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As an eLearning provider, we are hearing a lot of chatter from prospects looking to transition to online education. No doubt the anticipated 20% – 40% decline in face-to-face workshop education is causing alarm in the conference marketplace.  However, I believe that eLearning managers should attend at least one industry conference a year. The choices of eLearning and distance learning conferences are plentiful— see the list below of the ones I keep on my own radar screen.

This week I will be attending my fifth conference of the year in my hometown of Madison, WI: The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. As you can tell from its 25-year history, these people at the UW started way back when discussion centered on using televisions to teach (or maybe even snail mail). Conferences provide a great venue to network with old colleagues and friends and meet new eLearning advocates. I almost always come away with a new idea, technology, or general vision to apply to my practice. My stance is that for those of us involved in education, it’s all about sharing!

I am particularly looking forward to attending the following sessions this week to get me thinking:

The conference atmosphere is sure to stimulate otherwise sluggish brain cells!

Other Conferences: