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Be a Content Leader at Connect: San Diego

Connect events in 2015 seek content experts to co-lead key top-ten IT issue sessions. We will identify best practices, success stories, solutions, and future directions across the higher education IT landscape that respond to each theme.

>> Selected Content Leaders will be partnered with other experts to share experience and knowledge through interactive dialogue. <<

We encourage you to respond to this call by describing both your practical experience and thought leadership on the issue. New for 2015, submit as an individual Content Leader only. EDUCAUSE will “connect” the panels. If selected to be a Connect Content Leader, you will join fellow higher education professionals and technology providers to network, ideate, and share strategies for advancing innovative solutions and leading change.

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.

Note: All selected corporate contributors serving in the Content Leader role will be subject to a separate participation fee ($2,200 for members and $2,500 for nonmembers).


Proposal Preparation Checklist

Before starting the proposal submission process, be sure you have completed these steps 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.

Examine the program theme descriptions by expanding the content to the right to select the theme that is most applicable to your expertise.

View a PDF of the 2015 Call for Content Leaders in advance of submitting.


Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed 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 (Speaker) 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, noncommercial, objective, and diverse treatment of issues related to the theme and key topics. You may also be invited to present in another format other than the one you selected.


Content Leader Expectations

IMPORTANT: Content Leaders are responsible for registering in advance, paying the full event registration fee, and securing and paying for travel and lodging. Content Leaders are also asked to upload related resources (documents or links) prior to their session and to upload materials and additional related resources after the session to the session's page in the online program agenda. These resources provide support for the session and then become a part of the event proceedings so that your valuable information is accessible beyond your session.


Submit by Thursday, August 7.


Program Themes

When completing the Call for Content Leaders form, you'll be asked to select one of the four themes below and to provide information about your specific expertise within that theme. You are welcome to submit separate proposals for each area of your expertise.

  • Data-Informed Decision Making
  • Enterprise Service Delivery
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Talent and Career Development

View Theme Descriptions:

Data-Informed Decision Making

How are you responding to such issues as student outcomes, big-data needs, predictive analytics development, business intelligence, metrics, policy development, and information access and management, as it relates to these two of the top-10 IT issues: improving student outcomes and using analytics to drive institutional outcomes?

Enterprise Service Delivery

How are you responding to interrelated top-10 IT issues, such as changing funding models, access demand, sourcing technologies and services at scale, implementing risk management and security practices, and developing an enterprise IT architecture that can respond to changing conditions and new opportunities?

Partnerships and Collaborations

How are you partnering for collective understanding of IT deliverables with issues such as higher education intelligence, student success and retention, faculty development, accessibility, vendor relationships, provision of instructional facilities and content, security issues, and building coalitions and teams across campus divisions as it relates to top-10 IT issues assisting faculty with instructional integration of IT and determining the role of online learning and strategies for that role?

Talent and Career Development

How are you responding to financial planning, project management, leadership development, legal basics for IT staff, successful mentoring relationships, effective teamwork, staff professional development, collaboration and communication, relationship management, design thinking and cultivating innovation as it relates to IT issue IT staffing and development?

Session Format

The program committee encourages you to consider the format that best supports your presentation style:

  • Facilitated sessions are 60–75 minutes each and will involve multiple Content Leaders ("connected" by EDUCAUSE), both experienced and first-timers.
  • Lightning rounds are 45 minutes and will involve short segments blended with many Content Leaders (ideal for those new to presenting to a national audience).
  • The Poster sessions are 60 minutes.


Key Upcoming Dates

August 7: Proposal Deadline

Mid-September: Content Leaders Notified

Late-October: Registration Opens

January 28–30, 2015: Sessions


Proposal Tutorials

 The Power of Your Profile  (5 minutes)

 2015 Connect Call For Proposals Tutorial  



Contact Us

For general information about this event, including registration, please contact EDUCAUSE Member Services:

For speaker proposal questions, please contact your speaker liaison, Breanne Maxim.



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