Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation
University of Montana
2022 eduWeb Summit Program Chair
The 2022 eduWeb Summit offers a fresh approach to our attendees (marketing, admissions, advancement, IT, digital and web team leaders and doers) that focuses on connection and collaboration. From market research with previous Summit attendees we know that you look for events like ours not only for professional development but especially for the opportunity to meet new peers, huddle with colleagues after sessions to compare notes and explore the landscape of partner resources.
So, rather than the traditional fishing expedition that is the “call for proposals” approach, we have curated a faculty of thought-leaders and industry standouts to focus on the key problems that our community faces.
We’ve created a place for you to share your ideas about your campus challenges. We’ll use your input to help finalize about nine unique problem sets and then begin creating some innovative new settings to unpack the issues and share solutions. We are developing the broad problem categories and want you to add your own, toss in some of the big issues you’re facing.
This survey will be open through April, so don’t wait to add your ideas to our Claim My Challenges survey. In May we’ll update the site with the results.
Read on to learn more about the unique session formats and preview a “trail map” example to see how you can reach your summit and then continue on to learn about our plans for Beyond the Summit.
Session Titles and Descriptions
These four sessions give attendees a place to focus on issues and information with relevance for everyone. Market research, case studies, new thinking, and innovations will provide centering opportunities and resources to bring into the Problem-Solving Seminars.
Problem Solving Seminars
Our faculty will each take on one of the problems curated from your contributions to the Claim My Challenges survey. This quick survey will provide space to identify specific or broad problems that you’re working through on your campus. The survey will be open through April and in May we will share the challenges we’ll take on in Philadelphia this summer.
At the opening session on Tuesday afternoon, each faculty member will introduce their assigned challenge and preview their approach to explore the details and potential solutions through their Problem-Solving Seminar (all held on Wednesday) and ColLABoration sessions (read on for more about those).
There will be about nine unique Problem Solving Seminars and each attendee can select up to three to attend. (Bring a team and you can cover all of them!)
As we started to assemble our stellar faculty and the framework for our problem-focused program we realized that it would be delightful to create space for everyone to step out of their seminars and into settings with each other that allowed for more organic conversations and engagement.
Once we have the final problems identified, we’ll work with the faculty to frame up unique approaches for a collection of ColLABorations. We’ll have at least three choices, possibly more, for you to choose from.
Give Me a Minute!
We’re actually going to give you up to 20 minutes if you want them. We have about 18 slots for attendees and faculty to do something. What kind of something? We’re interested to hear what you come up with. Here are some ideas:
While you’re filling out the Claim My Challenges Survey you realize that your team has already solved a challenge that other attendees might be considering. Tell us about it!
Read something wonderful lately? How about a book report or, in the spirit of collaboration, a book club to invite others to talk about their take on a book you identify?
Show and Tell was always the best part of elementary school, right? Have you been somewhere interesting and have photos and videos and a story to share? Bring it! Has your team made something really cool? Show us!
Geek out with some cool tips and tricks to look at performance data, set up templates, or anything that you know how to do that someone might delight in learning.
Create a moment. Lead a meditation, yoga class, or sing-along. Give us a break from all of the intense, amazing conversations and a few minutes to refresh our brains and perspectives.
You will have a few different opportunities to pitch your ideas for a Give Me a Minute session. The first is at registration. We’ll send you a link to an entry form with your confirmation. Then as the Summit draws closer we’ll remind you through email updates and social posts. If we have spots left by the time we get to July, we’ll offer up the opportunity at registration.
We are really excited to see what happens in these sessions!
Find Your Flock
While we know that higher ed folks face a lot of similar challenges there are nuances to be considered in the context of institution type, markets served and location, to name a few. On Tuesday and at each breakfast you will have a lot of options to join a table of attendees who will have something in common with you and your campus. Interested in learning more about a different type of institution or considering a move to a new part of the country, find a new flock to perch with for a moment or two.
At registration, we’ll share the Find Your Flock categories we’ve come up with and give you the opportunity to request something new.
Beyond the Summit
Here’s another way that we’re making something new happen. Beyond the Summit is two things—a closing session at the 2022 eduWeb Summit AND a slate of virtual activities to keep the conversation going. On Thursday, the faculty will lead sessions to review the conversations and revelations that occurred during the Seminar, ColLABorations session, Give Me a Minute and All Hands and facilitate a discussion to make specific plans for follow-up.
Everything is on the table—webinars, virtual meet-ups, discussion threads, live social media events, show and tell sessions—anything that will help attendees and faculty sustain connection until we meet again. We think this new approach goes beyond a few summer days. We know the problems we’re trying to solve won’t go away because of one conference. But we do believe in the power of this community and we’re determined to keep a good thing going.