Wow! The 2014 OmniUpdate User Training Conference (OUTC) was fabulous! Everyone learned more this year than ever and had even more fun in the process.
Nathan Gerber, Director of Web Development Services at Utah Valley University, gave a stellar keynote titled When Lightning Strikes: Harnessing the Power of the Ever-Changing Web World. It appropriately set the stage for why the web is so important to higher education. He was followed by Lance Merker, President and CEO of OmniUpdate, who aptly set the tone for the rest of the conference—a tone of energy, inspiration, and innovation.
Our staff did an amazing job too. Check out our Day 1 and Day 2 conference newscasts below. Jeremy and Rachelle gave the Anchorman movie crew a run for their money. In fact, I think our news team is better. And, Jeremy’s light blue leisure jacket—it’s no joke. The What Not to Wear fashion consultants have offered to make a free emergency visit.
But, without a doubt, our higher ed customers and partners were the highlight of the conference. This year, more than 225 attended and they were awesome! And where do we start with the compliments? Their presentations and topic tables were killer. Thanks to the following customers for sharing their .edu lessons learned:
- Dawn Truelsen, Associate Director, Web Communications, California State University,
Topic: Fresno State's Journey to a Dynamic, Responsive Online Catalog
- Donna Talarico-Beerman, Director of Integrated Communications, Elizabethtown College
Topic: InteGREAT! How to Combine Print, Web, and Social to Increase Yield and Build Relationships
- Eric Li, Webmaster, Wharton County Junior College
Topic: Control vs. Freedom: Balancing Editorial Freedom and Site-Wide Consistency in a Faculty Website
- Rob Robinson, Web Developer, California State University, Fresno
Topic: Quality Data: Fresno State's Analytics Strategy
- Cordell Jordan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Oklahoma City Community
Topic: Using OU Campus to Create an Interactive Viewbook
- C. Daniel Chase, Lead Web Administrator, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Topic: Our "Special Sauce" Responsive Design Refresh Using Twitter Bootstrap and OU Campus
- Amanda Crittenden, Web Developer & Tracy Medley, Head of Discovery & Web Development,
University of Utah Marriott Library
Topic: Writing for the Web
- Romana Amato, Web Strategist & Tommy Brassfield, Webmaster, Saint Xavier University
Topic: Stop the Insanity: A Web Strategy Based on Content and Technical Collaboration
- Robert Feighl, Webmaster, National Park Community College
Topic: How to Train Your Dragon
- Berenice Cocciolillo, Web Communications Coordinator, John Cabot University
Topic: John Cabot University's Voyage into Analytics-Based Recruitment Marketing
- Sam Boyster, Director of Information Technology, University of Arkansas Cooperative
Topic: From Mayhem to Order: Unraveling Our Extension Site Mess and Moving Ahead for Success
- Ellen Ricca, Web & Application Support Manager, Middlesex Community College
Topic: Getting Your Users On Board with OU Campus
- Robin Kelly, Webmaster, The University of Texas at Tyler
Topic: Search Engine Optimization – The Essentials to Boosting Your Search Engine Ranking
- Colleen Greene, Systems Librarian, California State University, Fullerton
Topic: How to Generate Buy-In and Excitement from Your Campus Library
- Eichelle Thompson, Website and Photo Manager, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee
Topic: Launching Mount Mary University’s Interactive Campus Map
- Kurt Lund, Associate Director of Technology Advancement, University of Houston—Clear
Topic: Controlling Content Visibility Based on User Login
- Michael Gorman, Senior Web Developer, Illinois Wesleyan University
Topic: One Programmer and a Full-Site Redesign
- Mallory Snyder, Web Developer, Utah Valley University
Topic: Training Methods to Empower End Users
- Andy Camp, Director of Web Development, Skidmore College
Topic: Emergency Notification System
- Brenden Sparks, Front-End Web Developer, San Jose State University
Topic: Post-Implementation Redesigns and Strategies
- Catherine Harwood, Manager, Web & Social Media, Eastern Florida State College
Topic: The Move to Responsive Design
Also, thanks to our partners that joined us and contributed their time and effort: Jay Kelly, Converge Consulting; Don Donoughe, Donoughe Design; Scott Duncan, Higher Education Marketing; Jeremy Perkins, iFactory; Ellen Kanner, Kanner Kreative; Stephanie Geyer, Noel-Levitz; Kyle James and Todd James, nuCloud; Jeanne Gosselin, Paskill Stapleton & Lord; and Diane Kuehn, VisionPoint Marketing.
Twitter was abuzz with #OUTC14 chatter. The site went down for about half an hour on Tuesday… because of our tweets overload, of course. Check out our Storify to see all the great conversation. We even had a Twitter contest with some fun trivia and gave away prizes to the following customers: @michaelcgorman, @MarlandDane, @secretrobot, @BeerPieVader, @cdchase, and @ScottSouder. Congrats to the lucky winners!
Most of our conference presentations have been added to the OmniUpdate Community Network (OCN)—with the remainder to follow shortly. If you’re a customer and not a member of the OCN yet, please contact Support and they’ll get you hooked up. Plus, our workshop training materials can be found on our Support site.
This whole experience makes us excited for next year! The conference location for 2015 will be announced soon, and we’ll cover the five different ways to get your OUTC registration and workshops for free. So, keep following us and don’t miss out. And stay tuned to find out who was our 2014 OmniUpdate Customer of the Year!