Where Education, Technology and Learning Converge

In distance education, keeping up means staying far ahead. The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference provides you with innovative ways to teach and support online learners.

At this year’s conference more than 800 people from around the world converged at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin to learn best strategies, practices, and solutions for online teaching and training. The full 3-day schedule offered more than 140 sessions for attendees to choose from, plus plenty of networking opportunities to continue the learning and sharing among colleagues.

Interested in presenting at next year’s conference? The Call for Proposals (CFP) online submission form will be available in early December (deadline mid-January). Start working on your proposal idea now. CFP details will be available in the coming months.

Save the date for next year’s conference: August 9‑11, 2016

2015 Featured Speakers

 If you were unable to join us at this year’s conference, here are some of the thought leaders that you missed.  See more>


Learning Ecosystems: Reshaping the Future of Learning


From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom


Applying Learning Science Research to Distance Education Practice


Going Global: New Perspectives on Distance Education


Dialogue with a Distance Education Master

Build Your Skills

Here are just some of the topics that were presented this year:

  • Competency-based learning
  • Learner engagement strategies
  • Big data & learning analytics
  • Evaluation & assessment
  • Open educational resources
  • Instructional design & project management
  • Gamification and badges
  • Mobile & social learning
  • Brain & cognitive science

New Events Added in 2015

Earn a Conference Certificate

Included pre- and post-conference online work and conference registration  More»

Attend a Workplace Training and Development or Military Education

Facilitated meetings during the conference to share expertise and best practices  More»

Participate in the Emerging Topics Cafe

Special venue for self-initiated informal discussions on issues and new ideas