Submit Abstract Proposals for the ICE Exchange Annual Conference
Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2017 ICE Exchange, October 23-26 at The Roosevelt in New Orleans, LA.
The 2017 submission process is now open. The deadline to submit your abstract proposal is Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.
We invite proposals for presentations in one of five session formats:
- Concurrent sessions: full length presentations, 60 or 90 minutes
- Jump Start sessions: 60-minute presentations, starting in the early morning
- E-Poster presentations: Virtual poster displayed on a flat-screen monitor
- Lightning Learning sessions: short 15-minute presentations that provide 3 to 5 take-aways
- Roundtable discussions: 45 minute interactive dialogue with the "presenter" serving as the group facilitator
Before accessing the online submission form, expand each of the questions below for submission guidelines and session topic information.
Abstract 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 methodology;
- 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 result in your session being excluded in conference recording packages and 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 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 2017 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 2017 ICE Exchange will deliver.
ICE's Program Committee strives to create an overall educational program that incorporates diverse topic areas and is suitable for beginning, intermediate, and C-level audiences at various stages in their credentialing program's life cycle.
This year, the program committee is interested in interactive session that provide practical strategies that are applicable to day-to-date work, and encourages submission with:
- Discussion on good or best practices
- Trends you believe will have a profound effect on the industry in the future
- Content designed specifically for the audience identified, including sessions for the CEO-level audience
In addition, the committee encourages submissions that provide in-depth content, and utilize presentation styles that encourage peer learning.
Below is a list that 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
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 the value and implementation
Micro-credentialing: a friend or foe to the certification field?
- relationships between parent organizations and certification bodies
- relationships between certification and education departments operating under one organization
- relationships with service providers
What secure exam delivery models exist? Is there a way to have security and agility with speed to market?
Strategic partnership and business development
- developing and identifying opportunities based on common interests, best practice and/or complementary services
- seeking partnerships in your supply chain (for example, one vendor develops, the other delivers) and helping them work seamlessly
- growing your certification program
- 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
- when to sunset or expand or specialize a certification
- how to promote more active conversations about collaboration, shared services, joint strategy planning, and leveraging strengths
- advancing mature certification boards
- licensure vs. voluntary certification
- how should the Board govern itself: selecting new members, dealing with issues such as non-performance, conflicts of interest, etc.
- what’s new in case law
- due process
- trademark and copyright steps
- separate legal incorporation (why and why not)
- intellectual property protection
- non-profit vs. profit models
- contractual agreements (what they should/should not contain)
- working with lawmakers – identifying key messaging and statistics that capture attention
- Why or why not?
- NCCA Accreditation, ISO 17024 Accreditation, ACAP Accreditation
What can demographic trends and generational characteristics say about future certificants?
Updates on the efforts to integrate military credentials into workforce
- when to consider going international
- anticipating the challenges an international expansion may bring and identifying solutions
- deciding which countries to penetrate (e.g., performing market analysis, perceptions of certification programs per country/region, legal/governmental considerations)
Marketing & Communication Topics
Value proposition: what is it – how to develop, use, sell, and measure its benefits
- promoting the value of your credentials
- levering recertification as part of your value proposition
- how to increase recertification rates?
- 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 (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 introduce a certification in to academia
How to use digital badging to expand your brand recognition
Security, Records & Data Management Topics
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
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, 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)
- validity and reliability
- simulation vs. live
- scoring and calibrating judges
- how to build the PBA
- how to choose judges and what standards can be used as reference
Non-cognitive skills assessments – identify innovative methodologies/instruments of measure
All proposals MUST be submitted through the online proposal system by 11:59 pm ET on March 22, 2017 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. We recommend you 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:
Teaching Formats, Methods, Strategies
Identified Session Submitter**
Session Learning Objectives (minimum of 3)
All presenters with bios
* If accepted, the program description will be displayed in conference promotional pieces, including the website and mobile app. The program 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.
**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 2017. 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 $700, 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 to the conference mobile app prior to the conference. Advanced deadlines apply.
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.