Call for Speakers

The call for speakers has closed. Thank you to all who submitted.
We have begun the selection process and will be in touch after Thanksgiving.

WPCampus is looking for stories, how-tos, hypotheticals, demos, and more for our second-annual virtual conference on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. No travel required! Share your stories and expertise from your living room by submitting a speaker proposal to WPCampus Online today!

Our call for speakers is not limited to those who work in higher ed as you do not have to be in higher education to bring value to our community. At heart, we’re just web folk doing web things. We’d love talks on dev, design, content, strategy, management, being human, and whatever else you find valuable to make the web a better place.

This event is a great opportunity for first-time speakers. We’d love for you to share your work (and brains) with our community. If you need topic inspiration, we have provided a few ideas below. If you’d like some feedback, please let us know.

If you’re considering applying, but are hesitant because you don’t feel like you have anything to say, keep this in mind: the people that get up and speak aren’t always the experts. They’re just the people who said yes. You have value and insight to share and we would love for you to say yes and share your unique experiences. You never know how you might open someone else’s eyes with your story.
You may submit multiple proposals for different sessions, but please submit a different application for each proposal.

There will not be a physical location for WPCampus Online. WPCampus Online is a great event for our community as it gives us more opportunities to learn and allows everyone the chance to participate, no matter your travel budget. The event will be completely online and speakers will broadcast from their individual locations. Attendees will view sessions via live streaming and be able to interact with the speakers, and other attendees, through chat.

Session Formats

All accepted sessions will consist of 45 minute talks (which includes time for questions). You will need to be available on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time.

Possible Topics

We are going to form tracks around the selected sessions and are open to whatever story you have to share involving WordPress and education.

WPCampus Online’s intended audiences include faculty, students, developers, site designers, devops/sysadmins, content developers, instructional designers, marketing specialists, admissions people, and institutional leaders. We are interested in how-to sessions, case studies, conceptual discussions, best practices, works-in-progress, and more. Tell us who should hear you and why.

You can also view the sessions page on our main website and the WPCampus Online 2017 schedule to draw inspiration from previous events.

Here are some possible topics (and we’re sure you can imagine more):

Why WordPress?

  • Why choose WordPress over commercial or other open source CMSs?
  • How do you pitch WP to management?
  • Overcoming biases: it’s just for blogging, it’s insecure, etc.
  • Case studies displaying why WordPress was the right fit for your university

Content and Planning

  • Higher Ed Content Strategy and WordPress
  • Institutional messaging
  • WP and the ecosystem of other Enterprise systems
  • Promoting faculty and/or research or community engagement
  • Creating accessible content
  • Politics, getting buy-in
  • Testing
  • Getting projects launched
  • Planning and change management
  • Why WordPress?

Instruction

  • Technology in Education
  • Connected courses
  • Domain of One’s Own Projects
  • Open Learning
  • Professional Development
  • Teaching and using WordPress
  • Student and/or class blogs and portfolios
  • Textbook and course materials replacement/delivery
  • MOOC’s and syndicated courses
  • Faculty blogs and portfolios
  • ePortfolios

Operations

  • Multisite
  • Infrastructure
  • Security
  • Code auditing
  • Login integration with enterprise systems or LMS
  • Who does what?

Development

  • Developing WP themes and plugins for higher education
  • Headless WordPress
  • Evaluating free and commercial themes and plugins for education use
  • Applications and APIs
  • Accessibility and usability
  • Public distribution and privacy / security concerns

Being Human

  • Ideas
    • Staying happy and healthy
    • Communication and community involvement
    • Managing open source contributions within/alongside in-house projects
    • Dealing with conflict in open source spaces
    • Hiring WordPress developers when you aren’t one
    • Mental health, imposter syndrome, burnout
  • Inspiration/Examples

Speaker Application

The call for speakers has closed.

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WPCampus seeks to provide a friendly, safe environment. All participants should be able to engage in productive dialogue. They should share and learn with each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We require all participants adhere to our code of conduct. This applies to all community interaction and events.