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, 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, hosted by Northern Michigan University, had about 160 attendees from nine different institutions.
The third annual UPTLC, hosted by Michigan Technological University, had about 175 attendees from many different institutions.
Moving forward into our fourth year, Lake Superior State University will be hosting UPTLC 2020. We are hoping both to grow the number of participants, and have more presenters and attendees from other Upper Peninsula and the Northern Lower Pennisula institutions, as well as across the bridge from Canada.