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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Conference

What is the HighEdWeb Conference?

HighEdWeb is a conference for all higher education Web professionals — from programmers to marketers to designers to all team members in-between -- who want to explore the unique Web issues facing colleges and universities.

Who runs HighEdWeb?

HighEdWeb is the official conference of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association, an organization of Web professionals working in higher education to design, develop, manage and map the futures of higher education Web sites. The Association’s mission is: "To advance Web professionals, technologies, and standards in higher education."

I work with the Web via marketing/admissions/alumni/etc — should I still attend?

Absolutely! Presenters and attendees for past HighEdWeb conferences come from public and private universities of all sizes, are housed in a great variety of departments, and hold diverse titles such as Web developer, marketing coordinator, programmer/analyst, graphic designer, director of Web communications, information services librarian and beyond. If you work in higher education and work with the Web, this conference is for you.

How many people attend this conference?

Attendance grows each year — more than 400 higher ed Web professionals attended HighEdWeb in 2008.

What kinds of presentations can I expect at HighEdWeb?

Presentations address a broad range of the latest issues of interest for higher ed Web professionals. 2008’s conference tracks included:

  • Applications and Standards
  • Marketing, Management, and Professional Development
  • Social Applications and Content
  • Technical Propeller Hats Required
  • Usability, Accessibility and Design
  • Corporate Partner Presenters
  • Poster Session

Tracks are adjusted each year to meet the always-changing needs of the profession. As well, the conference also offers exciting keynotes and guest speakers, and extended pre- and post-conference workshops.

Can I present at the conference?

Yes. You can submit your presentation proposal online. All proposals regarding the Web and higher education are welcome. To learn more, visit the Call for Proposals page.

How do I register?

Online registration will open May 1, 2009, and continue until August 29, 2009, or until the conference registration is full.

How can I get a discount on my conference registration fee?

Register early to get the early-bird discount pricing. Also, presenters receive a discount on their registration fees so be sure to send in a presentation proposal.

What does my registration include?

Registration includes:

  • Access to all keynote, general and poster sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Opening night welcome reception
  • Access to exhibit floor
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snack each day
  • Special excursion event
  • And more . . .

For an additional fee, extended pre- and post-conference workshops are also available.

How do I keep up with the latest conference information?

Check our website 2009.highedweb.org, as well as join the conference Ning community, read our blog, and follow us on Twitter (@HighEdWeb).

Travel and Accommodations

Where will the 2009 conference be held?

HighEdWeb 2009 will be held October 4-7 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tell me more about Milwaukee.

Milwaukee is just 80 miles north of Chicago, on the shore of Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin. With over 600,000 residents, Milwaukee provides the resources of a large city with the feel of a small, friendly community. For more information, visit our page regarding Venue and Travel.

Where should I stay?

The conference hotel is the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, where rooms can currently be booked at the special conference rate of $129/night.

209 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 271-7250
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How do I get to Milwaukee?

Ranked by Conde Nast Traveler readers as one of the top five airports for business travelers three years in a row, Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport offers non-stop jet service to over 40 cities and connections worldwide through several airlines. By car Milwaukee is conveniently located off of Interstates 94 and 43 and is within a day's drive to over one-third of the United States.

For more information, visit our page regarding Venue and Travel.

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