DETC 84th Annual Conference
April 11-13, 2010
The L'Auberge Del Mar * Del Mar, CA
The L'Auberge Del Mar in Del Mar, CA.
More than 180 people gathered to learn, share, and network at the Distance Education and Training Council's 84th Annual Conference April 11-13, 2010 at the L'Auberge Del Mar hotel in Del Mar, California. Attendees gathered for two days full of interesting and engaging sessions, including a presentation on how to monitor and improve your SEO campaigns and a demonstration of the DETC Technology Committee's Top Ten Tech Tips for 2010.
“The 84th Annual Conference was fantastic; it exceeded our expectations and definitely raised the bar in terms of offering timely, relevant content and highly expert presenters,” said DETC Executive Director, Michael P. Lambert. “And with the largest attendance of the past 15 years, there was more opportunity than ever for attendees to interact with and learn from each other."
In addition, the Annual Conference featured the continuation of several new ways for attendees to connect with DETC, session presenters, and with each other.
The Conference Web site was revamped and expanded: In addition to registering online and reserving a hotel room, the Web site had an interactive map with directions to the hotel, an online copy of the Program, and contained information for speakers, attendees, and exhibitors.
During the meeting, the online Conference Program featured biographical information for presenters, downloadable presentations and session handouts, and online session evaluations. Attendees could even get a sneak peek at the menus for lunch and dinner and view a list of nearby restaurants to visit during the free evening (complete with links to Yelp! reviews)!
But not all of the Conference's new features were online. The Conference also continued the highly-reviewed Meeting Mentoring program that debuted at the 2009 Fall Workshop.
The program, designed to help make new attendees feel more at ease, paired experienced DETC meeting goers with first-time meeting attendees. The program gave first-time meeting attendees the opportunity to meet and learn from an experienced DETC member, and have a friendly contact to talk to and ask questions of throughout the meeting. Mentors gained the opportunity of meeting new colleagues and sharing their expertise.
The learning doesn’t stop just because the meeting is over. Interested in reviewing a presentation, or getting a copy of some handouts? Both are available online, by visiting the Conference Program page of the meeting Web site. Looking to connect with other attendees? A final version of the Workshop registration list also is available.
Photos from the Conference are available via the DETC's Flickr page. Become a member of the DETC's group, and upload your own photos or videos to our collections!
Please contact Robert Chalifoux, DETC’s Director of Meetings and Publications, via phone (202-234-5100, ext. 104) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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