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This page contains information and resources to assist you as a Content Leader at 2015 Connect San Diego. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact us.

General Content Leader Information

Could you explain what my "Session Type" means?

Facilitated Session
A 60–70 minute facilitated session that involves multiple Content Leaders ("connected" by EDUCAUSE).

Lightning Round
A 45 minute session that will involve short segments blended with many Content Leaders.

Do I need to register to present?

As a Content Leader you must register in order to present. Be sure to register by December 31 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: EC151
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 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 Content Leader 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.

Corporate Content Leader Information

What are the guidelines for my session?

  • Session is designed to bring together corporate and institutional thought leadership communities, facilitate intentional dialogue, bridge R&D, and promote product development. The purpose of the session is NOT marketing or sales.
  • Eliminate company background information, marketing, and sales speak. This type of information should be provided through on-site collateral.
  • Focus on thought leadership and advancing the needs of higher education.
  • Keep the sessions interactive; ask participants about their needs.
  • Presentation materials and discussion notes should be captured and shared as a session resource.

Key Program Themes

Connect 2015 will be built on key program themes that are framed by the EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT issues of the year.

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

View full 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?

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

December 31: Early-bird  discount and housing deadline

January 28–30, 2015: 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.