Online- March 19, 2021- 9AM-3PM (MDT)

T-Rex riding Segway with the caption Joyride

ThinqStudio’s 2021 Unconference explores the intersections of joy, care, and pedagogy in higher education through keynotes and discussions, participant-generated sessions, giveaways, and facilitator-led breakout sessions. 

We are delighted to welcome as our featured guests this year, a morning keynote by Maha Bali and afternoon readings and discussion with Ross Gay.

Ross Gay

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We're delighted to welcome you to the 2021 UnConference! Here's the plan for today:

All times in MDT

8:30 - 9:00

Join us in Topia to mingle and check out a cool platform

9:00 - 10:15

Welcome from ThinqStudio
Opening remarks from CU Denver Chancellor Michelle Marks
Keynote with Maha Bali

10:15 - 10:45

Hallway chat with Maha Bali
Proposing and logistics of Unconference sessions

11:00 - 12:00

Unconference sessions- facilitators and topics, to be determined (by you all!)

12:20 - 2:50

Rapid demos (3 X 10 minutes)


Transition to afternoon of joy and delight,
Remarks from CU Denver School of Education and Human Development Dean Rebecca Kantor

1:05 - 1:55

Choose your own adventure:

  1.  Building escape rooms with Julie Stephens Jonge
  2.  Puzzle tournament games with Andrew Davies)
  3.  Making memes with Lisa Kath
  4.  Systems of pranks in higher ed with David Thomas 

2:00 - 3:00

Reading and Discussion with Ross Gay and Wrapping Up Day