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Engineering Research and Graduate Programs (ERGP)
Kansas State University
College of Engineering
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Distance Education Professional Development Travel Award

For a PDF of this information and the application form, please click here.

K-State Global Campus and the College of Engineering have teamed up to provide professional development opportunities through a travel award for TWO engineering faculty members to attend a conference specializing in teaching distance education.

Purpose: To enhance and improve teaching of online engineering courses by providing the opportunity for learning about state-of-the-art tools, software and techniques as well as the opportunity to experience best practice networking.

Travel Award: Up to $2,000 per awardee to cover conference expenses for an approved distance education-related conference (see attached list). Award includes registration, hotel, meals and travel costs (such as airfare).


  • Attend conference
  • With travel expense voucher, submit short conference feedback report and Global Campus Professional Development Takeaway form
  • Upon return, meet with Engineering Associate Dean for Research (ADR) and Global Campus engineering program coordinator to discuss conference outcomes and to discuss conference feedback report and Global Campus Professional Development Takeaway form
  • Within a year, lead a seminar/discussion to share at least three new tools, technologies or best practices learned at conference


  • Complete Travel Award Application and submit by May 5 to ergp@k-state.edu
  • Applications reviewed by ADR and Global Campus engineering program coordinator
  • Notification of selected awardees plus one to two alternates shortly after deadline
  • Awardees register for conference by early deadline as noted on conference website
  • Awardees reserve hotel and arrange travel with ERGP office for approved distance education conference
  • Attend conference
  • Awardees complete post conference expectations (listed above)

For questions, contact Ellen Stauffer (ellen@k-state.edu, 785-532-2562), Global Campus engineering program coordinator or Ronaldo Maghirang (rmaghi@k-state.edu, 785-532-5844), Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs.

Approved Distance Education Conferences (in date order)

Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison WI
July 25-27, 2017

The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for the quality and integrity of its program. Each year the 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/training.  The conference draws professionals from many areas including higher education faculty, teachers, instructors, administrators, managers and directors.

In addition to the annual event, as a contribution to the field of distance education and training, and with permissions from our presenters and guest speakers, a searchable collection of past conference resources (proceedings and summary papers, keynote and forum videos, etc.) in the conference resource library is provided. There are approximately 1,000 resources available from the past several conferences.

Who Should Attend?

A broad range of professionals in distance education and training, experienced as well as newcomers, attend the conference each year. They represent organizations from all regions of the United States and other countries worldwide.

  • Faculty, Teachers, and Instructors
  •  Administrators, Managers, and Directors
  • Researchers
  • Technology and Service Providers
  • Evaluators
  • Business Trainers
  •  Support Personnel
  • Military Trainers
  • Designers and Developers


Quotes from K-State faculty who have previously attended:

“I rate this conference a 5 out of 5. I would attend this conference again as many attendees I met go to this conference annually. This conference is one of the most organized conference that I have attended. I would recommend it to all teaching faculty.”

“I picked up a lot of research-based best practices and strategies for effective online and in-class teaching. This will have a significant impact on my teaching and our students will benefit. I am also thinking about starting a monthly teaching seminar where instructors can share strategies for effective teaching. This will benefit junior faculty and graduate students and have a positive impact on students.”

“I would attend this again because it was a chance to discuss classes with people who are experts in education but their primary job is not the same as mine. Instead of networking with only fellow professors, like most conferences, this allowed me to talk to instructional designers and IT specialists who approach the issues and problems from a different viewpoint.”

OLC Accelerate (formerly Annual OLC International Conference), Orlando FL
November 1517, 2017

This conference offers a full complement of presentations that reflect the implications for the field of specific e-learning experience and practices.  Keynote and plenary addresses, as well as pre-conference workshops, featured sessions, information sessions, Best-in-Track presentations, and poster presentations will address blended learning, issues of diversity, international applications of online learning, open educational resources, social networking, online learning and community colleges, and K-12 online education as well as other topics of common interest.

Who Should Attend?

This conference, which will provide the latest information on asynchronous learning programs, processes, packages, and protocols, is geared to both experienced professionals and interested newcomers to online learning who hail from a variety of work sectors, including higher education, continuing education, K‐12 professionals, business, government, health care, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations. It is especially designed to meet the needs of:  

  • College‐level faculty and administrators
  • Instructional designers
  • Instructional technology and media professionals
  • Trainers in public and private sector organizations

Quotes from K-State faculty who have previously attended:

“This conference is very relevant to what we do and the issues we face. The conference has many tracks on just about every aspect of distance education and it was hard to choose among them. Excellent conference!”

“I learned much about what other schools are doing and recognize how much more we could do. I had never been to a conference like this that was focused solely on distance education. It was great to learn what all the possibilities are for teaching online.”

OLC Innovate, Nashville, TN (location may change annually)
April 18-20, 2018

This conference will conduct a series of engaging hands-on workshops aimed at fostering organic interactions and collaborative cross-disciplinary problem solving.  The work sessions will explore emerging technologies and adapted teaching behaviors aimed at informing policy, inspiring leadership and evolving practice at all levels impacting institutions, universities and colleges.

Who Should Attend?

Faculty and university administrators interested in challenging our teaching and learning paradigms, reimagining the learning experience, conceiving the innovative classroom of tomorrow, and advancing education innovation.

Quotes from faculty who have previously attended:

“This conference was about so much more than online learning.  It was about the future of education, and how to help faculty get excited about teaching in the classroom, online and hybrid environments.  I left with excitement about where education is headed – and that is something that every educator needs.”

“I found this conference incredibly valuable. The mix of session types, presentation venues and format and the active engagement of the vendors provided the perfect training ground to get quickly up-to-speed.”