conference program: presentation sessions

Presentation sessions at the NIRSA Annual Conference feature engaging lectures, interactive presentations, idea showcases, and extended workshops.

General Education Sessions

These 60-or-90-minute sessions feature engaging lectures, structured learning activities, and interactive presentations facilitated by up to 3 presenters. Sessions seek to meet a broad range of topic areas, NIRSA Core Competencies, and ongoing strategic initiatives. Over 100 general education sessions will be presented concurrently across 12 different time periods in the conference schedule.

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NEW! Showcase Sessions

An individual showcase session is a 10-15 minute presentation by no more than 2 presenters that focuses on new initiatives or promising practices in the topic area chosen for the session. Presenters showcase ideas with practical tips. Three to four showcase sessions focused on a single topic area are scheduled sequentially within a 60-minute time period. Presenters entertain audience questions collectively at the conclusion of the series of presentations.

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Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshops provide a deeper exploration and discussion of specific issues with a smaller group of attendees.  They are intended to be opportunities that offer skill-building tools focusing on participants’ growth in NIRSA Core Competencies, career advancement education, and overall professional development.

Full-day (6 hours) and half-day (3 hours) sessions are available.  Attendees pay a separate fee to participate in Preconference Workshops.

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Research Sessions

Research Sessions provide opportunities for NIRSA members to present their research, be it as part of an academic program, a thesis project, or a research project the presenter has chosen to pursue.

An individual Research Session presentation may be 15 to 30 minutes in length. Multiple presentations will be scheduled within a 60-minute session period.

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Poster Presentations

A poster presentation showcases research and/or an institutional program. An effective poster serves as a source of information, a conversation starter, and summary of the presenter’s work.

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Fitness Forum

Fitness Forum Sessions are a great way to introduce new and upcoming fitness trends to the NIRSA membership. These high-intensity classes provide an opportunity for attendees to get some exercise while observing the instructor for teaching techniques.

Fitness Forum Sessions are generally 45 minutes in length and occur in a designated space within the Expo Hall.

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