Justify Your Attendance to Campus Technology Forum

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You recognize the value of attending Campus Technology Forum, but how do you communicate that to the campus management team responsible for approving your professional development requests? We know that travel and training budgets are tight, and it's difficult to get approval to attend events and conferences, which is why we're here to help.

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Other Helpful Pointers to Justify Your Attendance

  • Training others when you return: Make the conference more valuable by offering to bring back what you've learned. Get extra copies of handouts and take notes. Then, set up a training session or send out information when you're back.
  • Justify the cost of the conference: Compare it to other educational courses and offerings. Other alternatives will cost more. Additionally, offer to split the costs or pay for a portion if you are able to. This will show how enthusiastic you are about attending.
  • Don't forget the vendors: While the education is the main focus make sure to point out key vendors that will be attending Campus Technology Forum. Talking with vendors can be a great way to gain extra knowledge and potentially learn about new products.
  • Professional development: One of the best ways to get approval to attend a conference is to connect your responsibilities, goals and challenges to your conference experience. Listed here are some goals common to our attendees, as well as the ways in which Campus Technology Forum meets these needs, so you can make a strong case for attending.

Listed here are some goals common to our attendees, as well as the ways in which Campus Technology Forum meets these needs, so you can make a strong case for attending.

Goal How Campus Technology Forum Supports Your Goal
Objectively evaluate the pros and cons of technologies and services Campus Technology Forum does not advocate particular technologies, products or companies. Instead, through breakout sessions, in-depth seminar intensives and a tech-specific exhibit hall, we help you explore your options so that you can make decisions that are right for your projects and your institution.
Understand the link between your specific campus challenges and IT activities The most successful projects align specific institutional needs with IT objectives. Campus Technology Forum offers a variety of sessions that help make the connection between higher education and IT, with specific options for educators, IT, campus executives and administrators.
Validate the direction of your current campus initiatives Campus Technology Forum's sessions and expert presenters can help you validate the current direction of your campus projects and avoid common pitfalls along the way. Thanks to the intimate size of the workshops and sessions, the easy access to campus leaders, as well as exceptional peer-to-peer networking, you will have many opportunities to discuss the specific challenges you face.
Make a case for your technology project Often the hardest part of a project is securing budget approval from your department and institution. Solidify your position by learning how to make a sound business case for technology projects. Campus Technology Forum provides several courses that will help you avoid costly mistakes and allow you to ensure a maximal return on investment, whether it's measured by classroom use, greater ease or innovation.
Gain fresh ideas for addressing your campus's financial challenges With workshops, sessions and keynotes, access to industry-leading experts, a hype- and hassle-free Exhibit Hall, and many opportunities for networking, Campus Technology Forum will provide you with new avenues to strategize how technology can be leveraged to cope with diminishing resources while still maintaining institutional excellence. Get inspired, and return to work armed with fresh ideas and innovative approaches for using new technologies on your campus to make the most out of your available resources.