Conferences are a key part of higher ed professional development. Higher ed marketers rely on them to keep their industry knowledge current and to connect with colleagues. The lectures and breakout sessions are just part of the learning – the hallway conversations, elevator chats and happy hour drinks forge bonds and add incremental learnings, too.
So what do we do now that the pandemic has scrapped many of the usual conferences, and pushed others online? How are higher ed leaders connecting with and learning from one another, and redefining professional development beyond the boundaries of the traditional conference? And, when we’re all able to get together again, how different will those conferences look from how they did just a few months ago?