Richard Culatta previews higher education’s future at the 2016 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

Culatta will discuss new tools and approaches for educational technology at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference on August 9-11.

Richard Culatta is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, where he focused on educational innovation. Culatta is a leading authority on using technology in higher education, K-12, and workplace learning environments. He’ll discuss new frontiers in educational technology for online learning in his keynote address at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference on August 9-11, 2016.

At the Department of Education, Culatta explored technology’s role in creating a personalized learning experience and improving access to education. He’s particularly interested in leveraging social media, simulations and games, and analytics to improve outcomes for students.

Before joining the federal government, Culatta was the director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation. He also served as the learning technologies advisor at Brigham Young University, where he helped redesign the teacher preparation program. He began working with educational technology at the University of Rhode Island, where he taught the university’s first technology integration workshops for faculty.

In his keynote address at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, Culatta will focus on innovations in educational technology and online learning from his work at the national level.  He’ll address the challenges higher education faces with technology, offering solutions in the form of new tools and approaches that most practitioners and institutions can begin adopting right now.

See the video below for Culatta’s TED talk on “Reimagining Learning,” in which he touts personalized learning as the key to education’s future.

The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference has helped educators stay on top of emerging technologies for over 30 years. It attracts college administrators, faculty, instructional designers, support staff, 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.

The 2016 conference will be held at Monona Terrace, the architectural gem designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on a picturesque lake. The conference provides an immersive learning experience in a city consistently voted one of the country’s top getaways.

For more information on the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, contact Les Howles, les.howles@wisc.edu, 608-265-9753.