Pre-Conference Education

As we return to an in-person conference, we are excited to bring back our Alliance Trainings. We have additional educational opportunities for you choose from this year: 7 Hour Trainings and 3 Hour Workshops.

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JEDI Training: Taking the Leap from Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion

Primary Presenter: Stefanie Hicks, CDP, Northwestern University & Samantha Byrd, State of Minnesota

Due to social constructs, cultural norms, etc. we all hold unconscious/implicit biases and commit unintentional microaggressions. Research conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation indicates that employees within large systems who perceive bias are nearly three times as likely (20% vs 7%) to be disengaged at work which can prove to be costly. During our time together we intend to review foundational DEI concepts to gain a shared understanding of how they impact an individual's experience in the workplace and provide a framework for how to interrupt exclusion as creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment is everyone’s job.

JEDI = Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion


Agile/Scrum Training

Primary Presenter: University of Wisconsin – Madison Team: Tamra Dagnon, CCBA; Patrick Hare, PMP, CSM; Lauranne Bailey; Amanda Renz, CSM, CSPO

Higher Education IT is increasingly pressed to respond to rapidly changing needs and deliver value more quickly. Agile principles and practices can transform an organization and enable it to succeed in an uncertain environment. More and more UW-Madison IT projects are “going agile” and using a Scrum framework to deliver fast, deliver often, and manage risks through frequent feedback and iteration. Agile and Scrum rely on focused communication between IT and their customers to keep projects moving and delivering the highest value features first. Through regular detailed planning (every two to four weeks), continual sharing of work in progress with customers, and frequent opportunities for obtaining feedback, Agile/Scrum teams can respond to change and hit a moving target. Come and experience what it’s like to be on a Scrum team in this high-participation, hands-on workshop that’s been successfully presented at EDUCAUSE, HEUG Alliance, MIDHEUG Alliance, and many times at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You’ll learn about Scrum team roles, artifacts, techniques and ceremonies and experience them first hand.

Note: We have a number of hands-on activities planned but will sanitize the materials before the conference and provide hand sanitizer and disposable nitrile gloves for all participants.

7 Hour Trainings

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Washington Convention Center

$425 Member / $475 Subscriber
Early Bird & Advanced Rate
Not Available
Late Rate

Cost includes Boxed Lunch, AM Break and PM Break


Advanced Tips & Tricks with GT eForms for PeopleSoft

Primary Presenters: John Woodrum, Gideon Taylor; Lynette Chaudoin, Gideon Taylor

Timeslot: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

By request, we’re hosting a jam-packed GT eForms Advanced Tips & Tricks workshop at Alliance 2022. We’ll address many of the questions most frequently asked of our support team and show you how to get even more out of your eForm solutions. This workshop will cover a variety of advanced topics for GT eForms users, including:

  • Advanced AWE routings including multiple paths
  • Custom search and row level security
  • Advanced navigation
  • Setting up public portals for external guests
  • Email-based approvals
  • and more!


Equation Engine Workshop

Primary Presenters: Neelima Tummala, Marquette University; Tara O'Neil, Marquette University; Karen Kilps, Marquette University

Timeslot: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This presentation will cover fundamentals on equations, example of equation engines as an alternative to mods, examples includes stand-alone equation engines, package selection equations, and others. Use of Equation SQL routine, using views in equations, and batch process, FAPEQREN to execute equations will covered. There will also be example equation issues and how to fix them.


Taking the stress out of Acceptance Testing: Let PeopleSoft Test Framework take the strain

Primary Presenter: Suat Oneren, University of Nottingham

Timeslot: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In this workshop, I will explain the basics of the Peoplesoft Test Framework from creating test scripts to reporting test outcomes. We will be going through an end to end journey in PTF starting with creating test scripts and followed by running them and analysing test outcomes.

In this workshop we will:

  • Review Peoplesoft Test Framework Execution Options
  • Record (Create) test scripts
  • Run the test scripts
  • Create shell scripts to run multiple tests together
  • Clean the test scripts to avoid unnecessary steps
  • Review the Peoplesoft Test Framework tables in query manager
  • Create example reports
  • Look into Screenshots taken during execution, where are they ?
  • Create project for migration of the test scripts
  • Manage the test logs
  • Talk about Tips and tricks

Please note that Peoplesoft Test Framework connection would be good to create test scripts during the workshop but it is not mandatory.


Build and Train a Conversational Digital Assistant for Students

Primary Presenter: Joe Huang, Oracle

Timeslot: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As more and more Higher Educations are interested or are implementing ChatBots to assist in Student and Employee Services, there is now a strong need for a platform that can quickly scale built chatbots or Digital Assistants for a variety of use cases. In this session, you will get a hands on opportunity to build a ChatBot end to end, while learning key conversational AI concepts such as Intents, Entities, Dialog Flow, Natural Language Process (NLP), etc.


From Transactional to Transformational: Developing Your Leadership Identity

Primary Presenters: April Pennington, Ph.D., Kentucky Community and Technical College System; Paige Brooks-Jeffiers, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Timeslot: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Successfully managing change and implementing new solutions requires knowing who you are and how to leverage your personal leadership identity. Operating from a core sense of purpose, leaders can shift from merely getting things done to creating lasting impact. In this workshop, participants will undertake a variety of engaging, inward-looking activities and discussions to clarify their leadership vision and values, culminating in articulating a leadership philosophy and setting actionable goals for further leadership growth. Leadership is not about position or title. Being a leader does not mean being a manager or supervisor. Whatever your official role, join this session to better understand how to be a change-maker for your organization.

Workshop Overview:

Part One: Leadership Inquiry (90 mins. including 10 min. break, hands on): Interactive activities and discussion through which participants will explore and define leadership and begin clarifying their leadership vision and values.

Part Two: Making It Real--Leadership Philosophy and Goals (90 mins. including 10 min. break, hands on): Interactive activities and discussion through which participants will use their leadership vision and values to codify a personal leadership philosophy and set specific goals for advancing their leadership practice in their current context.

3 Hour Workshops

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022

Times: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where: Washington Convention Center

$175 Member / $225 Subscriber
Early Bird & Advanced Rate
$225 Member / $275 Subscriber
Late Rate

Cost includes Boxed Lunch