Agenda and Program

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference program is created from member-driven content organized across key IT domains. Whether you participate as an individual or gather as a team, in-person in Indianapolis or virtually from your institution, make it a comprehensive experience including:

The CIO Experience

The CIO Experience provides on-site intensive networking opportunities, program sessions tailored to higher education IT leadership, and the ability to convene, reflect, and strategize with other CIOs. CIO Experience amenities include the CIO Lounge, complimentary career coaching, and the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable for new CIOs and those actively seeking the CIO role.

NEW–Senior Directors Seminar

New this year, the Senior Directors Seminar is a professional development program for those serving in higher education IT as senior directors or those actively seeking senior director roles within the next year. Programming includes skill development, peer networking, and mentoring offered by highly experienced leaders.

Innovative Solution Providers

Engage with corporate colleagues to learn about products and services for your institution:

  • More than 270 exhibitors on-site
  • Technology Solutions presentations
  • Emerging trends and hot topic panels
  • Start-Up Alley

Digital Poster Gallery

Posters provide an opportunity to share campus experiences through informal, interactive, brief presentations. All on-site poster presenters will recast their posters for online delivery to the Digital Poster Gallery. Participate virtually, share the experience, and explore each topic of interest.

Webcast Sessions

web cast iconWebcast Sessions, designated by an icon in the daily agendas, will be streamed live for virtual conference participants, and a professional recording will be made available for face-to-face attendees after the event.


Additional On-Site Resources and Activities

Power Stations

Recharge at these conveniently located stations that give you a place to plug in and power up your electronic devices.

EDUCAUSE Staff "Meet and Greets"

Meet the EDUCAUSE staff who translate your needs into initiatives, working groups, and resources. Share your feedback and find out what's on the horizon.

Preconference Seminars

Preconference Seminars

These intensive, in-depth, and highly interactive seminars provide attendees with a chance to explore key issues, tools, and subjects in great detail for both face-to-face and virtual participants. (Please note: A separate registration and fee are required.)

Program Domains

Advancing the Academic Mission (includes Teaching and Learning)

IT has often been accused of being the "tail that wags the dog" of higher education. This domain is designed to focus on how institutional IT practices enable and empower the core academic mission of teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. It includes instructional design, the creative rethinking of learning space design, and online and blended learning, as well as the support of research and academic scholarship.

Related sessions might include collaborative tools, e-portfolios, competency-based learning, app development, badging, personalized learning, learning analytics, faculty development, digital fluency, the digital student experience, accessibility and universal design, and mobile learning.

Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Data Management for Planning

This track explores the intersection of business questions with data and information, and the analysis thereof, with the goal of providing enhanced knowledge to promote decision making at all organization levels.

Related session areas might include asking the right questions and examining data sources, data standards, data definitions, data quality, data dictionaries, data warehousing, timeliness, analytics, predictive models, BI, visualization/dashboards, benchmarking, strategic planning, institutional research, enterprise reporting, data/systems integration, operational data stores, data governance implementation models (how tos), and success stories/case studies demonstrating quantifiable benefits.

Digital Scholarship, Libraries, Publishing, Curation, and Open Access

Librarians, archivists, information technologists, programmers, data visualization professionals, and others are active partners with faculty and students in the creation and discovery of scholarly content using digital tools and techniques. Other significant areas include interpreting, preserving, and providing access to locally produced digital scholarship and institutional information.

A broad range of topics fall into this domain including digital humanities, publishing, scholarly communication, various literacies (information, spatial, visual, etc.), makerspaces, GIS, research data repositories, open access, data curation, visualization, new support models for different academic audiences with emerging needs, IT-library-faculty development collaboration for new pedagogy and research directions, and other new collaborations and partnerships including shared services and collaborative collection development across institutions.

Enterprise Service Delivery

The evolving practice of IT service delivery drives the successful convergence of information systems, infrastructure, and a support model that makes it all work across the entire fabric of an institution (not just central IT). This track covers infrastructure services and enterprise architecture and systems, as well as frameworks and strategies for IT service management that enable their effective and efficient management in higher education.

Related session areas might include identity management and other middleware, infrastructure (on premise, hybrid, cloud), enterprise systems, virtualization, business processes, vendor management, wireless, mobility, data centers, and communication services, along with frameworks such as ITIL and activities like portfolio and project management used in developing and managing IT services, and shared service centers and end-user support.

Leading and Partnering Strategically across the Academy

IT leadership requires maintaining operational excellence while preparing the academy for digital disruption. IT staff at all levels need to build relationships across the institution to ensure that technical innovation aligns with the instructional and research missions. Student and faculty success is maximized when IT has a seat at the many decision tables.

Risk Management

IT organizations share accountability for managing institutional continuity of operations within an open and ever-shifting environment. Our efforts are challenged by the rise of BYOD and cloud services, changing government regulations, and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. From data breaches to emergency alerts, the real-time tactical and long-term strategic need for risk management is paramount to all higher education IT managers.

Related session areas might include security, privacy, compliance, data breaches, policy, audit, board reporting, business continuity, disaster recovery, incident management, and vulnerability management.



Key Dates

  • Daily Agenda Live:
    July 2015
  • Early-Bird Discount Deadlines:
    September 29 (Indianapolis)
    October 15 (Virtual)
  • Preconference seminars (for additional fees), ancillary events, first-time participant orientation:
    Tuesday, October 27


Program Committee

Special thanks to the dedicated community members that make up the EDUCAUSE 2015 Program Committee.