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2019 International LA Conference

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Oct. 19-21, 2019

The University of Colorado Boulder is hosting the 2019 International LA Conference, October 19-21, 2019. The Learning Assistant program is a highly-supported peer teaching experience that has been shown to improve students’ learning and attitudes in undergraduate courses and recruit talented students into teaching careers. LA Programs can be mechanisms for enacting institutional change, and this theme will be highlighted through the conference activities.

Update - Oct. 8

2019 Draft Agenda

We will have two sessions on LA Campus Software for Managing your Program:

  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 5-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 21, 11-11:45 a.m.
The sessions will include:
  • Overview of the software & getting set up
  • How to get funding & talking with administrators
  • How to work with your campus on third-party software adoption

We encourage anyone involved in running an LA Program to attend one of these sessions.

Dates and Location

The 2019 International Learning Assistant Conference will take place on the University of Colorado Boulder campus and will run from 9:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19 to 12:00 p.m. Monday, October 21, with options for participating in post-conference activities Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday.

Registration Information

The maximum number of attendees is set at 90, and registration tends to fill up well before the registration deadline. Do not make travel plans before completing and confirming your registration.

Registration website:

Registration fee: $375.00 for Learning Assistant Alliance members. If you don’t already have an account at, please set one up before registering for the conference.

Credit cards, personal checks, and purchase orders are accepted.

Registrations can be transferred to a new name at no charge. The deadline for transfers is October 15. Complete information can be found on the registration website.

Registration closes: October 15, or until it is full

Institutional Teams

We encourage small teams of two to four to attend from the same institution.

Because space is limited and we want to enable a wide range of institutions to participate, we ask that you limit your team to four. Keep in mind we will also offer Regional LA Workshops in Spring/Summer 2020, and you might also consider requesting a site visit if you have many faculty who would benefit.

Conference Sessions and Agenda

2019 Draft Agenda

Conference sessions include a mix of interactive workshops, poster sessions, round table discussions, and contributed talks. Sessions are crafted for participants with a range of experiences with the LA model, from those who are brand new to those whose experiences and needs keep growing and evolving. Faculty and administrator participants will have opportunities to focus on:

  • Essential elements of the LA model, including:
    • Models for Working with LAs in your Course
    • Planning and Running Weekly Content Prep Sessions with LAs
    • LA Pedagogy Course
  • Starting, Growing, and Sustaining your LA Program
  • Learning Assistants as a Model for Institutional Change
  • Assessing your LA Program
  • Tools for Managing LA Program Implementation, Research, and Assessment
  • Planning Next Steps for Your Institution
  • LA Campus Software for Managing your Program:
    • Saturday, Oct. 19, 5-6 p.m.
    • Monday, Oct. 21, 11-11:45 a.m.
    • The sessions will include:
      • Overview of the software & getting set up
      • How to get funding & talking with administrators
      • How to work with your campus on third-party software adoption

We build in many opportunities to network with faculty, program directors, administrators, and Learning Assistants. Participants come from small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, small to large public and private universities, and professional organizations. This is a great setting to forge new or strengthen existing collaborations, for instance between community colleges and four-year institutions.

We will update this page as the 2019 Conference Organizers finalize the session schedule.

Contributed Poster Sessions

Indicate your interest in presenting a poster when you register. Conference Organizers will contact those who express interest with more information about when and how to submit your title and abstract. If you are registering for the Conference and you were also accepted to present a talk or poster in the LA Research Symposium (held Friday, Oct 18), you are encouraged to present your work again during Contributed Poster Session at the Conference. You may also present a different poster if you wish.

Post-Conference Opportunities

Post-conference activities are available Monday afternoon and Tuesday on the CU Boulder campus. Opportunities include:

  • Observing LAs working with students
  • Meeting with faculty and/or LAs
  • On Tuesday, October 22: Observe a session of the LA Pedagogy Course, either from 4:00 - 4:50 p.m. or 5:00 - 6:40 p.m..

The registration form will ask you to indicate whether you plan to participate in the post-conference activities (yes/no/unsure) and we will post more detailed information as it becomes available.

Parking at the Conference

Parking in lot 308 is free on Saturday and Sunday. Do not park in this lot Monday through Friday. Pay lots are available Monday through Friday at a rate of $2.00 per hour. Lot 306 is the closest pay lot.



We have secured conference pricing for two Lodging Options this year.

1. Back by popular demand is the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, which is a short 15 minute walk to the conference location (Kittredge Central). This is the most affordable option and includes the following complimentary items: hot breakfast (6:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.), parking, and bikes with locks.

770 28th Street
Boulder, CO 80303

Click here to make a reservation (special link just for our conference). For questions or to make a reservation over the phone call 1-800-233-8469, use group code “ILA”.

Check in: 3:00 p.m. Check out: 11:00 a.m.

Group Rates will be honored Thursday, October 17 – Tuesday, October 22, 2019: $144 for a room with one king bed, $149 for a room with two queen beds. Guests will make their own reservations and guarantee with individual credit cards. Unconfirmed rooms in our reserved block will be released on September 18.

2. For those who want to try one of Boulder’s newer hotels, Residence Inn Boulder Canyon Boulevard. Distance door to door is 1.4 miles.

2660 Canyon Boulevard
Boulder, CO 80302

To make a reservation use this reservation link. The Area Sales Coordinator is Kimberly Varner. She can be reached at or 303-448-6631.

Check in: 4:00 p.m. Check out: 12:00 p.m.

Group Rates will be honored for Thursday, October 17 – Tuesday, October 22, 2019: $199 per room per night for either 2 Queens plus 1 pull-out couch or 1 King and 1 pull-out couch. Guests will make their own reservations and guarantee with individual credit cards. Unconfirmed rooms in our special priced block will be released on September 18. Complimentary concessions include all of the following: breakfast served M-F 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Sat/Sun 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.. Charges for parking are $20 per night.


In addition to light snacks and coffee, Conference Registration includes lunch each day (Oct. 19, 20, and 21) and light appetizers during the afternoon/evening poster session. Breakfasts and dinners will be on your own. Both conference hotels offer complimentary breakfast.


Denver International Airport (DIA) to Boulder, CO

Here is a list of recommended options on how to get from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Boulder, CO and back.

  • Bus transportation from DIA, RTD SkyRide Bus Route AB, leaves every 30 or 60 minutes and is a popular and convenient way to get to Boulder from the airport. $9 each way (cash, or can purchase a ticket with credit card near the bus pick-up locations). Once you arrive in Boulder you will need to walk or take a cab/rideshare from the bus stop to either hotel.
    • The AB2 stops near both hotels, but only runs on weekdays. It picks up from the airport in the morning (7:50 a.m., 8:50 a.m., 9:50 a.m.) and evening (4:50 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 8:50 p.m.). The stop at 28th and College is within a 5-minute walk to the Best Western Plus. The stop at 28th and Canyon is within a 5-minute walk to the Residence Inn.
    • The AB1 runs every day, leaving the airport every 60 minutes, usually at 20 past the hour, between 4:20 a.m. and 12:20 a.m. (weekdays). The last bus to leave DIA is scheduled at 12:55 a.m.. The AB1 takes a different route into Boulder upon leaving the Table Mesa Park and Ride and does not make stops near the conference hotels.
    • Specific information for the AB can be found here: AB Schedule AB Route Map
  • Taxi service to Boulder
  • Car Rentals at DIA
  • Boulder Green Ride (303-997-0238) This local shuttle service will bring you to the hotel lobby from the airport (reservations are required)

Recommended transportation options while in Boulder:

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