Looking Forward to HighEdWeb 2014 #heweb14

heweb-2014-badgeI almost forgot this blog post. It’s a tradition of mine to write a pre-conference blog about what I expect to see, and a post-conference blog about what I took away.

This year’s conference is in Portland, Oregon, which is one of my favorite cities. I couldn’t miss an opportunity to visit her again. After I went to OSCON in 2008, I was hooked.

First off, I put a lot of time into planning a few months ago – lessons learned from conferences past – and I made a mobile friendly site to take with me when I go. It has the sessions I want to attend. I also made a Google map of spots I want to see while I’m in Oregon.

The HighEdWeb conference committee sent out links to an “improved” interactive schedule – choose your own sessions. The email also had a link to a Google map they started. Hmmm, seems we think alike. I think mine are better.

This year I’m also doing a vlog everyday in October. So, I’ll be making videos everyday while attending sessions, while taking notes, while writing blogs…. Here’s tonight’s vlog – pre-conference, getting ready, trying to remember everything I need:

A Lot Has Changed

It’s been three years since I’ve been to a HighEdWeb conference – a lot has changed – but several things are now mature technologies. Mobile, responsive, CSS3, and HTML5, just to name a few, are technologies we’ve cultivated and used since 2011. Social media is a house-hold name – no longer reserved for l33t speak on high priced phones. More and more devices are everywhere you look. Many college freshman only have/had a phone to get on the Internet. These trends will only continue.

Phone form factors keep changing. Just this year Apple release iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The 6 is 5.44 inches high. The 6 Plus is 6.22 inches. Even the same brand can’t use just one.

Still Hot

Semantic code, accessibility, and responsiveness are still hot topics. Melding these ideas into content management systems (CMS) is hot – probably because we all have to do more with less (still) and so we went with fewer employees adding websites via a CMS. I know I’ll be looking for the poster about web services into Cascade (a CMS) for form data.