Travel Tips for the Upcoming Mini-TLC

Saturday, September 1, marks the first of APSA’s mini-Teaching and Learning Conferences at the association’s annual meeting. I’m assuming most of you who are attending the meeting have already decided whether to register for the mini-TLC, but on the chance a few people haven’t . . . here is the program schedule and general information. As is often the case, I will be leading one of the workshop sessions — on students learning course content by designing games.

Logistics might be more important to you at this point. I lived in Boston while in college and still visit regularly. I’m happy to answer specific questions posted as comments. For example:

If you’re staying in a conference hotel or nearby, take the MBTA Silver Line 1 bus from Logan Airport (free for arriving passengers) to South Station, transfer to the Red Line inbound toward Alewife. Go to Park Street station, then get on —

  • Any outbound Green Line train to exit at Copley station.
  • Any outbound Green Line train but E to exit at the Hynes Convention Center.
  • The outbound Green Line E train to exit at the Prudential Center.

The above makes the subway sound more complicated than it actually is. Copley, Hynes, and the Prudential are all within a few blocks of each other. Transferring between different subway lines is remarkably easy, especially since this is a public transit system in the USA. And the trip will cost you less than US$3. Here is the full MBTA subway map.

Other tidbits:

  • Fans of French cuisine might want to check out La Voile at 261 Newbury.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts is very close. Just walk south from the Hynes Convention Center/Sheraton to Huntington Avenue. Get on the Green Line or the 39 bus.
  • Chocoholics should visit L.A. Burdick at 220 Clarendon Street — only four blocks away from the meeting site, eastward along Boylston.
  • Chinatown, which has some fantastic restaurants, is only a mile and a quarter away. Hoof it down Boylston, or take the Green Line inbound to Boylston station. Walk another block east on Boylston, the street’s name changes to Essex. Lots of options on the cross streets between that and Kneeland Street.

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