Session Types and Audience Levels

Education Session (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 (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.

Product or Tool Presentation/Demo

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

Vendors who wish to deliver a session like this are encouraged to submit online to reserve their space on the Summit program. Space is limited, so reserve early!

Questions about these vendor-led education sessions? Contact Christina DeRose, Industry Relations Manager, to learn more 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. Applied: Attendees are proficient with the topic, so material should focus on how to apply their knowledge, either in new ways or with exemplary implementations.
  3. Strategic: Attendees are highly proficient in the topic, so material should focus beyond application on analysis, evaluation, and building solutions.

For the Summit Topics see Summit Topics.