COVID-19 updates: While the University of Wisconsin-Madison is taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we still plan to hold the August 4-6 2020 DT&L conference in Madison, WI as planned. There is also a contingency plan in place, just in case. For the latest, view Continuing Studies COVID-19 updates.

DT&L and CanvasCon offer two great conferences in one trip

Audience in auditorium listening to speaker on stage

Pop quiz: What’s better than attending one outstanding professional development conference in beautiful Madison this summer? 

Answer: Attending two outstanding professional development conferences—held back-to-back in the same convention center.

Distance educators, technology enthusiasts, and industry leaders will have the opportunity to do just that at the Distance Teaching & Learning (DT&L) conference (August 6-8) and CanvasCon Wisconsin (August 9). Both events will be held at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center overlooking scenic Lake Monona. It’s within walking distance of conference hotels and vibrant downtown Madison.

The future—and force—of distance education

Now in its 35th year, the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference emphasizes evidence-based practice, educational innovation, and practical applications in the field of distance education and online learning. Join more than 800 attendees, including teachers, higher education faculty and staff, instructional designers, and DT&L logoworkforce trainers sharing exciting research, innovative teaching tools, and cutting-edge learning technologies. With more than 130 sessions and plenty of opportunities to network—and have a little fun— you will come away with practical takeaways, fresh knowledge, and new connections.

A particular focus is the role distance education plays in increasing access. Keynote speaker Robin DeRosa, professor of interdisciplinary studies at Plymouth State University, will show how educational innovation can bring down costs for students. Newton Miller, associate dean for education studies at Ashford University, will explain how distance educators can open doors for at-risk populations.

A platform for open, intuitive learning

After DT&L comes CanvasCon Wisconsin, a one-day event for educators of all levels. You need not be a user of Canvas learning-management software to benefit from this event.

CanvasCon Wisconsin logoTwo separate conference tracks, K-12 and higher education, will offer opportunities to learn, network, and discuss technology in education. Sessions feature in-depth discussions, networking opportunities, and topnotch presentations by educators, technologists, and thought leaders. You’ll learn how to innovate and improve teaching efficacy via new methodologies and educational tools.

CanvasCon registration includes breakfast, lunch, and the Cocktails & Convo evening reception, where you can network with peers and presenters, and win prizes.

A winning conference combo

DT&L and CanvasCon Wisconsin provide a two-for-one opportunity for educators to learn more about distance teaching and learning.

“Attendees will go from the ideas and best practices in online and blended learning at DT&L right into the tools that you can use to make them happen at CanvasCon Wisconsin,” says DT&L conference director Wendy Fritz. “By adding just one more day to your stay, you get two practical, useful experiences without having to take extra travel time out of your busy work schedule. Another plus: you can explore Madison after the events and enjoy the lake, restaurants, and cultural attractions.”