September 8, 2021
For online and in-person participants, COE's virtual Annual Conference is hosted on the virtual conference platform OpenWater. Login using your COE credentials at https://coenet-ac2021.secure-platform.com/a/.
All participants can live stream the entire conference or specific sessions via the OpenWater video platform, in virtual meeting rooms powered by Zoom.
You must be registered for the 2021 COE annual conference to participate. You will be able to log-in using single sign-on credential to the conference hub. To make the most of your time 'on-site,' take an hour or two before the conference begins to play around in the event hub. Your experience is in your control.
If your email is registered, you will receive an email from "email@example.com" with your unique access link. Click on the link to be automatically redirected back to the 2021 COE annual conference virtual platform.
The session gallery is your hallway to the conference. Attendees and speakers will be able to browse through the schedule and find the session they need to join. Here's how to find and join a session under the Virtual Sessions menu:
By default, all participants will be in listen-only mode for most sessions. For some sessions, you will be unable to un-mute yourself, however. We encourage participation via the chat box during most sessions.
Now we welcome you and enjoy! Block off time in your day to attend live and interact with other attendees and have your questions answered directly by the speaker.
We hope our online participants treat a virtual conference as you would an in-person conference with respect to your calendar and task load. Prioritize the time to be truly present in the experience, engage with the sessions and presenters, and use the chat and other networking tools regularly to connect with other participants.
Join from anywhere and on almost any device!
Great news! Software requirements for participating in the annual conference are the same as those for joining Zoom! Click here for more information about software requirements, recommended microphone/headsets and webcams, and supported operating systems, tablets and mobile devices.
Zoom technical requirements include:
Masks will be always required for all conference participants and exhibitors when they are not eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. Any person who refuses to comply with COE's mask mandate will be removed from the conference venue and will not be issued a refund. Read the latest update to our onsite COVID-19 prevention protocol here.
Engage with us on social media using #COEAC2021.
Network with more than 2,000 college access professionals from hundreds of institutions nationwide and share your big ideas during educational sessions, ED Talks, and other opportunities on social media using the official hashtag #COEAC2021.
One of the advantages of attending an in-person conference is the ability to reconnect with acquaintances, connect with new people, and discuss key information and insights. Although the methods may be a little different, you can reconnect during virtual conferences. Download your official annual conference profile picture here.
This year, participants can choose either of the following:
While supplies last, all registrants will receive a special edition COE Fun Run 2021 hat. Our virtual participants can also send a selfie of themselves working out from wherever they are in the country using #COEAC2021. Register here.
The auction will run through most of the conference, concluding on September 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET. This year, we appreciate the marvelous donations we're offering such as custom face masks, gift baskets, a tech tools kit, artisanal blankets, live streaming subscriptions, e-cards, and a whitewater rafting trip. You could be just one click away from bidding to win one or more of these fabulous items. Bid to win here.
This year for its public service project, the Council supports Crawford Long Middle School. Located in SW Atlanta, the middle school serves over 700 students in grades six through eight. Here's how you can help make a difference in their lives. Donate here.
Please note our community guidelines (.pdf).
Some of the goals of this virtual conference are to encourage strong and mutually beneficial ties between college access professionals and to stimulate interest and enhance involvement through increased opportunities for engagement. In order to meet these, it's important for participants to feel like they are in a safe place that is populated by people with shared interests. As such, we request that you read and adhere to the guidelines that follow.
By logging onto the conference platform and joining a virtual session, you are considered to be in agreement with the terms and conditions listed above.
Got Questions? Need Help During the Conference?
During a session, you can use the chat box if you're having any technical difficulties. If you have any technical difficulties outside of the sessions, contact COE via email at (firstname.lastname@example.org).