Staff and Contributors

Since 1985 the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference has provided a transformative professional development experience for individuals working in the field of distance and online education–from teachers to instructional designers to administrators (and everything in between). The challenge is to address this rapidly changing landscape with the most current topics, technologies, and innovations to inform best practices. The Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) team collaborates with more than two dozen advisors and committee members from campus and around the U.S. who help shape the conference program every year. Below is the 2018 list of contributors:

Distance Education Professional Development, Continuing Studies, UW-Madison

  • Kat Abbott
  • Louise Fowler
  • Wendy Fritz
  • Kimary Peterson
  • Bridget Powell
  • Bonnie Schmidt
  • Janet Staker Woerner
  • Thomas Tobin


Conference Committee

  • Thomas Arendalkowski, Learning Designer, Central Information Technology Services, University of Wisconsin Colleges/University of Wisconsin Extension
  • Leslie Dinauer, Professor and Doctorate of Management Program Chair, University of Maryland University College
  • William Ferree, Professor, Naval War College
  • Hilda Glazer, Faculty Chair/Ed. Psych. and Director, Center for the Study of Play Therapy, Capella University
  • Julie Hewitt, Faculty Development, Distance Learning Center, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Jana Hitchcock, Instructional Designer, Penn State World Campus
  • Colin Holden, Curriculum Manager, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mike Kern, Information Process Consultant, Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tim Lombardo, Instructional Designer, Lecturer, and Instructor, The Ohio State University
  • Mark Millard, Director of Learning Design and Technologies, Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Janice Mertes, Assistant Director, IMT/Digital Learning, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • James Moore, Director of Online Learning, DePaul University
  • Penny Ralston-Berg, Instructional Designer, Penn State World Campus
  • David Stein, Associate Professor, Workforce Development and Education, Ohio State University
  • Terry Tao, Instructional Design Team Lead, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach, and E-Learning University of Wisconsin-Extension

Advisors and Contributors

  • Ryan Anderson, Director of Instructional Design and Development, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach, and E-Learning, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Simone Conceição, Professor, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • William Diehl, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Online Graduate Programs, Pennsylvania State University
  • Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard Inc.
  • Tanya Joosten, Director, eLearning Research and Development, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Katie Linder, Research Director, Ecampus, Oregon State University
  • Bruce Maas, Emeritus CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, Honorary Fellow School of Information, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Carlos Morales, President, TCC Connect, Tarrant County College District
  • John Orlando, Associate Director, Faculty Support, Northcentral University
  • Rena Palloff, Faculty at Fielding University, Capella University, and University of the Rockies; and Consultant, Crossroads West
  • Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning, Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service and Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Illinois-Springfield
  • Rick Shearer, Director of LMS Conversion, World Campus Learning Design, Pennsylvania State University
  • Thomas Smith, Emeritus Director, Engineering Telecommunications Programs, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
  • Vincent Spezzo, Learning and Technology Specialist, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ellen Wagner, Vice President, Research, Hobsons
  • Olena Zhadko, Director of Online Education, Lehman College, CUNY

Executive Sponsor Committee

  • Jeffrey Russell, Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • George Watson, Senior Consultant, Office of Quality Improvement, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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