I have recently come to realize that there are at least three different professional associations in the region who are eager to add members. I'm borrowing from their sites to get the messages right.
One is an organization I have joined after some years of encouragement by a former colleague. Perhaps you would consider joining me in the The Illinois Association for Educational Communications and Technology ( IAECT ) - dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning through the effective use of media, technology, and telecommunications. http://www.wiu.edu/users/iaect. The Illinois AECT chapter has it's 2011 conference approaching on October 7 at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta, IL. See the website or contact me for further information.
ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals. ASTD’s members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 125 U.S. chapters and with more than 20 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers.
The US Distance Learning Association serves the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. We will help you stay connected and ahead of trends in learning — distance learning , e-learning, mobile learning, computer-based training (CBT), web-based training (WBT), instructor-led training (ILT), online training, online learning, blended learning, classroom training, and webinars.