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Be a Content Leader at Connect 2016

Connect 2016 seeks Content Leaders to share their experience and knowledge within highly interactive learning sessions. We will identify cutting edge practices, success stories, solutions, and future directions across the higher education information technology landscape that responds to each of four learning themes, driven by the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT issues.

Note: All corporate contributors accepted to serve as a Content Leader will be subject to a separate participation fee.

Content Leader - Submit for one (1) individual only - yourself. Please do not include multiple names of individuals within the session description or abstract. Co-presentation panels will be designed by EDUCAUSE Connect planning committee. Connect wants you to submit for you!

Proposal Preparation Checklist

Before starting the call for content leaders submission process, complete these steps in order to have the necessary information to submit your proposal.

Create or update your EDUCAUSE profile with a minimum 100-word bio and link to your 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 display changes to existing profiles. This will not affect your ability to submit a proposal. Remember that your profile information will be helpful to reviewers in understanding your qualifications.

Review Meeting Demographics to see who participates in this event and how you might want to tailor your presentation.

Examine the theme descriptions below to select the theme that is most applicable to your expertise.

Print a copy of the 2016 Call for Content Leaders proposal form in advance of submitting. This is necessary because you do not have the ability to save your proposal work in stages


Key Program Themes

When completing the Call for Content Leaders form, you will be asked to select one of the following four themes and to provide information about your specific expertise within that theme.

Enterprise Service Delivery

How are you responding to IT issues, such as: cloud and infrastructure enterprise IT architecture, governance, risk management and network security practices, disaster recovery, changing conditions and new opportunities?

Leveraging Technology and Data

How are you responding to issues, such as: student outcomes, big data needs, predictive analytics development, business intelligence, metrics, policy development, and information access and management, as these relate to improving student success, effective teaching and learning, and using analytics to drive institutional outcomes?

Partnerships and Collaborations

How are you partnering for a collective understanding of IT deliverables with issues, such as: student success and retention, assisting faculty with IT instructional integration, accessibility, vendor relationships, generating revenue and recovering costs to fund IT, building coalitions and teams across campus divisions.

Staffing and Talent Development

How are you responding to staffing issues and challenges, such as: doing more with less, financial planning, time and project management, evolving staff skills, successful mentoring relationships, effective teamwork, collaboration and communication, relationship management, and cultivating innovation?

Session Format

Consider the format that best supports your presentation style:

  • Facilitated Sessions are 45-60 minutes each and will involve multiple Content Leaders ("connected" by EDUCAUSE), both experienced and first-timers.
  • Poster Sessions are 60 minutes.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Connect 2016 planning committee and volunteer Proposal Reviewers using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of Topic: Is the topic of relevance, importance, value, and/or interest to higher education?
  • Proposed Topic Coverage: Does the proposal adequately cover content related to the proposers' learning objectives/key stated outcomes?
  • Content Leader Knowledge: Does the content leader have sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address this topic based on evidence provided in the proposal and/or your prior experience with or knowledge of the content leader?
  • Engagement Strategies: Does the content leader include specific strategies relevant to event size/audience/maturity of topic in which they will engage participants in the session content and do those strategies align with the session's learning objectives/outcomes?
  • Event-Specific Criteria: How well did the content leader meet the proposal criteria specific to this event.
  • Overall Rating: What is your evaluation of this proposal overall?

Proposals will be selected to ensure the event offers a comprehensive, non-commercial, objective, and diverse treatment of issues related to the theme and key topics.


Submit Proposal

Click here to view or print the form to plan your proposal, or fill out and submit a proposal

Submit your proposal for Denver and/or Miami by August 27.

Call for Content Leaders Tutorials

The Power of Your Profile (5 minutes)

Corporate Content Leaders

The program committee will review proposals that offer a subject matter expert representing a corporation or company. Those accepted may not offer any direct sales or solicitation of products and services. These co-presentations will be coupled with institutional content leaders and there is a fee for presenting.

Program Committee

Special thanks to our program committee and volunteer proposal reviewers.


Content Leader Expectations

IMPORTANT: Accepted Content Leaders are responsible for registering in advance, paying the full registration fee, and securing funds for travel and lodging. In order to maintain the lowest possible registration fees for our participants, honoraria and travel reimbursement is not available. Accepted Content Leaders will receive skill development in large group communications and facilitation, and will also earn a digital badge in recognition for their contributions to the community.

Connect Locations

  • Denver: March 2–4, 2016
  • Miami: April 6–8, 2016

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact your speaker liaison, Breanne Maxim.