800+ learn what works, what doesn’t in distance education

Three national experts are keynotes at the 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, offered by University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies Aug. 12-14 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, to be attended by about 800 educators and trainers from the U.S. and other countries.

More than 100 sessions will be led by leaders in the field and real world practitioners from organizations and institutions including Harvard University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, The Ohio State University, Penn State, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of Minnesota.

Keynote speaker, Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at University of Illinois-Springfield, will discuss how to identify online innovations and dead-ends as educators plan for the future.

Schroeder notes, “As someone who has worked in distance education for the last 30 years, I can say that more changes have occurred in the last three years than in all the other years.”

Another keynote is Michael Quinn Patton, an internationally acclaimed author and evaluation expert, will describe how evaluation can advance innovation in online learning.


Jane Bozarth, author and elearning coordinator of North Carolina Office of State Personnel, will explain how to leverage social media to promote student engagement and learning.

A special virtual session will feature the provocative and entertaining futurist in learning and technology, Elliott Masie, speaking about “eLearning moving past and forward.” Masie heads The MASIE Center, a New York think tank focused on how workforce education within organizations.

More than 140 workshops, presentations, and discussions are scheduled on topics such as mobile learning, competency-based learning, educational games, educational neuroscience, distance course design, generational learning styles, and others.

For more details and online registration see here.