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Michelle Weise explores disruptive design at the DT&L Conference

Higher education is in the midst of a transformation, and Michelle Weise is a key figure in making sense of it. Her keynote speech at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference will help prepare educators for the changes to come, shedding light on “Disruptive Design for the Future of Online Learning.

Weise will devote part of her talk to online competency-based education, which allows students to master skills at their own pace.

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Keynote speaker Nick Floro shows how to create magic with today’s tools

Nick Floro believes we have the technology to take learning experiences to the next level. It’s just a matter of understanding your audience, knowing the capabilities of the new tools, and using them inventively to create amazing experiences.

“When designing online courses, you have to think about where you and your learners will be in two to five years in a next-generation digital learning environment,” says Floro, CEO of the software company Sealworks Interactive Studios.

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DT&L Conference more essential than ever in an age of digital disruption

The University of Wisconsin-Madison pioneered distance education in 1891 when it offered the world’s first correspondence course. More than a century later, it remains on the forefront of educational innovation with the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference. Since 1985, the conference has helped educators adapt to a new world in which students increasingly learn via technology and online rather than in a traditional classroom setting. Given the accelerating pace of digital disruption, the 33rd annual event is more essential than ever to higher education faculty and staff,

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Wedemeyer Award ceremony shows how far distance education has come

At the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference on Aug. 9-11, Ray Schroeder received the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. Prominent thought leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison event marveled at how far distance education has come since Charles Wedemeyer’s pioneering efforts 70 years ago.

“Charles would be amazed to see 800 people sitting around tables discussing distance education,” said Penn State Professor Emeritus Michael G.

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Dt&l Conference Addresses Technology’s Challenges

DT&L CONFERENCE ADDRESSES TECHNOLOGY’S CHALLENGES

New technology offers tremendous opportunities for education, but it can also create confusion among educators.

“Technology can be disruptive, and a lot of innovative instructional technologies have created a disruption within our traditional system,” Les Howles tells Isthmus in “Teaching from a Distance: How Technology Is Transforming Education.” “It’s forcing us to think about teaching, learning, and learners in new ways.”

Howles is the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching &

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Edsurge: Conference an Essential Educational Technology Event

EdSurge has published a colorful map of the higher-education conferences that matter in the world of educational technology and innovation. Among the essential events for 2016-17 is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, scheduled for Aug. 9-11 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

EdSurge is an informational resource for educators and entrepreneurs involved in educational technology. The map, as part of an article by Ray Batra,

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Nicole Allen Advocates for Open Educational Resources

In “Bringing Down the High Cost of Textbooks,” the Washington Post notes that textbook prices have risen three times the rate of inflation, spiking by 82 percent

between 2003 and 2013. The editorial praises recent efforts to develop degree programs that use online, open-source materials instead of expensive printed books.

“By integrating open-source materials into their curriculums, colleges would make learning better and cheaper at the same time,” the Post argues.

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Earn a Professional Development Certificate in Online Teaching

Educators looking to get started in the online environment have a golden opportunity through the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference. They can register for the  » Read more about: Earn a Professional Development Certificate in Online Teaching  »

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Michelle Miller: Improve Online Education with Science Research

In her book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology, Michelle Miller provides a framework for selecting and using digital technology in higher education. Drawing on her experience as a professor of psychological sciences at Northern Arizona University, she incorporates classic research as well as recent findings on how our minds take in and use information. Miller will provide the latest insights from her work in a keynote address at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching &

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