Featured Speakers

From keynotes and spotlight presentations to workshops and discussion groups, you'll have abundant opportunities to learn from and be inspired by prominent thought leaders, innovators, and practitioners. Here are just some of the fascinating people that you'll see, hear, and interact with at the conference:


Michael Quinn Patton, Founder and Director, Utilization-Focused Evaluation

An internationally acclaimed author and an expert in evaluation, Dr. Patton will show how to apply "evaluative thinking" to help advance innovative change to improve teaching and learning with new technologies. More>

Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor of Online Learning, University of Illinois Springfield and Director, UPCEA Center for Online Leadership and Strategy
Dr. Schroeder has been blogging and tracking the DE field daily for the past dozen years and will show you how to identify trends, innovations, and dead-ends in ways that will inform your plans, investments, and preparations for the future. More>
Jane Bozarth, Elearning Coordinator, North Carolina Office of State Personnel
A nationally-recognized eLearning expert, consultant and author, Dr. Bozarth will show you how to leverage social media strategically and intelligently to promote student engagement and learning. More>

"Evaluation is ultimately about reality testing, getting real about what's going on, what's being achieved - examining what's working and what's not working."
M.Q. Patton

"The wave of educational change is roaring in at accelerating speed; those who stay ahead of the crest may thrive, those who don't will not survive."
R. Schroeder

"If educators intend to remain viable and credible, they need to participate in social networks and use social media tools to extend their reach and enhance student learning."
J. Bozarth

Spotlight Presenters and Thought Leaders
Kim Arnold
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Big data, little data, and learning analytics: Pushing through the hype

Curt Bonk
Indiana University

How Charles Wedemeyer opened our world and changed my life

Rovy Branon
University of Wisconsin-Extension

Mobile learning technology: Emerging trends and opportunities

Chris Dede
Harvard University

Insights about developing massive technology based models for higher education

Bill Draves
Learning Resources Network (LERN)

Generational Learning Styles

Allan Jeong
Florida State University

Research to practice: Computer-supported collaborative learning

Tom Kuhlmann
Articulate Global

PowerPoint is not a slideshow freak

Elliott Masie
Live from the Masie Center

eLearning from past moving forward (virtual appearance)

Pam Northrup
University of West Florida

Implementing competency-based learning

Dan Norton
Filament Games

Evaluating educational games for deep learning

John Orlando
Northcentral University

How to create rich interactive modules for online courses

Rena Palloff
Fielding Graduate University

Designing blended learning using the flipped approach

Penny Ralston-Berg
Penn State World Campus

Instructional design practice: Fill your bag of tricks

Jack Phillips
ROI Institute

Return on investment for instructional technologies

Michael Simonson
Nova Southeastern University

Research to practice: Distance learning course design

Janet Zadina
Tulane University

Research to practice: Educational neuroscience

Karen Skibba
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faculty engagement strategies

Tanya Joosten
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Evaluating online and blended faculty development programs