Speakers FAQs

General Information

The 2016 Education Industry Symposium will be held July 25-27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Presentations will take place at the Marriott Denver City Center.

What presentation formats are offered?

Roundtable Discussions (40 minutes followed by report outs) Rooms are set with round tables for up to 8 participants. The facilitator is expected to share information at the beginning of the discussion (~10 minutes) to frame up the conversation and incite ideas. At the end of each roundtable, the facilitator will share their table’s discussion and key takeaways with the full audience. To submit a proposal to lead a roundtable discussion, please suggest a topic for discussion that meets the following criteria:

  1. The topic addresses a priority topic for the ed tech industry.
  2. The description is clear as to the purpose and what attendees will discuss.
  3. The discussion plans for attendees’ active participation.

Critical Conversation Working Groups (60 minute discussions followed by report outs) Rooms are set with round tables and each table will discuss a different topic within one of four central themes pertaining to the development of the next gen learning ecosystem: Learning Management Systems, Content, Assessment and Data Analytics. Groups will develop next steps with ed tech stakeholders in each conversation and report out at the end of their discussion. To submit a proposal to lead a critical conversation working group, please identify which of the four themes you are choosing and include a suggested topic for discussion.

Insight Panels (45 minutes) Four insight panels will be held during the symposium- one each on Learning Management Systems, Content, Assessment and Data Analytics. Each panel will consist of 3-4 panelists and a facilitator. Each panelist will present ~7 minutes of content pertaining to the overall theme (either Learning Management Systems, Content, Assessment, or Data Analytics) and share information related to the market, trends, future direction, and/or our goals as an ed tech community.  Serve on a panel to share your view and field questions from the audience related to the topic.

Regular Session (choice of 45 or 60 minutes) Rooms are set theater style. Presenters share a topic of their choice such as a ‘hot topic’, market research, best practices, or case studies.  

How many proposals may I submit?

You may submit as many proposals as you’d like, however each attendee may participate as a speaker in only one session on the program.

May I have a co-speaker?

Yes, each speaker may have additional co-speakers. You do not need to identify your co-speakers prior to submitting your proposal. Our roundtable and breakout sessions are great opportunities for you to create and organize sessions with multiple speakers. Please consider including one or more educators in your session to help your audience understand your topic from the customer point of view.

May I share information about my company and our offerings?

No, however we do offer sponsorship packages that will enable you to have a table to share your company’s offerings with EIS participants. To learn more about sponsorship, please visit:  http://www.siia.net/eis/SPONSORS/Sponsorship-Packages

Where can I submit a proposal?

You may complete and submit your proposal online here: Call for Speakers.

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for receipt of proposals is midnight EST on March 29, 2016. If you submit your proposal after this deadline it will not be considered.

Are there any restrictions in submitting a proposal?

Restrictions include the following:

  • Selling or promoting products is not allowed in presentations. You may describe how products and services are used to help address a business challenge but your presentation cannot otherwise include product or company information. If you wish to promote or sell a product at EIS, please contact Christine Griftner at cgriftner@siia.net for sponsorship options.
  • Please observe copyright and trademark rules. If you plan to use copyrighted or trademarked resources or songs, you must obtain appropriate permissions prior to submitting your proposal.
  • Each presenter may only present 1 session on the program, although multiple proposals may be submitted.

What should I consider when writing my title and description?

Most attendees decide whether to attend a presentation by looking at the title and description in the program book. A description that is engaging and tells briefly and specifically what you plan to do during your presentation is most helpful to the program committee and the conference attendees. Consider the following:

  1. The proposal addresses a priority topic for the industry.
  2. The proposal makes clear what attendees will learn from the session.
  3. The proposal plans for attendees’ active participation in the session, if appropriate.
  4. Everything else being equal, preference is given to proposals submitted by SIIA members and those that contribute to our efforts to bring ethnic, gender and age diversity to the program.

What information is included in the program book?  

The program book listing includes the title, description, and speaker name.

SIIA and the EIS Steering Committee reserve the right to edit presentation titles and descriptions as necessary.

Other questions?

Feel free to email kbillings@siia.net with any other questions.


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