At a glance
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About the 26th ADEIL Conference and Madison
October 24-26, 2018
Each year ADEIL meets at a different location to explore independent learning and distance education. Inspired by local scenery and culture, ADEIL members leave the conference recharged with new perspectives, innovative ideas, and expanded professional networks. You can learn more about ADEIL here >
What sets ADEIL conferences apart from other distance learning conferences?
- Each ADEIL conference is unique, integrating the location and culture of the host campus and its surroundings into the conference. ADEIL’s annual conference builds in distinctive social activities before, after, and during the conference.
- Conference registration includes meals and receptions, providing an ideal atmosphere for making new friends, sharing ideas, fostering networking opportunities, and building community.
- ADEIL’s annual conferences reflect its broad inclusion of many aspects of distance education, online learning, and independent learning through synchronous or asynchronous means.
- ADEIL is an organization which offers ongoing interaction between annual conferences.
- Conference attendees receive a complimentary 12-month ADEIL membership.
.What makes this year’s ADEIL conference special?
- Opening reception with Michael Moore, Distinguished Professor of Education, Emeritus, The Pennsylvania State University.
- The conference location, UW-Madison’s Memorial Union, is celebrating 90 years on the shore of Lake Mendota.
- Madison is routinely voted one of the best places to live in the country.
- The ADEIL conference offers a Graduate Student Track.
About Madison and the UW
Downtown Madison and the main part of campus are set on an isthmus between Lakes Monona and Mendota. Madison is consistently named as a Best Place to Live, including Livability’s Top 100 (#7), and Destination Tips’ Top 10 Scenic College Towns (also #7). The campus covers over 900 acres, includes four national landmarks, and has spectacular views overlooking the lakes — some of the greatest in the country. UW-Madison has been named one of the 50 Most Amazing College Campuses (#29), the Most Beautiful College in Wisconsin, and the #2 Most Beautiful School in the Nation.
You will find useful information regarding visiting Madison, including campus maps, parking maps, and visitor links, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison visitor information page at vip.wisc.edu. Another resource is the Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau: visitmadison.com. Call 608-255-2537 or 800-373-6376 for free brochures and maps.
Things to do
No matter when you get here, Madison has a lot to offer before the conference officially begins and throughout the week. Downtown Madison is walkable and has bikes available for rental as well as city bus service. Within walking distance of the conference venue, you will find the Chazen Museum of Art, the Wisconsin Historical Society, many restaurants, shops, bookstores, and more. A lakeshore path running from the Memorial Union to Picnic Point and the west end of campus provides spectacular views for an inspirational walk or jog. Nearby on State Street, you’ll find great places to explore including theaters, museums, shopping, great local food, coffee shops, the State Capitol (free to enter; tours available), the Overture Center for the Arts, and the nationally recognized Farmers’ Market.
Our city also features the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a children’s museum, historical and research libraries open to the public, a geology museum, an observatory, and a beautiful free zoo. And since Madison and the UW are beautiful and full of activity all year long, an autumn visit gives you access to all the area has to offer, along with crisp fall weather and the colors of the changing leaves as your backdrop.
Food and restaurants
There is an abundance of good food for every appetite and budget, including dining at the Memorial Union and food trucks on the Library Mall. Trip Advisor is a good resource for narrowing down your literally hundreds of choices for good eats in the City of Four Lakes.
That’s a lot to choose from
We know! Here are some of our favorite spots.
- The Memorial Union has many quiet spaces as well as dining options
- The Chazen Museum of Art
- The Memorial Library (check in at the Welcome Desk at the Library entrance near State Street for a visitor’s pass)
- The State Capitol
- State Street (shops and restaurants)
- The Veterans Museum
- The Madison Children’s Museum
- Walking the Lakeshore Path to Picnic Point
- Camp Trippalindee (a restaurant in the Graduate Hotel)
- Sunset on the Union Terrace
Your conference committee
We are thrilled to be hosting the 2018 ADEIL conference and welcome your questions and comments to help us make your visit one of the highlights of your year.
Independent Learning Academic Director
Sarah (PhD, German, UW-Madison) is an experienced online instructor in German.
Independent Learning Instructor
David teaches online philosophy courses in the Independent Learning Program and assists with program administration.
“The size of ADEIL’s conferences makes it easy for me to get to know colleagues from around the world. I can have meaningful conversations with other attendees, speakers, and even the keynotes!”
~ Kristyn Rose, Old Dominion University