A two and a half day conference packed with practical wisdom for educators…

The New Horizons conference is the premier teaching and learning conference of the Virginia Community College System, annually attracting almost 1,000 Virginia college faculty, staff, and administrative leaders. The conference serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners of Virginia’s community colleges by enabling and supporting their professional development and interests in teaching, learning, and technology.

New Horizons is the single largest gathering of Virginia Community college teachers, researchers, administrators, and professionals. In 2016, New Horizons hosted almost 1,000 attendees including representatives from all VCCS colleges. The conference featured over 180 hours of programming, 10 live-streamed sessions, 30+ exhibitors, and honored 12 Excellence in Education Award finalists. We invite you to participate in New Horizons 2017, and experience the exciting new developments!

Who should attend?


  • VCCS faculty, staff, and administrative leadership
  • Curriculum, education and training development specialists and managers
  • Instructional systems designers and developers
  • Learning technologists
  • University representatives and partner organizations
  • Publishers, software vendors, educational product vendors, and other discipline-related associations
  • Those looking for proven teaching and learning solutions, including new tools, technologies, products, services, strategies, and best practices that they can deploy for student success

Why should you attend?


  • Opportunities for continuing professional career, instructional, organization, and workforce development
  • Crucial dialogues for pedagogy and practice for student success
  • Exciting presentations on trending educational and disciplinary advancements
  • Valuable teaching and learning resources, job aids and best practices
  • Personalized dialogue with academic thought leaders on VCCS strategic initiatves
  • Timely mentorship on publications, grant writing, and human resource management and supervision
  • Professional networking to refresh and revitalize, enjoy the region and the space

Hear from past New Horizons attendees

Excellent variety broadened my vision and understanding. Relevant topics assisted my professional development. Excellent presentations made my participation productive.

Stimulated my thinking and helped me plan more meaningful lessons for my students. Provided a better understanding of programs and professional opportunities at the VCCS.

Pertinent topics. Knowledgeable presenters. Technology sessions were outstanding. A true value-added conference. Each session I attended included information that I could put to use as soon as I return to campus.

["Great to hear what fresh ideas are happening in the system, learning about teaching methods and programs.","Enhanced my ability to use electronic technologies as a work tool. Became more familiar with a number of topics that I encounter in my work.","Interesting to hear what colleagues are doing. Such innovators!","Many topics of interest to me, and most topics were timely and well presented. There was a lot of take-home information, which I really like having later, if I want to incorporate what I learned.","I came away with creative ideas for active learning and strategies to improve my teaching methods.","Great range of topics and helpful information.","Provided validation of current practices and recommendations\/ideas for implementation of new strategies.","Current useful information in every session I attended. The shorter sessions were so effective and to the point.","Relevant, interesting, helpful information.","Presenters offered ways that they had used to offer varying information and were willing to offer their help and suggestions to others.","Offered chance to see what colleagues at other colleges are doing in classrooms and labs.","There were a wide variety for all- in addition, some sessions were repeated which was nice if you couldn't attend one due to a conflict. There were some great technology sessions on using Blackboard and Quinn.","The sessions were very informative on how we can bring success to our students and colleges.","Sharing of ideas with people from other institutions. Learning new information from the presenters that could be taken back to my institution to enhance service to students and communities served by the community college.","I had the opportunity to learn how things are done at other colleges and to meet and discuss ideas with my counterparts from around the state.","Learned about some new technologies to incorporate in the classroom.","I got excellent ideas on both flipping the classroom and using OER.","Motivational, inspiring, informative networking opportunity.","Broadened my understanding of certain topics.","I learned about new ideas.","Showed me new ways to use technology in the classroom.","Addressed current issues and met competencies desired for professional development.","The sessions were diverse and met the areas of my profession.","Gathered a variety of information about teaching strategies, online applications that are useful in the classroom, evaluation and selection of adjunct faculty.","Learned new methods to promote student success.","I learned a few new things to help me become a better educator.","Gave me great ideas to incorporate into my classes.","Practical, detailed, and very interactive.","I was able to use the information to see how certain program implementations worked and how they can be integrated in my area. I also will be using some of the information as data in my doctorate program.","Broadened my knowledge in a number of areas.","Practical teaching tools were explained and offered in a way for me to use immediately.","There were opportunities for me to attend sessions in my content area during each of the blocks.","I enjoyed having the opportunity away from campus to speak with the exhibitors. I especially appreciate the university who came to share degree tracks.","Not being out of an educational background, I am always looking for ideals to incorporate into the classroom and how best to serve the students. With the younger generation being so computer, internet, and technologically savvy, the sessions dealing with incorporating technology into the classroom are always interesting and informative.","The topics presented were current, and well presented. There were a variety of topics and very little duplication.","I learned a lot of new things about different schools and what they were offering. I was able to communicate with others and what they are doing at their college. There were doors of communication open for learning new things and exploring new ideas.","I attended several sessions that provided information and resources that I have been able to incorporate into my classes. I also shared these resources with my coworkers who could not attend the New Horizons this year. They have also benefited from these resources, particular the technology resources.","The concurrent sessions offerings were beneficial because the ones I attended spoke directly to a project that I am working on for the VCCS (OER). It provided valuable information and feedback on the subject matter.","New technology that I can incorporate in my courses. Too many good sessions were offered at the same time - I couldn't attend every session I wanted to.","I just learned so much.","I always find some new way of looking at the challenges I face at work. I also find New Horizons provides an opportunity to network, meet new colleagues and strengthen relationships.","The educational presentations were all excellent. This was an event that was professional from the start\u2026the Exhibitor up allowed for interaction, the food layout was spectacular.","There was a wide variety for professors and administrators. The Leadership Spotlight Series was especially good.","Pertinent topics. Knowledgeable presenters. Technology sessions were outstanding. A true value-added conference. Each session I attended included information that I could put to use as soon as I return to campus.","Stimulated my thinking and helped me plan more meaningful lessons for my students. Provided a better understanding of programs and professional opportunities at the VCCS.","Excellent variety broadened my vision and understanding. Relevant topics assisted my professional development. Excellent presentations made my participation productive."]