2017 Conference Goals and Info

Conference Goals

The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference began in 1985. The conference program emphasizes evidence-based practice, educational innovation, practical application, and peer to peer networking and collaboration. The goal is to provide a transformative professional development experience at an affordable price.


Immerse Yourself in Learning

Every year more than 130 sessions give you the opportunity to find out what others are thinking and doing —and to share your experiences. Here is a link to the 2016 conference archive to review invited speakers and session topics.

You’ll talk about

  • Success factors and innovative practices in distance education and training.
  • Course design, teaching methods, technology tools, learner support, management, policy, and evaluation.

You’ll learn how to

  • Apply new and emerging technologies to online teaching and learning.
  • Consider future possibilities and technologies.

You’ll connect with

  • Distance educators, trainers, practitioners and administrators from around the world.
  • Industry leaders sharing tools, products, and services that increase productivity and improve online practice.


Who Attends

A broad range of professionals in distance education and online learning–experienced as well as newcomers–attend the conference each year. They represent organizations from all regions of the United States and other countries worldwide.

Audiences Represented

  • Higher and continuing education
  • Vocational and technical education
  • Community-based education
  • International/global education
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government and the military
  • K-12 education
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Business and industry
  • Consultants

Occupations Represented

  • Faculty, teachers, instructors
  • Researchers
  • Evaluators
  • Support personnel
  • Designers, developers, technologists
  • Administrators, managers, directors
  • Technology and service providers
  • Corporate/government trainers
  • Military educators


Your Learning Preferences

Here are some of the session types you will be able to choose from:

Featured Speaker Talks keynote sessions  and over a dozen spotlight  and invited speaker talks by nationally-recognized thought leaders and experts

Info Sessions concurrent sessions  where experienced professionals present on a current topic

Discussions facilitated, informal group discussions on selected topics led by conference experts

Speed Sessions condensed presentations on hot topics followed by Q&A

ePosters – interactive, electronic posters on course program design, research, and tools

Exhibit Hall eTools demos and educational presentations as well as a gathering place for  other conference events

Emerging Topics & Challenges Café a focal point for informal chats, meetups, and facilitated discussions

UW-Madison DT&L Conference: Choosing your conference sessions

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The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is organized and sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) team. DEPD is dedicated to fostering effective teaching and learning, offering online certificates and custom programs that utilize the latest research, best practices, and strategies in distance education. Learn how DEPD can help you grow, lead, and succeed.

A leader in distance education for nearly a century, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a catalyst for innovation and research. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, UW-Madison’s students and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. Discover UW-Madison.


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