Online Registration Still Available for USDLA 2001 National Policy Forum

March 15, 2001

NEEDHAM, Mass.–United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) today announced that registration for the USDLA 2001 National Policy Forum will be available through the USDLA web site until Wednesday, April 10, 2001. After that date, those interested in attending this major e-Learning event are advised to register on site on the days of the Forum.

The USDLA 2001 National Policy Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. April 16 &17, 2001, in conjunction with the USDLA/Advanstar 2001 e-Learning Conference and Expo. The Forum will be divided into three major sessions over 2 days, with featured speakers and panelists from industry, government and academia. Topics for discussion include the continuing growth of e-Learning ventures in higher and K-12 education, as well as corporate, military & governmental training programs.

The Forum’s opening session, The Brave New World of e-Education, begins at 2:00 P.M. Monday, April 16th. Marshall E. Allen, USDLA President and Director of the Institute for Telecommunications at Oklahoma State University Telecommunications Center, will welcome participants and set the stage for discussion of the dramatic changes technology is bringing to education, training and distance learning.

The opening session keynote speaker is Dennis F. Bonilla, Vice President of Oracle University’s Americas Division and key player in Oracle’s transformation of the world’s second-largest “brick & mortar” training organization into a “clicks & brick” web-based, e-commerce learning organization.

The opening session panel discussion moderator is Dr. Jolly T. Holden, USDLA Board Chairman and Senior Projects Manager, Starband Communications Inc. Panelists include Dr. Pamela Pease, President of Jones International University, Dr. Peter Cookson, President of Teachers College Ventures and Kenneth D. Salomon, Attorney At Law with Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC.

The second session, Does e-Learning Need e-Regulation?, starts at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 17th with opening remarks by USDLA Executive Director John G. Flores, Ph.D. Keynote speaker will be South Dakota Governor William J. Janklow. In his four terms as Governor, Janklow has found innovative solutions to wire the state’s schools and form the Dakota Digital Network, linking middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities.

Panel discussion moderator is Glenda Mathis, USDLA President-Elect and President of Springboard Communications. Panelists include Cheryl Petty Garnette, Director of the Learning Technologies Division of the U. S. Department of Education, Michael B. Goldstein, Attorney At Law with Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC and Mary Beth Sussman, CEO of the Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual University.

The USDLA Policy Forum 2001 Luncheon will be hosted by USDLA President Marshall E. Allen. Guest speaker Wendell Bailey, Jr., Chief Technologist of NBC Inc., will share his unique insights into the future of visual communications as digital television and the Internet converge.

The third session, Funding New e-Learning Ventures, starts at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 17th. USDLA Chairman Emeritus Shirley M. Davis, Director of Learning Innovations at PBS Adult Learning Services will open the session. Keynote Speaker is Michael Sandler, Founder and Chairman of the Board of and a leading authority on the education and training industry.

Panel moderator is USDLA Board Member Dr. Denzil Edge, Professor & Director-Special Education, Distance Education Programs, University of Louisville. Panelists include William Frank, Executive Vice President of ACTV, Inc., Bart S. Fisher, Managing Partner of Capital House, LLC, and David Friend, Founder & CEO of eYak Inc.

Participation in USDLA’s 2001 Policy Forum is recommended for Distance Learning professionals, College & University Financial Officers, Business Development Officers, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officers. Throughout the two-day event, participants will have numerous opportunities to interact with prominent officials, executives and academics.

Complete registration information is posted on USDLA’s web site, The USDLA 2001 National Policy Forum is sponsored by Advanstar Inc., BAF Satellite & Technology Corporation, Boozo Allen & Hamilton, and Verizon.


United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. USDLA represents 2000 members from pre-K-through-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate, military and government training and telemedicine. USDLA is a leading source of information and distance learning policy recommendations for Congress, government agencies and industry. In 1993 USDLA began the process of establishing chapters in all fifty states. For more information visit USDLA’s website at

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