Online Learning Opportunities for Rural Schools

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monona Terrace Convention Center
Madison, Wisconsin

Overview and Registration

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest at Learning Point Associates is sponsoring a one-day event designed to provide rural educators and stakeholders with research-based information on virtual school environments and online learning. The event will feature Matthew Irvin, Ph.D., with the IES-funded National Research Center on Rural Education Support (NRCRES), Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology at Wayne State University, and Peggy Clements, Ph.D., researcher for the Regional Education Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) and Education Development Center’s Center for Children and Technology. These experts will identify successful practices, examine effective applications, share successful techniques and strategies for distance education, and discuss new developments and trends in the field.

To register for this event, please complete and submit this online registration form as soon as possible. Space is limited. There is no registration fee.

View the preliminary agenda.

This event is taking place in connection with the 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, held in Madison from August 4 to 6. This conference provides an exchange of current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education and training. This year's conference offers more than 180 presentations to choose from, including a K–12 track of information sessions on Thursday. A wide spectrum of new and experienced professionals in distance education attend the conference each year, representing higher education, business and industry, government and the military, K–12 education, and nonprofit organizations. Discount of $65 on conference registration fee are offered to those attending both events. Please contact Kimary Peterson for discount authorization by phone (608-265-4159) or e-mail (

Event and Hotel Information

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The conference will take place at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The Convention Center is located at 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53703.

Optional Networking Lunch
The daylong conference will break for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants have the option of joining a networking lunch with participants from other preconference workshops associated with the Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. If you would like to purchase a ticket for the networking lunch, please contact Kimary Peterson by phone (608-265-4159) or e-mail ( If you choose not to participate in the networking lunch, there are other dining options on site and within walking distance of the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Hotel Reservations
The block of rooms reserved by REL Midwest is now full. Space is filling up quickly at local hotels due to a number of conferences occurring in the area. We encourage you to make your own hotel arrangements as soon as possible. Participants are responsible for securing their hotel reservations.

If your plans change, be sure to cancel your travel and hotel reservations.

Contact Information

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Hotel Reservations

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Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments about the meeting, please contact Matt Burke by phone (312-283-2314) or e-mail (