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

Important Deadlines

November 15

Session Information Review
If you need to edit your session information, please find your session in the online agenda and send any changes immediately to your speaker liaison Sean Kennedy.

>>We cannot overemphasize how important it is to attendees that your title and abstract accurately reflect your presentation content, so please be attentive to this important item. Even if this deadline has passed, please send any changes to the speaker liaison.

Create a Profile
Please add your biographical information and photo to your session listing by establishing or updating your EDUCAUSE profile.

January 14 (early-bird registration deadline)

Register for the Event
Please remember that you must register in advance for the conference, pay the full conference registration fee, and secure your own hotel reservations (if needed).

Secure lodging (optional)
Please see the Hotel & Travel page for hotel and parking details, air and ground transportation information, and general area information.

General Speaker Information

Could you explain what my "Session Type" means?

Facilitated Session
45–minute facilitated sessions that involve one or more presentations (10-30 minutes per presenter)

Poster Sessions
Share campus experiences through informal, brief presentations focused on effective practices, research findings, or technical solutions. This one hour session, with multiple sessions in the same room, gives participants the opportunity to examine challenges and solutions in a more casual, one-on-one environment. They are also a great way for presenters to learn from attendees.

Do I need to register to present?

As a speaker, you must register in order to present. Be sure to register by January 14 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?

We invite you share your presentation by uploading your file(s) or URLs before, during, or after the event. To do this, log in to your EDUCAUSE profile and click on “upload” in the presentation section. Then follow the prompts to upload your resources.

We ask that you fill in your PowerPoint document's properties in the following manner prior to uploading the file:

Title: TITLE
Subject: EC141
Author: NAME(S)

If you password protect a PDF document, please make sure to enable the file to be read by a screen reader. It is our goal to make our resources easily available to those who use Adaptive and Assistive Technology to access files over the Internet.

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 room be set up?

All session meeting rooms (with the exception of poster sessions) will have round tables or a combination of round tables in the front of the room and theater-style seating in the back. There will be a highboy cocktail round provided at the front of the room for laptop projection.

Will I have access to audio/visual equipment?

All of the session rooms (with the exception of poster sessions and exclusive online sessions) 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 conference room and is preferred for speaker 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 Sean Kennedy.

Poster Session Presenter Information

Where can I learn more about presenting a poster session?

Poster sessions provide an opportunity to finely craft your information into a set of complementary components: text, graphics, demonstrations, and more. These poster sessions guidelines and techniques and tips will help you accomplish that. These sessions are informal and allow conferees to share campus experiences with colleagues on a one-to-one basis. Presenters convey information in several different ways, incorporating signs, graphs, and posters, as well as using personal laptops. Example 1 | Example 2.

What will my area look like?

The standard set includes:

  • 6' skirted table
  • easels and two 40" x 30" foam boards (by request)
  • assembly supplies (push pins, scissors, velcro, tape) will be available at the registration desk
  • wireless Internet access

You may opt to bring a laptop as an additional resource for your session time. However, there will be no power outlets, equipment security, or storage available when you are not present.

Will I have Internet access?

All presenters will have wireless 802.11b access. The connection speed will be sufficient for accessing and navigating web and/or e-mail pages.

Do I have the option to ship or store my materials?

If you need to ship materials, it would be best to send materials to your hotel (labeled to your attention).

Program Tracks

The 2014 Connect events will focus on the four IT tracks listed below which significantly impact the mission of today's higher education institutions:

Track #1: Online Learning

Is your campus prepared and positioned for the future?
Online learning offers powerful opportunities to transform higher education. Student expectations are driving the way course content, scholarly information, texts, and data are accessed. Online course delivery has the ability to provide a wealth of data on student assessment and to contain costs. Higher ed institutions are implementing combinations of online, hybrid/blended, and face-to-face instruction. Participants in this track will investigate how their role influences or supports implementation of the appropriate models for their institution and how can they lead to help the transition to new online, competency-based, data-rich educational delivery techniques.

Guiding questions to share your innovative plans, strategies, and solutions

Organizational Strategy

  • What are the issues involved with online learning and how are you addressing them (e.g., accessibility, change management, copyright/licensing/OER, faculty and student preparation, marketing, learning spaces, scale)?
  • How are you innovating and experimenting with new technologies and delivery methods for online education (e.g., MOOCs, termless course delivery, flipped classrooms)?

Institutional Strategy

  • How does your institution's strategy for determining the mix of online, blended, and F2F courses impact content and financial, technical, and human resources?
  • How are analytics and data being used effectively to determine offerings, impact on student success, and student retention at your institution?

Impact on Higher Education

  • How do partnerships and collaboration across the higher education community (institutions, corporations, and organizations) support planning for online learning?

Areas of focus might include:

  • MOOCs
  • Online OER
  • Blended, online, F2F
  • Credit for online coursework, competency-based, accreditation considerations
  • Support, resources, budget, funding
  • Change management
  • Data rich educational delivery techniques
  • Accessibility (compliance and access to tools/resources)

Track #2: Enterprise Systems/Admin IT/Cloud

Is your campus prepared and positioned for the future?
Higher education's primary goals are focused on achieving academic excellence, producing learning outcomes, competing in the global world, and successfully recruiting, retaining, and graduating students. How can enterprise systems (e.g., ERP, LMS, library systems, CRM, content management) contribute to these goals? More importantly, how can IT leaders ensure these systems, whether they reside on campus, in the cloud, or as managed remote services, will support and improve institutional goals? Today's university business model is changing, and our challenge is to leverage technology to address institutional strategic decisions. The challenge for IT professionals is to determine if their campus is fully prepared to meet these changes.

Guiding questions to share your innovative plans, strategies, and solutions

Organizational Strategy

  • What innovative changes have you incorporated that effectively and efficiently utilize enterprise systems to improve business processes?
  • What enterprise systems have moved into the cloud, how was that move accomplished, and what were the challenges?

Institutional Strategy

  • How does campus governance participate in enterprise systems planning?
  • What are your institutional policies, procedures, and practices to address appropriate risk management, security, and privacy protections?

Impact on Higher Education

  • How do partnerships and collaboration across the higher education ecosystem (institutions, corporations, and organizations) support enterprise systems planning?

Areas of focus might include:

  • Bandwidth, infrastructure, and storage
  • Integration of processes and services
  • Risk management, security, and privacy
  • Outsourcing versus insourcing
  • Business processes and data management
  • Governance and strategic planning

Track #3: Mobile/BYOE

Is your campus prepared and positioned for the future?
BYOE (bring your own everything) and mobile technology have radically changed the campus landscape. Costs have shifted, and control has moved from fixed computing facilities to the mobile environment, affecting our central and distributed funding models. New technical support approaches are needed for faculty, students, staff, and vendors/developers as we provide mobile services to them. Evolving techniques, models, and strategies are critical for facilities and infrastructure, including appropriate risk and security management.

Guiding questions to share your innovative plans, strategies, and solutions

Organizational Strategy

  • What skills do your faculty and staff need to fully embrace mobile/BYOE on your campus?
  • How have your budget and/or support models changed based on the emergence of mobile/BYOE?

Institutional Strategy

  • What is your campus plan for mobile/BYOE, the development of tools and apps, and the "next big thing"?
  • How has your institution's approach toward risk management and security changed in the BYOE/mobile environment?

Impact on Higher Education

  • • How do partnerships and collaboration across the higher education landscape (institutions, corporations, and organizations) support mobile/BYOE planning?

Areas of focus might include:

  • Support strategies
  • Facilities and infrastructure
  • Security and risk management
  • Shifting costs, closing labs, shift of control (e.g., devices, apps, data)
  • Development, design, and architecture
  • Accessibility (compliance and access to tools/resources)

Track #4: Elevate Your Game/Career Development

Are you prepared and positioned for the future?
Many roles in the IT organization are changing due to the rise of disruptive technologies, new business models, and innovative uses of technology to support the institutional mission. To remain agile in an evolving higher education landscape, supervisors must respond through team/organizational development and individuals must take personal responsibility through professional development and career planning.

You can elevate your game by enhancing skills, learning new technologies, managing up, finding new service delivery models, and building your professional network. As a supervisor, you should support professional development opportunities and career planning for your staff. Regardless of your career level, the size of your team/organization, and financial and time constraints, there are numerous opportunities that will help you improve your skills and establish a career path to support the institutional mission.

Guiding questions to share your innovative plans, strategies, and solutions

Individual and Organizational Strategy:

  • What strategies are planned to address potential gaps between current and emerging staff skills: retraining, attrition, performance management, restructuring?
  • Does the IT organization have a professional development plan and budget that aligns with your organizational goals?

Institutional Strategy

  • To what extent is the CIO's ability to address staffing and organizational challenges limited or facilitated by the institutional culture as a whole?
  • How might non-IT staff be cultivated to provide certain types of IT services or functions (e.g., analytics and reporting, instructional technology provisioning, vendor management, process reengineering)?

Impact on Higher Education

  • What are the capacity and capability gaps and strengths of the current IT workforce in higher education as emerging technologies such as the cloud become prevalent?
  • How might contractors or vendors be engaged to address specific IT initiatives

Areas of focus might include:

  • Project management skills
  • Time management skills: work-life balance
  • Communication skills
  • Tactics that address changing organizational models and supporting staff in changing roles/responsibilities
    • "Relationship manager" or advocate model of organizational structure
    • "Service brokers" versus "service providers"
    • Adaptability in workplace/career
  • Reflecting on and identifying personal values as they relate to professional careers
  • Taking personal ownership responsibility of career advancement through professional development
  • Understanding the bigger picture of higher ed
  • "Managing up": managing relationships
  • Building teams
  • Learning from failure (fabulous flops)
  • Cultivating successful mentor/mentee relationships
  • Developing professional peer and learning networks


Contact Information

For answers to any speaker-related questions, please contact your speaker liaison, Sean Kennedy.


Speaker Concierge

The EDUCAUSE Speaker Concierge is here to help you be the best session facilitator you can be and to ensure you use this professional development opportunity to the fullest extent possible. How can the concierge help you? Find out more.



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.



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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."



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