EDUCAUSE Connect: Chicago

April 10–11, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

EDUCAUSE Connect creates a highly interactive, action-driven professional development experience focused on finding workable solutions, connecting people's experiences, building professional networks, and growing individual and collective understanding of higher education IT issues.

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One Community. Two Locations. Infinite Connections.

EDUCAUSE Connect is a highly interactive, action-driven event with content derived directly from the top 10 IT issues. Connect events are for anyone who wants to move ideas, understanding, and the profession forward.

2017 Program Tracks

The following tracks were derived from the Top Ten IT Issues:

  • Enterprise Service Delivery
    How are you responding to IT issues, such as: cloud and infrastructure enterprise IT architecture, governance, risk management and network security practices, disaster recovery, changing conditions and new opportunities?
  • Leveraging Technology and Data
    How are you responding to issues, such as: student outcomes, big data needs, predictive analytics development, business intelligence, metrics, policy development, and information access and management, as these relate to improving student success, effective teaching and learning, and using analytics to drive institutional outcomes?
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
    How are you partnering for a collective understanding of IT deliverables with issues, such as: student success and retention, assisting faculty with IT instructional integration, accessibility, vendor relationships, generating revenue and recovering costs to fund IT, building coalitions and teams across campus divisions?
  • Staffing and Talent Development
    How are you responding to staffing issues and challenges, such as: doing more with less, financial planning, time and project management, evolving staff skills, successful mentoring relationships, effective teamwork, collaboration and communication, relationship management, and cultivating innovation?

Connecting Through Play

Enhance your EDUCAUSE Connect experience by joining and playing a digital, mobile scavenger hunt/game via the GooseChase mobile app. Note: the GooseChase app is distinct from the Connect mobile app and needs to be downloaded separately.

Our mission, should you choose to join us, is to:

  • Support networking, especially among new attendees
  • Support team building among attending institutionals
  • Support social media activity
  • Promote awareness of the multiple Connect events available to members
  • Extend the conversation by reflecting and sharing ideas from the Connect program (i.e., favorite session, best innovation, etc.)
  • Experiment with how gamification supports learning together with colleagues

All registered participants will receive an email to join the game. Download the app and find out more >

  • Colocated Events

    New IT Managers and Management Boot Camp are two separate opportunities also offered in Chicago.

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    Additional Connect Event

    If you're looking for options to "Connect" with others and the dates for Chicago don't work for you, consider being part of the Connect in Portland: March 13-14, 2017; Portland, Oregon

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  • Key Dates

    Dec 6

    Registration Open

    Join a diverse group of your peers at this highly-interactive, action-driven event

    Mar 13

    Early Bird Registration Deadline

    Registration discounts end

    Apr 10

    Event Dates

    The Connect: Chicago event begins Monday, April 10 and ends Tuesday, April 11, 2017