Call for Speakers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some possible topics (and we’re sure you can imagine more):
- 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
- Getting projects launched
- Planning and change management
- Why WordPress?
- 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
- Code auditing
- Login integration with enterprise systems or LMS
- Who does what?
- 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
- 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