One of the best ways to stay on top of trends, share information, and learn more about our field is to attend conferences. There are many great conferences around the world that go on all year, and I wanted to talk about some of the ones coming up this Fall.
First, a quick tangent. If you feel so inclined, I can’t recommend enough how valuable it has been to share what I’ve learned over the years by presenting at conferences. Presenting has been a great way to learn new topics, and have great discussions with engaged colleagues before, during, and after your presentation. Yes, it can be stressful and filled with anxiety, but I personally love the rush that comes with putting together a talk and presenting. I’ll have to blog about it in more detail.
EdUi 2018: October 8-10
EdUi is a conference for web professionals serving colleges, universities, libraries and museums. This year, the conference will be held in Charlottesville, Virginia. The program this year is very strong featuring some very strong keynote speakers.
I haven’t been to this conference myself but have heard very good things about it.
Social Media Strategies Summit, Higher Ed: October 10-12
The Social Media Strategies Summit will be held in New York City this October. Bringing together some of the top people in higher ed and speakers from the tools and service we use, this is shaping up to be a conference full of great presenters and topics.
Speakers include Mike Petroff, Nikki Sunstrum and Tim Cigelske to name just a few. There are presenters from schools large and small, public and private, east and west. If you’re looking for something that really focuses on social, this may be the conference for you.
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HighEdWeb 2018: October 20-24
This is certainly the big conference. HighEdWeb 2018 is the annual conference of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association, created by and for higher education professionals exploring the unique digital issues facing colleges and universities. This year’s conference will be held in Sacramento, California.
This is a great, great conference. I’ve presented at it many times and was fortunate to lead one of the tracks for a few years. There’s a great mix of technical, marketing, and content here. Whatever part of higher ed web or marketing you work in, you’ll find content here that is relevant to you.
Higher Education Social Media Conference: November 28
HigherEdExperts puts on great virtual conferences throughout the year, focusing on topics like social, content, and websites. Because they’re virtual, they are easy to attend and more cost efficient. This makes events like the Higher Education Social Media Conference appealing because your entire team can attend the event. My friend Karine Joly puts a great deal of work and preparation into these events, and I know she’s passionate about putting together a conference full of good, actionable sessions.
Like similar events, there are a nice mix of speakers for this event. I think it’d be worth it to attend if your travel budget has been reduced or you want more people on your team to have an opportunity to learn more about social.