The UPTLC will return on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Northern Michigan University.
For several years, NMU and MTU CTL team members would run into each other at regional and national teaching conferences. Sometimes we would have been able to bring along some a few faculty members, and we'd talk about how we wished we could bring more. However, as all of us who live and work in the U.P. know, even "regional" conferences are usually at least a five hour drive away, making both funding and logistics challenging. We decided that if we couldn't bring more of our faculty to the existing conferences, we'd instead create a conference closer to our faculty . . . and the UPTLC was born.
The first UPTLC in 2017, at MTU, had about 150 attendees, mostly from MTU and NMU. Feedback from participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to attend affordable professional development close to home, as well as for the chance to exchange ideas with colleagues from other institutions.
The second annual UPTLC in 2018, hosted by Northern Michigan University, had about 160 attendees from nine different institutions.
MTU hosted the third annual UPTLC in Houghton again in 2019.
Moving forward, we're hoping both to grow the number of participants, and to have more presenters and attendees from other Upper Peninsula institutions. Our focus is UP universities and colleges, but we also welcome participation from institutions outside the UP. After all, we usually have to travel hundreds of miles to get to regional conferences. We might as well let our more urban colleagues experience that too.