Call for Speakers
WPCampus is looking for stories, how-tos, hypotheticals, demos, case studies and more for our third annual in-person conference focused on WordPress in higher education. This year’s event will take place July 12-14, 2018, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
The planning committee will begin their selection process and be in touch shortly thereafter.
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, and higher education, a better place.
This event is a great opportunity for first-time speakers. If you use WordPress in higher ed, 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.
Accepted speakers will receive free admission and hordes of gratefulness, admiration and superstar status for your investment in higher education. Also, swag.
While the majority of sessions will be comprised of 45-minute presentations, we would love to provide a variety of formats. If standing up in a room in front of a bunch of people and talking for 45 minutes isn’t your thing, no problem. Lightning talks can be just as valuable for attendees.
- General Lecture Sessions
- Talks will be 40 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.
- Hands-on Workshops
- A few 2-4 hour hands-on workshop time slots are available.
- This year, the workshops will be held a day early on Thursday, July 12.
- Lightning Talks
- Give a 15-minute presentation for quick topic overviews.
Session tracks will be generated according to proposals, so feel free to submit any and all session ideas and stories you have to share involving WordPress and education.
The intended audiences will include faculty, students, developers, site designers, devops/sysadmins, content developers, instructional designers, marketing specialists, admissions personnel and institutional leaders.
We are interested in how-to sessions, case studies, conceptual discussions, best practices and even works-in-progress. Tell us who should attend your session 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
- WordPress and the ecosystem of other enterprise systems
- Promoting faculty, research or community engagement
- Getting projects launched
- Planning and change management
- Getting buy-in
- Why WordPress?
- Server-based security
- Securing your sites
- Code auditing
- Login integration with enterprise systems or LMS
- Who does what?
- Technology in education
- Connected courses
- Domain of One’s Own Projects
- Open learning
- Professional development
- Teaching with WordPress
- Student and/or class blogs and portfolios
- Textbook and course materials replacement/delivery
- MOOCs and syndicated courses
- Faculty blogs and portfolios
- Developing WordPress themes and plugins for higher education
- 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
Code of Conduct
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.