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Call for Proposals - Opens September 2017

TDU Global conference alumni report that peer-driven presentations are one of the most valuable aspects of the conference.  Client presenters help others align their processes with best practices, discover creative and unconventional uses of the software, avoid common pitfalls, and make the fullest use of office resources.  Do you have a lightbulb idea to share?  Propose a session!

More details about the proposal process will be announced soon.
Alexander Zapata

Client Presentations from Previous TDU Global Conferences

Client-led sessions cover a wide range of topics and vary in style.  Popular topics presented in previous years include:
  • Scripting & Styling Your Site Like a Pro: Beginners Can Code Too
Have you ever secretly wanted to impress your colleagues with your ability to code? With this session, now you can! For those who are getting familiar with TDS16, this session will introduce and define programming language (i.e. HTML, CSS and JavaScript) from the perspective of an institutional client. Presenters will share tips and tricks for each programming language, including adding custom header/footer files, using JavaScript, CSS and font files to enhance the look and feel of your own Terra Dotta site. This session will also explore TDS16's advanced layout editor and demonstrate its functionality using examples from the University of Kentucky. Attendees will be provided with usable examples to easily enhance the look and feel of their own sites. This session is ideal for beginning and intermediate-level end users who are responsible for their site's overall layout and look. Thanks to the coding tips and tricks shared in this session, you are sure to become the center of attention at your next office party!
  • Queries and Query Watches: Creative Client Uses
Are you familiar with the query and query watch tools but haven't been able to figure out many ways to use them? Or maybe you use these tools regularly but need to break out of your rut with some new ideas. Come hear how three Terra Dotta clients (Duke University, Valparasio University, Portland State University) put queries and query watches to use to make everyday tasks easier and also share creative ways for more complex scenarios. Bring your own ideas to share, as well as questions for our expert panelists.Client Presenter 3
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find: Case Studies in Using TDS to Track Campus Travel
A good man is hard to find -- unless he entered his travel itinerary in TDS!  Many colleges and universities use TDS every day to keep track of the travel itineraries of their students, graduate students, staff and faculty.  This panel session will feature Ahaji Schreffler from Drexel University and Christy Parrish Michels from Duke University, who will share their experiences in using the travel tracking features of TDS to keep tabs on their globe-trotting campus communities.  This panel session will begin with an overview of the individual methods each university uses, then move to a more general discussion.  There will also be time reserved at the end for Q&A from the audience.
  • Preparing for Doomsday: What Happens when TD admins leave?
As International Educators, we are keely aware of the role our online application system plays in an effective and productive office, and the importance of a knowledgeable staff to manage the system. Learning from past experiences at Missouri State, this session is designed to help you establish good practices to maintain processes, efficiency, and positive student experiences despite inevitable staffing changes. From the novice to the superuser, you will be equipped to position your system for longterm success, even if key Terra Dotta players exit the organization.
  • From Program Proposals to Training: Maximizing TDS to Facilitate New Program Development, Faculty Engagement, and Faculty Pre-Departure Preparation
As faculty-led programming continues to grow on our campuses, new strategies are needed to manage the program development, proposal, and review processes.  Additionally we have to think innovatively about the ways we train and prepare this higher volume of faculty leaders.  In this interactive session, you will hear about two universities’ efforts to make use of Terra Dotta to address the growing scale of these needs.  Strategically utilizing Terra Dotta as a faculty proposal platform and as the channel for faculty pre-departure training can be beneficial both to study abroad growth and improved faculty preparation.
  • Using TDS to Provide Pre-Departure Orientation
Do you want to find a more time and resource efficient way to prepare your students to go abroad, but aren’t sure where to start? This session is for you. In this session you will learn about using the Learning Content and/or Assessments functions of TDS to build and manage pre-departure content and quizzes that will prepare your students for their programs abroad. Attend this session to learn how the University of Utah builds all content into Assessments in an engaging format. This session is recommended for beginner and intermediate level TDS users.Client Presenter 1
  • Effective Collaboration, or Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? Balancing Access, Training, and Delegation
When operating in TDS, do you find yourself caught between “I could use an extra four people to help me” and “it will be easier if I just do this myself”?  How about “I don’t have time to generate and format that report” and “I don’t have time to train you to build a report”? While it can be time consuming to train and monitor other administrative users, from student staff to support across campus, sharing the workload ultimately takes certain tasks off your plate and allows others to contribute a diversity of perspectives and talent. TDS supports a wide variety of administrative users as well as customizable permissions.  With the knowledge of how to adjust permissions to monitor access, and understanding the appropriate scope of projects and level of function for your various administrative users, you can more effectively delegate responsibilities and guide your institution to better performance.
  • Workflows Work for Me
The University of Idaho Study Abroad decided to move into using the workflows to streamline the application review process. The main areas in which the most success has been seen in the workflow implementation are processes for UI's external student procedure (includes sending application materials to other offices on campus, reminding to look for new students' ID numbers, and automatically created tasks for following up with students), processes for UI's internal students (includes sending approvals to program providers and charging application fees), & processes for both internal and external students (includes changing status to approved and adding students to lists for registration).  Areas of improvement include returnee students and transcripts & exchange partner application processes.

Proposal Deadline: December 8, 2017