Faculty Symposium June 3-4

Interested in learning from and connecting with the extended Independent Learning community? Come to the 2019 Collaborative Online Programs Faculty Symposium at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison June 3-4. The event (along with food and accommodations) are free.

Please register using this link:


Free Web Accessibility Course

If you’re interested in learning more about web accessibility (or like to go through online courses to put yourself into the shoes of our online learners), there’s a free online course that runs for 4 weeks, beginning April 8th. An excerpt from their registration page:
“This course will ‘interpret’ the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), to make it easier to understand for a general audience. You will have an opportunity to experience barriers firsthand, then experience that content with the barriers removed, developing a practical understanding of web accessibility.”

You can find information at: https://de.ryerson.ca/wa/introduction/

On a related note, if you’re interested in discussing accessibility and online courses, be sure to check out the ADEIL LinkedIn discussions on the book Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone:https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8521464/

ADEIL: Book Discussion Group / Web-based Activity Presentation

The Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning has two new connecting and learning opportunities:

1) ADEIL is launching a book discussion group, reading Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling and discussing it on LinkedIn. The first discussion is found at the link below, and please note that you can still be part of this first discussion even if you haven’t yet read the book.

2) I (Rich Freese) recently gave a video presentation for ADEIL. It examines three online-research activities, created by IL’s very own Sarah Korpi and Joan Bell-Kaul, and discusses how to adapt these for different courses.
Video Link:
PDF Handout:

Construct Your Career at UW

UW-Madison is hosting a free conference for employees interested in managing their careers, offering resources, helping establish goals, etc.

From the conference website:
You can learn how to assess where you are now, build a career plan, execute that plan, or continue building within your current role. Join us for a full day or part of the day.

Again, this is free, and includes access to workshops, a keynote session, and lunch.

Presentation: Creating and Evaluating Assessments

Earlier this year, Nate Ewings and Kristine Pierick at UW-Extension presented Assessments, Alignment, Evaluation, Oh my! The Path to Creating and Evaluating Assessments. The presentation examines ways to create high-quality assessments. You can view a powerpoint from their presentation here:
Faculty Symposium Assessments

While viewing a powerpoint doesn’t replicate the experience of attending a presentation in-person, there are some great ideas included:

Characteristics of high-quality assessments
Aligning learning objectives with assignments
Including real-life applications for students
Examples of how these ideas have been implemented in courses

ADEIL Conference This Week: Schedule

The 2018 ADEIL Conference is almost here! For a complete list of the schedule – workshops, keynote, reception, breakout sessions, etc, – go to:

The conference will be at Memorial Union at the UW-Madison campus. To locate the registration table, enter the Memorial Union via the East Wing (Peets Coffee Shop) and use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor. Registration will be set up outside Tripp Commons.

ADEIL Conference Next Week

Next week, UW-Madison hosts Join us at the Lake: ADEIL 2018 Annual Conference at Memorial Union. We hope that you’re able to take advantage of the learning and networking opportunities.

As some of our instructors are based outside of Madison, information for those coming from out of town (and for our Madison-based instructors, reminders of places to explore in Madison) are included below.

If you Arrive at the Dane County Regional Airport: You will find ground transportation near the baggage claim area. You may elect to take a cab from the airport to the hotel, or you may call the Graduate Hotel to arrange for shuttle service (608 257 4391).
Union Cab: https://www.unioncab.com/Contact
Badger Cab: http://www.badgercab.com/index.php
Green Cab: https://greencabmadison.com/

If you Arrive by Car: You may use the parking service at the hotel.

If you Arrive with the Badger Bus from the Milwaukee Regional Airport:
You will get off the bus at the UW-Madison Campus Stop on Langdon Street: https://www.badgerbus.com/tickets/locations/locations/madison/uw-madison-campus-stop-on-langdon/ The conference hotel is a 5 minute walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/6G1JdHgP2Lu

If you Arrive with the Van Galder Bus from O’Hare International Airport:
You will get off the bus at the UW-Madison Campus stop on Langdon Street: https://www.govangalder.com/Chicago-Airport-Shuttle-Bus-Map-information The conference hotel is a 5 minute walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/3xZ14VBp8mG2

The Conference Hotel:
If you reserved a room at the conference hotel, you will be staying at the Graduate in Madison. You can visit their website at https://www.graduatehotels.com/madison/ If you need directions to the Graduate Hotel, you may use Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jXEUZN6yeEJ2

The Memorial Union:
The conference will be held at the UW-Madison Memorial Union. (Note: This is the Campus Bus Stop for Badger Bus and Van Galder Bus). To locate the Memorial Union with google maps, go to: https://goo.gl/maps/esKAugZHfXQ2 Conference registration will open at 2 pm on October 24th. To locate the registration table, enter the Memorial Union via the East Wing (Peets Coffee Shop) and use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor. Registration will be set up outside Tripp Commons.

Places to explore when you arrive:
If you arrive early, you may wish to explore the following places:
The Memorial Union has many quiet spaces as well as dining options: https://union.wisc.edu/visit/memorial-union/
The Chazen Museum of Art: https://www.chazen.wisc.edu/
The Memorial Library: https://www.library.wisc.edu/memorial/ (check in at the Welcome Desk at the Library entrance near State Street for a visitor’s pass)
The State Capitol: http://tours.wisconsin.gov/
State Street (shops and restaurants): https://goo.gl/maps/MAnsuiznZLK2
The Veterans Museum: https://www.wisvetsmuseum.com/
Walking the Lakeshore Path to Picnic Point: https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/the-lakeshore-path/
Camp Trippalndee (a restaurant in the Graduate Hotel) https://www.graduatehotels.com/madison/restaurant/camp-trippalindee/

Hope you have an inspiring time at the conference!

ADEIL October Conference: Funding and Presenting Opportunities

The Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) conference comes to Madison next month, October 24-26, and funding is available for you to attend and receive one year complimentary membership in ADEIL.

If you’d like to attend the conference on an Independent Learning scholarship, please do the following as soon as possible:

1. Register online: https://www.talent.wisc.edu/Catalog/Default.aspx?CK=61943&_ga=2.237196736.197182927.1534275168-2054138019.1514562850/

2. Select the pay later option

3. Email sarah.korpi@nullwisc.edu indicating that you have registered and wish to attend the conference on scholarship

If you are interested in presenting, there is still space for posters during our poster sessions. If you would like to present a poster, please email sarah.korpi@nullwisc.edu

You can find more information on the conference at

LinkedIn: Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning

ADEIL (Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning), an organization for people involved in distance learning, has a LinkedIn page. With its strong relevance to the kind of work we do, it’s a great professional group to join. You’ll find articles and opportunities posted, along with the chance to connect with a wider distance/independent learning community, at this link:

Present at the 2018 ADEIL Conference

Madison, WI will be hosting the annual conference of the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) October 24-26, 2018. Do you have material you’d like to present? Potential topics to share your expertise include student outreach, revisions, aligning course objectives and assignments, accessibility/ADA compliance, game based learning, emerging research, creating online learning communities, etc.

Submit your proposal by July 31, midnight (Central Time) at: