Conference helps 1,000 worldwide educators explore distance education
One of the largest conferences on distance education teaching and learning is bringing about 1,000 educators to Madison this week.
As they attend the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning that is sponsored by UW–Madison Continuing Studies at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, educators will attend a wide selection of sessions.
The conference — running from Wednesday, Aug. 8-Friday, Aug. 10 — explores topics such as e-textbooks, flipped classrooms, writing curriculum, virtual science labs and mobile learning.
The educators and administrators hail from all 50 states and several different countries including Egypt, Brazil, Japan, Finland, Turkey, and Canada.
The distance education conference also offers options to participate virtually and to interact with others online.
“We’ve partnered with Sonic Foundry of Madison to offer two partial views of the conference this year, one focused on administration and the other on international perspectives,” said conference director Jane Terpstra of continuing studies. “Virtual participants can view streamed, live video of select sessions, enter questions for speakers, and interact with other conference participants via chat.”
Topics also include open education resources; increasing deamdn and decreasing higher education budgets; preparing for mobile learning and global perspectives on distance education.