May 6, 2018

Past Events

MDLA Spring ’Break’ Conference 2021 
Primary Sponsor:
Friday, March 12, 2021 Online 10 AM – 5 PM The First Annual Barbara Zirkin Award will be presented. Keynote Speaker: Bucky Dodd, Chief Learning Innovation Officer and director of LX Studio at the University of Central Oklahoma. “Designing the Future of Distance Learning Experiences” “In these times when many education leaders are struggling to adapt to change, distance education continues to play a vital and strategic role in serving learners in creative ways while continuing to enhance access to underserved populations.  New types of distance learning environments are creating exciting possibilities for educators and learners. Technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are transforming the human-computer interface. At the same time, organizational business models are challenged to adapt to new fiscal realities. Amid this change, distance education leaders who use a design-focused mindset will be well-position to thrive in uncertainty. This keynote session explores these trends (and more) that are transforming the learning landscape and examines how distance education leaders can be a catalyst for innovation and good. ”
Bucky Dodd, Ph.D. is the Chief Learning Innovation Officer and director of LX Studio at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Dodd is an innovator, master teacher, and visionary of the future of education. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Oklahoma State University and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Adult Education and Corporate Communications and maintains an active research and development agenda in these areas. As a prolific writer, teacher, and speaker on the future of education, his research focuses on visual planning and collaboration systems, innovation, and the design of learning experiences. Dr. Dodd is the creator of Learning Environment Modeling®, an award-winning visual collaboration system for the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and has been recognized internationally for his research and design expertise. He has a proven record of leading innovation initiatives in corporate, government, and education organizations and is consistently sought out as a thought leader on the future of learning. Dr. Dodd is a leader, trailblazer, and innovator who is committed to sharing his expertise and passion for learning with others. The Conference will also feature a Maryland Cocktails “workshop” from 4pm-5pm by Gregory Priebe, author of “Forgotten Maryland Cocktails”.

2020 Vision! November 12, 2019 | 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

MDLA Fall 2019 Program Click the image above to view the Fall Event Program (in PDF format).

Anne Arundel Community College Arundel Mills Campus 7009 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover, MD 21076

This popular half-day event is a great way to meet colleagues and attend hands-on concurrent sessions. 2020 Vision! is focused on looking forward to what lies ahead for distance learning in the years to come based on research and evidence-based practice. Essentially, what do we know and where are we going? We encourage proposals that explore the future of distance learning as fully online courses, hybrid or blended courses, personalized learning environments, informal and formal learning, mobile learning, e-sports and gaming, virtual campuses and communities, and professional learning networks. If you have questions please contact ______________________________________________________________________________

2019 Annual Spring Conference

2018 Annual Spring Conference

Keynote: The Connected Future and Data Analytics, Dr. Brenda Bannan 

Dr. Bannan is an Associate Professor in the Instructional Technology/Learning Technologies Design Research programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Her research interests primarily revolve around the articulation of integrated design and research processes in learning technology design and development. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the emerging method of design research in education related to areas such as mobile learning, augmented reality, inquiry-based instruction, language learning and cognition, motivation and special education.  Dr. Bannan has supervised numerous learning technology design and development projects and has recently conceptualized and launched along with faculty colleagues an innovative Ph.D. program entitled Learning Technologies Design Research at GMU focusing on an R&D model for emerging technologies such as mobile learning, game-based design, as well as design process, design research and diffusion of innovations research.

2016 Annual Spring Conference

Our 2016 Spring Conference, held on March 10, got underway with a keynote address by Vanessa Dennen, an Associate Professor of Instructional Systems at Florida State University. In her address, Vanessa discussed the nexus of cognitive, motivational, and social elements in computer-mediated communication, concentrating on two major issues: learner participation in online activities, and interactions, norm development, and informal learning within online communities of practice. Following the keynote session, conference participants attended an array of engaging and informative morning and afternoon sessions. The conference ended with an awards ceremony and a networking reception in which drawings for gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD were held.

2015 Annual Spring Conference

Our 2015 Spring Conference, held on March 6, got underway with a keynote address by Devlin Daley, co-founder of Instructure, Inc. In his address, Devlin challenged us—through consideration of technology, disruption, and the two sigma phenomenon observed by educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom—to think about making the future of education better. Following the keynote session, conference participants attended an array of engaging and informative morning and afternoon sessions. The conference ended with an awards ceremony and a networking reception in which drawings for gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD were held.

2014 Annual Spring Conference

Keynote: David Wiley, Ph.D. 

Dr. David Wiley, co-founder of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to supporting and improving the adoption of open educational resources by middle schools, high schools, community and state colleges, and universities.  An associate professor at Brigham Young University, Dr. Wiley is a Senior Fellow for Open Education at Digital Promise and an Education Fellow at Creative Commons. Our Spring Conference was a success! With 150 attendees, keynote speaker Dr. David Wiley engaged and challenged us to think about the meaning of open educational resources and their impact on students, faculty, and learning. Conference attendees enjoyed a variety of quality presentations (many standing-room only), plus networking opportunities at lunch and the closing reception, where we featured a Kindle Fire HD giveaway!

2014 Fall Event

More than 100 educators from the region gathered at the MDLA Fall Event to participate in discussions and presentations on eLearning tools of the trade.  The opening panel discussion related  faculty, instructional design, and administrative perspectives on student authentication issues. Sessions following the panel discussion focused on tools that promote student collaboration, accessibility of course content, efficient training design, productivity, and efficiency.


October 12, 2012 Webinar: Using Twitter to Promote Student Engagement Presenter: Jeff Freels, PGCC


November 15, 2011 AACC Arundel Mills Social Mania 2011 March 3, 2011 MDLA Annual Spring Conference Sheppard Pratt Conference Center June 3, 2011 Workshop: Using Foresight and Futuring Tools to Deal with Disruptive Innovations in Postsecondary Education Anne Arundel Community College


March 4, 2010 MDLA Annual Spring Conference Meeting the Challenge: Guiding the Next Decade of Digital Learners November 9, 2010 AACC Arundel Mills Tools of the Trade


March 5, 2009 MDLA Annual Spring Conference Virtual Worlds: Real Teaching and Learning November 3, 2009 Social Mania: Connections 2009 Anne Arundel Community College @ Arundel Mills


March 4-5, 2008 MDLA/COADEC Annual Conference Location: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute November 2008 MDLA Fall Event Location: AACC Arundel Mills Campus


March 7-8, 2007 MDLA/COADEC Annual Conference Theme: Continuous Learning: Shared Perspectives Location: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute October 30, 2007 MDLA Fall Event Location: AACC Arundel Mills campus


March 2005 Spring MDLA/COADEC Annual Conference


October 15, 2004 MICCA, MDLA & COADEC Joint Program Theme: What’s Happening In Distance Education, K -16 and Beyond Location: Goucher College June 10-11, 2004 Theme: Colleges, Code & Copyright Location: UMUC Inn & Conference Center May 7, 2004 Theme: Accessibility Issues in Online Learning Location: Howard Community College Gateway Center Columbia, MD March 3-5, 2004 MDLA/COADEC Annual Conference Location: Sheraton Columbia Hotel


September 3, 2003 Theme: Who’s Who in Distance Learning in Maryland Location: Goucher College April 14-16, 2003 MDLA/COADEC Annual Conference Theme: Beyond the Basics: New Challenges for Learning at a Distance Location: Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort


October 11, 2002 Annual Meeting Location: Capitol College Theme: Program August 2, 2002 Videoconferencing Technology Location: UMATS Videoconferencing System April 18-19, 2002 MDLA/COADEC Annual Conference Location: Annapolis Sheraton March 15, 2002 Theme: Collaborating to Use Technology Location: CCBC Catonsville March 8, 2002 Panel Presentation Theme: Staying Current with What’s Happening in Distance Learning February 8, 2002 Theme: Updates on Intellectual Properties and Copyright Issues Location: MIDLN (interactive video)


December 6, 2001 Hubble Telescope Mission: Interactive Event for Educators An Interactive Event presented on the Verizon Videoconferencing Network October 19, 2001 General Meeting Location: Frederick Community College