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The summer is always a busy season for industry conferences and eLearning networking opportunities, and one event near and dear to my heart is the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning held in Madison, Wisconsin. The 2014 conference is set for August 12th-14th at the Monona Terrace. Having this important meeting of industry experts hosted so close to my home base is an added benefit, and I’m definitely looking forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues from the region.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event, and leaders in the distance learning field will be there to speak and present on eLearning-related topics such as MOOC models for education, mobile learning, blended learning, social media for learning, learning analytics, and much more. This is an excellent opportunity to share ideas, absorb information from industry experts, and explore emerging best practices.

I will be hosting an Info Session titled Using a Design Manifesto to Create Engaging E-Learning with Andy Hicken, PhD, Product Innovation Specialist at Web Courseworks, on Wednesday, August 13th from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Each time we’ve given this presentation I’ve come away amazed at the great ideas our attendees have been able to generate and refine on the spot, so hopefully the trend continues. If you’ve been looking for a better way to unify your staff and articulate organizational goals in a memorable form, stop by to see our presentation and take a crack at developing a quality manifesto of your own.

If you’d like to explore the event a bit more, a PDF of the Conference Program is available here and registration information is available here. I hope to see you there, and be sure to bring your best manifesto ideas with you!