Tracks And Descriptions

What’s the right track for my proposal? Which delivery method is right for me? Here’s a description to get you started.

Teaching and Learning:  Sessions that highlight best practices, innovative uses of technologies, and creative initiatives that extend or reframe technology used in teaching and learning.
Example topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Strategies and best practices for faculty development and support to support change, innovation, and emerging technologies.
  • Approaches to providing applications and resources for mobile learners.
  • Determining the effectiveness of learning space design.
  • Assessment strategies for learning, course improvement, accreditation, technology adoption decision-making, etc.
  • Models for project planning, development, and instructional design
  • Use of assistive technologies and principles of universal design


Services and Support Operations: Sessions that highlight any customer facing support services in our institutions such as Library Services, IT Helpdesks/Service Desks, Desktop/Laptop Support,  and Academic or Education Technology.
Example topics  may include but are not limited to:

  • Helpdesk support applications and models
  • Best Practices in Classroom technologies and controls
  • Students: consultant programs and technology resources
  • Training and documentation development
  • Information and computer literacy programs
  • Technology  standards, management, and peripheral support
  • Distribution of streaming, podcasting, distance learning, social media etc.
  • Copyright, open access, accessibility, universal design for learning
  • Supporting faculty in digital scholarship and research
  • Re-conceiving library spaces: new purposes, new partners
  • Flexible Learning Spaces/Collaboration Spaces/Learning Commons


Infrastructure,Security and Architecture:  Sessions that focus on behind the scenes or “backroom” services such as networking, architecture, policies, security practices and implementations.
Example topics may include but are not limited to:

  • ITSecurityRole of the Information Security Officer
    • Secure guest and/or remote access
    • Security audits, penetration testing
    • Data, network or Endpoint security
    • Information security awareness, education and communication
  • Cloud computing and SAAS implementations
  • Management of Identity/Access, Document/Records or Business Intelligence/Data
  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity/Backup Strategies
  • Administrative/ERP Systems and Integration
  • Integration of Mobile Technologies
  • Federated identity/authentication
  • Strategies to manage the impact of social media on institutional brand/identity
  • e-Commerce challenges such as PCI compliance, mobile merchant accounts


Organizational/Leadership: Sessions that focus on policy, leadership, mentoring,  organization structures, and personal and professional development.
Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Institutional Analytics/Learning Analytics
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • IT/Academic Partnerships
  • Credentialing/New Pathways
  • Organizational Change/Governance
    • Talent ManagementPeer mentoring and coaching
    • Recruiting and retaining staff
    • Divergent paths to leadership, and leadership at every area and every level
    • Creating and sustaining high performance teams
    • Succession planning
    • Unconventional leadership
  • Strategic planning and strategic planning tools (e.g. Balanced Scorecard)
  • Communication best practices
  • Cross-organizational / cross-institutional professional networks
  • Building a culture of innovation


Miscellaneous: Sessions may include User Group meetings, vendor workshops, series, BBN and sessions targeted at areas beyond IT (e.g. Admissions, Communications and Marketing, etc.)
Professional Development Formats and Modes of Delivery

  • One Day Workshops
  • Virtual Workshops (generally 1-2 hours in length and uses Adobe Connect)
  • Unconferences (can be a full or ½ day session using a less structured approach/format to learning about a specified topic
  • Series (workshops that consist of a group of sessions over a span of time) – e.g. Managers Series, LOA)