Call for Proposals Open
Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2018 ICE Exchange, which will be held November 6 - 9, 2018 in Austin, TX.
The 2018 submission process is now open. The deadline to submit your abstract proposal is Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.
We invite proposals for presentations in six session formats:
- Concurrent: 60 or 90 minute presentations
- Jump Start: early-morning 60-minute presentations
- E-Poster: Virtual poster displayed on a flat-screen monitor
- Lightning Learning: 15-minute presentations that provide 3 to 5 take-aways
- Roundtable discussion: 45 minute interactive dialogue with the "presenter" serving as the group facilitator
- Preconference Workshop: 3-hour workshop hosted on Tuesday, November 5.
Before accessing the online submission form, expand each of the questions below for submission guidelines and session topic information.
Proposal Submission Timeline
- Feb 14: Call for Proposals Opens
- Mar 23: Call for Proposals Closes
- Mid-May: Proposal Notifications sent out
Proposal Submission Guidance
ICE Exchange presenters are professionals with expertise in various aspects of developing and maintaining credentialing programs:
- Administrative and organizational leaders of certification and assessment-based certificate programs;
- Psychometricians and other credentialing professionals focused on assessment
- Credentialing researchers and faculty;
- Individuals who have worked with credentialing consultants to develop or enhance credentialing programs; and
- Credentialing consultants*
*If you are an employee of a company that provides products or consulting services to credentialing organizations, you must co-present with at least one representative from a credentialing body for your submission to be considered.
- To promote diverse content, viewpoints, and presentation styles, speakers are not permitted to present more than two concurrent sessions at the conference.
- Each concurrent session must feature at least one speaker from a credentialing body.
- After the original proposal is accepted, speaker substitutions or additions must be requested in writing and approved by the ICE Program Committee. The committee reserves the right to help identify an appropriate speaker/co-presenter or reject a previously accepted session based on speaker changes.
- Promotion of specific product solutions or services is not permitted in educational sessions. Inclusion of such material may preclude the organizers from being allowed to submit proposals for future ICE conferences. Please be careful that your case study does not accidentally turn into a product solution showcase.
Once a session has been accepted and printed in promotional materials, it imposes a serious burden to ICE to cancel. Please do not submit a proposal if you are uncertain that you will be able to fulfill your obligation to organize and conduct the session. Once a session is accepted by the Program Committee, cancellation by the session organizers may preclude the organizers from being allowed to submit proposals for future ICE conferences.
Conference Registration Required
Those submitting a proposal understand that all speakers listed as part of the presentation team must register for the ICE Exchange conference as well as assume responsibility for any expenses related to travel to the Exchange if accepted; there are no exceptions to this policy.
The 2018 ICE Exchange conference is an annual gathering for the credentialing community to exchange ideas on industry trends and best practices, connect with each other, and participate in high quality education.
The educational program is diverse, touching on the many aspects of a credentialing ecosystem, and blends foundational concepts, including best practices and standards, with new concepts and innovative approaches to credentialing. The program is designed for a wide range of experience levels and includes a variety of presentation styles, session lengths, and formats to appeal to all styles of learning.
An outstanding attendee experience is the primary goal of the conference. With your commitment, the 2018 ICE Exchange will deliver this experience.
The Program Committee welcomes submissions on any topic of interest to the credentialing industry. The below list represents their collective interpretation of sessions that may be of most interest to ICE Exchange attendees, presented in random order.
Assessment-based Certificate Programs Topics
Certificate vs. certification
Strategic use of certificate programs
Instructional design and adult learning principles
Psychometrics for certificate programs
The relationship between needs assessment, curriculum development and assessment development in certificate programs
Specialty certificate programs for certificants
Business of Certification Topics
Ethical compliance in certification
Pricing services: how to stay competitive as innovation changes the way services are delivered
Digital badging, including value and implementation
Maintaining firewalls between parent organizations, certification bodies, education departments, and service providers
Secure exam delivery models
Strategic partnerships as a means for business development
- Organizational strategy and leadership
- Strategic vs. tactical governance
- New governance models
- Best practices for promoting cohesion
- Strategies for optimal board member engagement
- Enhancing the role of the public member
- Strategic planning as part of everyday decision-making
- How to promote more active conversations about collaboration, shared services, joint strategy planning, and leveraging strengths
- Advancing mature certification boards
- Lcensure vs. voluntary certification
- How should the Board govern itself: selecting new members, dealing with issues such as non-performance, conflicts of interest, etc.
- New guidelines and case law for the credentialing and regulatory industry
- Certificate holder rights –accommodations, accessibility, inclusion, and due process
- Trademark, copyright and intellectual property protection best practices
- Separate legal incorporation (why and why not)
- Non-profit vs. for-profit models
- Contractual agreements (what they should/should not contain)
- Professional ethics and risk management
- Why or why not?
- NCCA Accreditation, ISO 17024 Accreditation, ACAP Accreditation
Future certificants: Demographic trends and generational characteristics
Steps to consider prior to applying for accreditation for a new certification program
Updates on the efforts to integrate military credentials into workforce
- When to consider going international
- Anticipating the challenges an international expansion may bring to businesses and certificate holders (e.g. behaviors, perceptions) and identifying solutions
- Deciding which countries to penetrate (e.g., performing market analysis, perceptions of certification programs per country/region, legal/governmental considerations
Sunsetting or merging certification program/s (e.g. low volume, competition, other market factors)
Talent management (e.g. virtual office, in-sourcing, out-sourcing, contracting, etc.)
Marketing & Communication Topics
Value proposition: what is it – how to develop, use, sell, and measure its benefits
- Promoting the value of your credentials
- How to increase recertification rates and levering it in your value proposition
- How to encourage continuing education/continuing competence when the legacy certification never expires?
- Leveraging accreditation in your value proposition
- How a certification’s value proposition may change internationally
Soliciting feedback from the public and other stakeholders
Innovative strategy in social media
Innovative ways to capture and use current data for strategic planning/marketing
Using data visualization strategies to communicate your data to your stakeholders
Defining and responding to competitive programs
Understanding what employers and the public need to know about your certification (such as how to market to hiring managers on the importance of certified employees)
How to introduce a certification in to academia
How to use digital badging to expand your brand recognition
Security, Records and Data Management Topics
Innovative data gathering tools
Securing your program when “going international”
Data forensics (e.g. access, interpretation and communication/utilization)
Basic tools for process improvement – flow charts, symbols and uses
Technological impacts on recertification processes/tracking
Collection, management and auditing of continuing education credits
Test Development & Administration Topics
Models for building continuing competence programs
Performance-based testing (why do it, reliability issues in scoring, training and calibration of raters)
Job analysis and related methods for identifying and validating KSAs and competencies
Innovative approaches to standard setting
Creating right-sized relationships with your outsourced testing companies
Creating efficient RFPs for outsourced services
Psychometric principles, and Psychometrics 101
New or emerging approaches and/or methodologies to test development and delivery
Comparative studies on novel and/or different JTA techniques - number of SMEs, timeline, project milestones, results, methodologies, relevancy
New techniques or out-of-the-box approaches for speed to market that maintain reliability, validity, and integrity
Remote or online proctoring (new considerations for test administration and security)
Non-cognitive skills assessments and their use in credentialing
Warning! The proposal application must be completed in one sitting. Your progress will not be saved as you work. If you have any questions about the abstract submission requirements, please contact email@example.com before you begin to avoid having to duplicate your work.
All proposals MUST be submitted through the online proposal system by 11:59 pm ET on March 23, 2018 and MUST include all required fields. Late proposals will not be accepted by the ICE Program Committee.
The online proposal application must be submitted in one, timed sitting. So you are prepared, please gather your information and resources before beginning the application. You may consider typing all required information in a separate document before copying and pasting the following information into the online system:
- Session Title
- Session Description*
- Session Summary*
- Session Learning Objectives (minimum of 3)
- Target Audience
- Teaching Formats, Methods, Strategies
- Session Type: Concurrent session, Lightning Learning, EPoster, Roundtable, Jump Start, half-day preconference workshop
- Identified Session Submitter**
- Presenter & Co-presenters , and bios
The session description is your opportunity to provide a full description of your session, including the purpose of your session. This will be reviewed by the Program Committee for session selection.
** If accepted, the session summary will be listed in conference promotional pieces, including the website, and mobile app. Without exception, all session descriptions are limited to 75 words. The session description should be written with particular attention to attracting attendees and submitted in the correct format on the proposal submission form. ICE reserves the right to edit session descriptions as needed to fit the allotted 75 word limit in the marketing materials.
***All sessions must have an identified session submitter who serves as the main point of contact for ICE Staff and who will distribute relevant information to the other session presenters. This person must be readily available by email and phone in the months leading up to the meeting. Please confirm in advance that any co-presenters listed in your session proposal are committed to speaking at the session if selected.