IELA was founded in 2007 by David Guralnick, A.Y. Al-Zoubi, and Michael E. Auer, and is incorporated in New York County in the state of New York, U.S.A.
You can read the official IELA bylaws here.

The International E-Learning Association (IELA) is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of e-learning in schools and universities, and in the workplace.
With members hailing from every continent —and from the realms of business, industry, government, and academia— the IELA is a vibrant and diverse community of e-learning professionals, researchers, and students.

The specific goals of the IELA are to:

  • Serve as a catalyst for the development and exchange of Blog & Research among universities, educational institutions, government agencies, funding agencies, conferences, and businesses;
  • Publish materials advancing the use of e-learning;
  • Promote excellence in e-learning research, development and use;
  • Disseminate information about e-learning opportunities and use to the public, the media, governments, and business and industry;
  • Share and promote policies, procedures, and practices with respect to all matters regarding the use of e-learning; and
  • Cooperate and liaise with related regional, national and international associations.