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This page contains information and resources to assist you as a presenter at 2017 Connect Portland. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact us.

General Presenter Information

Could you explain what my "Session Type" means?

Facilitated Sessions
Are 60-90 minutes each and will involve multiple presenters ("connected" by EDUCAUSE), both experienced and first-timers.

Do I need to register to present?

As a presenter you must register in order to present. Be sure to register by February 13 to get the discounted early-bird rate.

Is there a Power Point template I should use for my presentation?

EDUCAUSE has prepared an optional PowerPoint template for your convenience.

How can I share my presentation materials, and should I include a copyright statement?

You may use this copyright statement on one of your first slides:

This presentation leaves copyright of the content to the presenter. Unless otherwise noted in the materials, uploaded content carries the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, which grants usage to the general public with the stipulated criteria.

How will my onsite room be set up?

Our goal is to have all session meeting rooms set with round tables, provided the space will accommodate this seating style. There will be a highboy cocktail round provided at the front of the room, toward the side, for laptop projection. Whenever possible, the rooms are set to maximize interactive activities with participants and eliminate the "sage on the stage" approach.

Will I have access to audio/visual equipment?

All of the session rooms will have the following standard equipment:


  • LCD projector
  • Screen (sizes vary depending on room size but are typically 7.5 x 10)
  • Projector stand


  • Wireless handheld microphone
  • Wired lavaliere microphone
  • Computer audio patch

Will I have Internet access?

The following Internet connections will be available:

  • Wireless access will be available for presenters and participants. The connection speed will be sufficient for accessing and navigating web and/or e-mail pages.
  • One dedicated Ethernet connection will be provided in each session room and is preferred for presenter use.
  • Substantial bandwidth will be provided and should be more than sufficient for applications you wish to present. However, if you know that your presentation will require a significant bandwidth and have concerns, please contact Breanne Maxim.

Key Program Themes

Connect 2017 will be built on key program themes that are framed by the EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT issues of the year.

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

Talent and Career 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?

Presenter Concierge

The EDUCAUSE Presenter Concierge is here to help you make the best presentation you have ever delivered and to ensure you use this professional development opportunity to the fullest extent possible.

How can the concierge help you? Find out more.

Bios and Photos

Please add your biographical information and photo to the agenda by establishing or updating your EDUCAUSE profile. Make sure that your privacy setting is not too restrictive. We recommend the option of "Limit to Authenticated (Logged-in) Users."


Key Dates

March 13–14, 2017: Sessions

Upload Your Presentation

To upload resources:

  1. Log in with your EDUCAUSE username and password
  2. Click the "Manage Your Profile" link
  3. Click the "Presentations" tab
  4. Click the "Upload" link for your session

Please keep in mind when using this feature:

  • Any files you upload will be visible to the public, including your session attendees.
  • Resources uploaded here will be archived in the EDUCAUSE Resource Center.

Contact Information

For answers to any speaker-related questions, please contact your speaker liaison, Breanne Maxim.