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November 17, 2016

Submit A Proposal For The 2017 Conference

Note this conference opportunity…

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—Presenters—
Call for Proposals Now Open
Come to beautiful Madison, Wis., to present at the University of Wisconsin‑Madison’s 33rd annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference July 25‑27, 2017. Join hundreds of online education professionals from around the world to share cutting‑edge strategies, research, learning designs, new technology tools, and more. Get recognized for your contribution to the field of distance education and engage with colleagues to transform online teaching and learning.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 10 (midnight CT)

Submit your proposal >
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Inform, Inspire, Engage
We are seeking engaging, expert-led presentations on a variety of distance education topics, such as:
  • New and emerging tools and technologies
  • Online teaching strategies
  • Learner engagement strategies
  • Personalized learning
  • Measuring learning and assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Learner support
  • Translating research into practice
  • Administration and management
  • Accessibility and universal design
Learn more >
Questions? Contact Kimary Peterson • kimary.peterson@wisc.edu608‑265‑4159
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October 13, 2016

Key Takeaways from the 2016 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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Key Takeaways from the 2016 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

On Aug. 9-11, the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference explored state‑of‑the‑art online and blended teaching practices at Madison’s beautiful Monona Terrace convention center. The conference attracted more than 800 college faculty and administrators, instructional designers, researchers, K‑12 teachers, military faculty and administrators, and corporate trainers who learned about emerging technologies and innovative techniques to improve online learning outcomes.

Leading experts presented up‑to‑date research in distance teaching and learning, as well as ideas for translating that research into practice. Here are some key takeaways attendees identified as particularly relevant.

Re‑imagining Learning with Technology
When developing new and innovative learning programs, Richard Culatta (Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island) advises starting small and working fast. Don’t try to put out a perfect project on the first try, but instead work toward a minimally viable product that you can continue to improve. Do more pilot projects, prototypes, and beta tests to observe how students interact with a new learning approach, then gradually expand it.Accessibility
According to Thomas Tobin (Coordinator of Learning Technologies, Center for Teaching and Learning, Northeast Illinois University), accessibility includes addressing both the physical and cognitive disabilities of online learners. Giving them choices about how they get information, demonstrate skills, and stay engaged in online courses leads to increased student persistence, retention, and satisfaction. It can also contribute to meeting accessibility needs.

Video‑based Learning
Research conducted by TechSmith Corp. about using online video for learning found that students prefer shorter videos, no longer than 10 minutes, with three minutes the ideal length. The highest viewer drop-off often comes after one minute because videos are perceived as boring or don’t contain the information students need.

The Instructional Design Process
Older instructional design practices and models often relegated evaluation to the end of a project, when it’s too late to make changes. Thomas Reeves (Professor Emeritus, Learning, Design, and Technology, University of Georgia) explained that newer instructional design models for online learning incorporate evaluation throughout the entire design and development process. An iterative process using rapid prototypes and lots of feedback from users and other stakeholders facilitates faster and higher‑quality instructional designs.

Learner Engagement and Gamification
In his keynote, Karl Kapp (Director, Institute for Interactive Technologies, Bloomsburg University), explained and demonstrated how we can apply simple strategies used in games to help make online learning more engaging for students and more pedagogically effective. Elements of gamification that can lead to increased learner engagement include challenges, narratives, characters, and competition, to mention a few. Lastly, gamification does not need to be expensive or complicated. It is more about cultivating a creative mindset than using sophisticated technologies.

Research to Practice
Researchers and practitioners tend to work in silos. Simone Conceição (Professor, Administrative Leadership, University of Wisconsin‑Milwaukee) and participants in this year’s Research Special Interest Group emphasized the need for evidence‑based practice and more opportunities for dialogue between researchers and practitioners. This year’s conference provided abundant opportunities for them to share, discuss, and form partnerships.

New on the website: Tough Challenges Solutions Results
Tough Challenges Solutions Sessions focused on faculty support, learner support, and learner engagement. Participants brainstormed challenges and solutions for each of these topics. See a summary of their work.
Please join us for the 33rd annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, July 25‑27 at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis.
Questions? Contact Kimary Peterson • kimary.peterson@wisc.edu @wisc.edu608‑265‑4159
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August 22, 2016

Deadline Approaching: Enter To Win Up To $100 Off A Fall Class

From Sunday’s inbox…

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—Don’t wait! The deadline to enter is August 26th
ENTER THE FALL LIFELONG LEARNING GIVEAWAY
You could win up to $100 off a fall 2016 Continuing Studies class
Enter by August 26, 2016 to win up to $100 off any fall 2016 Continuing Studies class. 10 randomly selected winners will be notified no later thanSeptember 12, 2016.
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Entries limited to 1 per person. Rules, terms, and conditions available here.
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August 11, 2016

It’s Not Too Late To Register Onsite Or Attend Virtually!

Another item from Monday’s inbox…

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—Online educators—
It’s not too late to register onsite or attend virtually!
Can’t make the trip to Madison? Virtual Conference is just $275. Don’t miss the chance to learn from some of the nation’s leading experts in online and distance education. You must register by noon on Tuesday, August 9.
Virtual conference registration >
In the Midwest? Why not drive? Walk-ins welcome.
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Don’t let last-minute airfare keep you from coming. Just set your cruise control and put Madison in your GPS. Our small city is easy to navigate and there’s plenty to do while you are in town. We hope to see you in Madison!
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Questions? Contact Kimary Peterson • kimary.peterson@wisc.edu608‑265‑4159
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July 28, 2016

It’s Not Too Late To Register… Attend In Person Or Virtually!

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

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—Online educators—
It’s not too late to register… attend in person or virtually!
Don’t miss the chance to learn from some of the nation’s leading experts in online and distance education.
I’m ready to register >
In the Midwest? Why not drive?
Decorative element
Don’t let last‑minute airfare keep you from coming. Just set your cruise control and put Madison in your GPS. Our small city is easy to navigate and there’s plenty to do while you are in town.
Virtual Conference: Just $275
Can’t make the trip to Madison? Join us virtually to hear some of this year’s featured speakers. You must register by noon on Tuesday, August 9.
Virtual session details >
Questions? Contact Kimary Peterson • kimary.peterson@wisc.edu608‑265‑4159
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