Current Events

LTDC Learning Forum

The UWS Learning Technology Development Council Forums are to promote sharing of campus expertise and opportunities for collaboration in learning technology areas to advance the mission of teaching and learning on our campuses. The LTDC welcomes suggestions of topics, as well as volunteers to share a specific project, a campus initiative, software you are testing, or any topics pertaining to learning technology and pedagogy or online teaching and learning. One goal is to provide an opportunity for collaboration among campuses or individuals on both the technical and pedagogical fronts.

The LTDC Campus Forum is a monthly session on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10am – 11am. Topics will be announced ahead of time and posted at Current Events and Conferences page.

All UWS campus staff or faculty interested in learning technology in general or a topic in particular are cordially invited to join the session. The only requirement is active engagement during the session. We need different points of view, sharing of expertise or experience in the area of discussion for a productive meeting. Our goal is to learn from each other.

The LTDC Technology Forum will be held in a Blackboard Collaborate session that is open to the public. Feel free to share the link with your campus learning technology support professionals, and with faculty as well. Please plan to join the session at least 10 minutes before to test the web and audio connections into the meeting. Please also use your name to join the session. The sessions will be recorded and available for later reference.

View upcoming Learning Forum events and archived recordings.

2017 Virtual Showcase

This virtual conference offers an opportunity for sharing your successes and challenges in teaching with technology. You will connect with other practitioners without travel expenses and time commitment. This showcase highlights a variety of strategies and approaches to teaching and learning from every campus of the UW-System. It will be held April 4-5, 2017.

The sharing of projects, best practices, and innovations from across the UW-System is the heart of the showcase.  This year’s theme is Humanizing Learning; however, you are welcome to submit any relevant topic you are passionate about.  We encourage sessions that involve collaboration, use of appropriate and acceptable technologies, multiple institution, and multiple discipline proposals.

There will be five breakout session categories: Hot Topics, Student Engagement, Faculty Development, How to and Resources, and Technology. Concurrent sessions will consist of 45 minute presentations: 30 minutes for the topic and 15 minutes for questions and answers. All sessions will be given via webconferencing software. Sessions will be recorded and available for archive viewing, so you and your colleagues can refer back to past sessions. Proposals are due December 9. Successful proposals will be notified in February. More details: Submit a Proposal.

Past Events


The virtual conference offered an opportunity for sharing successes and challenges in teaching with technology – in the f2f classroom, online, flex or MOOCs. It took place on April 5 and 6, 2016.

The conference was held online. Links to recordings of presentations are posted on the Virtual Showcase site.

Virtual Showcase that was held April 9 and 10, 2015

Showcase website: 2015 LTDC Virtual Showcase

Date: April 10-11, 2014

Location: Virtual Conference via Blackboard Collaborate web conference, no travel required

Registration is now open. Complete agenda is available.

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The UWS Learning Technology Development Council is starting a new program this year to promote sharing of campus expertise and opportunities for collaboration in learning technology areas to advance the mission of teaching and learning on our campuses.

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In the spirit of the mission of the LTDC to facilitate the sharing of technology best practices and discovering innovative ways of using technology in teaching and learning, the LTDC sponsored four Regional Showcases on Technology in Teaching and Learning for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Date: June 22nd, 8:30am-5pm
Location: UW-Madison campus (venue TBA)
Event is free, Lunch will be provided, more details to come. 

Join us for the UW-System 2012 D2L ePortfolio Showcase!

This one day event is open to all faculty and instructional support staff. Faculty from around UW System campuses will share their experiences with the D2L ePortfolio. We have invited Dr. Trent Batson (Executive Director of AAEEBL) to deliver the keynote, and D2L eP product developers to be onsite to discuss the direction of the product. The event will provide excellent networking and sharing opportunities to engage with the Wisconsin community that has grown around the D2L ePortfolio.

The UW System President's Summit on Excellence in Teaching and Learning occurred in Madison, WI on April 14th and 15th. Thank you to all LTDC representatives, Learning Technology staff and UW System faculty/staff who presented, and to everyone who attended. It was a great event to showcase the great work that is going on in teaching and learning at UW campuses and for all to network in their areas of interest. Faculty  members,  LTDC and learning technology Colleagues from around UW System participated by presenting on various topics demonstrating the impact of teaching and learning. Below is a sampling of presentations made which demonstrate how technology affects learning in higher education.

Original Event Announcement

The President's Summit on Excellence in Teaching and Learning will be a fantastic professional development opportunity. The Learning Technology track of the conference will involve presentations from LTDC colleagues and faculty who have worked with technology in teaching - many being CR grant recipients.

There will be NO registration fee for the conference. Lodging at the state rate is available at the Concourse Hotel, the conference site. You need to make your reservation directly with the hotel.

A small group will be planning for the LTDC F2F meeting program for April 13 (10 am - 5pm). The agenda will be available soon.

  • April 14-15, Madison, WI.

Are you an instructor interested in using Second Life in your course? Educators are consistently searching for ways to increase engagement, establish presence, and build learning community in their courses. They are also looking for technologies which facilitate active learning and engage a new generation of learners. A virtual world, Second Life, assists faculty in meeting these needs.

During the Spring 2011 semester the UW System Learning Technology Development Council is sponsoring 4 workshops on Second Life.  The workshops are designed and scheduled to serve faculty at all skill levels and to provide a progression from beginner to “teaching with Second Life.” The workshops run for 90 minutes. The first 60 minutes are for instruction, with the last 30 minutes for Q & A, and extra one-to-one assistance with difficult topics. Note that Workshop 1, or equivalent knowledge (including having an avatar already) is required for participation in Workshops 2-4.

This conference featured a teleconference with Jason Ohler, author of Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning, and Creativity; and Digital Community, Digital Citizen. There was a panel discussion of UW System faculty members with significant experience in using digital stories and opportunities for the participants to share and learn with each other. There is no charge for the conference.

This event showcased some creative uses of D2L eP in diverse disciplines, and provides a forum for interested faculty to exchange ideas in developing ePortfolios as an integral part of  student learning assessment and the potential of leveraging D2L eP in an integrated learning environment.

  • Event Date/Time: Friday, September 24, 2010, 11:45am - 4pm. Lunch will be provided.
  • Location: Room 126, Memorial Library, UW-Madison.

Registration is free but seats are limited. Please fill out the registration form below. Deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

UWS LTDC is supporting a number of training seats for faculty and instructional support staff to get familiar with blended and online course design through the Quality Matters online workshops. All interested faculty and learning technology support staff should contact their campus LTDC-rep for details.

The LTDC is sponsoring the Second Life Virtual World Conference for UW faculty and teaching staff on June 16 & June 17.
Please contact your campus LTDC representative if you are interested in participating.


The President’s Summit will bring together over 200 faculty and staff across disciplines to demonstrate the UW System’s commitment to excellence in higher education during tough economic times. Replacing or expanding upon several smaller annual spring conferences, the Summit will provide a forum in which to recognize, acknowledge, and share the expertise of faculty and academic staff who excel at teaching, value learning, and are committed to sharing their experience, knowledge, practice, and scholarship. The intentional relationships among teaching, learning, and making excellence inclusive will be highlighted throughout this event.

The Learning Technology Development Council hosted a Fall Technology Conference on October 29 & 30, 2009. It was held at the Pyle Center in Madison. This conference was funded through an LTDC Emerging Technology Grant and showcased faculty, teaching and support staff across UW System. They shared their expertise, best practices and innovative ideas on how technology can make a difference in teaching and learning in the new and changing environment of Web 2.0.

The Learning Technology Development Council hosted a Digital Storytelling workshop in the Fall of 2008. It was held at the Pyle Center in Madison and the first day events were Web-cast to System campuses. This workshop was funded through an LTDC Emerging Technology Grant and featured Joe Lambert, Founding Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling and Roger Schank, Chief Executive Director of Socratic Arts. Read more about the Digital Storytelling Workshop.