Submit Abstract Proposals for the ICE Exchange Annual Conference
The submission period for 2015 ICE Exchange abstract proposals is now closed.
Thank you to those who participated in the process. The Program commitee received a record high submission response of 104 proposals! They will review all submissions and communicate decisions to the session submitter in early May.
We hope you will plan to join us at the 2015 ICE Exchange, Tuesday, October 27 - Friday, October 30 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our presenters are professionals with expertise in various aspects of developing and maintaining credentialing programs:
Conference Registration Required
Those submitting an abstract 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 2015 ICE Exchange conference is the conference for the credentialing community. The conference was re-branded in 2013 as the ICE Exchange as a means of highlighting the aspects that attendees report as most important about this annual gathering: exchanging ideas on industry trends and best practices through making connections with each other and taking part in high quality education.
The educational program is intended to be diverse, touching on the many aspects of a credentialing ecosystem: business of certification, security records and data management, testing development and administration, etc. The educational program is designed to be suitable for a wide range of experience levels and blend foundational concepts, including best practices and standards, with new concepts and innovative approaches to credentialing.
The ICE Exchange encourages a variety of presentation styles which appeal to different, preferred styles of learning. We incorporate a mix of 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 2015 ICE Exchange will deliver!
ICE's program committee strives to create an overall educational program that a) incorporates diverse topic areas and b) is suitable for beginning, intermediate, and C-level audiences at various stages in their credentialing program's life cycle.
In addition to current good or best practices, the Program Committee encourages submissions on trends that you believe will have a profound effect on the industry in the future.
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.
Business of Certification Topics
Pricing services: how to stay competitive as innovation changes the way services are delivered
How is workplace training competing with certifications?
What secure exam delivery models exist? Is there a way to have security and agility with speed to market?
*A note on Governance topics: this year, the Program Committee is creating a unique pre-conference governance workshop designed specifically for volunteer leadership. The pre-conference workshop will be highly interactive and include multiple 60 minute presentations on governance principles that are specific to the board member or commissioner's role. Please consider this as a possible option when submitting your abstract on a governance topic. Governance abstracts will be considered for placement in either the pre-conference workshop (on Tuesday, October 27) or the full conference program (Wednesday, October 28 - Friday, October 30).
Accreditation: why, why not
What can demographic trends and generational characteristics say about future certificants?
Value proposition: what is it – how to develop, use, sell, and measure its benefits
Soliciting feedback from the public and other stakeholders (besides including them on your board)
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/reach hiring managers on the importance of certified employees)
How to use digital badging to expand your brand recognition
Innovative data gathering tools
What demographic trends and generational characteristics should you be gathering to predict the future of your certificants?
Securing your program when “going international”
Data forensics – access, interpretation and communication)utilization
Basic tools for process improvement – flow charts, symbols and uses
Technological impacts on recertification processes/tracking
Models for building continuing competence programs
Performance-based testing (why do it, reliability issues in scoring, training and calibration of raters)
Job analysis, using job analysis data to identify exam design
Alternate methods for setting a cut score
Alternate methods for determining and validating knowledge, skills, or competencies
Creating right-sized relationships with your outsourced testing companies
Creating efficient RFPs for outsourced services
New (or on the horizon) approaches and/or methodologies in test development and delivery
Comparative studies on novel and/or different JTA techniques - number of SMEs, timeline, project milestones, results, methodologies, relevancy
New techniques and out-of-the-box approaches for speed to market. How can we compress the test development time line (from JTA to exams in field) without losing reliability, validity and integrity?
Remote or online proctoring (new considerations for test administration and security)
Performance-based assessments (PBA)
Non-cognitive skills assessments – identify innovative methodologies/instruments of measure
Certificate vs. certification
Strategic use of certificate programs
Instructional design principles
Adult learning principles
Psychometrics for certificate programs
All proposals MUST be submitted through the online proposal system by 11:59 pm ET on March 13, 2015 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:
* If accepted, the session description will be printed in conference promotional pieces, including the on-site conference guide, 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
The ICE Program committee appreciates the time and energy that all submitters put into the development of their session proposals. Committee members conduct a blind review of each abstract submission and rate each proposal based on a standard set of criteria. Proposals receiving the highest scores are then considered for the program and re-evaluated.
There are always more positively rated proposals than there are slots available. The committee's final selections are based on a determination of the best mix of sessions that will create a rich, diverse overall program.
ICE staff will notify the session submitter of acceptance by early May 2015. It is the responsibility of the session submitter to communicate the decision to all additional, necessary parties.
Speakers will be given a discount code that brings the conference registration to a cost of $710, which is discounted to equal that of the Member, Early-Bird full conference registration price.
Acceptance of your proposal does not obligate ICE beyond assuring you meeting space and recognition in conference promotional materials. We stress that presenting at the ICE Exchange is done so on a volunteer basis and no ICE funds are available for honoraria or travel expenses for session speakers.
If you would like to bring handouts for your session, we cannot reimburse for printing; however, we will gladly post them online prior to the conference for attendees to print and bring themselves. We can post handouts in a conference attendee-only section of our website and on the mobile app. Advanced deadlines apply.