Conference Background and Goals

A premier conference since 1985

The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for its quality, integrity, and longevity. As the premier conference in distance education, it has welcomed thousands of speakers and distance education professionals to share ideas, resources, research, and best practices in its 30 years.

UW–Madison Sponsorship

The conference is organized and sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies' Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD), and affiliated with the UW-Extension's Instructional Communications Systems. DEPD is dedicated to fostering effective teaching and learning, offering online certification programs and custom learning experiences that utilize the latest research, best practices, and strategies in distance education.

Conference Goals

The conference is designed to provide opportunities for you to teach, learn, and connect. Each of these goals are enumerated below.

  • Discuss success factors and innovative practices in distance education and training.
  • Examine key components of effective course design, teaching methods, technology tools, 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 improving the quality of distance education.
  • Increase knowledge about teaching/training at a distance.
  • Explore how teaching and learning can be adapted to new and emerging technologies.
  • Consider future possibilities and technologies for distance education.

  • Facilitate networking among distance educators, trainers, practitioners and administrators.
  • Share program resources via technology (e.g., print, audio, video, multimedia, and the Internet).

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