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At BbWorld 2014 we are going to reimagine education because the future of education is now! With nearly 200 sessions you will have the opportunity to learn and share with colleagues, industry thought leaders, and the Blackboard team. Browse sessions below.

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PreCon Session: Best Practices in Course Design for Mobile Technologies
Sunday, July 13 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM PreCon (e): Titian 2305
Session Type: PreCon Seminar Session
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Speaker(s): Sinora Dabney
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Social Media: It’s Not Just What You Had For Breakfast
Tuesday, July 15 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM K-12: San Polo 3501B
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Institution Type: K-12
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Role: K-12 Professional
Speaker(s): Steven Anderson
#Breakfast #SuperBowl #HouseOfCards There are lots of people who have discovered the power that Twitter has to connect them to their favorite shows and things to do. One of the most connected groups is educators. But they are tweeting for entirely different purpose. Join us as we will look at how educators are using Twitter and how they are connecting, reflecting, sharing and growing using this innovative platform.
Student Meet & Greet
Tuesday, July 15 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Student
Speaker(s): Emily Lange, Sadie Beaver
Prior to the beginning of BbWorld, come by San Polo 3401 (Congress Center - Level 3) and do a meet & greet with Emily Lange and Sadie Beaver from the Blackboard team and your fellow student attendees. This time together will help orientate you to BbWorld and allow you to make the most of your time with us at the conference.
Accessible Design: Tame the Dragon! Whip Your Course into Shape the Easy Way
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Katie Evans, William Beers
Reaching students with disabilities is an issue that has plagued online education since its invention. With recent law suits and growing student demand for online courses, instructors everywhere are looking for easy methods to meet ADA compliance standards in their courses. This session will reveal tips and dirty tricks for whipping any course into shape, the easy way.
Applying the Voice of the User, How Blackboard Applies Design Research
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Andy Jacobson, Joe Garcia
Blackboard incorporates user feedback throughout the design process. Come and hear from two leaders on our user experience team about how we apply the knowledge we learn from our users in our designs and share ideas on how to incorporate design research in building solutions.
Be a Better Online Teacher!
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Global Matters
Speaker(s): Paul Beaudoin
It doesn’t take long to discover that teaching in the blended or online learning environment is not a direct transfer of the traditional face-to-face class. The challenges of online learning often require a different set of skills and there is no single sure-shot way of solving those challenges. In this presentation, Exemplary Course award winner Dr. Paul Beaudoin shares five key class room tested strategies. Whether you are looking to flip your classroom or are ready to launch your MOOC, these five tips will improve your teaching efficacy and enhance the classroom experience for your learners.
BREACH: Security Incident Handling and Response
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Stephanie Tan
How prepared is your organization to handle security incidents? Blackboard Learn is one of the mission-critical systems at your organization. Security incidents are a persistent threat; it is a matter of when, not if, they will strike. It is impossible to prevent all security incidents. But when incidents do happen, containment, repair, and crisis management are key. Stephanie Tan, Director of Product Security at Blackboard, will discuss open source tools and tactics for responding to various types of security issues and subsequent public relations crisis management. She will also highlight the latest security changes in Blackboard Learn’s April 2014 Release that improve incident detection. You will learn the proper forensics handling process to ensure proper evidence acquisition, approaches for investigating breach timeline, scope, and impact. You will learn how to communicate with Management to repair the issue and leverage the incident for additional business investment in security. You will walk away with specific action items you need to take related to security changes in the April 2014 release and understand how to leverage them for incident detection.
Creating a Master Online Course and Blackboard Learn Presence
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Lisa Capan, Monica Hill
In an effort to improve the use and familiarization with Blackboard Learn™, The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has adopted a new requirement for all faculty to create a Blackboard Learn™ Presence in the classroom (Online, Blended and Face-to-Face). In addition to this initiative, CCBC is also piloting a new initiative, the Distance Education Course Summit (DECS), in an effort to help ensure all online and blended courses are developed according to the Quality Matters (QM) rubric. The ultimate goal of DECS is to have all CCBC online courses achieve QM certification and become the Master Online Course in Blackboard Learn™. During the DECS, faculty have the opportunity to collaborate with experts in instructional design and media, subject matter experts, and the CCBC Library to ensure faculty have the resources necessary to develop courses that achieve high quality online course design and content.
Deploying Blackboard on Oracle Engineered Systems
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Advanced (6+ years experience, subject matter expert)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Brian Manning, Scott Howe
Liberty University has grown by approximately 70,000 students over the past 6 years. They have over 80,000 students on Blackboard. With Cloud Services movement it is common for IT to be required to meet sudden unseen infrastructure needs. In the Fall 2013 Liberty moved to the EXadata platform for Banner and Blackboard. Exadata provided a Cloud for capacity-on-demand purposes. Come and hear about the Business and Performance results of moving to a consolidated platform onto EXadata.
Ensuring LMS Success: A Cross-Functional Collaboration
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Higher Education institutions are notoriously "siloed." The Blackboard Learn LMS requires input and resources from various departments in order to ensure success. At Boise State University, cross-functional working groups, advisory committees, and projects helped facilitate shared visions and progress in supporting and managing Blackboard Learn. This presentation will highlight the structures and collaborations that were necessary to promote positive progress and continual quality improvement. Participants will be encouraged to share and discuss their institutions' models for support and determining the strategic direction of the LMS (Blackboard Learn).
Getting Them Back: Online Degree Completition Programs for Non-Traditional Students
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Global Matters
Speaker(s): Justin Louder
Working with a number of departments and divisions Texas Tech University has developed multiple options for students to complete their degree online. This presentation will discuss three separate degree options aimed at degree competition, marketing those programs, and outreach to these non-traditional students.
Industry Leader Panel: Recruiting and Hiring – From the Classroom to Real-Life Jobs
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
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Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Corporate Professional, Faculty/Educator, Student
Speaker(s): James Collins, Zappos Team
How can graduating students distinguish themselves from “the competition”? Marketing oneself has become as much of a job-search necessity as possessing the requisite skills. Hear directly from Zappos and Blackboard on how they find and hire the right students for the right jobs with their recruiting tactics.
K-12: A Foundation for Education Success in the U.S. and at Blackboard
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
The potential for technology to meet the demands of 21st century schools continues to evolve and mature. This session will provide an overview of K-12 educational technology research on the needs of students, parents, teachers and leaders K-12 and how Blackboard is working to help schools meet these demands.
Living the dream: Configuring real-time event integration from the Ellucian eLearning module to Learn
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Mike Budzik, Paul Atkinson
Understand the basics of setting up the eLearning module and the integration configuration on Learn. Become aware of the pitfalls and victories that await you.
Many Islands: The Mosaic of The National Defense University’s Bb System
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Government/Military
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Military/Government Professional
Speaker(s): Bob Colella, Joanne Green
National Defense University is “The Chairman’s School.” It spans two primary campuses and multiple satellites with diverse programs aimed at an even more diverse student body using both resident and distance learning delivery. As the nation has fought the long war, NDU has moved towards hosting its curriculum “on-line.” Distance learning programs were the first to adapt; but it wasn’t until the decree of “paperless,” “wireless, ” and “BYOD” sounded that the “One University” had to adapt its brick and mortar delivery methods to those of the 21st Century. Blackboard is a large part of what has been successful; however, the journey has been both exciting and frustrating on the road to adopt practices, change culture, and institute change. Some of the lessons learned along the way are the basis of this presentation. It may be a comedy or a tragedy, but thus far it is far from a romance.
Process Reengineering 101: Designing and Executing Solutions for Large-scale Online Learning
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Southern New Hampshire University is one of the world's largest not-for-profit providers of online education, with unprecedented annual growth. SNHU's ongoing challenge is to define processes that facilitate the development, deployment, and maintenance of approximately 1,000 pre-designed Blackboard® course masters that result in tens of thousands of course shells each year. Early on, the university abandoned traditional manually intensive methods of developing and deploying online courses in favor of scalable processes that minimize time and effort. Given that most tools and processes do not work for large-scale efforts, much of what SNHU does is original and the result of rigorous testing and constant refinement. This presentation reviews (1) the drivers behind SNHU's processes, (2) the entire life cycle of SNHU’s courses (including a focus on market forecasts, schedule, development, and deployment), (3) tools and processes used, and (4) lessons learned.
Product innovations for International Clients in 2014 and beyond – an overview
Tuesday, July 15 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters
As Blackboard continues to expand its investment in International markets, meeting the demands and requirements of International customers has become a key focus for Blackboard. This session highlights Blackboard’s recently released solution innovations that have been driven by International client needs, across a range of products such as Learn, Mobile, Analytics for Learn and Collaborate. Additionally, this session will provide a preview into the newer initiatives and innovations on some of Blackboard’s product platforms leading into a range of other product roadmap sessions at the conference that will provide a deeper insight into future product plans across all of Blackboard’s solutions.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: ArBUG
Tuesday, July 15 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BUG Room: Veronese 2401A
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A Comprehensive Approach to Technology Selection, Adoption, and Integration.
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: CIO, IT Professional
This session will discuss a comprehensive approach on how to select, adopt, and integrate information technologies in any education environment. The session will cover a variety of frameworks and models that together create a roadmap on how to successfully leverage technology to improve student learning. A key element to this approach is the interaction and collaboration between the instructor (content knowledge expert), instructional design services (pedagogical expert), and information technology (technology expert) services. This interaction is known as the Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) Model. In addition the session will cover topics such as 6S Model, Technology Adoption Lifecycle, Whole Product Model, Content Knowledge Export Development Curve, and Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR Model).
Academic Integrity: How Strong is Your Foundation?
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Tammi Kolski
Is academic integrity a solid component to the academic foundation at your institution? Does your practice of academic integrity enforcement add strength (or cause weakness) to your scholastic foundation? In the virtual learning environment, having a secure academic foundation is essential to providing a quality education. Learn ways to build a solid foundation of academic integrity into your course.
Application Performance Management for Blackboard Learn
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
The Blackboard Performance Team talks about New Relic, AppDynamics and dynaTrace, three APM tools used in the Blackboard Performance Lab, in production in Managed Hosting and used in Support to help diagnose performance issues in the field. The session will provide a high level comparison of the monitoring approach used by each of the tools, configuration best practices and examples of diagnosing common performance anti-patterns with the tools. The Blackboard Performance team will be available throughout the conference for discussion of APM and performance testing best practices.
Being Present and Engaging Students Online Using Blackboard Video Everywhere
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Jason Rhode
Learn about one instructor's use of YouTube's free and easy-to-use features incorporated in Blackboard for recording, editing, captioning, and embedding video into his online course. An overview of the steps for recording, editing, captioning, video in YouTube will be provided as well as examples shared for various approaches for seamlessly incorporating video into any online course. A summary of feedback survey results from students regarding their experiences with video in the course will be shared as well as lessons learned by the instructor for those wishing to follow the same suggested steps for incorporating video in their own course. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session and see first-hand a demo by the instructor of how the video was seamlessly incorporated into Blackboard Learn.
Blackboard Learn™ - "Change You Can Manage" From Self Hosting to Managed Hosting
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
This session will share Tarleton State University's migration from a Self-Hosted to Managed Hosted Blackboard Learn™ Environment. The session will discuss the challenges Tarleton faced in self-hosting, getting support from administration, project planning for the transition, and what life is like as a Blackboard Managed HostingSM Client.
Disrupting the Factory Model
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
How do we take advantage of the strengths of both traditional instruction and online learning using the right tools for the right situation? Learn how Lawrence Public Schools is investigating and implementing ways to alter the learning environment and custom-design instruction based on student needs, increasing our number of blended classrooms from 8 to 150 - - undoing the factory model of education.
Faculty & Student Panel: Teaching or Learning: What’s Driving Change—and Student Success—in the Digital Age?
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, Faculty/Educator, Student
Change is inevitable. Educators must adapt to meet the evolving demands and needs of students or risk becoming obsolete. Join us for a candid discussion on what both sides of the teaching and learning equation value—and how each views the role that the digital revolution plays in helping them achieve their goals. Mobile phones, the cloud, and media are everywhere in the modern world.  Does that include the classroom? Moderated by Hall Davidson, renowned expert in educational innovation, of Discovery Education.
Groups A-Go-Go: Managing Classes With Blackboard Learn Groups Automated From Timetabling Information
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Faculty/Educator, Global Matters
Speaker(s): Lauren Hives
The Group functionality in Blackboard Learn™ offers a number of options for managing users and grades. This is vitally important for large classes or sites managed by a diverse teaching team. In this session we will demonstrate Bond University's Class Groups tool which integrates our timetabling system with Blackboard Learn to provide an automated setup of class groups. Not only does this offer the ability to display class-specific information and activities to students within their relevant Blackboard sites, but it also allows for easier management of electronic teacher evaluations, grades, and class-specific communications. Come and see what’s possible with Class Groups.
Know your Student’s Expectations and Ensure Their Satisfaction in an Online Course
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Laura Million
Faculty normally convey their expectations to their students. Information about communication strategies, classroom behavior, academic honesty, and course objectives is standard on a syllabus or in an overview module. However, students rarely communicate their expectations to the faculty. Also, more often than not, faculty never solicit this information from their students. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville conducted a survey in order to gauge student expectations of online and hybrid courses. While some of the results of this survey are obvious, others are quite unexpected. This presentation begins with a summary of the survey data. A lively discussion will follow with examples of Blackboard® tools that can be utilized to address these student concerns and better prepare faculty to meet the challenges of online/hybrid teaching. Faculty, course designers, and instructional designers will benefit from looking at new ways to anticipate and address student expectations.
Mind the Skills Gap: 3 Ways Trainers Can Implement Competencies
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Professional Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Global Matters, Military/Government Professional
Speaker(s): Wade Weichel
With high unemployment rates and large numbers of highly paid jobs remaining unfilled, many employers are expressing frustration at what seems to be a lack of skilled workers to fill positions within their organizations. A lack of available skilled talent is a continuing drag on business performance. This session will present three ways corporate and government training professionals can implement a new approach to bridging the skills gap. We’ll discuss how to put together a simple strategy to adopt these trends, share best practices from other organizations, and we’ll even help you with tips to get buy-in from C-level executives.
MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses by Syracuse University
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
“The New York Times” dubbed 2012 The Year of the MOOC and shortly after, Syracuse University created and delivered three successful Massive Open Online Courses for various purposes. This presentation will focus on explaining SU’s MOOC processes, their intentions and their results/outcomes. The audience will be shown examples of a MOOC project timeline, project task list, links to their web page online form, FAQ, lessons learned and leave with examples of their process & resource map and pre-MOOC checklist. The three MOOC’s will provide the audience/participants with possible MOOC objectives, which include engagement with the world, open education, recruitment, retention, and visibility for an institution, program or faculty member. If attendees are interested in understanding MOOC development from start to finish, why their institution would want to develop and deliver a MOOC or what might be the ROI for their institution, this presentation will for them.
Reach, Engage, and Retain Students: A Panel Discussion on Rethinking Student Services to meet the changing learner
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Advanced (6+ years experience, subject matter expert)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Global Matters
Panel will be moderated by Scott Jaschik, editor and one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. Institutions are experiencing growing workload demands in the enrollment, financial aid, student accounts, and technology offices while dealing oftentimes with shrinking resources. It isn't enough to do things status quo as student demands are increasing and online student's need to be strategically considered. This panel of clients will discuss how they have implemented new approaches to improving student engagement and satisfaction through student service outsourcing models.
Transforming Bb Learn into a Research Engine: The little engine that could!
Tuesday, July 15 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
A unique and progressive approach to utilizing the BB LMS as a research platform. One K-12 LEARN, one K-12 ENGAGE, and one Higher Ed LEARN client join together within a single research domain designed to aid and support cutting edge academic research, while safely integrating with other Blackboard products and third party applications like Google Drive. This research provided for the utilization of the domain site as a confidential repository for sensitive health science data, the hub for delivery of content and the analysis of data. Domain admins, graduate assistants, research assistants, clinical staff, student and observer roles along with custom language packs, smart views, building blocks, custom reports, email, SMS messaging, and risk analysis rubrics have built this research tool. An unintentional but beneficial discovery led to identifying software shortcomings while improving LEARN for the entire Bb user community.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: METBUG
Tuesday, July 15 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM BUG Room: Veronese 2401A
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Opening Keynote: Joi Ito
Tuesday, July 15 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Venetian Ballroom
Session Type: BbWorld Keynote Session
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Speaker(s): Joi Ito
Joi Ito will be kicking off BbWorld 2014. Using his exceptional practical experience and unmatched bird’s eye view of technology, Joi will provide his perspective on what new technologies are just over the horizon and how that they will affect the way education is delivered and received. Special Thanks to Keynote Session Sponsor: Ginkgotree
Blackboard User Experience Research Lab
Wednesday, July 16 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Veronese 2502
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Talk to Blackboard designers about everything from the state of education to their latest design prototypes. We want to hear from you! Visit the lab in Veronese 2502 on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM until 5 PM (except during keynotes) or find us roaming the halls with iPads loaded with our latest apps. Follow us on twitter @uxmoose
Blackboard User Group Meeting: BUGLUG
Wednesday, July 16 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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#ChoppedEdu Workshop: Cook up a Batch of Blended Learning (Part 1)
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Foodies will recognize this gameshow approach to education from Food Network’s Chopped cooking competition. Led by blended learning experts from the Getting Smart online community, part one of this workshop style session will begin with a deep dive into the six main blended learning decisions as outlined in the Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Participants will discuss specific examples of schools and districts that are key blended learning models. Once the group understands the blended learning ingredients they can use, its time to move on to part two! Please BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) to this interactive session.
BbWorld Student Innovation Workshop (Part 1)
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Student
Education is one of society’s most important systems, and is filled with complexity; this complexity often presents problems and challenges that make teaching and learning difficult. During this workshop, students will work in teams to design new solutions to challenges implicit in the educational journey. Students will hear from industry leaders in media and product design, will learn about a process for designing new innovations, and will then work collaboratively through a design process. Teams will be required to present their recommendations before a panel of judges and will have the chance to win up to $5,000 in prize money for the winning recommendation. Speakers & Coaches: Jon Kolko, Blackboard’s VP of Consumer Design and author of the book Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving (AC4D, 2012) and the forthcoming Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love (Harvard Business School Press, 2014).
Designing Custom Retention Strategies (one size does NOT fit all)
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader
Speaker(s): Ray Schroeder
Every college and university struggles with the loss of students. If only we could retain 100% of the students who begin a degree program, total enrollments would soar at most institutions. Strategies abound: better advising, early intervention, peer tutors, faculty development, engaging pedagogies, dashboards, analytics, and more. Yet, there is not one magic formula to achieve higher retention and completion in every program. This session will outline an approach to assessing the causes of drop/stop-outs and how to address them.
Designing Engaging Equivalent Instructional Learning Activities (EIAs) for Fully-Online Courses
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Michelle Simms
The question is often asked when creating learning activities in a fully-online environment: “How can we make online learning activities engaging, fun, collaborative, authentic, and as close to ‘actually being there’ as possible when students and instructors are physically separated by time and space?” This session will look at how Gwynedd Mercy University is building its fully-online programs in Blackboard(™), and designing Equivalent Instructional Activities (EIAs) that really get students’ motivational juices going. Incorporating “Icebreakers”, Wiki Debates, Case Studies, Video Lectures, WebQuests, Collaborative Blogging, Embedded Twitter Feeds, Glogsters, Padlets and other web-based and Google Apps activities using the SAMR Model and Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy frameworks for effective assessment answers much of that question. This presentation will also provide a look at how our students are prepared to interact with and navigate Blackboard(™) course tools via a ‘Student Readiness Course’, a requirement for all of our online learners.
Developing a campus mobile app for students by students using Mosaic
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Global Matters, Student
Speaker(s): Sharon Flynn, Students
The development of a campus mobile app can be precarious. It requires one group to take the lead, often Marketing or IT, while bringing along other stakeholders. It needs to support and be supported by various institutional strategies. It requires co-operation between various university departments. It has to identify the needs of the target group of users (students, staff, visitors, alumni etc). At NUI Galway, a novel “student as producer” approach is managing to surmount many of these issues, in the development of a mobile app for students using the Blackboard Mosaic platform. The EXPLORE scheme at NUI Galway gives students and staff the opportunity to partner up and deliver their innovative idea. Projects which are successful in applying to EXPLORE are awarded funding along with support and training throughout the academic year. In September 2013, two first year undergraduates proposed to develop a mobile app for students, and a number of staff from Teaching and Learning, Marketing, and IT have joined them under the EXPLORE scheme. The project is student-led. The two students are driving the project, writing the requirements and developing the app, with technical support from the Blackboard team. This presentation will describe the project, how it fits with the EXPLORE scheme, the results of a student survey carried out in January 2014, and the development of the app itself. We will discuss the benefits of a student-led initiative to achieve strategic results, while identifying some of the potential issues.
LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Protect the Integrity of Online Tests
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Nick Laboda
Learn how hundreds of institutions prevent cheating during online tests within proctored and non-proctored environments. This session focuses on the key challenges of online testing: student identity, accessing unapproved materials during exams, protecting exam content, reducing proctoring expenses, and increasing the flexibility of online exam delivery. Two applications from Respondus will be demonstrated. LockDown Browser prevents students from printing, copying, visiting other websites, or accessing other applications during a Blackboard Learn test. For non-proctored exams, Respondus Monitor uses webcam and video technology to ensure student identity and prevent access to unapproved materials. LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor integrate seamlessly with Blackboard Learn, enabling instructors and students to stay within the learning system at all times. The system provides high scalability and doesn’t require students to register for an exam ahead of time. If your students take online exams at testing centers, at home, or both, this is a must-attend session.
Managing Users, Courses, and Enrollments with the Data Integration Tool
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Wade Ashby
Given the variety of settings and options in the Student Information System Integration and Data Sources areas for the System Admin, it can be a daunting task to know where to start or what to change. Wade will show a variety of workflows that will help manage users and enrollments from term based solutions to ad hoc situations. We will go step-by-step setting up some of the situations and show how changing different options impacts the Blackboard system. Also Wade will share some of his PowerShell scripts that can help simplify tasks. Do not worry if you are not a programmer or veteran Blackboard administrator the session will start basic, and Wade will have time to answer questions along the way.
Marketing to Millennials: Recruiting Students Using Text Messaging
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Administrative Leader, CIO
According to the Noel-Levitz 2013 E-Expectations report, 65% of high school students are willing to receive text messages, while only 16% of them have actually receive texts from colleges. Through this session, learn best practices of recruiting prospective undergraduate and graduate students and how to effectively communicate with students about deadlines, scholarship reminders, billing dates, admission surveys and more through texts. Explore the most effective campaigns from the Office of Admission at Stetson University and gain tips for delivering text message content to your target audience while providing leadership with an early insight to recruitment efforts.
Our products - your brand! Give it the look and feel you like.
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Kirsten Ray
If you want to know how to make Bb products blend with other tools you are using and give them your distinct brand this sessions is for you. You will learn about capabilities and limitations of our products in regard to creating themes and branding them. We will point you to right tools so you can do it yourself, or you can engage Bb Consulting to help you with your needs.
Panel: How Best in Class Life Science Companies, Hospitals, and Medical Organizations Leverage Blackboard
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Professional Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Corporate Professional, Global Matters, IT Professional, Military/Government Professional
In this session you will hear from an assortment of panelist about how Blackboard is being utilized in professional environments.
Putnam County Embraces 21st Century Learning
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
The Putnam County School System (PCSS) began its personalized learning odyssey with the creation of the Virtual Instruction to Accentuate Learning (VITAL) program in 2008. Since then we have leveraged the tools available in Blackboard Learn™ to create a unique multifaceted program that includes credit advancement, credit recovery, dual enrollment, collegiate high school, interactive video conferencing, and flipped and blended learning. Come share our story and see how a rural Tennessee school district has embraced 21st century learning in order to connect with our students on their terms and meet their diverse needs.
Removing the Roadblocks to Digital
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Corporate Professional, Global Matters
There are many structural, behavioral and logistical issues that institutions must consider when they are implementing digital strategies. William Chesser, VP and GM of Vital Source Technologies, and Azim Ahmed with Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) will present examples, anecdotes and data which demonstrate the core requirements of a successful digital implementation strategy and they will share examples of successful e-learning programs.
Security Automation at Blackboard: What are we Doing?
Wednesday, July 16 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Matthew Saltzman
Wondering how the Security Team at Blackboard handles Automation? Interested in leveraging some of the same tools in your own environment? Blackboards’ Security Team has been growing steadily, and so has our need for infrastructure and home-grown tools designed to increase efficiency and automate the use of security tools and technologies. During this session, Matthew Saltzman will discuss some of the tools and technologies the security team is using to find and track security issues. Over the past couple of years, the automation infrastructure of the security team has grown immensely, and includes a number of different tools and technologies that scan the product, as well as store information and report on findings. The intention of this presentation is to explain how we’re leveraging various tools, and more importantly, how to do so in a way that saves time for administrators that need to do security scanning within their own environments. The tools I will be discussing are as follows: Third Party Tools • AppScan Standard • AppScan Source • Burp Internally Developed Tools (Open Source): • Operations Console • Parsers for Third Party Tools Infrastructure • Jenkins • Gradle Plugins
Developer Open Forum and Q&A Part 2
Wednesday, July 16 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Veronese 2501B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Join members of our Blackboard's development and product management teams for an open discussion around integrations, open standards, building blocks and more!
#ChoppedEdu Workshop: Cook up a Batch of Blended Learning (Part 2)
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
In part two of this interactive workshop, participants will work together in teams to design school models using components of blended and personalized learning. Each group will be given a basket of ingredients they can use to create their ideal school model. Blended learning expert chefs will provide guidance and assistance as the groups make key decisions about their model. This session provides a place for educators from all grade levels to work together and create blended learning models for their specific grade level range. Participants will create a pitch for their school model, present to the expert chefs from the blended learning experts from Getting Smart, and a #ChoppedEdu winner will be crowned! Please BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) to this interactive session.
An Open Source Framework for Working with Blackboard Learn's Web Services
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Kurt Faulknerloser
Blackboard Learn's web services interface provides a rich, extensible interface to programmatically add, delete, retrieve and update data. Unfortunately, working with this interface can be more than a little challenging - especially for a programmer who has never worked with web services before. In this session you'll be introduced to a new open source framework that will allow you to quickly and easily access all of the power of Blackboard Learn's existing web services. The goal of this framework is to make working with Blackboard's built-in web services as easy as possible by abstracting out all of the complex virtual objects, WSDL, and session contexts; allowing programmers to focus on the task of integrating their information systems with Blackboard Learn. After a brief introduction, we'll go over how to download the framework and create a simple web service client application. Then we'll run that application against a Blackboard Learn host.
Creating a Master Online Course and Blackboard Learn Presence
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Lisa Capan, Monica Hill
Due to popular demand, this session is being run a second time. Originally held in Titian 2202 at 1:45 - 2:30. In an effort to improve the use and familiarization with Blackboard Learn™, The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has adopted a new requirement for all faculty to create a Blackboard Learn™ Presence in the classroom (Online, Blended and Face-to-Face). In addition to this initiative, CCBC is also piloting a new initiative, the Distance Education Course Summit (DECS), in an effort to help ensure all online and blended courses are developed according to the Quality Matters (QM) rubric. The ultimate goal of DECS is to have all CCBC online courses achieve QM certification and become the Master Online Course in Blackboard Learn™. During the DECS, faculty have the opportunity to collaborate with experts in instructional design and media, subject matter experts, and the CCBC Library to ensure faculty have the resources necessary to develop courses that achieve high quality online course design and content.
How to Select Test Delivery Models that Deliver Results
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Dave Meissner
Professors are no longer restricted to one or two possible assessment delivery models to meet the high-stakes testing needs of classroom-based and online learning courses. In fact, the virtual explosion in possible options has made selecting the right test delivery model, or models, for a particular course rather daunting. This “abundance of choice” often means that the status quo is maintained long after much more suitable alternatives have been developed. Maintaining the status quo can often be at the expense of student satisfaction, exam integrity and an increased workload for faculty and staff. This session will inventory all of the available test delivery models, critically analyze them for their relative strengths and weaknesses and propose some techniques you can use to identify your own solutions on the high-stakes test delivery continuum. You’ll also hear how {client name TBD} is tackling the high-stakes test delivery challenge.
Jobs require experience. Internships.com and Blackboard are leading the way.
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, IT Professional
Speaker(s): James Whitehead
Relative real-world experience is the key to getting a job in today’s increasingly competitive global economy. Internships.com and Blackboard have partnered to help students differentiate themselves to land jobs and internships through the free Internships.com Building Block In this session, Internships.com’s University Partnership Manager James Whitehead will share his experiences on the launch of the free Internships.com Building Block. James will present a case study of institutional adoption at the University of Texas at El Paso, sharing analytics information including time on site, building block usage, and more. James will discuss the importance of internships to students in today’s economic climate, and present the product features of the Building Block. In this challenging economic environment, where students can use every bit of help in landing a job or internship, this is a session that you cannot afford to miss. This information session is perfect for anyone interested in student outcomes.
Leveraging Distance Education to Teach Required Competencies To Align With The Mission
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Government/Military
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Global Matters, Military/Government Professional
Speaker(s): Dr. William Ferree
Understanding the effects of new programs or program cancellations on your mission requires in-depth functional analysis that includes looking at the structure of the organization. What do we need as competencies in this evolving environment? How do we keep quality personnel with the skill sets we need? How do we train/educate our workforce in those competencies that we need to improve? Distance Education that goes beyond page-turning documents and self-paced computer-based training offers great advantages to moving towards answers to this question. This presentation will cover how the Naval War College designs and delivers courses in a competency-based curriculum.
Leveraging Learning Analytics to Build a Culture of Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO
Mesa Community College is building a culture of evidence-based decision- making to support student success and completion. Through a collaborative endeavor, the college developed and promoted a process for evidence based inquiry and used the Bb Analytics platform to democratize access to large amounts of data. This innovative approach is enabling the college to move past the pilot and assess process and develop sustainable informed planning and decision-making processes across the college.
Our Brains Are Full Already! Helping Student Employees Provide Technical Support to Faculty
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Dan Stoffel
Being a technical support professional is hard enough -- we have to know a million and one things, the technology is changing all the time, and our "customers" aren't always in the best mood. So how much worse must it be for our poor student employees? With less-than full-time training, less than full-time pay and less than full-time loyalty (this is, for many, just a job to help pay for that toga party), what can we expect of our student support technicians, and how can we make sure they have the information and tools they need to do their jobs? Dan Stoffel will share some of his strategies, including training techniques, an intranet with boilerplate language, and a support tracking database with built-in FAQs. We'd also love to hear what works (or doesn't) for you!
Outcomes Assessment: Words of Wisdom From Purchase to Implementation
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Are you tired of hearing about manual evidence collection and evaluation processes? Ever wonder what that Outcomes Assessment is all about? Hear about the processes from purchase to implementation from clients who have experience with Outcomes Assessment, a unique tool designed for the collection and evaluation of evidence across the continuum of learning. Panel discussion moderated by Product Manager Jason Philip Sparks.
Platform Services Client Panel: Why we engaged Bb Consulting.
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Administrative Leader, CIO, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Tom Clarke
This moderated panel of recent services clients will describe their needs, why they chose to engage Blackboard Consulting to help them with their implementation/upgrade instead of doing it on their own, and the benefits of buying a holistic solution from Bb instead of just the SW.
Ready, Set, Grow! Your Highly Qualified Online Teacher Pool
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
In order to internally grow our highly qualified online instructor pool, The North Carolina Virtual Public School had created a rigorous and comprehensive professional learning curriculum that we deliver to potential teachers via Blackboard. Our professional learning curriculum successfully transitions traditional and lateral entry teachers to teach our courses and provides them the tools be exceptional online teachers. This professional learning curriculum has produced one National Online Teacher of the Year who now works with a former North Carolina Teacher of the Year to create our professional learning curriculum. Come explore how NCVPS structures and delivers their Professional Learning Course consisting of a 9-week online course and a 9-week Practicum (student teaching like experience) in which potential teachers learn NCVPS policies, procedures, expectations, how to work within an LMS, NCVPS instructional design principles, and best practices for teaching through communication, grading and feedback, announcements, and personalized instruction.
Three Questions That Everyone Asks About Education Technology
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Featured Speaker
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Betsy Corcoran
Is education technology making a difference for students? Will edtech put teachers out of work? What will education look like in future? Betsy Corcoran, cofounder and CEO of EdSurge, will discuss these frequently asked questions about the intersection of education and technology and offer insights on the answers that are emerging.
Trends in Online Learning
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Global Matters
What's holding you back from growing your online presence? Based on research with hundreds of your peer institutions, this session will explore how the use of collaboration tools, mobility, and more will be changed by shifts in student demands and the fight to attract and retain students. Join this session, led by a panel of academic technologists to learn how leading schools are thinking about online learning in the future and what you should be thinking about as part of your long term strategy. (This is based on a webinar held in April of 2014 that was very popular.)
You Say You Know It? Prove It!
Wednesday, July 16 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Competency-based direct assessment models are springing up at higher education institutions across the country. The promise of increased affordability and speed to competency provides a huge incentive for students to consider earning their degree via direct assessment. Additionally, institutions are actively pursuing innovations that can deliver a high quality academic experience to students at a lower cost. This will be a blended panel discussion between Blackboard Inc. and Capella University regarding the implementation of, FlexPath, the nation’s first competency-based direct assessment program at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, and the future of competency-based direct assessment.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: Northeast Connect BUG
Wednesday, July 16 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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Blackboard Corporate Keynote: Jay Bhatt
Wednesday, July 16 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Venetian Ballroom
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Jay Bhatt, CEO, will share his perspective on the new era of education in a learner-centric world and how Blackboard is helping address these changes by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. He will also share some exciting sneak-peeks into our product and solutions innovation agenda and how we are reimagining the education experience.
Adaptive Analytics: The Future of Faculty Development and Performance Assessment
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Global Matters, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Anthony Bichel
Big Data and predictive analytics promise to increase student retention rates, learning outcomes and future occupational success - promises that many campus administrators find hard to ignore. Accordingly, as increasing numbers of analytic and adaptive learning applications find their way onto campuses there are two considerations worth noting: 1) instructional faculty, including adjuncts, will need specific support structures and professional development opportunities in order to remain effective in the classroom, and 2) data-driven faculty performance measures will become the new normal.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: miBUG
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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Blackboard User Group Meeting: NENY BUG
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BUG Room: Veronese 2401A
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Blue Text Analytics: Unlocking Hidden Themes From Your Open-Ended Student Feedback
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Ian Haugh
In the age of the online surveys and course evaluations, the collection and interpretation of open-ended student feedback has remained unused to its full potential. With introduction of Blue Text Analytics, higher education now has a powerful tool at their disposal to unlocking themes and identifying relationships in their qualitative data. eXplorance and Provalis Research set out to compile a robust dictionary through which important information can be gleaned from a wealth of industry specific data. Graphical analysis of words can identify themes in your data by clustering words or by looking at their proximity to specific qualifiers. Blue can draw data from existing IT infrastructures and leverage the text analytics application to compare quantitative data gathered from surveys and course evaluations against the identical user’s qualitative feedback. This technique creates an explosion of data points for analysis, providing a depth and breadth of insights unseen in the industry today.
Business and Government Keynote: Paul Taylor
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Featured Speaker
Institution Type: Professional Education
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Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Corporate Professional, IT Professional, K-12 Professional, Military/Government Professional, Student
Speaker(s): Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at the Pew Research Center that oversees demographic, social and generational research and author of The Next America, will speak on how the widening American generational gap and current state of the well-educated, tech-savvy, and underemployed Millennial are affecting our global workforce.
Effective Strategies for Creating Student Engagement
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Global Matters
Designing online course activities for students is challenging on its own. Really engaging students, by involving them intensely with the content, requiring them to think and apply what they are learning in 'real world' scenarios, and requiring their collaboration with others to solve problems that are messy and unscripted is daunting! Engaging learners means interacting with them. The more interaction, the greater the satisfaction. The greater the satisfaction, the higher the academic achievement. In this session, you have an opportunity to hear multiple strategies employed across two different institutions, including a team of teaching faculty from Wayne State University and Tammi Kolski, Adjunct Faculty, Central Michigan University. Each will share strategies for enhancing student engagement in an online classroom. They will share proven instructional activities that engage learners with the content and activities that support the formation of strong learning communities. Synchronous and asynchronous instructional techniques will be shared for ways to mobilize stronger engagement with and between students in their online classroom learning experience. Whether you are a Blackboard novice or an experienced user, you will walk away with strategies to increase student engagement with the course material as well as with other students and the instructor, using best practices for creating effective learning communities.
From LMS to Learning Environment: Blackboard's Roadmap for Learning Solutions
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Brad Koch, David Hastie
The LMS is moving quickly beyond its traditional acronym. Beyond simple grade books, management tools and discussion boards and into a comprehensive learning environment that fully meets the expectations of today’s students. It is for this reason that we’re not just thinking about today’s LMS – we’re powering a learning environment that can support online expansion years down the road. This roadmap session will show you how we: • Are putting the student first, enabling them to access and interact with the learning environment anywhere, anytime and on any device. • Focusing on simplicity by redesigning tools and streamlining critical workflows for instructors. • Support competency-based learning models, enabling you to measure student achievement against learning objectives and personalize the student experience based on their performance. **This session will also be held 07/16 at 5:15pm in San Polo 3505.
It's Applied, Blended, and Collaborative + A Coordinated Approach to Blended Learning
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters
"It's Applied, Blended and Collaborative! Going beyond the point-and-click workshop" -Hong Kong Polytechnic University Implementing a program of faculty development is an important part of making the implementation of a new LMS work. Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) began using Blackboard Learn 9.1 in May 2011 and embarked on an ambitious faculty development plan. Numbers of faculty teaching with Blackboard grew rapidly but increasing the pedagogical sophistication of use was a much slower process. In January 2014 PolyU introduced a new blended faculty development program called Becoming an Online Teacher. The first cohort completed the program in May 2014. Their experience has been an interesting and informative reflection on the design of faculty development to achieve engagement and pedagogical enhancement. "ePBL the first ten years. A coordinated approach to blended learning." -University of Manchester We developed an innovative approach 10 years ago now which has evolved into an integrated managed learning experience for staff and students. This has included using creative software and ideas to enhance the learning experience for students. To implement this approach we had to gain complete staff and student buy in at all levels. Using Blackboard as the principle delivery platform and coupled with the extensive use of selective release of assessments and learning modules to monitor student progression. This approach could be adapted and applied to any school willing to change the way they manage their online content to students.
K-12 External Keynote: Bob Wise
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Featured Speaker
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Speaker(s): Bob Wise
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and former governor of West Virginia, will speak to how the effective use of technology in schools will improve education and outcomes, not only for students, but for our nation.
Leadership for the Innovative University: What are the skills that colleges and universities will demand from their leaders in the future?
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Featured Speaker
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Selingo
Jeffery will discuss his thoughts on how higher education will look years from now as our industry is in the midst of one of the greatest periods of transformations it has ever seen.
Moving Class Evaluations Online With Enterprise Survey
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
This informative program will illustrate best practices of transitioning from hardcopy course evaluations to Blackboard Enterprise Surveys and highlight the pitfalls and triumphs experienced in the process. Through implementation and adoption of Blackboard Enterprise Survey, costs have been reduced, distribution times have improved, and student engagement has been shown to be in-line with expected rates of participation. Participants will learn about best practices applied and pitfalls encountered when implementing a move to online evaluations, while interactively discussing and creating a plan for implementing a similar program at their institutions.
The Fast and the Furious - Surviving a Fast Track ANGEL to Blackboard Learn Migration
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Two years. The amount of time that Cowley College had been in the decision making process of choosing a new LMS to replace ANGEL as it inevitably entered its final stages. Plans had been made, products evaluated, timelines formulated, ANGEL migration cohorts joined and completed, and finally the choice made to implement Blackboard Learn. (Product evaluation included short off-course test drive of another LMS, Instructure Canvas, and a quick U-turn back to the fast track at Blackboard Learn.) And then it happened. Due to a series of events at the college, the decision was made to implement Blackboard Learn by Fall 2014, a full semester earlier than the proposed timeline.
Winning with the LOTTO: The Ticket to Success in Supporting Faculty Online Course Development
Wednesday, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Mariann Hawken
As the oldest Historically Black College (HBC) in Maryland, Bowie State University (BSU) found nearly 90% of students were interested in taking an online or hybrid course. Although 74% of faculty expressed interest in teaching online, their overwhelming challenge was finding time to attend all-inclusive training and to develop comprehensive materials. In response to the urgent need, BSU began the Learning Online, Teaching with Technology Online (LOTTO) Institute, a week-long faculty development experience featuring a collegial environment for exploring both Blackboard(R) technologies and the pedagogy of online teaching and learning. During this presentation, we will describe the process of conducting a needs analysis to assess the knowledge gaps among the faculty related to the design, development, implementation and evaluation online courses; explain how those results are then applied to the process of designing the content of a faculty development program; and explain the process of planning and implementing the program.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: VaBUG
Wednesday, July 16 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BUG Room: Veronese 2401A
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Analyzing Learn usage patterns for improved course design.
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Brian Finnegan
This session will look at the baseline delivery of Analytics For Learn and examine how analytics reporting can influence the decisions about online course delivery to improve usage and student interaction.
Blackboard Leadership Roadmap: Innovating for Your Long Term Success
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO
Education is at an inflection point. Much of this is driven by a new generation of learners that have very different expectations of what their education experience should be like: from how they navigate their own learning journey, how they manage the business of being a student, to how, when and where they consume content. In response, Blackboard is reimagining the delivery and business of education to help drive our client’s institutional competitiveness and long term success. This session will focus on how Blackboard is leading the market and evolving the learning environment, services, analytics and technology with an eye for the future of education.
Blackboard President/Provost Roadmap: Innovating for Your Long Term Success
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: President/Provost
Education is at an inflection point. Much of this is driven by a new generation of learners that have very different expectations of what their education experience should be like: from how they navigate their own learning journey, how they manage the business of being a student, to how, when and where they consume content. In response, Blackboard is reimagining the delivery and business of education to help drive our client’s institutional competitiveness and long term success. This session will focus on how Blackboard is leading the market and evolving the learning environment, services, analytics and technology with an eye for the future of education.
Building a Digital District
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Our session will focus on the process that Cecil County Public Schools used to implement Blackboard Learn™ in our K-12 school district. In less than two years, we have leveraged the content collection to house our entire curriculum electronically and we have over 4000 students participating in hybrid courses and other blended learning activities. In addition, the majority of our county professional development is delivered through Blackboard Learn™ in an online or a hybrid format. We will show how we did it and examples of courses designed for both students and teachers.
Discussion Reports with BIRT: A Greek Tragedy in Two Acts
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Act One: Faculty often request data that isn’t provided by Learn’s built-in reports, necessitating the need for queries directly against the Learn database. In this session, we will review how we used BIRT to create our own Building Block to provide user data directly to instructors regarding discussion posts written and read. Act Two: Along with that, the audience will participate in sharing what queries they run on a regular basis and what data needs faculty have. As a group, we’ll discuss how these can be built in to a BIRT Building Block for deployment at the system or course level.
Driving Successful Outcomes and Student Engagement with ePortfolios: One Institution's Journey
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Linda Novak
Institutions are expected to meet certain standards of quality and clearly demonstrate student achievement against these benchmarks. Aligning curriculum and evidence of learning to standards becomes important for accreditation, institutional reporting and program improvement. But how do you know which solution is right for your institution? Join Linda Novak, Interim Division Chair, Public Service, at Fayetteville Technical Community College, as she discusses FTCC’s decision to implement ePortfolios and the successful outcomes from both a department and student perspective. Learn what FTCC’s top considerations were based on experience with various solutions and understand why the deep Blackboard integration was critical to the success of the project. Whether you are starting from scratch and want to implement ePortfolios at your institution or you’re evaluating your current ePortfolio strategy, this presentation is for you!
Flipping the Classroom
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator
Speaker(s): Eric Nelson
Where do you start in flipping the classroom? What can your course look like if you use technology to enhance your student’s out of class experience? How can adaptive assessment be used to garner valuable insight concerning what your students are understanding? Join Professor Eric Nelson of Missouri State University as he poses these questions, shows how he flipped his classroom, and used publisher provided content integrated with Blackboard to aid in the flipping of that classroom. This session offers specific examples of how technology can help you to better prepare your students for class, give you feedback before class about what your students are thinking, and create a dynamic classroom experience. The session will also outline how administrators and instructional designers can work with your faculty as they add more technology to their courses.
Hold the Winning Hand: Tools and Tips to Help Manage Blackboard Learn Environments
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Terry Patterson
Blackboard at the University of Missouri has always been a mission critical environment; however, it lacked the tools necessary to analyze and troubleshoot. Learn how Mizzou introduced third party tools and scripts that helped administrators better understand how users interact with Blackboard and improved troubleshooting issues within the application. Attendees will take away information about open source and proprietary software they can implement within their environments, along with tips and tricks to improve communications with Blackboard Support.
Life After ANGEL - Timelines, Options and Next Steps
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Hear directly from Blackboard product and support leaders about what a future away from the ANGEL LMS looks like. We'll review timelines, options and suggested next steps for customers to consider.
MOOC Your Way: 5 Universities Unique Approaches to Open Education
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
As the topic of MOOCs continues to be prevalent in education, institutions are tasked with understanding how this paradigm can impact their teaching and learning initiatives and business models. Through a panel discussion, representatives from Higher College of Technology, Stevenson University, Syracuse, Tarleton University, and UMass Boston will share why they are embracing MOOCs and how they are approaching the MOOC "experiment" in strategic and tactical ways. In addition, you will learn how Blackboard can support your MOOCs and Open Education initiatives through a new platform free to Blackboard customers.
Old Media to New Realities: The Power to Engage
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Featured Speaker
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Hall Davidson
QR (Quick Reference) Codes, AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) are digital tools that increase learning. Like media, they are used by business and industry and have powerful implications for teaching. Learn the nuts and bolts on how to leverage new (and old) media to add greater dimension to your coursework. Hall Davidson, renowned educational innovator with Discovery Education, shares insights on the must-adopt practices that are driving student engagement (and outcomes) in the digital age.
Personalized Learning for 6,500 Teachers
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Metro Nashville Public Schools is a district of 170 schools K-12 and just about 6,500 teachers. Tennessee and MNPS have adopted the CCSS as well as PARCC assessment. These dramatic moves in the educational setting combined with several district initiatives (Project Based Learning, Social Emotional Learning, Learning Technology Plan, District Unit Planning) prompted a drastic change the methodology for providing Professional Development to our teachers. Given the diversity in our student population with respect to culture, language, race, socioeconomic status, learning style, interests, abilities, and needs; how do we provide excellent educational experiences for every student? By modeling personalized and differentiated professional development for teachers! Using a modular format, bringing all departments together to serve as subject matter experts, and designing competency based assessments to model best practices, teachers were rapidly immersed into the world of personalized learning at its best.
Purposeful MOOCing: Secrets Exposed
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Come join the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide panel as we explore the journey of our MOOC initiative. We’ll reveal the secrets that led to a successful MOOC program with Blackboard CourseSites® by discussing our process from inception to completion. We’ll tell you the true motivators for our MOOC adventure and share our best practices and lessons learned during the planning, designing, developing, and facilitating phases. From our first MOOC “The Human Factor in Aviation” and beyond, our panel of Instructional Designers and Project Managers will engage with the audience to help them launch their own successful MOOC initiative.
Solutions/Services Listening and Learning for Business and Government
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Professional Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Military/Government Professional
Speaker(s): Jim Hermens, Paul Terry
This session you will be able to meet with Blackboard Business and Government leaders to discuss the challenges you face and how Blackboard can partner with you to meet them. Come and share your thoughts and visions of learning in the workplace.
Student Retention and throughput models
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Global Matters
Speaker(s): Izak Smit
Are student dropout rates and you failing to retain them a problem? Do you have to improve pass rates and improve throughput? Let us look at the impact of national and institutional challenges regarding the improvement of the student experience. In South Africa the White Paper on Post-School Education identified the low student success rates and set targets for its improvement and the future improvements through the application of technology for teaching and learning to reach these goals are clearly stated. Most obviously we need to remember that the great Albert Einstein did not coin the phrase “Insanity is when you keep on doing the same thing and expects change” for nothing. Fortunately we have the early warning systems (EWS) in Blackboard Learn that is now growing up to raise to the challenge with the Retention Centre. This discussion will highlight early successes in the use of the EWS for improved student success.
Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE)
Wednesday, July 16 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Featured Speaker
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, IT Professional, Student
Speaker(s): Sandra Woodley
Does a certain major sound interesting in theory, yet make you wonder exactly how one might apply that knowledge in “the real world”? Hear how the Louisiana System leverages job market information to drive curricular offerings—and ensure that students graduate with the marketable skills needed to secure a job and succeed in the career world. Hear about a new program to drive better career outcomes for the 90,000 students in the Louisiana State system.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: NYCAP BUG
Wednesday, July 16 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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Growing Enrollments: Implementing Online Programs with Learners in Mind
Wednesday, July 16 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, Global Matters
Speaker(s): Leslie Buckalew
This session will focus on helping educational administrators grow enrollments using Online Programs that improve student retention and timely completion of degrees. Proven pedagogy that focuses on learner needs will be reviewed. Use of Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate will be highlighted.Online enrollments have shown a 20% annual increase since 2010 and more than ever Colleges know that effectively implementing Online programs is critical to our long term success. This session will review proper planning and resources needed to run a successful Online Program and grow enrollments while achieving student success and course completion.Finally, we will discuss program evaluation in the context of the larger campus strategic plan and enrollment management strategies.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: DCBUG
Wednesday, July 16 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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Blackboard User Group Meeting: Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations: An Open Discussion fo Feature Gaps
Wednesday, July 16 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUG Room: Veronese 2401A
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A Perfect Match: The Flipped Classroom & Blackboard
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters, K-12 Professional
Join a panel of teachers and academic leaders who will discuss their experiences with flipping their science, music, and professional development classrooms. Blackboard’s Innovative Classroom solutions are the perfect vehicle to support flipped learning classrooms (and other blended learning classrooms). Participants will discuss the flipped classroom model and how Blackboard can enhance the student’s experience. Increasing student interactions; timely formative and summative assessments; more effective student/parent feedback; organized video, text and interactive content are just a few of the ways Blackboard Learn can improve the class.
An Online Store that Redefines the Educational Experience
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Rob Reynolds, Ted Hopper
Come take a tour of the online store that will become the new standard for teaching and learning. The Blackboard Store provides faculty with one-stop-shop access to a range of print and digital course materials, including free and commercial resources. Find out how you can save time developing courses and tracking and identifying at-risk students. And students benefit from having all of their educational materials easily organized in one central place.
Because Knowing is not Enough: Advancing Learning Analytics from Predicting Failure to Supporting Success
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: CIO, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Bernie Dodge, John Whitmer
This presentation will discuss the findings from a pilot study conducted at San Diego State University that evaluated interventions triggered by learning analytics on a demographically diverse student population. Data from Blackboard Learn and other academic technology platforms was used to identify students at-risk of failing two introductory-level high enrollment courses (Psychology and Statistics, n=882 combined) with historically low pass rates (approx. 25-35%). With guidance from course instructors, a research assistant emailed identified students about once a week with targeted suggestions to improve their performance. Statistically significant relationships were found between the email “triggers” and student grades, and the email interventions were effective for certain groups of students. In this presentation we will discuss study findings, lessons learned, and next steps.
Big Data in Campus Decision Making
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Global Matters
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln sought ways to better understand how well it utilized its general purpose classrooms and the technology in those classrooms. By combining data feeds from PeopleSoft, our technology utilization database, and the IT purchasing database, Nebraska is truly exercising the might of big-data by continually developing a complete longitudinal and near-real-time view of capex (Capital Expenditures) performance within scarce classrooms. Join UNL CIO, Mark Askren, Assistant Director of Learning and Emerging Technologies, Heath Tuttle and Blackboard’s Principal Strategist Phil Adams as they describe this unique data challenge and data-driven outcomes exploiting Blackboard’s Big Data capabilities.
Blackboard Ate My Homework
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Chris Bray
Students (and even instructors) report that Blackboard Learn "ate their homework". Did this really happen, or was it a violation of academic honesty? Using system logs and user activity reports, the system administrator can track a user’s activity in the system. In this session, we'll look at the forensic data and tools needed to efficiently investigate these claims, using a combination of Blackboard reports and logs, and external tools.
Blackboard Learn Cloud Deployment
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Global Matters, IT Professional
Speaker(s): David Ashman, Greg Ritter
The demands of managing enterprise environments and delivering software to our customers continue to evolve over time, and Blackboard is evolving along with those demands. We are embarking on a new public cloud deployment approach for Blackboard Learn that will bring our customers zero-downtime upgrades, elastic management of peak loads, improved resilience, and faster innovation. Recognizing that no single model meets the diverse needs of our global client base, this new public cloud option will be offered to clients alongside our existing self-hosted and private cloud (managed hosting) models. This session is your opportunity to learn more about our new cloud initiatives. We’ll provide an overview of the new cloud offering, release approaches, transition support, a high-level roadmap, and time for Q&A.
Blackboard® Reframed for Process, Project and Performance Quality Assurance
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Professional Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Military/Government Professional
Blackboard’s® functionality for collaboration, information distribution and reporting is ideal for project, process and performance quality assurance. Any enterprise–wide endeavor with participants in multiple locations requires: · A common place to store and share working documents · Collaboration and communication tools · A way to measure and track the progress of individuals, groups and the entire project at any time While Blackboard® provides all of this functionality, how it can all be reframed outside of the classroom may not be obvious. This session will answer some of those questions by focusing on examples and application of using Blackboard’s extensive collection of tools outside of the classroom context.
Course Development with Accessibility in Mind
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: CIO, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
This presentation takes you on a journey through the process of developing accessible ready-to-teach courses, using Blackboard technologies and universal design, at San Jacinto College. During the journey, we focus on accessible design techniques and best practices as we encounter assessments, course layouts, and video mashups, amongst other engaging points of interest.
Developing & Implementing a Successful Mobile Strategy
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Sage Freeman
Developing a mobile strategy at a higher ed institution can often seem like a difficult and unreachable goal. At Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR we partnered with Blackboard Mobile to plan, develop and implement a mobile strategy. Discover what steps and approach we took to successfully move from concept to implementation, navigate obstacles and work with contributors to collect data and develop content for our mobile app. In this session we will look at how we addressed common challenges and highlight key factors that made our project success.
Exemplary Institutional Practices in Course Design: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Award-Winning Ecosystem
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
This year for the first time the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program gave a Catalyst award to an institution rather than an individual course, to provide special recognition to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has long been a leader in exemplary course design. Embry-Riddle not only produces consistently award-winning courses, but more importantly has developed an ecosystem of practices that support and promote a culture of excellence in instructional design. Their strong team of instructional designers works closely with faculty to define best practices, apply them to high quality content and assessments, and create alignment with learning objectives and program goals. The value of their practices goes far beyond technology and includes support from academic leadership, the expansion and enhancement of academic programs, professional recognition for faculty, and the ability to extend their reach to diverse communities of learners such as deployed military. Join us to learn what makes this ecosystem work.
Extreme Makeover: Higher Ed Edition- Our Angel to Blackboard Transition
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: CIO, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Kendall St. Hilaire
Indian River State College migrated from Angel to Blackboard and within one semester managed to pull off a complete system migration, and trained faculty and staff.
From Homeless to Valedictorian: Angel Sanchez Exemplifies the Promise of Community Colleges
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Featured Speaker
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, Corporate Professional, Faculty/Educator, IT Professional, Military/Government Professional, Student
Speaker(s): Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez graduated from Valencia College this spring as valedictorian and is awaiting word from a couple of schools to determine his next steps for pursuing a bachelor of arts degree. His life’s journey includes being raised in a troubled family of addiction and crime and spending several years in prison. After leaving prison, he moved to Orlando and through a homeless waiver, he enrolled in Valencia College. Despite the hurdles he has faced, Angel has become a fine example of all that can be achieved through flexible academic options and his own innate desire to succeed. Come hear this remarkable story. Introduction: Bill White, Chief Information Officer, Valencia College Presenter: Angel Sanchez, 2014 Graduate of Valencia College
How Blackboard doubled concurrent usage with Dell Software's Performance Monitoring Solution
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Amit Parikh
In large environments such as universities, the Blackboard application needs to be able to support tens of thousands of concurrent users.  To ensure the best possible performance, Blackboard performs rigorous, iterative load testing and optimization activities.  The results are published as architecture reference documents that detail the hardware and database configurations proven to deliver solid performance under heavy loads.  Learn how Blackboard was able to achieve its primary goal of supporting 50,000 concurrent users with acceptable response times by isolating the root cause of performance degradation in the database.
Inside an Innovative Classroom: A Day in the Life of Today’s Students and Teachers
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Speaker(s): Julie Evans
Get a peek inside an innovative K-12 classroom as Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, moderates an engaging and interactive panel discussion with students and teachers from a variety of leading edge schools. Learn how technology is fully integrated into learning experiences from accessing multi-media resources for teaching and learning to collaborating with classmates and colleagues. Experience what it means to be in a virtual learning environment as well as a blended learning space. Walk away with a better understanding of how technology is personalizing the teaching and learning experience.
LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Protect the Integrity of Online Tests
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Nick Laboda
Learn how hundreds of institutions prevent cheating during online tests within proctored and non-proctored environments. This session focuses on the key challenges of online testing: student identity, accessing unapproved materials during exams, protecting exam content, reducing proctoring expenses, and increasing the flexibility of online exam delivery. Two applications from Respondus will be demonstrated. LockDown Browser prevents students from printing, copying, visiting other websites, or accessing other applications during a Blackboard Learn test. For non-proctored exams, Respondus Monitor uses webcam and video technology to ensure student identity and prevent access to unapproved materials. LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor integrate seamlessly with Blackboard Learn, enabling instructors and students to stay within the learning system at all times. The system provides high scalability and doesn’t require students to register for an exam ahead of time. If your students take online exams at testing centers, at home, or both, this is a must-attend session.
Self-learning modules for basic medical education
Wednesday, July 16 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters
The learning outcomes and the courses of basic medical education (BME) program in the Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, are structured by body systems. Recently, National Health Personnel Licensing Examination Board in Republic of Korea published a set of test goals for physician board exam. Because the test goals are structured by physician encounters (PEs) rather than body systems, our BME program cannot be matched to the test goals as it is. Using Blackboard Learn, we mapped the test goals onto the learning outcomes and reshuffled the learning contents by physician encounters. To make medical students familiar with physician board exam environment, we built self-learning modules to access the PE-oriented learning contents and goals.
Beyond the Discussion Board: Implementing Blackboard Tools to Increase Engagement
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Engagement is known to increase student retention, yet efforts of institutions to engage with students have fallen short, especially with “traditional” LMS tools like the discussion board. In order to understand, examine, and measure “engagement”, one institution defined engagement as “increasing student-student, student-faculty, and student-content involvement and interest in their learning. This session explores student and faculty experiences from a variety of institutions using traditional discussion boards in online, hybrid, and campus-based classes. Then we will take a deeper dive with an institution that implemented blogs, journals, wikis, and video everywhere in order to increase engagement. We will discuss the results of implementing these tools and the reaction of the students and faculty.
Blackboard Guru: Initiative to Break Faculty Boundaries
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) adopted the Blackboard Learning Management System in 2002, and while its use has grown steadily, most faculty have adopted it only as a repository for course documents. The need was clear! Courses needed to be an area where faculty felt comfortable to teach and met the needs of students. The UIW Department of Instructional Technology made that possible! It was determined the best way to improve faculty adoption, was to develop a faculty training course that would teach selected faculty on how to develop course content that would not only inform students of course objectives, but would engage students both in and out of the classroom. The presenters will describe the development and recruitment process followed by a detailed overview of their “lead by example” approach to training. They will also provide examples of engaging Blackboard-supported courses produced by the first cohort of Gurus.
Change Management in the Transition to Online Programs
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Faculty/Educator
Speaker(s): Scott Ready
Developing an online program involves much more than course and curriculum creation, technology adoption and other tactics. It requires strategic thinking and collaboration among many different stakeholders who view these programs from different perspectives and have different values and concerns - all of which need to be considered to ensure success. As faculty, you are in a unique position to influence change and direct the conversations that impact how new educational programs are developed and implemented at your institution. Learn more about the collaborative analysis necessary when making the transition to online programs and strategies for constructive discussion and change management at your institution. This facilitated discussion will model the type of discussions you might find useful at your institutions and will help prepare you to be a faculty leader in change management. Topics covered will include ensuring quality, addressing diverse student needs, changes in faculty role and course structures and more.
Extending Analytics for Learn
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: CIO, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Brian Finnegan
Blackboard Education Services is in process of implementing Analytics for Learn for clients that have need for data not included in the baseline A4L Building Block or Data Model. To meet the needs Bb consulting is developing a data exchange between Learn and Analytics and data model extension. This session covers the case study of the requirement and design.
From LMS to Learning Environment: Blackboard's Roadmap for Learning Solutions
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Brad Koch, David Hastie
The LMS is moving quickly beyond its traditional acronym. Beyond simple grade books, management tools and discussion boards and into a comprehensive learning environment that fully meets the expectations of today’s students. It is for this reason that we’re not just thinking about today’s LMS – we’re powering a learning environment that can support online expansion years down the road. This roadmap session will show you how we: • Are putting the student first, enabling them to access and interact with the learning environment anywhere, anytime and on any device. • Focusing on simplicity by redesigning tools and streamlining critical workflows for instructors. • Support competency-based learning models, enabling you to measure student achievement against learning objectives and personalize the student experience based on their performance. **This session will also be held at 07/16 at 1:00pm in San Polo 3503.
How to Get the Most out of Client Support: Leveraging Blackboard Resources
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Lynn Zingraf
This session provides an overview of the full range of Blackboard resources and tools available to system administrators. The session will focus on how Blackboard administrators can resolve their software issues quickly and efficiently through effective use of the Behind the Blackboard case management and knowledge management tool. The session will also highlight the help resources Blackboard provides for users, including our On Demand videos and help site, help.blackboard.com. It will also cover how to escalate an issue that requires a different level of attention. The session is designed towards easing the support load of the typical Blackboard administrator, particularly those who are new to Blackboard or new to Behind the Blackboard.
Improving Student Success with 24/7/365: Always on, anytime, anywhere eLEARNING technology Support Services
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: CIO, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
DCCCD was struggling to meet student support needs and their key objective of fulfilling the educational demands of their students by improving student success. The team realized that they were struggling to meet students support needs. Students were demanding extended hours of Blackboard Learn support. By partnering with Blackboard DCCCD to extend their help desk support and has seen incredible benefits, including increased satisfaction by over 85%.
Make It the First Place You Look: Managing University Knowledge
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Scott Schuth
Ever wondered who has the latest version of a course proposal or syllabus? Perhaps you are afraid to email a copy of a form because the recipient(s) will use it beyond its intended life cycle? Accreditation visit coming up and that key report is no where to be found? Based on current research on Knowledge Management, the session will provide possible ways of centrally storing and making documents available to a variety of stakeholders, such as accreditation visit teams, university governance committees, forms for students, staff, or faculty, or even a collaborative space for document development. Whether or not you are using the Content System (though it doesn't hurt), you will see how centrally locating your documents can save time and maybe even a little sanity.
OMG! Track Blackboard Users with RFID
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Information security and access controls are crucial to online learning. Whether it is student personal information, student grades, test questions, or instructor content, keeping information in online courses secure is important to maintain the integrity and academic rigor of courses, programs, and academic degrees. The Center for Online Learning Teaching and Technology (COLTT) implemented security measures that target proper access for Blackboard Learn maintenance and administrative accounts of its instructional and technology support staff. Utilizing RFID technologies, COLTT has added an additional security access layer that prevents staff from accessing Blackboard resources during non-business hours to enhance overall security for our faculty and students. Future plans will leverage RFID to improve efficiency and quality of support for UTPA faculty at COLTT.
Policy and Practice Implications of Digital Badging
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader
Competency-based education (CBE) is an emerging model that is gaining traction and can offer learners an efficient, less costly path to a college credential, employability, and enhanced professional skills. This is particularly the case for those 36 million Americans who have achieved significant prior learning and/or some college education but have not completed a degree. Blackboard has recently conducted research on CBE program growth and models. This research serves as a base for new, joint research with the American Council on Education to define a common vocabulary and shared frameworks for how CBE can effectively include assessing prior learning and the use of digital badges to record, certify, and accumulate evidence of a learner’s competency achievements. Join us to learn more about CBE, badging, and how evolutions in institutional and national policies and practices are changing the landscape of educational delivery and attainment.
Student Panel: “The Role of Student Influence on Education: Power Players or Marketing Minions?”
Wednesday, July 16 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, Faculty/Educator, IT Professional, Student
Speaker(s): Kathy Vieira, Students
Join our panel and weigh in: Do you believe that students wield more power and have greater choice than ever before? Or do you question whether or not that’s actually true, perhaps feeling like the day is still yet to come where student needs and desires drive institutional change? Have your perspectives heard here.
Blackboard User Experience Research Lab
Thursday, July 17 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Veronese 2502
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Talk to Blackboard designers about everything from the state of education to their latest design prototypes. We want to hear from you! Visit the lab in Veronese 2502 on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM until 5 PM (except during keynotes) or find us roaming the halls with iPads loaded with our latest apps. Follow us on twitter @uxmoose
50 Shades of Data
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
While some data can be very unappealing, the right tools and support can increase your staff and students’ awareness and engagement, allowing you to fully utilize your resources and maximize end-user adoption of your LMS. Learn how Lawrence Public Schools maximizes personalized learning for students and staff in a data rich environment by utilizing a learning management system (Blackboard) complemented by adoption-success software.
A Mission NOT Impossible: Teaching How to Teach Online with Blackboard
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator
Speaker(s): Kathy Saville
Mission: To provide a method for instructors new to online teaching, become comfortable and capable of teaching online. Objectives: - Introduce the online teaching environment - Introduce tools and functions in Blackboard - Provide experiences of the online course environment both from the student and instructor perspective Delivery method: online followed by face-to-face Mission accomplished! Come as we share how. Chocolate will be served!
BbWorld Student Innovation Workshop (Part 2)
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
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A continuation from Wednesday's workshop: Education is one of society’s most important systems, and is filled with complexity; this complexity often presents problems and challenges that make teaching and learning difficult. During this workshop, students will work in teams to design new solutions to challenges implicit in the educational journey. Students will hear from industry leaders in media and product design, will learn about a process for designing new innovations, and will then work collaboratively through a design process. Teams will be required to present their recommendations before a panel of judges and will have the chance to win up to $5,000 in prize money for the winning recommendation. Speakers & Coaches: Jon Kolko, Blackboard’s VP of Consumer Design and author of the book Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving (AC4D, 2012) and the forthcoming Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love (Harvard Business School Press, 2014). Hall Davidson, Discovery Education, has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He became part of an Emmy-winning team for the Discovery Channel, creating math and technology integration programs. He has been an educational innovator for 40 years, first in broadcasting, then computers, and now digital learning.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: CPCC BUG
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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Bridging the Gap: Supporting Users’ Wide-Ranging Needs In An Ever-Changing Technological Landscape
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
The widening technology gap among users and the continuously changing technological landscape make supporting online learning systems challenging. When it comes to online learning systems such as Blackboard Learn™ and Blackboard Collaborate™, consistency and dependability are critical factors for teaching and learning success. In order to maintain consistent and dependable levels of access and usability, users of these systems face near-constant changes in web browsers, application versions, security updates, and operating systems. Today’s students and novice faculty members are more technologically savvy than ever. They expect their own brand of training and support to suit their needs. Where, then, does this position adult student learners, who may find themselves in unfamiliar online learning areas, and experienced instructors, who may be asked to change years of traditional face-to-face instruction? Enter technical support staff to help bridge the gap between instructional need and technical knowledge.
Emergency Notification and Community Outreach Following Tropical Storm Irene
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Government/Military
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Military/Government Professional
Speaker(s): Michael Cassidy
Irene was the first major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, and impacted the Northeast as a tropical storm. In one Massachusetts jurisdiction, Tropical Storm Irene resulted in numerous downed trees and utilities lines, making numerous streets impassable and nearly one quarter of the to town to be without power. Come hear how that community used the recently launched Blackboard Connect™ platform to keep its citizens informed. Using the worry-free notification system, the community was able to send targeted alerts and notifications to its residents and businesses as part of its emergency public information and warning strategy.
Encouraging an Open Enterprise through Standards - LTI, LIS, and more
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Mark O'Neil, Scott Hurrey
Blackboard has been a supporter and early adopter of standards for many years. This support of standards combined with APIs and Services provide an open platform for enterprise integration and development of administrative and pedagogical tools that extend the reach and return on investment of the Blackboard Learn platform. In this session, you will hear a bit about the importance of standards, current standards support in Blackboard Learn, and then dive into Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) and Learning Information Services (LIS). We will demonstrate how to interact with LTI in Blackboard Learn from the User Interface or a Building Block. We will explore the services offered by LIS and how to integrate with and test LIS within the Blackboard Learn SIS Framework.
e-teaching; from digitally shy to digitally confident with Blackboard Learn™
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters
Speaker(s): Sue Watling
The expression ‘e-learner’ has become familiar but ‘e-teacher’ is heard less often. Yet reaching digitally-shy colleagues poses a challenge for whole institution initiatives aimed at the adoption of virtual learning. This presentation looks at how the Blackboard Learn™ platform has been utilised in a UK university to develop a teacher education programme, one which is proving to be instrumental in embedding new and emerging technologies into programme instruction. The postgraduate course, Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age, is delivered and assessed entirely on Blackboard Learn™. Based on the experiential learning cycle, it uses Blackboard tools to create pedagogically sound activities which relocate colleagues as online students, supporting development of critical digital literacies and empowering them to become discerning users of virtual learning technologies. Evaluations show how this investment in realistic and meaningful online experiences is resulting in dramatic shifts in attitude towards adoption of Blackboard Learn™ in their practice.
Expanding Blackboard's Role in the Campus Community
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator
Speaker(s): Drew Glover, Tony Tabor
During the Spring 2014 Semester, 57% of students enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) students were registered as online-only students. Recognizing Blackboard's growing importance, UALR's University Writing Center (UWC) teamed with the UALR Blackboard Support Office to extend its current online services using Blackboard Collaborate ™ and Blackboard Organizations. Using a variety of Blackboard Collaborate’s built-in tools like screen sharing, application sharing, and text and video chat, UALR writing center tutors are now able to actively engage their students and help them improve their writing. This presentation will detail the development of the UALR University Writing Center organization shell and its features, including the beta-testing phases, the testing results, and some important implications for users, support staff, instructional designers and faculty.
Goals and Alignments
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Chris Bray
Schools can demonstrate that their programs and curriculum are effective by aligning course content and activities with goals in Blackboard Learn. In this session, we will see learninstructors can align goals in courses, and how administrators can create, import, and manage goals. Examples of both will be shown and made available.
Leadership Workshop--Student Success: What does it mean and how does it happen?
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 10:00 AM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, Global Matters
The link to student success is through purposeful and intentional program approaches combined with effective adoption and use of technology.  Learn about the relationship and impact of faculty development, student outcomes, and student advising and how those relationships result in improved institutional performance.
Learning Management or Educational Innovation?: Leapfrogging the Conversation
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Global Matters
Speaker(s): Yakut Gazi
On many university campuses, the level of penetration of learning management systems (LMS) is nowhere near 100%, unless there is an academic mandate to put all courses on the LMS. Even then, many courses utilize only the gradebook and post syllabus and other files online. Even in the age of online, blended, inverted learning, we still see unsophisticated, nowhere-near-innovative use of the LMS. We blame faculty for not investing more time into teaching and innovation. However, when we reconsider the common labels we use for our campus learning systems (learning management system, course management system, elearning, ecampus, ecollege, mylearning, mycampus, etc), it is hard to make a case that this is where innovation happens. Ludwig Wittgenstein says “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” Changing our world, changing the field of education, and expanding the limits of our capabilities routes through reexamining our language, shifting the emphasis, and leapfrogging the conversation. Maybe it should start with our own terminologies?
Nightmare on LMS Street: Dispelling Design Demons
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Paula James Kaplan
Is your online course starting to feel like a horror movie? Is it haunted by the ghosts of display dates past or the curse of adaptive release mummies? Are gremlins locking students out of tests? Is old, duplicate, or hidden content bloating your course like the Blob? Are students wandering as if lost in the woods? Is the course design turning your students into zombies? Blackboard Learn™ Release 9.1 offers Date Management, Test Availability Exceptions, Rubrics, Collaborate Integration, Video Everywhere, Badges and Achievements, as well as Forums, and Wikis, and Blogs—oh, my! This session will demonstrate how appropriate selection and use of the wide range of powerful tools, features, and building blocks available in Blackboard Learn can help you dispel the design demons, dust off the cobwebs, and breathe new life into your courses to achieve effective course design and promote active student engagement to improve outcomes.
Successful Transition to Common Core Standards
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Sarasota County Schools are using Blackboard Learn to give teachers a location for curriculum, pacing and resource support. Curriculum Specialists, Technology Specialists and teachers are working together to create grade level and subject resources. The guide that is the backbone for these courses has been derived from state testing and data gathered from district created benchmark tests delivered through our learning management system. Teachers K-12 have access to either an elementary, middle or high school Instructional Focus Guide course in Blackboard Learn. These courses have a variety of resources available across multiple disciplines linked to state and common core standards. Content is organized for ease of navigation and access. Teachers can use these courses as a pacing and resource guide for themselves or add students and assignments to it for a blended learning environment.
The Power of Adaptive Learning--Building Foundational Knowledge and Increasing Insights and Accountability One Student at a Time
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
The notion of adaptive learning is not new. However, as class sizes increase, and more and more students arrive at different starting points, and learn at different paces, the challenge to create an optimal learning experience increases. Wiley will explore the power of adaptive technology to continuously assess students and offer self-paced instruction based upon each student’s proficiency. And as sophisticated as this technology is, we will demonstrate that it can still deliver an intuitive, inviting experience for students that not only helps build foundational knowledge and increase student accountability, but also helps advance critical thinking inside and outside the classroom.
What Problem Are We Solving?
Thursday, July 17 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Lido 3105
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Global Matters
Speaker(s): Martyne Hallgren
Data analytics is currently one of the hottest topics in education. The same techniques that corporations use can apply to academia to increase learner success, track progress, confirm effective teaching, guide investment, and improve operational efficiency. At many institutions, data may be abundant but can be fragmented and silo’d, may be un-even in quality and reliability. Even with good data, institutions must be able to identify the problems it wants to attack and think through the questions that if answered can drive meaningful action to move the organization closer to achieving its goals. This presentation will focus on an analytic framework, starting with the fundamental strategic questions that all institutions ask and the key steps in developing an action plan that will turn data into insight and can drive action to meet the needs and priorities of their organization.
Blackboard Product Development State of the Union
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Gary Lang
Following Blackboard's corporate keynote, this session will provide more specific information about Blackboard's long term vision for product development
Blackboard User Group Meeting: WNY BUG
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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Building Community with Faculty Using Blackboard Learn™
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Benjamin Tixier
In this session, we will provide a glimpse at the instructional design team behind W.P.Carey's top-rated Online MBA and how we build relationships with our faculty. We will show you how our team interacts with both experienced online faculty and faculty completely new to online learning. Additionally, we will demonstrate how we use Blackboard Learn™ in our process for bringing on-ground courses online and how we keep existing online courses up-to-date.
Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Success among the Successful using Blackboard Analytics™
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Lido 3105
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Global Matters
Speaker(s): Timothy Harfield
How can a university that already has very high levels of student performance and retention use data from its Blackboard® learning management system to identify effective teaching practices and at risk students? Based on experience gained from a year-long pilot of Blackboard Analytics™ for Learn at Emory University, this presentation will discuss (1) several unique challenges associated with the use of Blackboard Analytics™ to monitor high performing students, (2) the value of Blackboard Analytics™ as a data warehouse against which to run custom queries and apply more sophisticated data mining techniques, and (3) several preliminary insights obtained through the application of those techniques at Emory University.
Common Ground on Common Core: Are Your Parents Ready?
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Our students are already actively engaged in Common Core and classroom technology integration, so what about parents? How can we get them on board as champions for new models of teaching and learning? Hear how it's done from a panel of K-12 communications leaders across the country.
Creating a Master Online Course and Blackboard Learn Presence
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Lisa Capan, Monica Hill
Due to popular demand, this session is being run a third time. In an effort to improve the use and familiarization with Blackboard Learn™, The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has adopted a new requirement for all faculty to create a Blackboard Learn™ Presence in the classroom (Online, Blended and Face-to-Face). In addition to this initiative, CCBC is also piloting a new initiative, the Distance Education Course Summit (DECS), in an effort to help ensure all online and blended courses are developed according to the Quality Matters (QM) rubric. The ultimate goal of DECS is to have all CCBC online courses achieve QM certification and become the Master Online Course in Blackboard Learn™. During the DECS, faculty have the opportunity to collaborate with experts in instructional design and media, subject matter experts, and the CCBC Library to ensure faculty have the resources necessary to develop courses that achieve high quality online course design and content.
Customized Standardization: One University’s Journey to eLearning Success
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
This session will tell the story of 6 colleges coming together with key stakeholders to capitalize on an opportunity that emerged from a new commitment to eLearning at UC and a significant upgrade to our Blackboard® LMS. This is also the story of how informal relationships across units became formalized and operationalized to cultivate university-wide buy in. A major hurdle in the process was addressing the elephant in the room – faculty freedom versus student-centered learning. Quality assurance and data-driven decision making helped us clear that hurdle and achieve buy in. This presentation will demonstrate how best practices and standards from Quality Matters and the Chico State Rubric for Online Instruction informed the development of a standardized university Blackboard® template. But standardized does not have to mean homogenized. While the core principles of the university template remained consistent, each unit built a customized template according to program level support and needs.
Developing Leaders Through Blended Learning
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Professional Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Military/Government Professional
The Advisory Board Company shares its approach to leveraging Blackboard ProEd as the centerpiece of blended learning program that develops leaders at hundreds of organizations around the world. We'll explore how customization around a small set of standard learning elements allows us to massively scale our offering, while deploying a range of tactics to both automate and personalize the learner's experience. We'll also examine strategies for engaging learners who have little capacity and/or have limited accountability to use the service.
Making Massive Meaningful: Changing Perceptions About Disability with a MOOC
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
Disability impacts millions of individuals throughout the world, yet people with disabilities are often stigmatized and misunderstood. “Perspectives on Disability”, a MOOC offered by Northern Illinois University in fall 2013 on Blackboard CourseSites, was designed to create awareness, comfort, and sensitivity toward disability as an issue of cultural diversity and inclusion. In this session, we will describe how this course, which was recognized with a 2014 Exemplary Course Directors Choice Award, was created and delivered to be accessible, universally designed, and massive while fostering attitude and behavior change. In addition, we will share course outcomes and best practices for other institutions beginning their MOOC journey.
Meeting Student Media Expectations Inside and Outside the Flipped Classroom
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Justin Beck
Across the globe colleges and universities are trying to keep up with the “consumerization” of today’s students. Join Kaltura to openly discuss strategies to utilize media as an engagement tool for your institution.
Panel Discussion - Mobility: Transforming Education and Engaging Students
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters
This session will discuss the value mobility brings to education which requires developing and implementing institution wide successful mobile strategy. Meeting the demands of mobile learner isn’t as easy as talking about smart devices, mobility and mobile accessible content. Hear from the panel on some of the common challenges and key factors that go long way into creating successful projects
Successfully Leveraging Training on Demand
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Alex McDaniel
MSU Denver Senior Instructional Designer discusses the opportunities and return on investment achieved through shifting training from face-to-face to on-demand in order to meet the needs of modern faculty. A case of a recent LMS implementation and how computer-mediated, on-demand training was applied will be presented. Additionally, the use of a peer-based online learning community will be discussed.
The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were in Blackboard Learn – What Faculty Can Use Today and What’s Coming Down the Road
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Jim Chalex
Equipped with more learning alternatives than ever before, today’s students are placing unprecedented demands on faculty and educators to deliver on the expectation of a more personalized, engaged, and flexible educational experience. As a result, educators like yourself must address a number of critical issues that sit at the heart of keeping students engaged in this ever-shifting landscape. This session will focus on workflows and features that you can leverage TODAY in Blackboard Learn, as well as others that are coming down the pipeline. You'll see how : • The Retention Center can help you engage students and improve performance. • Automating test regrading and inline assignment grading make assessing students easier than ever. • The date management tool cuts down the time required to setup courses. • Features coming down the pipeline extend the teaching and learning capabilities to mobile devices.
Today’s Technology in Tomorrow’s Hands: MPower Piedmont 1:1 Initiative
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Join Dr. Matt Akin, Superintendent, and teachers from Piedmont City Schools to learn how "MPower Piedmont" enables student success and rejuvenates their entire community. Learn how pedagogy has been transformed at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Graduation rates, high stake exam scores, college acceptance rates, and student engagement have all improved. Learn how you can transform learning with digital tools.
Why Small Data Trumps Big Data: Analysis is Powerful. Action is Transformative!
Thursday, July 17 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
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Speaker(s): Al Essa
Big Data has been around in education for some time, but it IS possible to have too much of a good thing – enter the dawn of “small data.” Learn how leading data scientists are putting big data in action to provide educators with information sufficiently small enough to act upon - delivering insights instructors can actually use to power success in their courses today! In this interactive session, you’ll also have the opportunity to view prototypes of the adaptive learning tools of the future that will deliver personalized interventions based on predictive modeling – and to share your input on how these tools can be best leveraged in the classroom and beyond.
Closing Keynote: Geoffrey Canada
Thursday, July 17 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Venetian Ballroom
Session Type: BbWorld Keynote Session
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Speaker(s): Geoffrey Canada
In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. Since 1990, Canada has been the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which The New York Times Magazine called “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” In October 2005, Canada was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News and World Report. Special Thanks to Keynote Session Sponsor: Ginkgotree
"APP" it Up!
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Join the Calcasieu Parish School Board Blackboard Team as they share strategies and best practices for mobile learning as well as engaging your entire district community (parents, students, teachers) with mobile.
Badges: New Currency for High-Value Credentials
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Degrees, certificates, credentials – how long before badges are added to this list of professionally valued “currencies”? A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, competency, or interest. Badges provide evidence of learning that happens in and beyond the classroom. Unlike transcripts, badges give prospective employers, schools, collaborators, and other learners a more complete picture of knowledge, skills, and abilities. We already have effective examples of badges providing value in competency-based education programs, job training, professional development, and city-wide learning initiatives. The Badge Alliance is actively addressing critical issues for badge endorsement, open standards, and globalization. Join badges experts and thought leaders for an interactive discussion exploring badges as the emerging currency of exchange for creating high value credentials. Results, themes, and exciting discoveries from the widely recognized Open Badges MOOC (badges.coursesites.com) will inform the discussion.
Best Practices in Driving Technology Adoption
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Global Matters
Speaker(s): Bryony Bramer
Even the best of the tools can deliver little benefit unless staff and students are encouraged towards more effective use of the virtual learning environment, and other tools and technologies that are available to them. This session will draw upon experience from various initiatives and strategies deployed by Regent’s University London to drive technology adoption, and swiftly establish institution-wide online coursework submission. We have conducted a training needs analysis to identify academic staff digital literacy levels and how best to support these colleagues and are working towards establishing a recommended ‘Digital Literacy Skillset’ for academic staff. To best support our students, regardless of their digital literacy levels, we have considered how Blackboard tools such as the performance dashboard and retention centre can help us to identify students with limited digital literacy skills, and how we can use the community system to subtly target students most likely to need extra support. This session will offer insights into how we have identified and dealt with common challenges experienced by staff and students due to a lack of digital literacy, and the ways we have sought to address these issues and support these diverse needs at Regent’s University London.
Blackboard Executive Panel: Advice and Wisdom from Blackboard’s Leaders
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM San Polo 3401A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
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Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Student
Blackboard executives will speak candidly about their career paths and will offer advice and lessons learned. Learn more about their domain expertise and what it takes to become a consultant, product manager or marketing employee at a technology company.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: TLC BUG
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bug Room: Veronese 2402/2403
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Creating Rubrics that Work for Your Class: A Case in Point
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator
Speaker(s): Rong Zhu, Shaoyu Chi
Creating effective rubrics can be difficult and time consuming.  In this workshop, we will offer you some concrete tips that can help you create effective rubrics in three steps! We will also walk you through the process of creating, deploying, and using rubrics in Blackboard.  At the end of the workshop, you will participate in a hands-on group exercise.
Engaged with you! Cengage Learning LMS Integration via MindLinks
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional, Military/Government Professional
Cengage Learning now offers seamless login, deep linking and automatic grade return with our premier learning solutions via MindLinks. Learn how we help you and your students get up and running quickly; design a highly customized and engaging course; elevate student thinking and improve course outcomes   LMS integration is now available with MindTap, Aplia, SAM, CengageNow and CourseMate. 
Finding the Niche
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Professional Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Military/Government Professional
Speaker(s): Christy Gallagher, Qian Wu
At Caesars, we have over 1000 active E-learners who strive in the world where time is money. With the challenges of time constraints and discrepancies in technology competency, we now come to realize the importance of understanding our audience. During every training creation process, we constantly observe and think about how Blackboard integrates with Salesforce. We will share with you the stories and lessons we have learned.
Helping Engineers See the Forest, An Online Course To Address Early Attrition
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Bryn Lutes
Attrition in STEM fields is a nationally recognized issue that is being addressed at all levels of education. At Washington University in St. Louis, one such attempt is the development of Engineering Virtual Studio (EVS), an online biomedical engineering course delivered through Blackboard Learn™. The goal of this course is to expose undergraduates to integrative, innovative ideas in engineering during the first two years, when they are taking prerequisites in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. EVS uses Blackboard Learn to help students connect the concepts they are learning in their non-engineering science and math courses to real-world biomedical engineering examples that they learn about by reading and responding to primary literature and news articles. This course is designed to spark the interest of introductory-level undergraduates in applications and research that they would not otherwise encounter until much later. This presentation will detail EVS's inception, implementation, and recent improvements.
One size does NOT fit all: Three critical steps for effective LMS evaluations
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Advanced (6+ years experience, subject matter expert)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Patrick Crispen
A Fall 2013 USC/Georgetown University study found that nearly 40% of America’s major research universities are planning to evaluate LMSs in the near future. That makes sense especially considering recent shifts in the LMS marketplace and the entrance of new vendors. But how can your institution go beyond a tool-based “bake-off” and instead do a deep drive to discover what your stakeholders truly want and need? That’s where this presentation comes in. Join Patrick Crispen from the University of Southern California as he introduces you to three critical, customizable steps to ‘level the playing field’ and to conduct fair and effective enterprise-level LMS evaluations.
OSCELOT Grade Submit Tool for Blackboard Learn™
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
The Grade Submit Tool (GST) is an extensible Blackboard Building Block™ solution for submitting grades to any Student Information System. GST allows submission of an admin controlled grade column and last date of attendance, providing failsafe processing in the event of server failure. In this presentation, we'll see how it works for submitting grades from Blackboard Learn™ to a SIS. GST and the GST Output Adapter SDK are an open source collaborative effort available for free download on projects.oscelot.org.
Process of Delivering Outcomes
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Lido 3105
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Audra Barrett
In this session you will learn the process which DCCCD took to enable the building block Outcomes. You will learn how 7 separate accredited colleges came together to decide and select a package which will help in local and state reporting.
Straight A’s: Assessment Analytics & Accreditation. Blackboard’s Roadmap for Data-Focused Solutions
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Bret Dennis, Jason Sparks
Measure and improve student learning – that seems like a basic question at the heart of an institution, but schools are asking themselves, “How can we get timely, actionable information from their online learning environment to improve student success and program effectiveness?” Blackboard believes that schools should have on-demand access to easy to interpret data about student learning. Blackboard transforms data about learning, from the student to institutional levels, to information that can be aggregated, integrated, and easily understood by stakeholders. During this session, you'll see how Blackboard's data-focused solutions can provide you with all the evidence you need to showcase success, implement online learning best practices and demonstrate ongoing improvement.
Supporting Your Academic Technology Enterprise
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Doug Cohen
The State University of New York (SUNY) Learning Network currently operates a centralized end-user support service for over 35 SUNY institutions utilizing a combination of ANGEL, Blackboard Collaborate™, Blackboard Learn™, Blackboard Mobile™, and Blackboard xpLor™. This session will focus on strategies for implementing enterprise-level support for online learning environments and Academic Technology initiatives. Topics covered will include sourcing options, hours of coverage, issue tracking, service expansion, and much more.
The Economics of Growing Online: Applying the basic principles of supply and demand to achieve enrollment goals.
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Advanced (6+ years experience, subject matter expert)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader
Launching and growing online programs is a critical step in meeting the needs of today's learners. Dr. Javier Reyes, Vice Provost of Distance Education at The University of Arkansas joins to discuss how the basic economic principles of supply and demand can help you select and prioritize your best programs for online growth. Dr. Reyes is also an associate professor of economics at the Sam M. Walton School of Business. With the Razorbacks as our backdrop, we'll talk about this research-led process that helps determine future investment. Find out how you can leverage a similar methodology to strengthen your student outreach, target new audiences, and drive successful enrollments.
UNCW’s Use of ShareStream’s Building Block for Streaming Video and Media Management
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
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Adoption by educational institutions of video and audio content has grown dramatically, driven largely by the emergence of MOOCs, blended and fully online programs, and flipped classrooms, where streaming media plays an integral role in students’ online learning experience. The ShareStream Video Platform for Education and Building Block for Blackboard Learn extends Learn with an easy-to-use, YouTube-like solution, as well as a turnkey solution for campus-wide media management, complete with digital rights management. Join Patricia M. Gonzalez, Director of e-Learning at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and David Weinstein, ShareStream’s CEO to learn how UNCW leverages ShareStream’s Building Block to capitalize on the momentum behind the use of streaming media for education. Topics include: • UNCW’s use of Pick-n-Play, the ShareStream Platform’s faculty and student-facing application • UNCW’s use of ShareStream’s features for Student-Generated Content, including ShareStream’s Media Dropbox, which allows students to submit media to instructors for assessment.
What's in your Blender? Blended Learning Panel Discussion
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Join a panel of teachers and academic leaders who will discuss their experiences with blended learning. Learn how implementing blended learning can enable success for all learners.
Your Students are Mobile, is Your Course?
Thursday, July 17 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Mauricio Cadavid
Assumption 1: We hear a lot about "mobile technology", "mobile device", "smart phones", etc., and we assume that because students can access their course content online, anytime, anywhere, that designing a 'regular' course in Blackboard (or any other LMS) is sufficient. Assumption 2: Our generation of students is digital native, they all own a digital device, and they all can access our distance course, well, at a distance. Assumption 3: Our classrooms nowadays are equipped with more than sufficient technology infrastructure to support engaging technology-based activities in class. Reality: No, maybe, and certainly not. This session is designed to provide simple, yet powerful, tips on how to best address students' needs in a mobile technology environment, while highlighting crucial strategies to make your course mobile friendly. BYOD welcomed!
"Oracle Database 911, What's Your Emergency?"
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Jeff Boulier
Even databases running Blackboard TM can have problems. This presentation will cover the basics of locating and responding to database performance emergencies. We will cover both standard Unix and built-in Oracle tools to help locate the source of your performance issues.
Achieving the Dream:Effective Models for Improving Online Student Success
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, IT Professional
This session will focus on preparing faculty to successfully teach online using proven resources to increase student retention and success in online courses. Melissa Colón, Columbia College Distance Education Coordinator and Title III Instructional Activity Director and Dr. Leslie Buckalew, Vice President of Student Learning for Columbia College will demonstrate effective and compelling video tours of online student services including: the Instructional Technology Center for Bb Learn and Bb Collaborate; Academic Achievement Center (including online tutoring and supplemental instruction); Online Counseling and Educational Planning including the use of Google Hangouts for counseling online students. Proven and successful faculty cohort training and peer mentoring programs will be reviewed. We will review the 7 best practices of teaching online and evidence of successful online teaching. Pre and post survey information from the faculty training will be shared.
Blackboard products for the World: Localization Program Overview and Planned Improvements
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
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Role: Global Matters
Speaker(s): Andy Jacobson
At Blackboard, we are committed to serving education communities around the globe. A critical part of this effort is focused on finding the best "language" to use in our localized products. Join members of Blackboard’s User Experience team to discuss our growing localization program, and how you can have an impact on the usability of the product in your language. Andy Jacobson (Sr. Director of Operations, UX) and Marie Hanabusa (Localization Manager) will share with you how Blackboard creates localized versions of our products, and how you can help us define the language that matches your teaching and learning needs.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: Texas (T-Bug)
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BUG Room: Veronese 2401A
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CSU Proven and Promising Course Redesigns
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Kathy Fernandes
The California Governor’s 2013-2014 budget proposal included $10 million for the Calif State University to reduce bottleneck courses for students through the use of innovative online technologies. Bottleneck courses are anything that limits a student's ability to make progress toward a degree and graduate in a timely manner. From 53 proposals the Chancellor’s Office selected a number of proven redesigned courses that had greater student success and for which there was multiple campus interest and high-enrollment demand. Then the CSU hosted "eAcademies" for faculty to consider adopting and adapting these successful course designs to implement in their courses. Question the presentation will answer: What were the bottleneck courses and how were they redesigned? How did they achieve greater student success? How are Professional Learning Communities being conducted? How are faculty being compensated? What innovative online technologies were used? What methods are being used to attain greater student success?
Ensuring Student Success and Academic Quality using Blackboard™ and Curriculum Teams
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer
The College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU COCE) offers quality online programs with a focus on student success through support. What exactly does that mean? How do academic quality and student success intersect in Blackboard™? SNHU COCE’s Academic Team has a specific approach to its online courses, but the features in Blackboard 9™ that we utilize can be accessed by almost any user. In this presentation, we will show you the simple features in Blackboard™ that we use to ensure quality courses and student success and the strategy of organization that we employ to approach this division of labor in our curriculum teams. We will cover our strategies for course design and implementation in Blackboard™; student support structures and outreach efforts; and faculty training and oversight. Come join us!
How is Blackboard Thinking About Students, Standards and New Learning Models? - A Roadmap for Innovation and Integration
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Blackboard is working to provide the best technologies to meet the needs of K-12 educators today and into the future. This session will focus on K-12 features within the Blackboard product roadmap, including Teaching and Learning solutions and Communication solutions. Come hear from Product Managers as they share the roadmap of K-12 specific features.
How to Create a Custom Course Content Resource from Textbooks and OER
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Partner (a): Titian 2203
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Scott Hasbrouck
We will explore the possibilities for creating a custom course resource from textbook content, journal articles, and open educational resources (OER) using the Ginkgotree platform. This session is designed for technology innovators looking for a new approach to course materials. Ginkgotree is a tool used by instructional designers and teaching faculty who prioritize increasing the value of course materials by improving their quality and lowering their cost.
Improving online teaching persona through video
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Jeremy Van Hof
Establishing and maintaining an engaging presence as a teacher has historically been one of the most important elements of the instructional process. Creating that presence in an on-line teaching environment is markedly more difficult than it is in a face-to-face classroom. This session will share ideas about integrating video into on-line classes as a means to establish and maintain a teaching presence. The session will cover the value of an introductory video, using video in grading and assessment, and using video as a means of student work submission. The session will focus on video tools that are built in to the Blackboard Learn environment as well as third party technologies that have Blackboard Learn integrations.
Innovating Engineering Education while Getting Bigger: Is Technology the Sole Answer?
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader
The demand for graduates with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees is increasing globally, while available public funds and grant money are shrinking. Higher education institutions are scrambling to find ways to scale meaningful educational interventions while keeping the costs at a minimum. The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University has a bold plan (25 By 25) that targets doubling its enrollment by 2025 while increasing retention from 55% to 75%. The College is also ramping up its K12 outreach, community college partnership, and workforce development efforts. Several online graduate programs in engineering are being rolled out. Freshmen and sophomore courses are inverted. This presentation will discuss this the critical elements of success of the 25 By 25 plan from the technology infrastructure, support, policies, and professional development perspective, including partnership with Blackboard.
Kick It Up a Notch: Badges & Personalized Learning
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Speaker(s): Katie Gallagher
Do you want to increase student engagement and achievement in your blended or online learning K-12 classroom? Are you looking for ways to spice up your Blackboard class? Learn how to kick it up a notch with badges and personalized learning. This session will focus on the use of Achievements and Adaptive Release in your Blackboard Learn class.
One Size Doesn't Fit All: a Personalized Approach to Working Together
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Partner (b): Titian 2204
Session Type: BbWorld Partner Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
As a learning company, Pearson’s mission is to help people make a measurable impact in their lives through learning. This session will discuss the changing educational landscape - along with the challenges and opportunities these changes create. During this session, a student panel will discuss using Pearson's learning technology products with Blackboard integration and the increasingly important role technology has in the way students want to learn. For all of us, every move we make is to put the learner at the center of everything we do, and the learner will be the center of this session. There will be a Q&A portion to the session, so audience members can ask the students questions.
The Ins and Outs of Designing an Exemplary Course
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Global Matters
Join the Directors, reviewers, and winners of Blackboard's Exemplary Course Program (ECP) as we focus on the importance of pedagogical best practices. We will discuss the design and teaching principles behind the ECP rubric; the impact of exemplary courses on the student experience; and how the ECP and its rubric can be used for individual course improvement, faculty training, and professional development. Several of this year's ECP winners will demonstrate best practices in their winning courses.
Three Futures for the LMS: Evolution, Revolution, or Extinction
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Lido 3105
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Global Matters
Speaker(s): A. Michael Berman
The Learning Management System at age 15 finds itself poised at a crossroads. New demands for an integrated student experience and learning analytics position the LMS as a key tool to serve a more data-driven and reproducible model of education. At the same time, changing student demand, the move to a mobile and social Internet, and the massive growth of new consumer technologies challenge the central role of the LMS as students – and faculty – migrate to new tools and models that challenge the primacy of the LMS. What’s next? In this provocative talk, I will present three possible futures for the LMS – evolution: LMS’s update their look and feel but remain essentially the same tools they are today; revolution: LMS’s undergo a radical change where they become something completely different but still retain a central role in the online learning environment; and extinction: new tools and strategies overtake the LMS and make it marginal or obsolete. It’s up to the audience to judge which future is most likely, and where they want to place (or hedge) their institutional bets.
Using Blackboard Collaborate™ for Weekly “Virtual Office Hours” for Faculty and Staff Tutorials
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
The Learning Platforms Team at University of Miami (Florida) holds weekly Virtual Office Hours via Blackboard Collaborate™. We present a wide range of topics pertaining to Blackboard, online education, and surrounding technologies for the faculty and staff. Each session consists of two presentations and time for Q&A. The synchronous interaction with faculty and staff becomes an asynchronous resource later when the two videos are posted online for reference. The videos are posted on YouTube (http://goo.gl/XhrBx5) and on our web site (http://goo.gl/tn8m3Q) for open access. We think is a great way to use Blackboard Collaborate to reach out to your faculty and staff, create a library of resources, and give your faculty and staff experience with Blackboard Collaborate. At the session we will share our processes and check lists. If you have Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard Learn, consider this service delivery method.
Working Behind the Wall
Thursday, July 17 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Government/Military
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Corporate Professional, Military/Government Professional
Speaker(s): Rebecca Plummer
The entire suite of Blackboard tools and platforms allows for super-integrated learning development, creative implementation of courses, and a rich interactive user experience. Much of that capability is delivered and enhanced via access to the open Internet. Unfortunately, for some clients of Blackboard, connectivity to the Internet is limited or closed off entirely. Because of security issues, the system is housed and deployed behind a secure server, an impenetrable wall, if you will. As a result, customization, collaboration, and integration becomes limited. This does not mean, however, that Blackboard has no use in a secure environment. We have successfully deployed Blackboard in our environment through creative design and deployment, manipulation of backend databases, and utilization of customized building blocks created by Blackboard’s design team specifically for our group. We would like to share our issues, concerns, and workarounds in the hopes that you might benefit from our learning process.
No Really, Tell Us What You Think! - A K-12 Listening Session
Thursday, July 17 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM K-12: Venetian A
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Blackboard is working to provide technology, resources and services to help K-12 educators and leaders meet the demands of teaching and learning today and tomorrow. This session you will be able to meet with Blackboard K-12 leaders to discuss the challenges you face and how Blackboard can partner with you to meet them. Come and share your thoughts and visions of K-12 teaching, learning, communications and engagement.
Blackboard User Group Meeting: Carolina BUG
Thursday, July 17 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM BUG Room: Veronese 2401A
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10 Steps to Prepare Students for an Online Course
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Murano 3301B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Kimberly Palencia
What do students need to do to prepare themselves to take a course in Blackboard Learn™? In this session Kimberly Palencia will discuss the ten steps she tells students to do before taking a course in Blackboard. This process prepares the student, the student's computer and Internet Browser so that they have a compatible and smooth experience while taking a course online.
Blackboard Executive Listening Session (Higher Ed & ProEd)
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM San Polo 3505
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Administrative Leader, CIO, Corporate Professional, Faculty/Educator, Global Matters, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional, Military/Government Professional, Student
Join us for this opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the members of the Blackboard Executive and Leadership team.
Explore the Capabilities (of Bb Authentication Solutions
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM San Polo 3403
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Kirsten Ray
If you want to know how to integrate different authentications with the Bb products this session is for you! You will learn the capabilities and limitations of our products in regards to using different authentication methods. We will point you to the right tools so you can do it yourself, or you can engage Bb Consulting to help you with your needs.
Growing the Adaption of Blackboard® Products: A Grass-Roots Approach
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM San Polo 3405
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO
In the Spring 2012, the Center for Online learning, Teaching & Technology (COLTT) at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) formulated an organizational culture change, which would embrace Blackboard Learn™, Blackboard Collaborate™, and Blackboard IM™ into its online courses and programs. The grass-roots approach included changing the organizational structure, modifying the physical and virtual workplace, adjusting the workflow and information distribution, providing comprehensive training to faculty and staff, implementing a measurement and incentive system, engaging stakeholders, and building trust. The presenters will discuss the approach in detail and length. In this session, the attendee will Interact with the presenters concerning the implementation of Blackboard Learn™, Blackboard Collaborate™ and Blackboard IM™ into an online organization; Outline the importance of fostering relations and securing buy-in for the adoption of Technology and Best Practices; Formulate a plan for incorporating Blackboard® into their organization.
K-12 Participatory Design Activity
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM K-12: San Polo 3501B
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Bb Led
Institution Type: K-12
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: K-12 Professional
Speaker(s): John Canuel
Calling K12-ers! The Blackboard UX team will be leading K-12 attendees at BbWorld through a design activity to gain insight into the unique needs of K-12 educators. You will be a part of the early design process and your input will directly feed into how Blackboard designers think about K-12.
Learner Support Through Visual Design
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Murano 3205
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
Speaker(s): Torria Bond
Text is not enough! Through demonstration, learn to use Blackboard features to focus student attention and help students find what they need when they need it.
Making the Transition to Outcomes for Programmatic Assessment
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Lido 3105
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, CIO, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Aaron Perkus
As part of our institutional approach to accreditation requirements for continuous assessment and improvement, Fairfield University has moved to Blackboard Outcomes. This presentation will focus on how to manage cultural change as we have moved from home-grown to professional assessment tools, fully integrated into our programmatic and ePortfolio initiatives. Strategic emphasis will be placed on the role of faculty participation and buy-in as the projects phases from pilot to scalable and sustainable practices.
Managing Your Blackboard Environment During Upgrades: Capturing Tool Settings and User Privileges
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Murano 3204
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: IT Professional
Speaker(s): Amy LeePard, Katie Johnson
At The University of Alabama, the LMS is considered mission-critical to UA’s central administration. With over 35,000 students and 6,000 faculty members, the LMS is essential to teaching and learning on campus and in UA’s robust distance education program. Charged with managing the LMS and system upgrades, UA’s Faculty Resource Center has created an upgrade strategy focused on minimizing user downtime while maintaining system preferences. As new tools and features are introduced through service pack upgrades to the core Blackboard product or updates to Building Blocks, tool settings and user privileges can change. Visual identification of settings and privileges is not always accurate or efficient. Working with Blackboard Service Delivery Manager, and UA’s Office of Information Technology, the FRC implemented scripts to capture Production tool settings and user privileges just prior to upgrades. This presentation shares the upgrade planning strategy and the process of utilizing scripts to identify and maintain system preferences.
Online Teaching Certification with an Assist from Blackboard
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Titian 2202
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Jacob Spradlin
Learn how SHSU used the canned Blackboard Learn™ training courses as a springboard for faculty certification. The Teaching Online with Blackboard Certification Series is the fully-online training option which SHSU Online has most recently developed and added to the training catalog. The certification consists of four courses aimed at preparing an instructor to master the online teaching environment through Blackboard. Give your faculty the benefit of seeing Blackboard as a student and the added bonus of learning from colleagues in an online environment.
Panel discussion to explore instructional content and the LMS
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Murano 3201A
Session Type: BbWorld Panel Session
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, K-12 Professional
The LMS has been amazingly successful over the last 15 years. It has transformed education. It has brought traditional teaching online and has enabled a level of experience in education that was not previously possible. However, the LMS has some limitations: -Content developed in one LMS is not easily ported to another -It is difficult for educators at different institutions to collaborate on developing materials, even if they use the same LMS -There is no easy way to share content that is developed in the LMS -Even if content is exported and shared, there is no good way to copyright it and to enforce the copyright. -And external repositories full of shared content are not easily integrated into the LMS At best, the world of sharing and re-using content is one that involves multiple systems, importing and exporting, and worries about data-types, copyright, and metadata. Join us for a panel discussion about the large-scale management of instructional content.
The Forgotten Bloom’s: Applying Blackboard™ Interactive Tools to Rediscover Affective Domains
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Murano 3304
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Faculty/Educator, Instructional Technology/Designer
To the seasoned educator, Bloom's taxonomy is nothing new. Google Bloom's and you will find countless images, descriptions of and references to Bloom’s cognitive domains. What is little discussed and harder to find are Bloom’s affective domains, those that help students connect with others in the learning environment and find value in, prioritize, and actively participate in their own learning. This interactive session will identify specific strategies for applying Blackboard™ interactive tools, such as discussion boards, blogs, and wikis, to help students strengthen their skills in Bloom’s affective domains. Add multimedia Building Blocks into the mix, and watch students improve connections with you, their community of learners, and their own learning. Experienced online faculty and instructional designers will share their research based best practices and guide participants to look at familiar Blackboard™ tools through a new lens.
Training and Support for Fully Online Faculty
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM San Polo 3503
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Beginner (0-3 years experience)
Role: Academic Leader, Instructional Technology/Designer, IT Professional
Speaker(s): Elizabeth Ferris
Presentation will include the strategic model for training and support provided to FIU Online's fully online faculty. Topics to be discussed include our business model, the role of our instructional designers, and initial faculty training along with continued professional development.
World Class Student Support Services
Thursday, July 17 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Lido 3104
Session Type: BbWorld Standard Session - Client Led
Institution Type: Higher Education
Level: Intermediate (3-5 years experience)
Role: Administrative Leader, CIO, Global Matters
Expectations of our user community are always going to rise. What was good enough last year isn't good enough this year. Beginning in the Fall of 2013, Georgetown University took steps to build a virtual unified service desk that encompasses various student and faculty support services in a one stop shop experience. In partnership with Blackboard Student Services, Georgetown is now providing best in class technology support and services to their community using new self service tools and 24x7 access to support staff. Learn how they made the transition and kept constituents informed and supportive of this change.
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