800+ learn what works, what doesn’t in distance education

photo of computer keyboardThe UW Con­fer­ence on Dis­tance Teach­ing & Learn­ing will meet Aug. 12–14.                                                     Photo by DeClan Jew­ell


Three national experts are keynotes at the 30th Annual Con­fer­ence on Dis­tance Teach­ing & Learn­ing, offered by Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies Aug. 12–14 at the Monona Ter­race Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, to be attended by about 800 edu­ca­tors and train­ers from the U.S. and other countries.

More than 100 ses­sions will be led by lead­ers in the field and real world prac­ti­tion­ers from orga­ni­za­tions and insti­tu­tions includ­ing Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Ann Arbor, The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, Penn State, Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Amherst, and Uni­ver­sity of Minnesota.

Keynote speaker, Ray Schroeder, asso­ciate vice chan­cel­lor for online learn­ing at Uni­ver­sity of Illinois-Springfield, will dis­cuss how to iden­tify online inno­va­tions and dead-ends as edu­ca­tors plan for the future.

Ray SchroederSchroeder notes, “As some­one who has worked in dis­tance edu­ca­tion for the last 30 years, I can say that more changes have occurred in the last three years than in all the other years.”

Another keynote is Michael Quinn Pat­ton, an inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed author and eval­u­a­tion expert, will describe how eval­u­a­tion can advance inno­va­tion in online learning.


MIchael Quinn PattonJane Bozarth, author and elearn­ing coör­di­na­tor of North Car­olina Office of State Per­son­nel, will explain how to lever­age social media to pro­mote stu­dent engage­ment and learning.

A spe­cial vir­tual ses­sion will fea­ture the provoca­tive and enter­tain­ing futur­ist in learn­ing and tech­nol­ogy, Elliott Masie, speak­ing about “eLearn­ing mov­ing past and for­ward.” Masie heads The MASIE Cen­ter, a New York think tank focused on how work­force edu­ca­tion within organizations.

More than 140 work­shops, pre­sen­ta­tions, and dis­cus­sions are sched­uled on top­ics such as mobile learn­ing, competency-based learn­ing, edu­ca­tional games, edu­ca­tional neu­ro­science, dis­tance course design, gen­er­a­tional learn­ing styles, and others.

For more details and online reg­is­tra­tion see here .



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Hear Italian ‘Greatest Hits’ for 1200–1600
at Madison Early Music Festival in July

Madi­son Early Music Fes­ti­val presents Italia Mia!–a musi­cal jour­ney to Italy, cov­er­ing the years 1300 to 1600—during the week of July 12–19, with pub­lic con­certs and lec­tures on the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison cam­pus or at nearby venues.

Dancers at the Early Music Festival

The com­mu­nity is invited to attend the festival’s seven con­certs by pur­chas­ing a con­cert pass.

The Early Music Fes­ti­val is a UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies pro­gram, pre­sented in part­ner­ship with UW-Madison’s School of Music.  The festival’s pro­gram direc­tor is Prof. Chelcy Bowles, Con­tin­u­ing Studies.

The pub­lic seven-concert series fea­tures sacred and sec­u­lar music per­formed by four guest ensembles:

The Toronto Con­sort, Sat­ur­day, July 12, Luther Memo­r­ial Church; LIBER, Sun­day, July 13, Luther Memo­r­ial Church; Ex Umbris, Tues­day, July 15, Music Hall, and Tre­foil, Fri­day, July 18, Music Hall.

The series also includes:

  • the sec­ond annual Han­del Aria Com­pe­ti­tion, Thurs­day, July 17 in Music Hall;
  • a MEMF Par­tic­i­pant Con­cert, Fri­day, July 18, Mor­phy Recital Hall, Human­i­ties Building,
  • and the final All-Festival Con­cert, Sat­ur­day, July 19, Luther Memo­r­ial Church.

Luther Memo­r­ial Church is located at 1021 Uni­ver­sity Ave. Music Hall is on lower Bas­com Hill at 455 N. Park St. Mosse Human­i­ties Build­ing is at 455 N. Park St. or at the cor­ner of Park Street and Uni­ver­sity Avenue.

The free MEMF Par­tic­i­pant Con­cert begins at 1 p.m. Other con­certs start at 7:30 p.m., with pre-concert lec­tures at 6:30 p.m. Con­cert tick­ets are sold at the door or in advance (508–265-2787): $20 for indi­vid­ual con­certs or $75 for a pass for all con­certs, except the Han­del Aria Com­pe­ti­tion ($10/door). Credit cards can­not be accepted, but cash and checks are welcome.

Other events include: a per­for­mance by Pif­faro, The Renais­sance Band, at an Arts Coun­cil of Edger­ton Ben­e­fit Con­cert on Fri­day, July 11, 7:30 p.m. at Wart­mann Prairie, 7356 Cale­do­nia Rd., Edger­ton (tick­ets are $10.) and a Renais­sance dance party with instruc­tion, live music, and refresh­ments on Mon­day, July 14, at Memo­r­ial Union at 7 p.m. ($10 cash/door).

For more infor­ma­tion about the ensem­bles, the music, the lec­tures, and other spe­cial events, visit the fes­ti­val web­site.

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School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins its second half-century

Renowned pro­gram re-imagined for today’s aspir­ing artists and dreamers

Pas­tels are back for 2014!

Photo by Diana Randolph

Every sum­mer for the past 51 years, more than 250 peo­ple have gath­ered in the beau­ti­ful Wis­con­sin North­woods for a week of study, per­for­mance, exhibits, and other cre­ative activ­i­ties at the School of the Arts at Rhinelander (SOA).

A pro­gram by Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, SOA offers a vari­ety of work­shops in visual arts, culi­nary arts and nutri­tion, writ­ing, mind/body/spirit, and per­form­ing arts. This year’s SOA will meet July 19–23 and promises to start the program’s next half-century in style.

What began as a several-weeks-long retreat for writ­ers and would-be writ­ers in 1964 has become a multi-disciplinary cre­ative get­away, with more than 50 classes rang­ing from one-day to five-days in length.

Of the 55 classes offered this year, 32 are new,” says Direc­tor Lynn Tarnoff. “We are pleased to add such diverse dis­ci­plines as Fan­tas­tic Color for Painters and Regional Ital­ian Cook­ing, along with return­ing favorites like Native Flute and Five Days, Ten Poems.”

Playing in the Dirt

… and so is Play­ing in the Dirt.

Photo by Tor­rey Youngstrum

Other new ses­sions include:

  • Get­ting the Most out of Your Dig­i­tal SLR
  • Art as Story: 2D and 3D Assemblage
  • Stop the Noise! Tools for Qui­et­ing Mind Chatter
  • Hand Painted Cookies
  • Writ­ing Mini-Memoirs
  • Writ­ing a 10-minute Play

In addi­tion to new offer­ings, SOA 2014 will con­tinue the prac­tice of offer­ing one, two, three and five-day work­shops. “We adopted this option in 2013 as a con­ve­nience to our atten­dees,” Tarnoff said. “And the post-SOA feed­back showed that offer­ing the options was over­whelm­ingly pop­u­lar. This makes it pos­si­ble for learn­ers to attend a spe­cific work­shop with­out com­mit­ting to an entire week, and it can help lower or elim­i­nate the added cost of lodging.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for this year’s School of the Arts at Rhinelander is now open! More infor­ma­tion, includ­ing online reg­is­tra­tion, is avail­able at www​.soaw​is​con​sin​.org.


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The Boy Scout motto and a tour of Italy

Merikay Payne

Merikay Payne

by Merikay Payne who recently trav­eled with an Edu­ca­tional Travel Sem­i­nar to Italy per­son­ally led by travel pro­gram direc­tor Doug Whit­tle of Con­tin­u­ing Studies.


Those incor­ri­gi­ble Boy Scouts and their “Be Pre­pared” motto.

Founder Robert Baden-Powell prob­a­bly chose the phrase after vis­it­ing Italy, some­time after it became a coun­try in 1861. Orga­niz­ing the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica in 1910 just made it pos­si­ble for Baden-Powell to per­pet­u­ate the value of being pre­pared in mind and body.

Our two-week stay in Italy took us on a route from cen­trally located Rome, to the lemon-growing area of Sor­rento, past the cliffs of Amalfi, on to the arts and leather cen­ter of Flo­rence, and a return to Rome by way of the Tus­cany and Umbria regions.

Our trav­els allowed us the good for­tune to:

• Cruise the Amalfi coast on the way Paes­tum.
Be pre­pared for cliffs meet­ing the sea and explo­ration of an ancient Greek city.

• Immerse our­selves in the his­tory of Pom­peii and Her­cu­la­neum.
Be pre­pared to wit­ness the destruc­tion of Mt. Vesu­vius on rich and poor, but not their structures.

• View Michelangelo’s David.
Be pre­pared to see three David’s, even though there is only one Michelangelo.

• Take note of the Medici fam­ily intrigue.
Be pre­pared to con­nect Medici, Michelan­gelo, and popes in unex­pected ways.

• Wit­ness first-hand that Rome really wasn’t built in a day.
Be pre­pared for lasagna-layered build­ings and roads.

• Find a UNESCO World Her­itage Site that was saved by extreme poverty, the Black Plague, and a bypass.
Be pre­pared for San Gimignano.

• Visit the church or Duomo of Siena and Rome’s Pan­theon.
Be pre­pared for the beauty of archi­tec­tural overload.

• Ver­ify that the unreal land­scape of Ital­ian Renais­sance paint­ing is real.
Be pre­pared for Piero Della Francesca’s mas­ter­piece at the Uffizi.

View the mas­ter­piece:www​.uffizi​.org/​a​r​t​w​o​r​k​s​/​p​o​r​t​r​a​i​t​s​-​o​f​-​t​h​e​-​d​u​k​e​-​a​n​d​-​d​u​c​h​e​s​s​-​o​f​-​u​r​b​i​n​o​-​b​y​-​p​i​e​r​o​-​d​e​l​l​a​-​f​r​a​n​c​e​s​ca/

Even though both Baden-Powell and I extol the value of being pre­pared, I must say I was not ready for every­thing that I saw or learned. For now, my next trip will be to the library.

For now, you can enjoy three of Merikay’s pho­tos from her travels:

Paestum. Athena, An Ancient ruin in Italy.

Paes­tum, an ancient Greek city in Italy.

Amalfi coast region in Italy.

Her­cu­la­neum, destroyed by the erup­tion of Mt. Vesuvius

Her­cu­la­neum, destroyed by the erup­tion of

Mt. Vesuvius.

What’s your dream des­ti­na­tion? Africa, to see the ele­phants and zebras? India, to tour the Taj Mahal and other exotic tem­ples? Read about our future travel tours on the web:  con​tin​u​ingstud​ies​.wisc​.edu/​t​r​a​v​e​l​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​h​tml

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