Call for Speakers

WPCampus is looking for stories, how-tos, hypotheticals, demos, case studies and more for our fourth annual in-person conference focused on WordPress in higher education.

As in past years, we’re looking for a variety of topics on anything that might bring value to our community. WordPress, higher education, and accessibility are key themes, but we want people to share their own experiences in various arenas: design, development, strategy, management, usability, governance, etc. Anything you’ve found valuable in contributing to higher education communities and/or the web.

The call for speakers will close on May 3, 2019.

Complete the WPCampus 2019 speaker application

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. 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’re considering applying, but are hesitant, start by checking out our Speaker Training videos. If you’re having trouble finding inspiration or fleshing out ideas, these videos may help get your vision into a submittable format. And feel free to share your ideas with us for feedback!

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. Your story needs to be heard.

Speaker Benefits

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

The first submission of the year will receive a WPCampus Care package, including a t-shirt, coasters, and our unconditional love and gratitude, plus a shout-out on our Twitter account!

Only one speaker will be comped per presentation.

Session Formats

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 45 minutes total, including time for discussion and Q&A.
    • General sessions will be held on July 26-27.
  • Hands-on Workshops
    • A few 2-4 hour hands-on workshop time slots are available.
    • Workshops will be held on July 25.
  • Lightning Talks
    • A 15-minute presentation for quick topic overviews.
    • Lightning talks will be held on July 26.
    • Our lightning talks are viewed by all attendees.
      • We really enjoy this time together, sharing insights on various topics.
  • Panel Discussions
    • A 45-minute session with a facilitators and experts on a topic.
    • Panel discussions will be held on July 26-27.

Session Topics

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.

View the complete list of past WPCampus sessions to draw inspiration from previous events.

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 WordPress?

  • Why choose WordPress over commercial or other open source CMSs?
  • How do you pitch WordPress 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
  • How to deal with the bureaucracy of using open-source software in higher education

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. 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.

Speaker Application

Complete the WPCampus 2019 speaker application

Our 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.