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Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

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Aug 9 2016
Aug 11 2016
America/New York

Conference Goals

The conference provides a variety of learning opportunities and experiences for you to teach, learn, and connect. Each of these goals is enumerated below.


  • Discuss success factors and innovative practices in distance education and training.
  • Examine key components of effective course design, teaching methods, technology tools, learner support, management, policy, and evaluation.
  • Share evidence-based approaches, strategies, and techniques.
  • Identify instructional methods for effective online learner engagement, motivation, and performance outcomes.
  • Discuss major issues, current research, new developments, and trends.


  • Reflect on and evaluate progress made in improving the quality of distance education.
  • Acquire new knowledge and skills for teaching and training at a distance.
  • Explore how new and emerging technologies can be applied to online teaching and learning.
  • Consider future possibilities and technologies for distance education.


  • Network with distance educators, trainers, practitioners and administrators from around the world.
  • Share program resources via technology (e.g., print, audio, video, multimedia, and the Internet).
  • Engage with industry leaders regarding new tools, products, and services available to increase productivity and improve online practice.

Richard Culatta

Technology as a Tool to Reimagine Learning

Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island and Former Director of Technology for the US Dept. of Education

During this talk he’ll highlight innovations in educational technology and online learning that produce results.  He’ll also focus on the “user experience” problem that higher education needs to address in order to remain relevant for a new generation of students.

Michelle Miller

Getting into the Minds of Learners to Guide Teaching with Technology

Michelle D. Miller, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the First Year Learning Initiative, Northern Arizona University

Dr. Miller will explain how to reach all students, drawing on insights from the psychological sciences.  She will present a framework for bringing cognitive and motivational research together through online learning designs that make the most of what we know about how the mind works.

Karl KappThe Quest for Learner Engagement

Karl Kapp, Director of Bloomsburg’s Institute for Interactive Technologies, Bloomsburg University, PA

Professor Kapp will explore practical and inexpensive methods to infuse online learning programs with engagement, interactivity and fun. Using game-based thinking and gamification he’ll inspire you to take action and bring a new level of creativity and engagement to the teaching and learning process.

Conference Date: 
Aug 9 2016 - Aug 11 2016
Madison, WI
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Registration Deadline: 
Mar 16 2016 - Jul 25 2016