March 18–20, 2019
Providence, Rhode Island
The NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) partners with EDUCAUSE to bring together leaders in the higher education IT community from across the region.
The NERCOMP Annual Conference plays a pivotal role in bringing together a community of higher education library and IT professionals to build expertise and share information on the latest issues in the field. This conference is the place to connect with peers, share successes (and struggles), and enhance our collective learning.
Program Tracks and Key Topics
The program committee has outlined a series of tracks and key topics they believe will make an interesting and useful program. The program sessions will focus on these key topic areas:
- Data-Driven Decision-Making
- Audiovisual and IT Services: Support Models and Practices
- Leadership and Organizational Development
- Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century
- Policy, Regulations, and Security
- Systems and Solutions
- Teaching and Learning
- Transforming the Student Experience
Standard Presentations (45 minutes)
These sessions are 45 minutes long; presenters and panels are asked to allocate at least 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A with the audience. Standard presentations are opportunities to present in detail on a project. Proposals will be evaluated against the selection criteria listed below.
Interactive Presentations (45 minutes)
These sessions are opportunities to share topics of interest through an innovative, thought-provoking format that encourages audience participation and interaction. Participant feedback and response to issues will be encouraged throughout the session.
Panel Discussions (45 minutes)
These sessions feature two to four dynamic presenters offering case studies about how their institutions have approached a shared topic, or they may feature presenters taking different and sometimes controversial perspectives on a topic. Examples may include the evolving role of the CIO, security, privacy and cloud, advancing IT innovation within budgetary constraints, or other critical issues in higher education. Participant feedback and response will be encouraged for all panels.
Poster Sessions (60 minutes)
A poster session demonstrates the use of an emerging technology or innovative practice for teaching and learning, typically in the early stages of development. Presenters may use a laptop, a poster, or both to demonstrate the unique features and functionality of the tool or program and to assist in providing a visual overview of the project. As attendees visit, presenters have the opportunity to discuss the poster topic with them. Therefore, presenters should prepare a few introductory remarks (1–2 minutes) to engage listeners in the subject.
The standard setup for a poster includes the following:
- 6′ skirted table or a high cabaret skirted table
- Wireless internet access
- 40″ × 30″ foam boards
Proposals will be reviewed by the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2019 Program Committee and Session Proposal Reviewers using the following criteria:
- Quality of Topic: Is the topic of importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the targeted area of information resources in higher education?
- Proposed Topic Coverage: Does the proposal cover the topic adequately?
- Speaker Knowledge: Does the speaker appear to have sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address this topic?
- Speaker Presentation Style: Has the speaker provided sufficient evidence of his or her ability to effectively present on the topic?
- Event-Specific Criteria: Has the speaker included strategies that will effectively engage the attendees and result in effective learning?
- Overall Rating: What is your evaluation of this proposal overall?
Proposals will be selected to ensure the conference program offers a comprehensive, noncommercial, objective, and diverse treatment of issues related to the theme and key topics.
Applicants will be notified of proposal status in mid-November. Note: the selection committee may invite you to present in formats other than the one you selected or those noted in the proposal submission form.