Registration is now open for the 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning - August 4 - 6, 2010 in Madison, WIsconsin, home of the University of Wisconsin, my alma mater.
This year’s conference provides over 20 workshops and events on Wednesday, August 4th, many focused on higher education issues, followed by over 130 concurrent sessions and special events on Thursday and Friday, August 5th & 6th. You may access a PDF of this year’s Conference Program, sign up for future mailings, follow on Facebook and Twitter, and register for the conference from the Web site.
I personally like that it takes place in Madison Wisconsin. As an alum of the real UW,X2, I always like a reason to go back and visit. I also love Madison in the summer, so August 4 - 6 is a great time to be there. (bratwurst and beer on the Terrace overlooking Lake Monona...priceless!)
But the main reason I like to go is that I always get such a good look at what is happening in the various facets of academic distance learning, which as most people who follow higher education know is going through an explosion of mainstream adoption. Even the University of California has discovered the online university!! It's different that what happens at a policy-and-practice event like the one hosted by WCET (this year - LaJolla, CA, November 2010) More focused on things that matter for distance learning than EDUCAUSE. More pragmatic than Sloan's research or emerging tech conferences.
Several of my colleagues from WCET will be there to tell people about Transparency by Design, a project of the Presidents' Forum funded by the Lumina Foundation, to create a data driven, consumer oriented website comparing post-secondary universities from the for-profit sector, not-for-profit sector and public sector for prospective students looking to evaluate and compare online learning institutions.If you DO plan to go to the conference, don't wait too long to get registered and get your hotel room booked if you want to overlook the lake.