Call for Speakers

The call for speakers has been extended and will close at 12 midnight PST on Monday, December 10, 2018. Once the call is closed, the planning committee will initiate the selection process and will notify selected speakers as soon as possible. You may submit multiple proposals for different sessions, but you must submit a different application for each proposal.

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WPCampus is looking for stories, how-tos, hypotheticals, demos, and more for our third-annual virtual conference, focused on higher education and accessibility. The event will take place Thursday, January 31, 2019. No travel required! Share your stories and expertise from your living room by submitting a speaker proposal to 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.

Event format

  • Free attendance
  • 1 day only: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST (UTC -6)
  • Streamed online, attend from the comfort of home or office
  • 3 rooms: 2 focused on higher education, 1 on accessibility

WPCampus Online is a one day conference on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (UTC -6).

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. There will be 3 online rooms, or tracks, with a variety of presentations focused on higher education and accessibility.

Adding a third room to focus on accessibility

For previous WPCampus Online events, we have hosted 2 rooms, each with a focus on higher education in WordPress. For our 2019 event, the WPCampus community is excited to add a third room which will focus solely on accessibility.

Who can speak at WPCampus Online?

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, accessibility, 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. We also provide speaker training.

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.

Session Formats

All accepted sessions will consist of 45 minute talks (which includes time for questions). You will need to be available on Thursday, January 31, 2019 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time.

Possible Topics

WPCampus Online is looking for presentations that focus on higher education and accessibility.

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):

Accessibility

  • How do people using a screen reader or voice recognition software use the internet
  • What changed in WCAG AA 2.1
  • Live review
  • Tools and workflow
  • ARIA
  • How to design accessible components

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?

Operations

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

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

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

Speaker Application

Complete the WPCampus Online 2019 speaker application