On September 28th and 29th more than 100 faculty from GCC came together to participate in a professional development opportunity which focused on  creating meaningful and engaging learning experiences in the 21st Century.

Day one of the conference hosted key note speaker Dr. Eric Haas who emphasized creating student experiences that students will remember 20 years from now.  Also several of the GCC librarian’s presented a robust tour of the Reimagine Makerspace which allowed participants hands-on opportunities to create items in that magical space.

Day two presenters highlighted quick and easy implementations to inspire and engage students, and experiential learning on the GCC campus.  The day ended with a panel of GCC instructors who have embraced AI in the classroom and they shared their experiences of of incorporating the new AI technologies. 

Comments from conference guests include:

  • I absolutely loved the speaker. Eric Haas. He was fantastic. I feel very empowered to create more moments in my classroom. They will leave a lasting impression on my students. 
  • This was fantastic. There was so much to take in, and so many ideas. The makerspace lightening round was wonderful. I would love to see more sessions like that. 
  • I LOVED being able to take time to see what is going on. We are inundated with emails so getting to get out and learning more from our peers was amazing and eliminates back and forth with emails to learn more. 
  • I loved the Power Hour. I know that it was a lot of information but I got so many great ideas. 
  • I loved the discussion about giving feedback that is supportive and motivating rather than just saying that something is correct or incorrect. I also loved the frank and honest discussion about AI. I learned about some ways to incorporate it in my instruction and in my work.  
  • This was a wonderful mix of different ideas that I felt could actually be used immediately in my classes. 
  • I thought that both days of the conference were very interesting. I am so glad that I took the time to attend them. I have so many ideas to explore in my classes! 
  • The pacing was great — to start with short, rapid fire ideas and then build into long session and end with the panel was brilliant. 
  • It is very hard to identify the most useful or valuable because SO MUCH was useful and valuable. I guess that I would say the most valuable part was hearing from experiences colleagues on a variety of topics with tips that I could use right away. 

To view the full schedule, presenters and resources from the conference, visit the Path to the Future website.

If you are doing something great in your classes, or know someone who is doing something great in their classes, please complete the CTLE future presenter form; the CTLE is looking for presenters for the Spring 2024 Conference: A Disco Inferno!

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