Distance Education Luncheons and Demonstrations: Held two times per year, these events offer opportunities for networking, round table discussions about key issues, and viewing demonstrations of successful distance education teaching strategies.
College department specific activities: Held within each college or department throughout the year, these brown bags, demonstrations, presentations, and training sessions focus on college or department special needs. Contact your Instructional Design Technology Specialist for additional information.
Many conferences focus on all aspects of distance education. We encourage you to submit presentation proposals and/or participate in a number of conferences around the topics of distance learning pedagogy and instructional technologies.
We have listed a few of the major conferences below (there are many others):
Distance Teaching and Learning Conference. Madison, WI (usually held in late summer).
EDUCAUSE National Conference as well as several specialty and regional conferences throughout the year.
SLOAN-C National Conference as well as several specialty and regional conferences throughout the year.
UPCEA University Continuing Education Association National Conference as well as several specialty and regional conferences throughout the year.
USDLA United States Distance Learning Association National Conference as well as several specialty and regional conferences throughout the year.
WCET Western Cooperative for Educational Tehnologies National Conference as well as several specialty and regional conferences throughout the year.
For additional information on these conferences or help with finding others, please contact the Instructional Design Technology Specialist assigned to your college or department.
UNL has a number of groups that provide support for faculty teaching at a distance:
Online Pedagogy Community of Practice
This Blackboard Community of Practice provides a network for faculty who are teaching online or who are integrating online elements into their face-to-face classroom. You can self-enroll in this organization by selecting “Community” in my.unl.edu (Blackboard). Search for “Online Pedagogy,” and Click on “Enroll.”
Adobe Presenter and Connect Users
Adobe Presenter provides for the easily created narrated PowerPoints. Adobe Connect allows for real-time class sessions without needing to download plug-ins. There is an Adobe Connect listserv you can join. For additional information on these programs, go to the UNL Connect Resource Page.
Distance Education Listserv
This list serve provides information of interest to faculty and staff involved in distance education at UNL.
There many associations concerned with distance education. We have listed some of the major associations below to get you started on your search. These associations’ conferences, journals, websites, reports, and blogs provide excellent resources as well as access to networks of faculty and staff involved in all aspects of distance education.
• AACE Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
• ADEC American Distance Education Consortium
• EDUCAUSE Transforming Education Through Information Technologies
• ICDE International Council for Open and Distance Education
• ISTE International Society for Technology in Education
• SALT Society for Applied Learning Technology
• SLOAN-C Sloan Consortium
• UCEA University Continuing Education Association, Distance Education Community of Practice
• USDLA U.S. Distance Learning Association
For information on other associations, newsletters, and journals, please contact the Instructional Design Technology Specialist assigned to your college or department.