussions, poster sessions, and breakout sessions on current topics and research in online learning, and vendors exhibiting an array of distance learning technologies and services. This conference is for K-12 and higher education administrators and teachers from both public and private online schools/programs. Come be a part of our energetic and growing community of practice! Check back periodically for specific sessions and presenters. See more about:

    FDLA Papers to be Published


    The Florida Distance Learning Association Journal (FDLA) in partnership with the Distance Learning journal is offering, for the first time, those presenting at the Florida Distance Learning Association conference the opportunity to have a paper about their presentation topic published in a special section of the US Distance Learning Association professional journal, Distance Learning. After reviewed and upon acceptance, your paper will be published in both the FDLA journal and the Distance Learning Journal. Distance Learning is an official publication of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Distance Learning is published for leaders, practitioners, and decision makers in the fields of distance learning, E-learning, telecommunications telehealth, and related areas. It is a professional magazine with information for those who provide instruction to all types of learners, of all ages, using telecommunications technologies of all types. Articles are written by practitioners for practitioners with the intent of providing usable information and ideas for readers.


    Publication Guidelines


    FDLA presenters are asked to submit their paper by the date of the conference, as specified below. Two publishing options are available: • Brief articles of approximately 1000 words • Longer articles of about 3000 words. If published in Distance Learning, authors will receive two copies of the issue with the author’s article. Reprints will also be available.

    1. Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word, saved as a .doc file or docx file, and sent on flash drive or CD.
    2. Single-space the entire manuscript. Use 12 point Times New Roman (TNR) font.
    3. Laser print two copies of the paper.
    4. Margins – 1” on all sides.
    5. Include a cover sheet with the paper’s title and with the names, affiliations, and addresses of all authors. High-resolution professional photographs of all authors should be included and should have a file size larger than 500kb.
    6. Submit the manuscript on a flash drive or CD that is clearly marked. The name of the manuscript file should reference the author. In addition, submit a paper copy. Send by the date of the conference to:

    7. Michael R. Simonson Editor Distance Learning journal Fischler College of Education Nova Southeastern University Campus Support Building 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 simsmich@nova.edu

      Hui Fang Huang “Angie” Su Editor Florida Distance Learning Association Journal Fischler College of Education Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave., Campus Support Building, #178A Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 shuifang@nova.edu

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