May 17th - 18th

Transformers-In-Residence Workshops

We have invited 4 amazing educators to be transformers-in-residence (TIRs) at ALTfest. These TIRs will be present throughout ALTfest as energy inputs and network hubs. In addition, on the first day of ALTfest, these amazing educators will be leading half-day workshops designed as hands-on, minds-on explorations of various aspects of learning transformation. Descriptions of these workshops can be found on our featured presenters page as well as the Schedule page


Registration Required

Crew up with 3-4 people and learn how to make videos while making one! In this day long workshop, you will learn some video production and post-production basics, no prior experience needed. Before lunch, your crew will cruise around ALTfest, with a DSLR camera, choosing what to capture for your project, based on what you see around you. After lunch, your crew will learn how to edit your video, fusing all of the elements together into one amusing video.


Registration Required

Over the course of the day on Wednesday, May 18, we will have an entire track of sessions devoted entirely to the many ways WordPress can be integrated into the higher education landscape. In other words, this year, we are integrating a WordCamp into the ALTfest experience. Beginning with a planning and scheduling session during the morning session, and continuing across all the sessions that day, ALTfest attendees can participate in this unconference-style event. Participation can be sporadic (participate in one or two conversations?), complete (spend your whole day in conversations about WordPress) or anywhere in between. The dynamic schedule of conversations will be posted online during the initial planning session and will be updated throughout the day.

Active Makerspace

The highly acclaimed makerfest has been expanded to the entire 1st floor of the Academic Learning Commons, giving us more room to learn, make and explore.

Throughout ALTfest, Makerfest will be active and open to attendees who are or who aspire to be “inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, hackers, tinkerers, craftsmen and DIY’ers.” We’ll have 3-D printers, robotics kits, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and other mind-inspiring artifacts for making and learning. This is an opportunity to learn by doing and to explore the interdisciplinary possibilities of making.

There is no additional cost to participate in these workshops; they are complimentary with your ALTfest registration. However, to prepare for optimal learning environments, some workshops require additional registration. (Don’t worry, it’s as simple a checking a box on your ALTfest registration form.)