Planning Your Experience

Session Types

CIO Open Space Sessions
These sessions provide an opportunity for the CIO community to discuss current topics as well as areas of interest identified ad-hoc during the conference.

Client-led Sessions
Presented by a corporation in conjunction with a higher education institution, these sessions will focus on product solutions and institutional benefits while engaging discussion on application for your institutional context.

Community Update Sessions
Given occasionally by specialized community groups, these scheduled updates offer an overview of how the group operates, current accomplishments, and plans. EDUCAUSE Community Updates are available throughout the conference in video format.

Concurrent Sessions
The foundation of the conference, these traditional sessions consist of one or more speakers addressing the audience about topics on which they are well experienced and have expertise, either from leading campus IT projects or from research and collaboration.  Speakers of these sessions are encouraged to engage the audience in order to enhance value and interest. This is the most prevalent type of session, and many are offered in every time slot throughout the conference.

  • Concurrent Session Webcasts
    Professionally video streamed, four concurrent session webcasts will be offered during every time slot. They’re available live as well as almost immediately on-demand for the online audience, and on-demand after the conference ends for face-to-face registrants. Captioning and transcripts will be provided.
  • Flexible Learning Space Sessions
    Offered in a professional designed learning space (Rooms 501/502 and 503/504), these concurrent sessions promote a combination of presentation, small group interaction and large group discussion for synthesis.

Discussion Sessions
Offered by EDUCAUSE constituent groups or corporate representatives and open to anyone interested in the topic, discussions are an opportunity for participants to share campus challenges and solutions through interactive exchange.

Exclusive Online Sessions
Interactive sessions with experts on current topics exclusively available live and on-demand for the online audience for 90 days then published in the conference proceedings.

Featured Speaker Sessions
Invited by EDUCAUSE for their expertise on a variety of current topics, featured speaker sessions are offered during every time-slot at the annual conference. Featured sessions are also professionally produced live video streams for online conference attendees and the public, and available on-demand for post-session access. Captioning and transcripts will be provided.

Hot Topic Panels
During these sessions, corporate thought leaders will address a hot topic by discussing emerging trends, research, strategies, technologies, and solutions related to the topic. These sessions will help you understand current and future products and services and their potential benefits for your institution.

Poster Sessions and the Digital Poster Session Gallery
Poster sessions offer the opportunity to share campus experiences through informal, interactive, brief presentations focused on effective practices, research findings, or technical solutions. Poster sessions will be located outside the doors of the exhibit hall during the following times:

  • Wednesday, November 7, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 8, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Presenters will be available at their posters on Wednesday, November 7 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm to meet with attendees and answer questions. In addition to presenting posters on site, we are offering the opportunity to extend your poster session exposure through the EDUCAUSE Digital Poster Gallery. The Gallery will be promoted to online conference attendees and to all onsite attendees.

Preconference Seminars (morning, afternoon, full-day, and online)
Offered for full or half days, preconference seminars give attendees the opportunity to have a deeper examination of various topics, facilitated by senior IT leaders with extensive experience in those areas.  These seminars are highly interactive and give participants the chance to discuss in depth approaches to challenges they are facing on campus - to share solutions and learn strategies.

Technology Solutions Sessions
Presented by corporations and/or institutions, these sessions address the most pressing technology issues facing higher education institutions today. You’ll hear about innovative solutions and resources that can be used on your campus to navigate these challenges.

Webcast Sessions
Sessions designated in the daily agendas with this icon will be streamed live for online conference participants and a professional recording will be made available for face-to-face attendees after the event.


Domain Descriptions

Enterprise Information Systems and Services (Administrative/Academic)
Enterprise systems solutions—ERP and community source, business process improvement, document management, portals, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics, enterprise course management systems, mobile applications, and integration solutions—all are covered in this domain. Supporting student success and retention, assessing learning outcomes, using predictive analysis, and delivering enterprise applications in a mobile world can be a strategic advantage. Other themes include evaluating and guiding changes in technology approaches including cloud sourcing, outsourcing, open source, service oriented architecture, and alternative approaches to systems support. This domain also includes tools for demonstrating accountability to funding and accrediting agencies, auditability, and compliance monitoring. Evaluating ongoing maintenance and support contracts and costs and using these systems to enhance institutional effectiveness are also covered.

Infrastructure, Information Security, and Identity Management
Infrastructure includes several converging aspects of information technology. It's no longer just about routers and switches but also encompasses information security, identity management, middleware, mobility concerns, and privacy. Campuses face challenges and opportunities with the rapid overlap of these areas. Succ­­essful sessions demonstrate the convergence of these disciplines to provide a secure, scalable infrastructure that is responsive to an increasingly consumer-based environment.

Leadership, Management, and Governance
This domain explores the dynamic and complex nature of leadership, management, and governance, addressing effective and engaging IT leadership styles, decision making, and practices. Other topics include shared governance, policy development and enforcement, strategic and tactical planning, visioning, institutional alignment and accountability, partnership and external collaborations, and professional development and mentoring.

Libraries, E-Research, and Digital Content
Libraries support the life cycle of scholarly content through discovery, description, curation, and preservation. Librarians are leaders in advancing inquiry and learning for their communities and for the global community of scholars. This domain includes e-texts and other emerging digital content areas.

Support Strategies and Services
This domain covers all areas of IT service and support—learning spaces, technology in classrooms, labs, and libraries—and any IT service that supports teaching and learning, research, and outreach. Client support for services include the help desk, desk-side support, provisioning, media services, print management, energy management, accessibility, knowledge management, client communication, escalation strategies, MOU/SLA development, ITIL implementation, and more. Organizational effectiveness and assessment—improving satisfaction with IT and providing feedback to IT—will be covered, as well as provisioning strategies (insourcing/outsourcing) and approaches for migrating services from the edge to the center (central IT).

Teaching and Learning
With a focus on technology-enriched active learning, innovative pedagogies, creatively leveraging existing and emerging technology tools, and assessment strategies that foster student engagement, this domain is geared for staff, faculty, and administration involved with teaching and learning, including instructional technologists, librarians, faculty members and instructors, deans and provosts, academic software developers, instructional designers, and faculty development coordinators.