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WPCampus 2021 will be online September 21-22, call for proposals open

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The WPCampus community is excited to announce we will present our 2021 conference, WPCampus 2021 Online, in an online format on September 21-22 (Tuesday-Wednesday).

About the event

WPCampus 2021 Online is a free online conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators, and people dedicated to the confluence of accessibility and WordPress in higher education.

WPCampus 2021 will be our ninth conference. Visit the WPCampus conferences page to learn more about our previous events.

Visit the WPCampus 2021 Online website

How much will the event cost?

WPCampus 2021 Online is a free event thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. If you’re interested in being a sponsor, send us a message.

Why an online conference?

The ongoing instability surrounding COVID and in-person events means it is in our members’ best interest to host our event online.

Not being able to spend time together in person (again) is rough, but we hope to meet in New Orleans for WPCampus 2022. Besides, being online means greater access and increased opportunities for all who wish to participate.

Call for proposals open until Wednesday, May 26

Our call for proposals is open until Wednesday, May 26.

As in past years, we’re looking for various topics on anything that brings value to our community. WordPress, higher education, and accessibility are key themes, but we want people to share their own experiences in various arenas: accessibility, design, development, strategy, management, usability, governance, etc.

We’d love to hear how you managed during COVID. What struggles did you face? How did you solve them? Maybe you’re still working on the solution. Did the boundaries drawn by COVID steer you and your team towards creative solutions? We want to hear all about it! We love case studies.

Submit your presentation proposal

Get feedback on your proposal

Looking for topic advice? Want feedback on your session description? We are happy to provide help and answer any questions you might have before and after you submit your application.

Visit the WPCampus 2021 Online call for proposals to learn more about submitting a proposal and how to ask for feedback.

WPCampus 2021 survey results

As always, we value and rely on community feedback to make decisions about our events.

If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, the results from the question “Which topics are you interested in learning about at WPCampus 2021?” could come in handy.

Thank you to all who participated in the survey. We published the survey on March 9 and closed on March 30, 2021. We received 94 responses. Here are the results.

Which dates for WPCampus 2021 work best for you?

Participants could select one option.

  • 66% (62): Some or all of these dates might work for me
  • 33% (31): I have no preference
  • 1% (1): None of these dates work for me

Which specific dates for WPCampus 2021 would work best for you?

Participants could select multiple options.

  • 20.2% (47): Week of September 20
  • 19.3% (45): Week of September 27
  • 18.0% (42): Week of September 13
  • 16.7% (38): Week of August 23
  • 13.3% (31): Week of August 30
  • 12.4% (29): Week of September 6

Which session formats would work best for you?

Participants could select multiple options.

  • 33.6% (51): 2 days (morning and afternoon on both days)
  • 27% (41): 2 days (morning on each day)
  • 24.3% (37): 2 days (afternoon on each day)
  • 15.1% (22): 1 day (morning and afternoon)

How many tracks would you prefer?

Participants could select one option.

  • 47.9% (44): 2 tracks
  • 42.6% (40): No preference
  • 9.6% (9): 1 track

Would you prefer the sessions to be pre-recorded or live?

Participants could select one option.

  • 58.5% (54): No preference
  • 29.8% (28): Live
  • 11.7% (11): Pre-recorded

Which topics are you interested in learning about at WPCampus 2021?

Participants could select multiple options. There were 50 topics to choose from.

Top ten topics in order of selection

  1. 59.6% (56): Accessibility
  2. 50.0% (47): Gutenberg
  3. 43.6% (41): Automation
  4. 43.6% (41): Usability/UI/UX
  5. 40.4% (38): Multisite
  6. 38.3% (36): Plugin development
  7. 37.2% (35): User testing/research
  8. 36.2% (34): Content strategy
  9. 36.2% (34): Design
  10. 36.2% (34): Theme development

Remaining topics in order of selection

  • 30%+
    • 34.0% (32): SEO/Analytics
    • 33.0% (31): Collaboration/teamwork
    • 31.9% (30); Workflows
    • 30.9% (29): Continuous deployment/integration
    • 30.9% (29): User support/training/teaching
  • 20-30%
    • 29.8% (28): Performance
    • 28.7% (27): Decoupled/headless CMS
    • 28.7% (27): Project management
    • 28.7% (27): Web components
    • 27.7% (26): WordPress as an application framework
    • 25.5% (24): Diversity
    • 23.4% (22): Remote work
    • 23.4% (22): Security
    • 23.4% (22): Work-life balance/self-care
    • 22.3% (21): Governance/change management
    • 22.3% (21): Picking plugins
    • 21.3% (20): Local development
    • 21.3% (20): Personal development
    • 21.3% (20): Professional development
    • 21.3% (20): LMS/WordPress in the classroom
    • 20.2% (19): DevOps
    • 20.2% (19): Page builders
  • 10-20%
    • 19.1% (18): Ethics
    • 19.1% (18): Management
    • 19.1% (18): Marketing
    • 19.1% (18): Product management
    • 18.1% (17): Multilingual
    • 18.1% (17): Open Educational Resources
    • 17.0% (16): Building communities
    • 16.0% (15): GraphQL
    • 16.0% (15): Migration
    • 16.0% (15): Privacy
    • 16.0% (15): Software-as-a-Service
    • 13.8% (13): Faculty support
    • 12.8% (12): Instructional Design
    • 12.8% (12): JAMStack
    • 11.7% (11): Academic research
    • 10.6% (10): Software testing
  • 1-10%
    • 08.5% (8): Domain of One’s Own
    • 03.2% (3): IndieWeb

What other topics would you like to add to the list?

Participants could provide an open-ended response.

  • Transitioning from another CMS to WordPress
  • QA process / tools
  • What is going to happen to legacy sites built with Advanced Custom Fields when support for the classic editor is dropped.
  • User permission settings

Are you interested in presenting at WPCampus 2021?

Participants could select one option.

  • 76.6% (71): No, I am not interested in presenting
  • 23.4% (22): Yes, I am interested in presenting

Which topics are you interested in presenting on at WPCampus 2021?

Participants could select multiple options. There were only 22 responses from participants who selected “Yes, I am interested in presenting” from the previous question.

Top ten topics in order of selection

  1. 27.3% (6): Usability/UI/UX
  2. 18.2% (4): Accessibility
  3. 18.2% (4): Collaboration/teamwork
  4. 18.2% (4): Design
  5. 18.2% (4): Work-life balance/self-care
  6. 13.6% (3): Automation
  7. 13.6% (3): Continuous deployment/integration
  8. 13.6% (3): Governance/change management
  9. 13.6% (3): Marketing
  10. 13.6% (3): Professional development
  11. 13.6% (3): Theme development
  12. 13.6% (3): WordPress as an application framework

Remaining topics in order of selection

  • Selected twice
    • 09.1% (2): Academic research
    • 09.1% (2): Building communities
    • 09.1% (2): Content strategy
    • 09.1% (2): Decoupled/headless CMS
    • 09.1% (2): DevOps
    • 09.1% (2): Ethics
    • 09.1% (2): Multisite
    • 09.1% (2): Open Educational Resources
    • 09.1% (2): Page builders
    • 09.1% (2): Performance
    • 09.1% (2): Remote work
    • 09.1% (2): User testing/research
    • 09.1% (2): Workflows
  • Selected once
    • 04.5% (1): Diversity
    • 04.5% (1): GraphQL
    • 04.5% (1): Gutenberg
    • 04.5% (1): Instructional Design
    • 04.5% (1): Management
    • 04.5% (1): Migration
    • 04.5% (1): Personal development
    • 04.5% (1): Plugin development
    • 04.5% (1): Product management
    • 04.5% (1): Security
    • 04.5% (1): SEO/Analytics
    • 04.5% (1): Software testing
    • 04.5% (1): Software-as-a-Service
    • 04.5% (1): User support/training/teaching
  • Not selected
    • 00.0% (0): Domain of One’s Own
    • 00.0% (0): Faculty support
    • 00.0% (0): IndieWeb
    • 00.0% (0): JAMStack
    • 00.0% (0): Local development
    • 00.0% (0): Multilingual
    • 00.0% (0): Picking plugins
    • 00.0% (0): Privacy
    • 00.0% (0): Project management
    • 00.0% (0): Web components
    • 00.0% (0): LMS/WordPress in the classroom

What other topics would you like to present on?

Participants could provide an open-ended response.

  • We built a student portal. I could present how we did it if that might be of interest.

Are you interested in any of the following resources for presenters?

Participants could select multiple options.

  • 35% s(14): If selected to present, I am interested in the opportunity to have another WPCampus member be a “test audience” and review my slide deck or demo my presentation
  • 32.5% (13): I am interested in presenter training
  • 32.5% (13): I am interested in the opportunity to have another WPCampus member review my presentation proposal before submission