Programs and Tracks

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference brings together professionals and technology providers from around the world to discuss their discoveries, grow professionally, and explore solutions to continuing challenges.

Security, privacy, and compliance continue to be top-of-mind initiatives at each of our organizations. With the pace of change picking up speed and the focus on privacy and security at the start rather than as an afterthought, we seek proposals focused on strategic themes, as well as highly technical and tactical talks. Also welcomed are proposals relating to proactive initiatives to protect against increasingly sophisticated attacks and breach response events.

Explore the application of data, information, and analysis to institutional challenges. The goal? Build a data-informed culture to facilitate decision-making at all organizational levels and across all areas. Topics include data ethics, privacy, data literacy, and data-informed decision-making.

Where we work, how we work, and the work we do are changing. Our institutions are working hard to adapt to the financial, social, technological, and pandemic-driven changes in our workforce. Explore leading practices and lessons learned, discuss the future of employment, and engage with others facing similar challenges as our workforce and work continue to evolve.

The practices of IT service delivery and digital transformation rely on the successful convergence of information systems, cloud computing infrastructure, and a support-and-skills model that makes it all work across the breadth of higher education institutions, not just central IT. Modernizing infrastructures can increase agility and flexibility, bolster data protection, and encourage innovation. Topics in this track include infrastructure services and enterprise architecture/systems, as well as frameworks and strategies for effective, efficient IT service management, including agile, DevOps, ITIL, chatbots, and pedestrian ERPs.

Our organizations need to change, but technology and innovation can be disruptive. How is technology changing your organization? What’s new, what’s innovative, what’s next, and how can it serve higher education? Explore artificial intelligence, ubiquitous technology and connectivity, next-generation ERPs, digital transformation initiatives, and other emerging technologies as we look into the future together while discussing the impact innovation and cutting-edge technology are having now.

IT plays a key role in serving the needs of the entire institution. IT leadership must ensure that technology resources and efforts are strategically aligned with the institution’s vision and goals. Leaders must also ensure that the IT organization is a strategic partner in the operations of the institution. What successes or challenges have you experienced that would be helpful for your peers?

The digital student experience is evolving to support learners from recruitment and throughout their careers. Technology informs, supports, and transforms the way colleges and universities recruit, educate, and retain students and connect with alumni. Institutions with adaptable and student-centered technology designs can effectively connect students with the campus through engagement in institutional activities and academic success tools to enrich their experience. Explore the ways higher education has successfully responded to the changing expectations of learners, families, and alumni.

IT is a key partner in support of institutional research missions. IT supports aspects of research administration, such as pre- and post-award support, interaction with federal grant systems, regulatory compliance, intellectual property management, and infrastructure support for research activities, which includes centralized versus decentralized approaches, high-performance computing, advanced networking, informatics, and enabling multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional work.

What effective principles and practices for teaching and learning have you established? How have you anticipated/adjusted to the needs of your students, encouraged successful learning, or transformed student learning and engagement? Some areas of focus include artificial intelligence, learning analytics, learning tools, learning spaces, hybrid learning (learning modalities), and accessibility.


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Conference Highlights

  • Premium Programming

    Premium programming on the latest trends in higher ed technology from experts and community peers

  • Networking

    Numerous networking opportunities for meaningful connections

  • Innovation

    Access to nearly 250 innovative technology solution providers


  • Online


    Revisit Sessions from Chicago
    Explore Online-Exclusive Breakout Sessions
    Browse Fresh On-Demand Content
    Reconnect with Colleagues
    Reflect on Trends and Ideas
    Online Career Coaching

    Learn More About the Online Event

  • Chicago


    Live General Sessions
    Live Featured Sessions
    Breakout Sessions
    Networking Opportunities
    Career Coaching
    Poster Sessions
    Access to Online Event
    Exhibit Hall Access
    Preconference Workshops

Chicago Schedule At-a-Glance

  • Monday
    October 9

    8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CT
    Separate registration required for workshops.
    8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Preconference Workshops
    9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Beverage Break
    11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop Lunch
    12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Preconference Workshops
    1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Braindates
    2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Beverage Break
    4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. Venue Tour
  • Tuesday
    October 10

    7:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m. CT
    7:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Networking Coffee
    7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Braindates
    8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Sessions/CG Meetings
    9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. General Session
    10:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
    10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
    11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Sessions
    12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Midday Your Way
    1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Sessions
    3:00 p.m–4:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Reception
    5:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Offsite Community &
    Sponsor Events
  • Wednesday
    October 11

    7:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m. CT
    7:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Networking Coffee
    8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Sessions/CG Meetings
    7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Braindates
    9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. General Session
    10:15 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
    10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
    11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Sessions
    12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Midday Your Way
    1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Sessions
    3:00 p.m–4:00 p.m. Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
    4:00 p.m–4:45 p.m. Sessions
    5:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Offsite Community &
    Sponsor Events
  • Thursday
    October 12

    8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CT
    8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Networking Coffee
    8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Braindates
    8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Sessions
    10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
    11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. General Session

Connect on What Matters Most to You

Exhibit Hall

Make plans to see the exhibitors showcasing their products and services at this year's in-person experience. The conference exhibit hall features exhibitors who specialize in providing the latest campus technology solutions for the higher education community. In addition to exhibits, numerous activities take place in the hall.

Networking Opportunities

Attendees will have access to various networking opportunities at the conference, both online and in-person. These will come in a variety of formats, including informal meet-ups, career coaching, mentoring opportunities, facilitated discussions, community group meetings, bird of a feather meet-ups, Braindates, and more.

EDUCAUSE Leadership Series | ChatGPT and Generative AI: Navigating Leadership Opportunities and Challenges

Formerly known as the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable

Generative AI and ChatGPT present opportunities and challenges for higher education leaders grappling with complex questions and considerations around its use. They are being asked to provide guidance, recommendations, and education on the topic to multiple stakeholders including, faculty, students, researchers, staff, and the larger community.

Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum: Foresight

The best predictor of the future is no longer the past, so where does this leave higher education professionals in planning for the future? It leaves us with the fresh challenge of cultivating a skill set for foresight. This year’s Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum is devoted to developing skills in futures thinking. This one-day, pre conference workshop is designed for individuals and teams to prepare for possible futures for higher education and apply foresight thinking at their institution. Learn more about the Diana G. Oblinger Innovation Forum 

Executive Career Coaching

Career Coaching sessions are complimentary, one-on-one career development meetings. These sessions are open to senior managers/directors, and to those aspiring to, and in, executive positions. These confidential sessions are facilitated by professional coaches in both face-to-face and virtual formats. Face-to-face sessions will be during the conference and virtual sessions will occur after the conference concludes.