Why attend

Our goal is simple: to provide you with a transformative professional development experience at an affordable price. This conference emphasizes evidence-based practice, educational innovation, and practical applications of theories and research findings in the field of distance education and online learning. There are also many opportunities for you to network, share, and collaborate with peers from around the world. You will head home with new skills, fresh knowledge, and the motivation to apply what you’ve learned.

Immerse yourself in discovery

More than 75 sessions help you find out what others are thinking and doing in the world of online education—and share your own experiences. Explore the 2020 conference archive to see past 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

Extend your learning

Enhance your conference experience. Choose a conference certificate or workshop when you register.

Pre & post- conference workshop: Explore an exciting online-learning topic with a knowledgeable presenter. Each workshop features practical information and hands-on learning activities that help you build important skills.

Connect with experts and peers

A broad range of professionals in distance education and online learning attend DT&L each year. Attendees range from experienced practitioners to new online educators and represent organizations from all regions of the United States and several other countries.

Our attendees come from:

  • Higher and continuing education
  • Vocational and technical education
  • Community-based education
  • International and global education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government and the military
  • K-12 education
  • Health care organizations
  • Business and industry
  • Consulting organizations

They work as:

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

Choose how you learn

Learn in the ways that suit you best! Here are some of the session types you can choose from:

  • Keynote speeches and other presentations: keynote speeches and over a dozen other presentations by nationally recognized thought leaders and experts
  • Info Sessions: Research, Exploratory, and Interactive Sessions
  • Discussions: facilitated, informal group discussions led by topic experts
  • DT&L Talks: condensed presentations on hot topics, followed by Q&A sessions
  • ePosters: interactive electronic posters on course program design, research, and tools
  • eTools Demo: demonstrators will present a handy tool or app