EdSurge has published a colorful map of the higher-education conferences that matter in the world of educational technology and innovation. Among the essential events for 2016-17 is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, scheduled for Aug. 9-11 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.
EdSurge is an informational resource for educators and entrepreneurs involved in educational technology. The map, as part of an article by Ray Batra, highlights 40 “higher-ed edtech and innovation conferences you need to know” from around the world. Along with the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, it includes the EduCause Annual Conference in Anaheim, Cal., and Bett in London.
The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference has helped educators stay on top of emerging technologies for more than 30 years. It attracts college faculty and administrators, instructional designers, researchers, K-12 teachers, corporate and military trainers, and vendors of new technologies and services, who network with colleagues and learn evidence-based strategies from experts in the field. Drawing on current research, the conference explores state-of-the-art teaching practices that improve outcomes for learners.
The 2016 conference features 130 sessions, including keynote speeches by national leaders in distance education. Richard Culatta, former director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss new frontiers in educational technology. Karl Kapp, assistant director at the Institute for Interactive Technologies, will explore novel ideas for learner engagement. Michelle Miller, professor of psychological sciences at Northern Arizona University, will explain how cognitive, brain, and learning sciences can improve online education.