Since it was launched in 1997, IWMW, the annual Institutional Web Management Workshop series, has developed into a unique forum to share best practice, hear about new developments and discuss their relevance with peers. Each year, we bring together a vibrant community of people responsible for institutional web services across the UK education sector. Through plenary sessions and practical workshops, attendees will have a chance to update their skills and develop their professional networks.
What’s New This Year?
For most of its existence the IWMW event was provided by UKOLN, a JISC-funded organisation. The event helped to support JISC’s development programmes, with many speakers describing their JISC project work. Since the cessation of JISC funding in 2013 the IWMW event has been re-launched. In its new guise the event is more directly related to the needs of the web management community.
This year saw the 20th anniversary of the event. To mark this occasion a special conference dinner was held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
The opening plenary session has the theme “Understanding Users”, with experienced web managers described the challenges they are facing an how they respond to such challenges.
The themes for the plenary talks on the second day are “Managing Change”, “Delivering Services” and “Analytics”.
On the third day plenary talks on “Beyond the Institution” will provide insights from speakers who work from organisations outside the higher educations sector followed by a strand which explores what to do “When Things Go Wrong!”. The final plenary session will provide a panel session in which experienced web managers will seek answers to the question “Learning From the Past; Looking to the Future”.
The focus on the needs of those working in institutional Web management teams is also being addressed in the parallel sessions. In addition to the 90 minute workshop sessions a new feature this year are the “master classes”, lasting for 2.5 hours which provide an opportunity to hear how other web management teams go about their activities or to hear insights provided by commercial companies.
IWMW 2016 Timetable
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