The UPTLC will return on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Northern Michigan University. Preconference activities will be in the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, May 24.
For several years, Northern Michigan University's and Michigan Technological University's Centers for Teaching Learning 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.
Lake Superior State University was poised to take the reins in 2020. However, COVID disrupted those plans. So, as with many things, the conference was cancelled. However, the LSSU team lead the Virtual UPTLC Series during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The UPTLC makes it's triumphant return to NMU for 2022! See you then.
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.