Rochester, Here We Come!

Just a few days are left until the start of HighEdWebDev 2007, and we’ve added a few notes for attendees about travel and the conference … check out the website at for more. You should also be receiving an attendee email with this information.

Be sure to check back here for regular blog updates throughout the Conference. We’ll see you very, very soon!

– colleen
conference committee

Flickr and at HighEdWebDev 2007

The conference is just a few short days away — registration opens Sunday — and we’re so excited about all of the amazing presentations, posters and events that you’ll be attending. Last year, you all took a lot of great conference photos and posted them to Flickr; you also shared some great resources via This year we hope you do it again! Take those photos, share those articles and resources — to help, have some tags for you already that we hope you’ll use.

Flickr tag: highedwebdev2007 tag: highedweb

See you this weekend in Rochester, NY!

– col
conference committee

UPDATE: Virginia Tech Presentation

As you know, we at HighEdWeb are very excited that on Tuesday, Oct. 16, we will be offering a special conference presentation, The Tragedy at Virginia Tech: Crisis Communications on the Web, by Michael Dame, director of Web communications at Virginia Tech.

Please note: If you are registered for the HighEdWebDev 2007 conference, you are already registered for the Virginia Tech luncheon/presentation! You don’t need to do anything further — this presentation is included in your conference registration.

ps: I should note that we did open this presentation up for colleagues who are not attending the full conference but are interested in attending JUST the VT session— and anyone who wants to attend just the Virginia Tech session (not the whole conference) does need to register for the luncheon event. The rest of you HighEdWebDev 2007-ers are already all set with your full conference registration.

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TODAY is your Last Day to Register for HighEdWebDev 2007!

Calling all HighEdWebDev-ites: TODAY, Oct. 1, is your last day to register for “HighEdWebDev 2007: Collaborate. Participate. Innovate.” This is it, your last chance to attend this great conference created by higher education Web professionals, for higher education Web professionals.

Get out there and register now to join us at HighEdWebDev as we work together, share ideas and generally just have an all-around great time.

We’ll see you in two weeks in Rochester, N.Y.!

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ps: Though general conference registration is ending today, once you’re registered for the conference you are still able to sign up for one of the pre- and post-conference workshops. Don’t miss out on this fantastic addition to an already-amazing conference!

Conference Registration Ending: T-Minus One Week & Counting

Early bird registration has ended, but that’s ok: you can still send in your registration for HighEdWebDev 2007: Collaborate. Participate. Innovate. However, there’s only one week left for general conference registration — register now so you don’t miss out on this great conference created by higher education web professionals, for higher education web professionals.

With five tracks, our annual poster session, and pre- and post-conference workshops (and over 100 total workshops & presentations from which to choose!), there is absolutely something for every higher education web professional. Whether you deal with Web tech, marketing or content or something in-between, this conference is a great opportunity to hear about the latest trends, gather fantastic ideas and inspirations, and meet other professionals with whom you can share knowledge and experiences.

Register today to beat the October 1 registration deadline, and we’ll see you in Rochester, N.Y. in just a few weeks!


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Just Two Days Left for Early-Bird Registration!

Discounted early bird prices for higher education attendees are only available through September 15 — only two days from now! — so register today to join us Oct. 14-17, 2007, in Rochester, N.Y., for the only conference for higher education Web professionals, by higher education Web professionals. When you register by Sept. 15, you’ll be securing:

  • Significant early bird discount as a member of a higher education institution.
  • The opportunity to hear our 2007 conference keynote speaker George Cook, national consulting engineer for Apple Inc’s U.S. education sales division.
  • The ability to attend a very special presentation with Michael Dame, director of Web communications at Virginia Tech, who will speak about the Web and crisis management.
  • Access to five presentation tracks containing a total of 65 peer-created presentations, as well as the exciting HighEdWebDev annual poster session. You can also register for the additional pre- and post-conference workshops, a true value-added opportunity!
  • Your place in an exciting community of higher education web professionals, which provides opportunities to network, socialize and collaborate with others in your specialized field.
  • Participation in a conference experience unlike any other, with outstanding professional and social opportunities and surprises yet to be announced!

Register by September 15 to get all this and more. Don’t delay! And we’ll see you in Rochester in October.

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PS: While you’re at it, be sure to reserve your hotel room — they’re going fast!

A Request from Once-and-Future Conference Presenter Mark Greenfield

Hi All

I will again be presenting at HighEdWebDev and this year I’m going to try something new. For several years, I have been looking for a way to eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, my use of PowerPoint. Instead I want to utilize some of the principles of an unconference (See Understanding the Unconference). I’m looking for ways to leverage the “Wisdom of Crowds” to get the audience more involved. So instead of 60 minutes of me talking with PowerPoint illustrating the key points, I will be using the following format:

  • Participants will have an opportunity to see the ideas and themes prior to the conference and be encouraged to provide comments, suggestions and feedback which will be incorporated into the final presentation. This will be done through a series of posts on my blog at
  • I will follow the 20/20 format of Pecha Kucha – 20 slides for 20 seconds each for a total time of 6:40 seconds. The remainder of the time will be for audience conversation and dialogue (For more information on Pecha Kucha, see )
  • I have created a channel on Jaiku that we will use before, during, and after the presentation to further the conversation. The URL is

This year’s presentation is called “Higher Ed Web Development Gets Flattened, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New World Order. The basic premise is that the same forces of globalization that have flattened the business world will soon flatten higher education and there will certainly be repercussions for our profession. The goal is to explore what our jobs may look like in the future, and what we can do to prepare.

I will begin posting the ideas and themes to my blog in the next few days, and I look forward to your feedback and participation. I invite you to join me in this experiment in Presentation 2.0.



Mark A. Greenfield
Director of Web Services
State University of New York at Buffalo