Blog: WPCampus 2020 to go online, meet in New Orleans for 2021

The WPCampus community decided to pivot our 2020 in-person event to an online conference and re-scheduled to convene in New Orleans, Louisiana, for WPCampus 2021.

WPCampus 2020 Online will take place July 15-17, 2020.

The three-day online conference will include a variety of formats, including general lectures, lightning talks, longer-form sessions like workshops, and more. We aim to expand upon our previous online events to provide more options for interaction and learning within a virtual space.

Tulane University IT in New Orleans has agreed to continue to be our in-person venue sponsor for WPCampus 2021 and is working with us to book new dates.

The following dates are being considered for WPCampus 2021:

  • July 14-16, 2021 (Wed-Fri)
  • July 21-23, 2021 (Wed-Fri)
  • July 28-30, 2021 (Wed-Fri)
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While WPCampus 2020 is still four months away, the effects of COVID-19 are rapidly evolving, and the emotional and physical health of our members is our primary concern. We also strive to be positive global citizens. Doing our part to stop the spread of the virus and minimize stress is vital.

Many of our members also reported that travel at their organization has been suspended. Since most attendees have to travel for our event, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone the event. We’ll use the remaining four months to organize an accessible online conference.

How to attend the online event

Attending WPCampus 2020 Online will be as simple as visiting the WPCampus 2020 online website.

Registration will be required to access the online event. Registration will be a simple online form that will go online before the event and will remain open throughout the event. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when registration opens.

We will provide live captioning for all conference programming.

Looking for speakers

We have re-opened our call for speakers to allow everyone an opportunity to present virtually. Speakers who have already submitted an application do not need to re-submit.

The call for speakers will remain open until April 30. Selected presenters will be notified by May 15.

Looking for sponsorship

We are working to redefine our sponsor packages for WPCampus 2020 Online and are seeking sponsors to help bring this event to life. We will need funds for captioning and other technical requirements.

If you are interested in a sponsorship, please fill out our sponsor interest form. Be sure to include any questions or ideas you might have related to sponsor participation and perks.

Sharing updates on organizing an online event

You may have noticed that the WPCampus 2020 Online website is a little bare.

As part of our planning, the WPCampus community is going to re-design the WPCampus 2020 Online website. The fun will begin in April after we launch the re-design of the main WPCampus website.

As we redesign the website, we are going to blog about the process, which will include our research and insight into the technical specifics needed to host an online conference.

Subscribe to to our blog updates to follow along with the WPCampus 2020 Online re-design.

Sharing our research

Last week the planning team sent out a survey to ask our members for more information to drive this decision. We are extremely grateful for the 123 responses and would like to share the results with you.

A column chart of the data for Has your university or organization suspended travel due to COVID-19?

Has your university or organization suspended travel due to COVID-19?

Out of 123 responses:

  • 111 participants selected yes (90%)
  • 12 participants selected no (10%)

We have provided a list of the respondents who stated their Higher Education institution has suspended travel.

We’d also like to share a resource we found for Higher Education schools moving to online-only instruction due to COVID-19.

A column chart of the data for Do you anticipate being unable to attend the WPCampus 2020 conference in New Orleans due to COVID-19 if it is held on July 15-17, 2020?

Do you anticipate being unable to attend the WPCampus 2020 conference in New Orleans due to COVID-19 if it is held on July 15-17, 2020?

Out of 123 responses:

  • 91 participants selected yes (74%)
  • 32 participants selected no (26%)
A column chart of the data for Would you recommend the WPCampus community postpone our WPCampus 2020 conference in New Orleans due to COVID-19?

Would you recommend the WPCampus community postpone our WPCampus 2020 conference in New Orleans due to COVID-19?

Out of 123 responses:

  • 109 participants selected yes (89%)
  • 14 participants selected no (11%)
A column chart of the data for Would you be interested in attending a virtual WPCampus 2020 conference if we decide to postpone our in-person conference in New Orleans until July 2021?

Would you be interested in attending a virtual WPCampus 2020 conference if we decide to postpone our in-person conference in New Orleans until July 2021?

Out of 123 responses:

  • 118 participants selected yes (96%)
  • 5 participants selected no (4%)

A few of the respondents who said “no” were kind enough to explain they selected no because they greatly prefer the benefits of in-person events.

We feel you. Our annual in-person conference is the only opportunity our community has to spend time together. Losing that time together will be tough.

Our planning team is excited to have the remaining 4 months to brainstorm ways in which we can expand upon our previous online events to include more ways to interact with each other in a virtual space.

A column chart of the data for Which types of conference sessions would you be interested in attending virtually?

Which types of conference sessions would you be interested in attending virtually?

Out of 118 responses:

  • General lecture: 94%
  • Lightning talks: 75%
  • Panel discussion: 67%
  • Keynote: 64%
  • Update about the WPCampus community: 48%
  • Multi-hour workshop: 44%
A column chart of the data for Would you prefer the virtual conference to be held on a weekday or on a weekend?

Would you prefer the virtual conference to be held on a weekday or on a weekend?

Out of 118 responses:

  • 108 participants selected weekday (92%)
  • 10 participants selected weekend (8%)
A column chart of the data for How many days would you prefer the virtual conference to last?

How many days would you prefer the virtual conference to last?

Out of 118 responses:

  • 67 participants selected 2 days (57%)
  • 34 participants selected 1 day (29%)
  • 17 participants selected 3 days (14%)

Universities who have suspended travel due to COVID-19

Of the 111 respondents who marked yes to “Has your university or organization suspended travel due to COVID-19?”, 89 included the name of their university or business.

The following is a list of only the Higher Education institutions. We removed any duplicates

We’d also like to share an online resource we discovered of Higher Education schools moving to online-only instruction due to COVID-19.

  1. Arizona State University
  2. Austin College in Sherman, Texas
  3. Baruch College
  4. Boston University
  5. Bowdoin College
  6. Brandon University
  7. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  8. Broward College
  9. Butler University
  10. Carleton College
  11. Colorado State University
  12. Cornell University
  13. Dawson College
  14. Duke University
  15. Georgetown University
  16. Georgia Institute of Technology
  17. Harvard University
  18. Illinois Institute of Technology
  19. Indiana University
  20. Lafayette College
  21. Lansing Community College
  22. Lorain County Community College
  23. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  24. Michigan State University
  25. Mount Holyoke College
  26. NC State University
  27. Northeastern University
  28. Penn State University
  29. Pfeiffer University
  30. Sacramento City College
  31. Salve Regina University
  32. St. Mary’s University (TX)
  33. Stanford University
  34. The City University of New York
  35. Tulane
  36. UNC-Chapel Hill
  37. University of British Columbia
  38. University of California, Irvine
  39. University of Connecticut
  40. University of Delaware
  41. University of Florida
  42. University of Maine
  43. University of Mary Washington
  44. University of Michigan
  45. University of Mississippi
  46. University of Missouri
  47. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  48. University of North Florida
  49. University of Tennessee
  50. University of Texas at Austin
  51. Virginia Commonwealth University
  52. Virginia Western Community College
  53. Washington University in St. Louis
  54. Wesleyan University
  55. Wheaton College
  56. Yale

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