Session Types and Audience Levels

Presentations, Tutorials, Workshops, Foundation, Practitioner, Expert

Education Session—Onsite or Virtual (45 minutes)

Practical, solution-focused sessions that are both educational and engaging. A session can be a case study, tutorial, research report, or informational session about a primary topic of interest. The session should be targeted for one of the audience experience levels.
Speakers who are accepted are encouraged to submit a corresponding paper for the Summit Proceedings.

Preconference Workshop—Onsite or Virtual (half-day or full-day)

Hands-on experiences that help participants practice or learn real-world skills. A workshop should include a balance of theoretical content, demonstrations, and practical exercises. Workshops should be targeted to one of the audience experience levels.
Speakers who are accepted are encouraged to submit a corresponding paper for the Summit Proceedings.

Technology Talks

Vendor-led sessions that offer practical solutions for tech comm professionals, educators, and students. A talk should offer tangible advice for addressing common challenges, plus may demonstrate how a specific commercial product or service can deliver the solution. However, the talk should not simply constitute an advertisement or endorsement for the vendor’s offering(s). Talks should be targeted to one of the audience experience levels.

Vendors who wish to deliver a technology talk should contact Cassie DeMoss, Industry Relations Manager, about a Summit sponsorship package.

All sessions must be informative and not a commercial or endorsement for a specific product.

Audience Experience Levels

STC Summit attendees span a range of experience levels. Sessions should be tailored to one or more of the following levels:
  1. Foundation: Attendees have basic or no knowledge or proficiency in the topic, so material should focus on beginner-level concepts and examples.
  2. Practitioner: Attendees are proficient with the topic, so material should focus on intermediate-level concepts and examples.
  3. Expert: Attendees are highly proficient in the topic, so material should focus on advanced-level concepts and examples.

For the Summit Tracks see Summit Tracks and Topic Ideas.