UPTLC Session

U.P. Teaching and Learning Conference

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The UPTLC, held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Northern Michigan University was a SUCCESS!  From the Pre-conference workshop with Todd Z., the Tuesday evening activities downtown and at Sugarloaf, and all the conference sessions on Wednesday, a lot of learning and sharing was done. 


See the Photo Album from the conference!


We can't wait to see Lake Superior State host the next event in Sault Ste. Marie on the (tentative dates) May 11-12, 2023.


See you then!

UPTLC at LSSU May 11-12, 2023

UPTLC Vision

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.

About the Conference

Conference activities start on Tuesday, May 24 at 1:30 check in, where refreshments are provided.  The Preconference workshop, "Finding your True North:  Motivating and Engaging Students to Enhance Learning" with Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD is from 2:30-4:30.

Then a choice of evening activities will be available to meet your follow conference attendees, catch up with friends, and explore the Marquette area.

Wednesday morning starts out with a strictly optional brisk "Superior Plunge" into the Lake for those who aren't faint of heart to wake you up and prepare for the day at 6:45am.

The formal conference starts on Wednesday, May 25th with check in and continental breakfast at 8:00am.  Concurrent sessions will start at 9:00 and run for 25 or 50 minutes with a ten minute break between sessions.  Poster sessions will be offered as well.  

Noon - 1:30 is reserved for lunch and the Plenary session "A Beacon of Possibilities: Charting a Course for Post-Pandemic Teaching" delivered by Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD.

After lunch, the sessions and posters resume through 4:30.   We will end the day with a wrap up and evaluations at 4:30 - 5:00.


Proposal acceptance emails have been sent out and we are awaiting RSVPs before finalizing the program.