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International Conference of the Learning Sciences

Boulder, Colorado, USAJune 23-27, 2014

Preparing for Your Trip

This page includes details about getting from the airport to where you are staying, information about where to register, maps showing the location of different conference venues, the conference program, and information about where to eat when here.

What is the best way to get from the airport to the conference hotels or to campus housing?

The most convenient way to get to where you are staying from Denver International Airport is to reserve a spot on the Super Shuttle. When you reserve a shuttle, you will need to provide an address for where you are staying:

Millennium Harvest House Hotel: 1345 28th St, Boulder, CO 80302
Best Western Plus Boulder Inn: 770 28th St, Boulder, CO 80303
On Campus (Kittredge Smith Hall): 2480 Kittredge Loop Drive, Boulder, CO 80310

Alternately, you can take the RTD bus (public transit) from DIA to the place where you are staying. This will require walking some distance with luggage, but it is also cheaper than a shuttle:

Where is everything happening?

Most pre-conference workshops and the opening night poster session and reception will take place at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel. Exceptions are:

  • Interaction Analysis of Student Teams Enacting the Practices of Collaborative Dynamic Geometry (Discovery Learning Center, CU Campus)
  • Mediated Action and Mediated Discourse Analysis: Studying Learning and Becoming at the Nexus of Practice (CU School of Education, Learning Sciences Studio)
  • Design Charrette: Designing for Student Agency and Authority around Issues of Climate Change (CU School of Education, Learning Sciences Studio)
  • Design Charrette: The Learning Theater: Designing a Flexible, Reconfigurable Space for Ambitious Learning and Teaching on Campus (ATLAS Room 1B31, CU Campus)

The keynotes will all take place at Macky Auditorium on the CU campus. The Millennium is a 20-minute walk to Macky Auditorium (walking directions), mostly along the Boulder Creek path.

Nearly all parallel sessions will take place in the Engineering Center on the CU campus. The Millennium is a 10-minute walk to the Engineering Center (walking directions). Other sessions will be on campus in buildings nearby.

The Wednesday evening poster session and reception will take place at the Folsom Stadium Club on CU’s campus.

The Thursday evening poster session and social event will take place at the Mesa Laboratory (National Center for Atmospheric Research).

View a map of all main conference venues.

We will provide signage to help you find your way between conference locations. In addition, conference volunteers will be onsite if you get lost or have any questions.

Where can I find the full conference schedule and location of individual sessions?

A PDF of the final conference schedule will be posted to the ICLS website in early June. In addition, Inquirium will be providing an interactive conference app which can be accessed on late-model smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Web access is not required to use the app after than the initial download. Check back in mid-June for more information. Please note: we are planning an Earth-friendly conference, so we will not provide you with a paper program or proceedings on a flash drive as in years past.

Where do I check in, if I am staying on campus?

Stay tuned, we’ll send that information out in early June.

Where do I register?

If you arrive Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday morning, you can register at the Millennium Harvest Hotel during these times:

Sunday, June 22: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monday, June 23: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 24: 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Beginning Tuesday afternoon, the conference registration hours and locations will vary to provide participants with convenient access based upon the conference events.

Tuesday, June 24
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Macky Auditorium, CU Boulder
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Millennium Hotel

Wednesday, June 25
7:30 am – 10:30 am – Macky Auditorium, CU Boulder
11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Engineering Center, ECCR #131, CU Boulder

Thursday, June 26
7:30 am – 10:30 am – Macky Auditorium, CU Boulder
11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Engineering Center, ECCR #131, CU Boulder

How do I prepare for the altitude?

Boulder’s altitude is 1,655 meters or 5,430 feet. Many people experience the effects of altitude, especially those coming from sea level. Drink lots of water, even when you think you don’t need it. Symptoms include headaches and dizziness. Sit down and rest if you feel dizzy. Be prepared to find yourself a bit out of breath. Take advantage of refreshment breaks — drink lots water and have a snack. If you find yourself affected severely by the altitude, find a volunteer in an official ICLS t-shirt, and we’ll make sure you get the help you need.

What will the weather be like in Boulder?

The temperature in Boulder ranges between around 11° and 28° C (or between 52° and 85° F). Summertime in Boulder can be hot and dry but also subject to daily short afternoon rainstorms - bring a rain jacket.

Where can we eat?

For those of you staying at the Millennium, the Best Western, or the CU dormitory, your stay includes free breakfast. There will be free refreshment breaks following the keynote presentation each morning and between parallel sessions in the afternoon. Each day will also include a break for lunch on your own. There are a few places you can go for lunch:

There will be two food trucks serving Mexican and “Locavore” food at lunchtime on Wednesday and Thursday in the parking lot of St. Aidan’s Church. (3 minutes walk from Engineering Center)

The next closest place is the Center for Community (C4C). The C4C is a university-operated food court. (5 minutes walk from Engineering Center)

There is a second university-operated food court at the University Memorial Center that has several fast food options. (11 minutes walk from Engineering Center)

The University Hill Area includes several spots that cater to students, including the Sink, a famous hamburger place. (15 minutes walk from Engineering Center)

A last option is an area near the hotel, around the intersection of 28th and Arapahoe. The Twenty Ninth Street mall anchors the intersection and is ideal for quick meals at Chipotle or Noodles & Company (both founded in Boulder), along with Pei Wei, Modmarket, and Smashburger, among several others. This area will be most accessible to people with a car parked in the campus lot. (25 minutes walk from Engineering Center)

For dinner, students have put together a list of several good spots in different neighborhoods here. From the hotel, it is a pleasant half-hour walk to Pearl Street, which is a pedestrian mall downtown with many great food options.