About UPTLC

The Fourth Annual Upper Peninsula Teaching and Learning Conference (UPTLC) will be held on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, 2020, at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste Marie, MI. We hope to attract more than 150 university and college educators from Canada, Northern Michigan, and the U.P colleges and universities for presentations on higher education, teaching best practice and networking.

“The UPTLC is a regional conference focused on the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education” 

Through a combination of comprehensive presentations, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, UPTLC allows higher education professionals to explore trends, strategies, and best practices in academic and administrative leadership and enhance your professional development.

With a theme of Bridges to Superior Learning, the goal of this year’s conference is that attendees will take away skills and knowledge to help bridge connections to successful learning in higher education.  This conference will focus on possibilities, strengths and strategies to make the most of our work as educational professionals.

Tracks

  • Inclusive Teaching: How do you make sure all students are able to access your course?  This track includes ideas that support Social and Emotional Learning, First-Generation Students, Accessibility for Students with Disabilities, Culturally Inclusive Teaching and Universal Design for Learning.
  • Active Learning: This track will focus on providing techniques and ideas to involve students in becoming active participants in their own learning, development and growth.  Sessions will focus on instructional design and student engagement strategies.
  • Teaching and Learning Innovations: Tired of doing the same old thing day in and day out in your classroom?  Why not experiment with a new or different pedagogical approach or technology to enhance your students understanding in the classroom? Topics covered will include Technology, Synchronous and Asynchronous Online, Accessibility, and Open Educational Resources.
  • Bridging Maslow to Bloom: Alan Beck said: “You can’t do the Bloom stuff until you take care of the Maslow stuff.” This track is about helping students meet their needs so they can engage in the classroom.  Possible topics include Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Academic Support, Library Innovations, Advising, and Academic Success.
  • Paths Not Taken: (Leadership, Culture, Faculty Growth, Assessment, Everything Else) Inspired by the Robert Frost poem of the same name, this track is intended to explore topics not explored in the other tracks. Share your expertise, research or interesting ideas among your colleagues in this diverse and uncharted track.