On Aug. 9-11, the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference explored state‑of‑the‑art online and blended teaching practices at Madison’s beautiful Monona Terrace convention center. The conference attracted more than 800 college faculty and administrators, instructional designers, researchers, K‑12 teachers, military faculty and administrators, and corporate trainers who learned about emerging technologies and innovative techniques to improve online learning outcomes.
Learning science researchers have a wealth of knowledge about how to teach effectively online. Yet faculty and instructional designers typically do not have access to this research, which tends to be hidden in specialized research journals. Even if practitioners seek out research, it’s often shrouded in jargon and lacking in practical application. Let’s take a look at a simple example of how to apply research to practice in online courses.
This year’s DT&L Conference program includes many of the nation’s leading experts in distance and online education. We’ve asked a few of our speakers to share some practical and simple tips for improving online learning.