Since I was elected as vice president (president elect) of the ColoDLA, I’ve learned a lot about the organization and its members. I’ve met members who are committed to effective teaching methods and assessment; I’ve met industry members who are committed to providing affordable, accessible, and usable technology; I’ve met board members who are dedicated to the organization and the advancement of distance learning in Colorado and beyond.
Like many volunteer run non-profit organizations, we have our share of challenges. Most, if not all of us have full time jobs which pay the bills, making it that much more important for us to effectively communicate our vision, mission and values, both internally to our members and externally to the public at-large, students, teachers and policymakers.
In the past several months, we’ve made several important strides towards becoming the organization I know we can become. For example, we elected a new Treasurer, Marrianne Bauer, who is quickly getting our finances in order so we can grow our membership base and demonstrate value to potential sponsors. ColoDLA board members are increasing collaboration efforts and finding new ways to move the organization forward. For example, we are working toward a more efficient membership and event registration process, and we have established a communication team whose responsibility will be to maintain, update and evolve the ColoDLA website and social media presence.
My proudest achievement thus far came during our December meeting, where we helped focus attention on an often-overlooked topic in distance education, i.e., accessibility and ADA 508 compliance. We were able to include a population we hadn’t seen before, accessibility coordinators, several of whom expressed their gratitude for our efforts in communicating about this important issue. Here is a link to the recording: http://new.livestream.com/dpstv22/events/3601548 (the actual event doesn’t begin until about 25 minutes into the recording).
My point is this: I recognize the importance of organizational communication via “in-reach” to our membership base, as well as outreach to various stakeholders in the education community. In the coming weeks and months, you will see an increasing website and social media presence, as well as better planned and communicated events. In the mean time, I ask for your patience as we continue to build the components of an effective and efficient all volunteer non-profit association.
Vice President (President Elect) – Colorado Distance Learning Association