Believe it or not, conference season is upon us. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn, problem-solve, and eat free food. Start planning to attend higher-ed web conferences with our roundup of what’s to come. At iFactory, many of us go to higher-ed web conferences, and I enjoy giving presentations, but I also get so much more knowledge in return. And free conference food doesn’t hurt, either. I’m Caroline, our lead content strategist at iFactory, and I’m an avid conference attendee as well as a speaker. Here are a few higher-ed conferences that we at iFactory have attended or plan to attend in the near future:
Dates: October 21-24, 2018
Location: Sacramento, California
This year’s HighEd Web conference offers a set of intriguing talks, plus three different academies — Leadership, Technical, and Content/UX. I for one will be watching out for conversations about how higher ed will make use of the new Gutenberg editor from WordPress, and I’m glad to see that they already have a talk scheduled. The scheduled speakers at this higher-ed web conference are also covering GDPR, whose impact both RDW and iFactory are following closely from the business perspective and the developer perspective.
Dates: April 3-5, 2019
Location: Champaign, IL
The trends—and occasionally the winds—are always rising from central Illinois. This web conference offers a good blend of best practices and preparation for what’s new. In the past, iFactory has tried to capture what’s new, of course, and we’ve presented on taxonomy, accessibility, design simplicity, responsive design, and customer experience audits. (Special shoutout to iFactory’s Jeremy Perkins for being our most prolific Webcon attendee with three presentations total.) We’re looking forward to the 2019 higher-ed web conference, mostly because of the “Tron”-inspired theme.
Dates: April 8-12, 2019
Location: Seattle, WA
I attended my first DrupalCon last year, and it was a treat—not just because it was in Nashville. Lest you think the conference is for developers only, marketers and writers could stand to learn from the breakout sessions, and the camaraderie cannot be topped. Last year, I gave my reasons for why Drupal is not a word processor, and we’re already thinking about how we can contribute to next year’s conference.
Dates: April 14-18, 2019
Location: Anaheim, CA
iFactory is a usual suspect at OUTC, and I gave a presentation on content last year. Like DrupalCon, the event exists to help users learn about a particular CMS, and the topics cover major digital issues. OUTC also provides plenty of opportunities for higher-ed web experts to talk shop at breakfast, lunch, and even Disneyland.
Higher-Ed Web Conferences
If you visit any of these higher-ed web conferences, you’ll probably find one of us there, since it’s the best way to stay in the loop in this industry. And if you think we are missing any conferences and the associated knowledge-sharing opportunities? Let us know in the comments below.