Why attend

Why attend DT&L?

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 100 sessions help you find out what others are thinking and doing in the world of online education—and share your own experiences. Explore the 2017 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.

 

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: concurrent sessions where experienced professionals present on a current topic

Discussions: facilitated, informal group discussions led by topic experts

Speed sessions: condensed presentations on hot topics, followed by Q&A sessions

ePosters: interactive electronic posters on course program design, research, and tools

Exhibit hall: the place to watch eTools demos and educational presentations, and the gathering place for other conference events

Extend your learning

Enhance your conference experience by choosing these options when you register:

  • Conference certificate: Earn a professional development certificate in an online education topic of your choice. You’ll complete online coursework before the conference, attend a face-to-face workshop at the conference, and learn practical strategies and techniques you can put to use right away.
  • Pre-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.

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The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and organized by Distance Teaching & Learning, Division of Continuing Studies.