Call for Preconference Seminar Proposals

EDUCAUSE is accepting proposals for its preconference seminars to be held on Tuesday, October 25, in Anaheim. These half- or full-day seminars require participants to pay an additional registration fee. EDUCAUSE reserves the right to set minimum and maximum attendance, usually 8 to 60 participants. Seminars may be canceled for insufficient registration.

Proposal Preparation Checklist

Before starting the proposal submission process, complete these steps.

Checklist of Actions to be Completed

Create or update your EDUCAUSE profile with a minimum 100-word bio and link to a professional URL (this could be a personal web page or your unit/department web page). Note: It may take up to 72 hours to generate new profiles or changes to existing. This will not affect your ability to submit a proposal. Remember that your profile information will help reviewers understand your qualifications. Make sure your privacy setting is not too restrictive. We recommend the option of "Limit to Authenticated (Logged-in) Users."

Explore the Presenter Concierge website for steps to writing a successful conference proposal.

Examine the program domain descriptions (select up to two).

Program Domains

Driving Innovation in Teaching and Learning

How do institutional IT practices enable and empower the core academic mission of teaching, learning, research, and scholarship? These practices include instructional design, personalized learning, learning space design, research computing, online and blended learning, accessibility and universal design, and mobile learning, as well as support for research and academic scholarship.

Enabling the Data-Driven Decision-Making Environment

Explore the intersection of administrative and academic questions by applying data, information, and analysis, with the goal of providing enhanced knowledge and predictive intelligence to facilitate informed decision making at all organizational levels and in all areas.

Innovating in IT Infrastructure and Cloud-Based IT Environments

The evolving practice of IT service delivery drives the successful convergence of information systems, cloud computing infrastructure, and a support model that makes everything work across the entire fabric of a higher education institution not just in the context of central IT. Learn about infrastructure services and enterprise architecture/systems, as well as frameworks and strategies for effective, efficient IT service management.

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. Success for students and faculty is maximized when IT has a seat at the various decision tables.

Producing, Distributing, and Using Digital-Based Knowledge

Librarians, archivists, information technologists, programmers, data visualization professionals, and others actively partner 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.

Reducing and Managing Risk in a Digital World

IT organizations share accountability for managing institutional continuity of operations within an open and shifting environment. The rise of BYOD and cloud services challenges these efforts, as do changing government regulations and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. From preventing data breaches to sending emergency alerts to protecting privacy, the real-time tactical and long-term strategic need for risk management is vital to all higher education IT leaders.

Transforming the Student Experience

Explore students' evolving digital experience. How will technology change the way campuses recruit and retain students and communicate with alumni? How will digital technologies affect administrative and academic day-to-day tasks? In addition to facilitating students' interactions with the school, faculty, and each other, digital advances can potentially increase student engagement and academic success.

Selection Process

Proposals are selected to ensure the conference offers a comprehensive, noncommercial, objective, and diverse program. Attention will be given to diversity of institutions, presenters, and geographic location.

Seminar Presenter Benefits

EDUCAUSE may give complimentary conference registration to selected seminar presenters; however, we will not be able cover any additional costs such as travel, hotel, expenses, online tools, assessments, books, etc. Please plan and budget accordingly prior to submitting your proposal.

Submit a Proposal

Submit proposal by January 20, 2016. Applicants will be notified of proposal status in late March.

Note: This link will take you to our approved provider website to complete your submission. Please note you will be prompted to create a new user login.



Program Committee

Special thanks go to the EDUCAUSE 2016 Program Committee.



Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact your speaker liaison, Sean Kennedy.

For proposal guidance, please contact the EDUCAUSE Presenter Concierge



Key Dates

  • Presenter Proposal Deadline:
    January 20, 2016
  • Seminar Presenters Notified:
    March 2016
  • Session Presenters Notified:
    June 2016
  • Registration Opens:
    May 2016
  • Program Goes Live:
    July 2016



Conference Timing

  • Preconference Seminars:
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    (for additional fees)
  • Conference Start Date:
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Conference End Date:
    Friday, October 28, 2016