The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for the quality and integrity of its program. Each year the conference provides an exchange of current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education/training. The face-to-face conference hosted in Madison, Wisconsin, also offers a virtual option to attendees at a distance with selected presentations.
The conference is organized and sponsored by Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) in the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Instructional Communications Systems. DEPD—dedicated to fostering effective teaching and learning—offers online certificate programs and custom learning experiences focusing on the latest research, best practices, and strategies in distance education.
In addition to the annual conference and certificate programs, as DEPD's contribution to the field of distance education and training, and with permissions from our presenters and guest speakers, we provide the online Resource Library—a searchable collection of past conference proceedings papers, one-page summary papers, keynote and forum videos, and other session resources. There are approximately 1,000 resources available from the past several conferences.
- Discuss critical success factors and innovative practices in distance education and training.
- Examine the key components of effective applications: needs analysis, course design, teaching methods, active learning, learner support, management, policy, and evaluation.
- Share successful approaches, strategies, and techniques.
- Identify active teaching/learning methods for effective engagement, motivation, and performance outcomes.
- Discuss major issues, new developments, and trends.
- Reflect on progress made in distance education.
- Consider future possibilities for distance education.
- Increase knowledge about teaching/training at a distance.
- Facilitate networking among distance educators, practitioners and administrators.
- Share program resources via technology (e.g., print, audio, video, multimedia, and the Internet).
A wide spectrum of professionals in distance education, experienced as well as newcomers, attend the conference each year. They represent organizations from all regions of the United States and other countries worldwide.