The call for speakers has ended. The planning committee has begun their selection process and will be in touch soon. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal!
You may submit multiple proposals for different sessions, but please submit a different application for each proposal.

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. If you need topic inspiration, we have provided a few ideas below.

Session tracks will be generated according to submitted sessions, so please submit sessions and stories you have to share involving WordPress and education.

Speaker Benefits

Accepted speakers will receive free admission and hordes of gratefulness, admiration and superstar status for your investment in higher education. Also, swag.

Only one speaker will be comped per presentation.

Session Formats

While the majority of session 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 2-3 hour hands-on workshop time slots are available.
  • Lightning Talks
    • Give a 15 minute presentation for quick topic overviews.

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.

The intended audiences will include faculty, students, developers, site designers, devops/sysadmins, content developers, instructional designers, marketing specialists, and 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 hear you and why.

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
  • WordPress and the ecosystem of other enterprise systems
  • Promoting faculty, research or community engagement
  • Accessibility
  • Politics/support
  • Testing
  • Getting projects launched
  • Planning and change management
  • Getting buy-in
  • Why WordPress?

Operations

  • Multisite
  • Infrastructure
  • Security
  • Server-based security
  • Securing your sites
  • 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 with WordPress
  • Student and/or class blogs and portfolios
  • Textbook and course materials replacement/delivery
  • MOOCs and syndicated courses
  • Faculty blogs and portfolios
  • ePortfolios

Development

  • 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

Being Human

  • 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 in which all participants can engage in productive dialogue, sharing and, learning with each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect. In order to promote such an environment, we require all participants (including speakers, attendees, volunteers and sponsors) to adhere to our code of conduct, which applies to all community interaction and events.

Sessions were recorded and have been uploaded. View the schedule or visit our main videos page to view the videos.

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