Wednesday, 6 April 2016

09:30 -12:15 | Training & Workshop Sessions

University of Groningen

13:00 - 13:15 | Welcome Address | Location: Offerhauszaal

Drs. Jan de Jeu, Board of the University of Groningen

13:15 -14:15| Keynote: Guest Presenter | Location: Offerhauszaal

David Price, OBE is a leading education writer, speaker, and trainer. He is Co-Founder of We Do Things Differently, a culture change practice, and a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit.

14:30 – 15:15| Flipped Classroom: Teacher Training Part 1 | Location: Leeuwzaal

In this first of three dedicated Faculty Training sessions, an overview of the Flipped Classroom concept, including what constitutes a successful deployment of the Flipped Classroom will be presented. Lloyd Stock from Blackboard Consulting Services will also share design tips and activation strategies as well as customer examples of a successful Flipped Classroom deployment.

15:45 – 16:30| Exemplary Course Design Basics: Teacher Training Part 2 | Location: Leeuwzaal

In the second of the Faculty Training sessions, an introduction to the basics of Exemplary Course design, including an example of an exemplary course and some tips to teachers for creating their own courses will be shared. This session will be delivered by Lloyd Stock form Blackboard Consulting Services and Alan Masson from Blackboard Customer Success.

16:35 – 17:20| Collaborate Tips & Tricks: Teacher Training Part 3 | Location: Leeuwzaal

In the final instalment of the Faculty Training sessions, Lloyd Stock from Blackboard Consulting Services will provide a hands-on training on making the most of Blackboard Collaborate as a virtual classroom experience.

17:30 - 18:30 | Blackboard Company Keynote | Location: Offerhauszaal

Bill Ballhaus and Matthew Small

Hear from our new Blackboard President and CEO Bill Ballhaus and Matthew Small, Senior VP And Managing Director, Blackboard International for our company keynote.

Time: 09:30-12:15 | Room: Geertsema

Blackboard/Client Workshop: Being creative with Blackboard Learn to engage students and improve outcomes - training led by academics

Attend this whole morning training session led by a group of Academics from the University of Groningen who are pushing the boundaries in how they use Blackboard for teaching & learning. You will get to hear from them about how they use Blackboard, and partake in discussion with them about the innovative approaches they have adopted in teaching to engage, motivate, assess and provide feedback to students. The teachers from Groningen will be presenting from a variety of disciplines across a range of different topics. Topics will include: digital examinations, the learning module, the course organiser building block, assignments, Blackboard Collaborate, blog and adaptive release. The session will be very interactive and will not only involve Academics from the University of Groningen but also particpants will get the chance to contribute to the session about how they innovate in their classroom.

Session Host: Dan Peters, Senior Manager, Solutions Engineering, Blackboard International and the University of Groningen

Time: 14:30-15:15 | Room: Geertsema

Tips for Making Online Courses More Inclusive

Andy Jacobson, R&D User Experience, Blackboard

Instructors see time on task and their ability to create engaging digital content as barriers to investing in creating rich online courses. Making that content accessible to people with disabilities can sometimes feel like it is adding to the time on task and reducing the ability to make content engaging. In this session, Andy Jacobson from Blackboard’s product development team will talk discuss how making content accessible makes it more engaging, and offer specific tips to make it easier and more efficient to build great courses that are also accessible.

Time: 15:45-16.30 | Room: Geertsema

Optimising the Online Feedback and Grades Journey Experience: Implementation Success Stories

Andy Ramsden, Strategic Consultant, Blackboard International and Stephen Byrne, Architect, Blackboard

Assessment and feedback is an essential element of the teaching and learning experience. The Grades Journey solution enables institutions to achieve process efficiencies with technology that manages and synchronises the exchange of data between Blackboard Learn and the Student Information System. The key to achieving these efficiencies and improved experience is to deliver a successful implementation of Grades Journey from the start. In this session, Blackboard consultants Andy Ramsden and Stephen Byrne will share examples of success from a range of client implementations of Grades Journey and share advice for your own institution's plans. In particular, what is the Grades Journey? How will it help you achieve your strategic aims? And what do you need to consider for implementation?

Time: 16:35-17:20 | Room: Geertsema

The Blackboard Collaborate Roadmap

Carl Marrelli, Senior Product Manager, Blackboard

Blackboard Collaborate is the leading web conferencing tool designed to extend the teaching and learning experience beyond the physical classroom. Join Carl Marrelli from Blackboard's product management team for a deep dive into Blackboard Collaborate. This session will provide an overview of the latest innovations in Collaborate and an update on roadmap and planned developments for the remainder of 2016.

Time: 09:30 - 12:15 |Room A2

Bb Workshop: Building Institutional Readiness for Learning Analytics | Room A2

Workshop Hosts: Richard Burrows – Analytics Specialist, Blackboard and Steve Bailey – Senior Strategic Consultant, Blackboard

Is your institution planning to implement learning analytics? Are you ready? How will learning analytics be applied at your institution? This interactive half day workshop will focus on institutional readiness for the adoption of learning analytics tools, and help you plan for the practical application of learner data. Being ready for the adoption of learning analytics tools requires an assessment of an institution’s current strategic goals and vision for analytics, the institution’s data-decision requirement, existing policies and processes, and internal capacity and capabilities. Working back from practical information requirements, participants joining the workshop will gain a better understanding about the key considerations to be ready to implement a learning analytics solution and about client examples. The workshop is intended for key stakeholders with direct responsibility for the management of learning provision, academic enhancement, and student retention.

Time: 14:30 - 15:15 | Room: A2

Gearing up academic support and training to power along an automated grades journey.

Alicia McConnell, University of East Anglia

Since September 2015 UEA auto-journeyed 3,500 summative student grades from Blackboard to SITS. Grades in Blackboard were generated through use of the assignment and journal tool and from manual submissions, video submissions, group submissions and late submissions. We have included as many exceptions we can think of (extensions, delegated marking, team marking) and used the widest possible range of feedback tools. Preliminary results suggest the students have enjoyed having their summative assessment contextualised with their learning materials instead of separately on SITS / eVision as before. Markers and moderators too seem pleased with the feedback tools available to them and the flexibility the grade centre offers them. 

Time: 15:45 - 16:30 | Room: A2

Mobile moments: how the modern student makes learning their own.

Phil Rothwell, Liverpool John Moores University

Mobile is regarded as a truly disruptive technology and its application within teaching can still divide educators. That said its popularity, particularly with the so called "Millennials" is undoubtedly huge and continually growing, so it is important to identify how today's student is engaging with mobile technology and to try to draw some conclusions about what this might mean. At Liverpool John Moores University we've set about this by examining what students have been doing and where, within the constraints of "Mobile Moments" or brief windows in which the learner completes small tasks pertaining to their studies. This investigation formed part of a broader survey into device ownership and student Mobile learning.

Time: 16:35 - 17:20 | Room: A2

Peer Review, Peer Assessment, and Peer Feedback methods based on Blackboard Learn Tools.

Hubert Nachtegaele, Christine Verclairen (Education Support) Universiteit Antwerpen

Our teaching staff asks support for types of “Self and Peer Assessment” which are not possible with the S&PA tool incorporated in Bb Learn. Our Blackboard Support Team tries to support the desired types of S&PA by creative combinations solely of Bb Learn Course Tools, without using external tools (except Excel). In this session we will show how we realize this for different types of S&PA: “Groups reviewing assignments of other groups”, “Students assessing their peers and themselves within a group”, “Peer Reviewing using a rubric”, and "Anonymous Peer Feedback for oral presentations".

09:30-12:15 | Room: A3

Client Workshop: Using badges to motivate and engage students

Session Host: Inger-Marie Falgren Christensen, University of Southern Denmark  (Break 10.45 to 11.00am)

The gap between educational institutions and students is widening. Many institutions maintain traditional methods and adopt new at a slow pace. Some educators and developers are looking to gamification to bridge the gap. This workshop will help participants’ explore the potential of badges in education. An introduction to badges and the purposes of using these in education will be provided. Ways of integrating badges into courses will be explained. Furthermore, the process of designing and issuing badges in Blackboard Learn will be demonstrated. Participants will get the opportunity to discuss how badges can be integrated in their context, share examples and design badges for their own students.

Time: 14:30 - 15:15 | Room: A3

A search engine for Blackboard Learn, the impossible made possible.

Trainer: Machiels Wim, KU Leuven

Search engines have become an essential tool in our daily lives and anno 2016 we cannot imagine a system - which stores a large amount of documents - that is not searchable. Unfortunately Blackboard Learn doesn’t offer this functionality yet and it hasn’t been on the companies roadmap for years. Since students and staff at KU Leuven requested a search engine for their LMS for many years we decided to develop this functionality in-house. In this talk we will demo our solution and show how we can index all content of a large Blackboard Learn deployment and provide personalized search results for all our users.

Time: 15:45 - 16:30 | Room: A3

Using a game as a catalyst for education in today’s knowledge society.

Jantine te Molder, Saxion

Together with an ICT & Education adviser and an instructional designer of Saxion, lecturer Kristoff Derveaux transformed his subject Geohydrology from a traditional teaching style into a game. Several game elements were introduced, both in Blackboard and in the face-to-face lectures. The results of the game elements obtained from various forms of tools give the student immediate feedback and lead to a more active attitude towards digesting knowledge, a higher score at tests and fewer drop-outs.

In this presentation, Kristoff and Jantine will guide you through the game; while playing it, they will inform you about the process of development and the interaction between lecturer, adviser and instructional designer, the didactics, students’ experiences, and lessons learned.

Time: 16:35 - 17:20 | Room: A3

Remix for Reflection: Video editing for reflective learning

Elaine Tan, Lesley Kendal, Teti Dragas, Durham University

The paper explores the use of video to facilitate reflection on practice for English as a second language student teachers. In this session we outline how students repurposed video learning resources to facilitate their own reflection on practice. Reviewing, remixing and reflecting; students undertook browser based editing of lesson recordings to create their own versions and focus. Their own clips then formed the basis of activities making use of a wide range of tools in Blackboard, exploiting the mashups tool to facilitate further discussion and engagement with peers.

Time: 09:30 - 12:15 | Room: A7

Bb/Client workshop: Digital Examinations: How running examinations up to 15 hours a day, 6 days per week can save academics 6600 academic marking hours.

IT not only innovates by creating the possibility of Electronic Learning Environments, but also innovates Education by offering new functionalities like digital examination. The University of Leuven and University of Groningen both have their own unique vision on digital examination and a unique of setting up this process. Both universities will showcase digital examinations. During the session you will experience the process of setting up digital examinations for Higher Education and the military precision that is needed to successfully offer digital examinations to students and teachers. The session will give you information on the benefits and rewards of digital examination and the way Blackboard facilitates the process.

Session Host: The University of Groningen & University of Leuven

Time: 14:30 - 15:15 | Room: A7

The use of Collaborate in schools in Northern Ireland – Needs Must!

Eamon McAteer, C2k

The introduction of BlackBoard Collaborate into schools throughout Northern Ireland as part of the Education Network NI provided schools with a range of opportunities to: share, exchange and learn from each other. Eamon McAteer, Curriculum Consultant with C2k will discuss some innovative ways schools use this platform to tackle educational and social needs in a cost effective and safe manner. He will also examine some of the related challenges and opportunities of this technology.

Time: 15:45 - 16:30 | Room: A7

Using Blackboard for In-service Faculty and Staff Training: Sexual Harassment Awareness.

Ferhat Cagan, Koc University

Regulations and policies are part of workplace including higher education institutions. Koç University has implemented a fully online SCORM complied Sexual Harassment Awareness Training for faculty and staff members to disseminate information regarding our university’s procedures for sexual harassment policies and information that could relate to other areas of daily lives. In this session, we will share our experiences about collaboration of Koç University Human Resources Directorate, Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT) and 3rd party company in order to create an interactive and enriched with multimedia e-learning content. We will show how we used Blackboard to deliver the training and share results of training evaluations to demonstrate how effective it is.

Time: 09:30 - 12:15 | Room: A8

Bb/Client Workshop: Sharing Best Practice at the University of Groningen: A Student Centric Approach

- Introduction to Groningen: The University and their journey in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
- Student Centric: What it means at Groningen. The part that students play in the TEL strategy.
- Launching a Successful University-Wide ‘Portal’.
- Developing personalised information with different views for specific moments in the student life-cycle like enrolment.
- A Focus on Innovation: How they extended, integrated with other systems, and expanded what’s possible to create a more personalised learning experience.
- New learner-centric approach: Planning for success.

The session will help bring to life what one of the most advanced users of technology enhanced learning is doing to achieve its success.

Session Host: Blackboard and the University of Groningen

Time: 14:30 - 15:15 | Room: A8

Digicouching pedagogy in online learning on Humak University of Applied Sciences.

Paivi Timonen Humak, Humanistic University of Applied Sciences

The Humak University of Applied Sciences runs online learning on Moodle/Moodlerooms and online webinars (Adobe Connect /Collaborate). Pedagogical aim is couching pedagogy which Humak has developed for the purpose to develop socio constructive learning. Studies are on digital environments. For supporting learning on small groups Humak uses real time webinars. For real time webinars we have developed a pedagogical path for activating and deepening students learning. Humak has recent experience on cMOOCs (Constructive Massive Online Courses).

Time: 15:45 - 16:30 | Room: A8

From Distance Learning to Online provider, what a difference a Moodlerooms makes.

Kirst Palfreyman, ICS

ICS Learn has changed over the past 120yrs from correspondence school to distance learning supplier and in 2015 to online provider. In 2014, feeling trapped with a highly customised Moodle 2.1, learning evolution was beginning to feel impossible but in '15 we made the leap to Moodlerooms. A choice that would mean reviewing how students, tutors and staff work, that is in addition to an overnight upgrade from 2.1 to 2.6. Taking a step back to examine how and why we had created customisations, work arounds and exploring Moodle 2.X has been challenging and fun. ICS would like to share our story.

Time: 16:35 - 17:20 | Room: A8

Online intercultural Exchange (OIE): capacity building for a flexible, effective workforce.

Teresa MacKinnon, University of Warwick

The Language Centre at the University of Warwick has been enhancing the language learning experiences of students through opportunities to connect directly with peers in other countries. The Clavier project began in 2011 using the Languages@Warwick platform as a shared point of contact. The portal course, known as EWC, incorporates Blackboard Collaborate tools for live and asynchronous contact and has provided a scalable model for other language courses which are now growing in Spanish and German classes at Warwick.


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Plenary session
Blackboard Collaborate Roadmap

Blackboard Collaborate Roadmap

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 | Room Geertsema

The Blackboard Learn and Mobile Roadmap

Wade Weichel, Senior Product Manager, Blackboard

Blackboard Learn and Mobile have delivered significant innovations in the past year to help our clients enhance the teaching and learning experience at their institutions. Join Wade Weichel from Blackboard product management for an overview of the latest innovations in our portfolio as well as a look at the roadmap and planned developments for the remainder of 2016.

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 | Room: Geertsema

The Blackboard Collaborate Roadmap

Carl Marrelli, Senior Product Manager, Blackboard

Blackboard Collaborate is the leading web conferencing tool designed to extend the teaching and learning experience beyond the physical classroom. Join Carl Marrelli from Blackboard's product management team for a deep dive into Blackboard Collaborate. This session will provide an overview of the latest innovations in Collaborate and an update on roadmap and planned developments for the remainder of 2016.

Time: 11:20 - 12:05 | Room Geertsema

Blackboard Learn Deployment: A Detailed Update of Managed Hosting and SaaS Deployment Offerings for Learn

Wade Weichel, Senior Product Manager, Blackboard & Demetra Katifili, Senior Director, International Solutions, Blackboard

Blackboard supports a range of hosting deployment offerings for Blackboard Learn. For institutions that choose to host off-premise, Blackboard delivers Managed Hosting and SaaS deployment options. Join Wade Weichel from Blackboard product management and Demetra Katsifli from Blackboard industry management for a detailed overview of the Managed Hosting and SaaS deployment offerings for Blackboard Learn. In this session, a summary of country availability and steps to achieve a smooth transition path to Managed Hosting and to SaaS will also be discussed.

Time: 13:30-14:15 | Room: Geertsema

Moving Along the Curve: Tips, Tricks and Success Stories for Driving Academic Adoption,

Alan Masson, Senior Manager, International Customer Success, Blackboard

An ongoing challenge (and opportunity) for institutions in improving the teaching and learning experience is their faculty and student adoption of new technologies. While each institution's adoption journey is unique and 'personal', there are many similarities on the path to adoption. Learning from peers that have travelled the path can provide insights and new approaches. In this session, Alan Masson from Blackboard's Customer Success team will share some general strategies, tips and success stories for helping institutions to improve their adoption journey.

Time: 14:20-15:05 | Room: Geertsema

Using Data Effectively to Improve Student Performance

Richard Burrows, Analytics Specialist, Blackboard

Enabling student success is one of the ultimate goals of any institution. Student success is heavily dependent upon in-class performance, among other factors. Therefore, capturing, interpreting and acting on classroom level data allows faculty, advisors, and administrators to provide an enhanced teaching and learning experience. In this session, Richard Burrows from Blackboard will provide an overview of how learning analytics and particularly Analytics for Learn and for Student Management can provide insights to help improve student performance, and ultimately drive student success.

Time: 15:40-16:25 | Room: Geertsema

Blackboard Collaborate: The World's Most Accessible Web Conference Tool

Andy Jacobson, R&D User Experience, Blackboard

Blackboard Collaborate is the leader in accessibility amongst Web conferencing tools. In this session, Andy Jacobson from Blackboard’s product development team will explain Blackboard’s strategy around accessibility and how that strategy is reflected in the Blackboard Collaborate solution.

Time: 16:30-17:15 | Room: Geertsema

Delivering Student Access to Blackboard Learn with the Bb Offline Web App

Stephen Byrne, Architect, Blackboard

Students manage their course work and academic priorities in a multiple of ways. Often they need and desire access to their course materials while away from the active or live course. And in some instances, this desired access may be in areas or during times when internet or mobile data service is not readily available. To address this, Blackboard is introducing the Bb Offline Web App - a new solution that provides student access to Blackboard Learn while offline. In this session Stephen Byrne from Blackboard Consulting Services will provide an overview of Blackboard's latest offering including a deep dive demo, a description of common use cases as well as a preview of availability in various regions.

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 | Room: A2

Open Education: Delivering public engagement in Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital 2015.

Simon Bates, University of the West of England

Bristol was European Green Capital for 2015. This presentation will focus on how Blackboard’s Open Education was used to further public understanding of sustainability and support a lasting legacy for the city. Co-funded by Bristol 2015 and featuring both UWE academics and organisations from Bristol’s Green Capital Partnership, ‘Our Green City’ reached over 2000 learners in 70 countries. We will discuss how undertaking such a project enhanced academic skills in online delivery, strengthened the universities regional and international profile and why using Open Education enabled UWE to secure strategic external funding and focus on delivering learning and a high-value educational experience. See for more info.

Time: 11:20 - 12:05 | Room: A2

Pimping your Blackboard course.

Tim Boon, University of Leuven

Engaging students in online courses can be quite challenging. While the content of your course is obviously your main focus as a teacher, the importance of how you present the learning materials is often underestimated. Good-looking and well-structured courses help students stay motivated. By embedding web 2.0 tools (Google Drive, Prezi, Padlet, …) and using just a tiny bit of coding you can make your Blackboard courses stunning and a lot more interactive. We’ll show you how.

Time: 13:30 - 14:15 | Room: A2

What's in our goodie bag?

Sandra Stevenson-Revill, & Louise Schoeman-Jones, University of Derby

This session will look at some of the tools the University of Derby has built over the years to make everyone's life a little easier. Tools for academics, Support pages for Service Centre staff, Management zones for areas of the Business. All are custom building blocks built using the API, some will be useful for other institutions like the multiple folder creation others are Derby specific. At the end of the session i will throw the floor open to questions but also for others to talk about their own expansions to the core product.

Time: 14:20 - 15:05 | Room: A2

Inspiring a Sense of Educational Community.

Barbara Becker, Leeds Beckett University

Functionality in Blackboard Communities has been utilised to tailor a unique Communities view for identified groups of distinct University students. Leeds Beckett University provides courses for a vast array of learning perspectives: Distance Learners, global Franchise partners, Researchers and specialised CPD courses. Over the past five years, students have been given their own customised view of the MyBeckett portal, utilising Institutional Roles to tailor Brands, Tabs & Modules so that specific, purposeful content is delivered to each group, creating unique student portal views.

Time: 15:40 - 16:25 | Room: A2

Mobile Learning – Unlocking the potential of authentic assessment and leveraging the investments in learning technology infrastructure.

Chris Moore, University of the West of England

Authentic assessment has the potential to be very valuable, allowing for much more complex analysis of the students’ performance than traditional de-contextualised assessments. On the other hand, online examinations under controlled conditions can be unviable for large student cohorts due to pressures on the real estate of the institution. This session will showcase a number of innovative initiatives that are enabling us to create sustainable authentic assessments and very flexible online examinations. We will bring a number of mobile devices to the session, so that attendees will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the solutions we have developed, actively participating during the session.

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 | Room: A3

Online language courses in Blackboard.

Jeroen van Engen, University of Groningen

The University of Groningen Language Centre is offering fully online Dutch language courses since April 2015. Participants come from all around the world. They are expected to learn the language up to a certain level in period of two months under the guidance of a few instructors. In my presentation I would like to show the approach taken (structure, planning, tools) to offer and support online language courses in Blackboard at the University of Groningen for a worldwide audience.

Time: 11:20 - 12:05 | Room: A3

Supporting the adoption of TEL.

Farzana Latif, University of Sheffield

TELFest (Technology Enhanced Learning Festival) is a week long festival, designed to enrich the delivery of teaching, develop widespread adoption and innovative use of technology through drop-in sessions, workshops, discussions and debate. Inspired by activities taking place across the sector, the session will explore how this event has grown, offering staff: (i) a space to reflect on current practice (ii) opportunities to collaborate and share practice within an interdisciplinary community (iii) time to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to make informed choices within their context.

Time: 13:30 - 14:15 | Room: A3

SWC Virtual Academy.

Ciara Duffy, Peter Masterson, Louise Woods, South West College

South West College have introduced a new student enhancement initiative called the “SWC Virtual Academy” which is student-centered, interactive, engaging and available 24/7. The Academy, which is hosted on Blackboard Learn, provides a series of online programmes designed to prepare students for future employment by building their expertise in core skills using today’s most popular technologies. Students can choose from a wide variety of fully online or blended programmes including: Employability, Entrepreneurship, Business Start-up, Digital Skills and Study Skills. Over 10,000 digital badges have been awarded to students for the successful completion of individual courses/programs since September 2015. This session will encourage educators to reflect on how the student delivery models are evolving.

Time: 14:20 - 15:05 | Room: A3

Online Results Entry using the Grade Journey Tool.

Sharon Flynn & Caroline Horan National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway, as part of a wider Academic Simplification suite of projects, is seeking to improve academic administrative efficiencies and assessment data accuracy through the assessment grades. The existing home-grown process for grades return presented a number of issues and, following a review, a decision was made to investigate the use of the Blackboard Grade Journey Tool to automate grade transfer from Blackboard to the Student Information System. The Online Results Entry project went live for all modules in December 2015. This presentation will describe the project requirements and how the Grade Journey Tool has been adapted to meet some (but not all) of these.

Time: 15:40 - 16:25 | Room: A3

Blackboard Course Structures in University Teaching.

Birthe Aagesen, Karen Louise Møller; Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

Presentation session (45 min) with time for questions. The presentation will address: · An investigation of Blackboard Course Structures on the basis of a socio cultural perception of learning · Application and evaluation of selected Blackboard Course Structures in courses at Aarhus University.

Time: 16:30 - 17:15 | Room: A3

What's the point of policies?

Panel Discussion: Chair: Matt Lingard, University of West London. Panel: Farzana Latif, University of Sheffield, Lindsey Martin, Edge Hill University, Louwarnoud van der Duim, University of Groningen and Brian Irwin, Sheffield Hallam University.

A panel of four learning technology managers from Higher Education will share their experiences of developing and implementing policy relating to the use of Blackboard Learn and other learning technologies. They will offer a variety of perspectives covering different types of policies (such as e-assessment, minimum standards and course management), different approaches to developing policy and integrating them into wider university frameworks as well as the potential drawbacks that policy may bring.

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 | Room: A7

Exchange of experience through (Blackboard):A tool to develop faculty’ skills in Innovative learning.

Rasha Malik , Khoulod Al-Madani, Dar Al Hekma, Saudi Arabia

This research titled as “Exchange of experience through (Blackboard):A tool to develop faculty’ skills in Innovative learning”has been developed by a team from Dar AlHekma University in academic year 2014-2015. This research aims to expand the scientific communication and exchange of experiences between faculties across different departments and combinethe traditional teaching methods with the newest teaching ways that depends on technology(Blended learning).

Time: 11:20 - 12:05 | Room: A7

Innovative tools for enhancing learner's engagement and motivation.

Teodora Lazarova, Ballistic Cell

The session aims to present and highlight the most poweful and innovative tools of Blackboard in order to improve the learner's motivation and focus. Doubtless, there are numerous interactive tools and methods to develop the learner understanding of the system. I believe the most suitable format of the session will be interactive workshop or panel discussion. When the auditory is mixed and work together during the workshop they will demonstrate high understanding of the system and brainstorm ideas about the most susitable set ot tools that can be used in educational or corporate environment.

Time: 13:30 - 14:15 | Room: A7

Application of e-learning platform Blackboard Learn in the University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Boyanka Zhelyazova, Prof. Marina Mladenova,Dr.Galin Milchev, University of Forestry, Bulgaria

Studies were conducted for the assessment of students and teachers at the University of Forestry to work with e-learning platform Blackboard Learn and the impact on the results.

Time: 14:20 - 15:05 | Room: A7

The Transition Process of the New Campus System.

Abdulkadir Karadeniz, Köksal Büyük; Salih Gümüş; İhsan Güneş; Erdem Erdoğdu, Anadolu University

Anadolum, is a project realized to provide an Open and Distance learning as «all-in-one» service, to effectuate a modular design, to increase two way communication and interaction, to increase social, cognitive and teaching presence. In this session, “Anadolum” as an integrated campus system will be described in terms of its technical and functional process required and provided components (by Blackboard) organization in which all the above-mentioned components are connected and related.

Time: 15:40 - 16:25 | Room: A7

Data for Students - A student-centred approach to analytics in Learn

Ross Ward, The University of Edinburgh

"Learning analytics is primarily focused on staff accessing student data to gauge performance, predict student outcomes, and make interventions where necessary. This session will provide an overview of the work that the University has done in researching and developing a bespoke learning analytics building block called, ‘Data for Students’ that allows students to access information about their course - using click counts and comparison of grades against the cohort. The session will report on the outputs of our initial pilot studies and feedback from staff and students who have used the tool."

Time: 16:30 - 17:15 | Room: A7

Driving Up Quality. Improving the quality of Blackboard Learn courses with an Exemplary Course Programme

Danny Monaghan & Peter Mella, University of Sheffield

This session will describe how we created a programme to help and promote development of quality course material in Blackboard Learn, by creating an exemplary course programme based on Blackboard’s. We will show delegates how we started this process, and how we are attempting to create a small and self-sustaining community of academics who are actively looking to develop high quality course content that don’t require large scale support, by using the tools available in Learn rather than relying on a high level of technical knowledge or external software packages to create rich content. We will conclude by looking to the future, and show where we would like this work to take us.

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 | Room: A8

Reviewing Blackboard sites to raise minimum engagement across the institution.

Brian Irwin, Chloe Benning; Laura McNally, Sheffield Hallam University

In 2013 Sheffield Hallam University approved a set of minimum expectations which outlined what should be on each Blackboard course. In preparation for these expectations becoming policy in 2015, we hired graduate interns to review every taught module (over 3000) and create reports about how well they meet the expectations. During this session we will explain how the minimum expectations were developed. We will describe the review process, highlighting challenges faced and providing recommendations for others. We will share some high level findings of the reviews and example anonymised reports at different levels (e.g module, departmental, faculty). Finally we will explain how we are using the reviews to inform staff development and the feedback we have gotten on the reviews so far.

Time: 11:20 - 12:05 | Room: A8

Implementing Blended learning: a lifelong story or not?

Ank Boersma, Jornt de Vries, Hanze University Groningen

An interactive story about the implementation of Blended Learning at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. In September 2015 a university wide project started to implement Blended Learning. We will share our strategy how we implement the support of blended learning within the schools. We will show that all levels in the organisation are involved: from board to student. What did work well and what are our lessons learned.

Time: 13:30 - 14:15 | Room: A8

Turning Blackboard Learn into a Digital Examination Platform: lessons learned from 8 years of practice.

Walter Roosels, Geert De Schutter, Universiteit Antwerpen voor Associatie Antwerpen

Once your institution has decided to make a shift towards (more) online examinations, these are the most important aspects that have to been taken in consideration before 'shaping' the Digital Examination Platform: -Benefits of digital examinations -Organisation of digital examinations -What testsoftware to use? -Security -Computer and examination infrastructure -Teacher support University of Antwerp shares her 8 years experience implementing digital examinations, using an agile solution: Blackboard Learn & our own examination Building Block.

Time: 14:20 - 15:05 | Room: A8

Taking assessments and examinations to the next level: AlephQ

Christine Lippens, Raoul Deuss, Universiteit Antwerpen

It is often a challenge to educators to offer high quality assignments and quizzes in the context of blended learning. As a rule, intra-term assigments do not generate a lot of student engagement or enthusiasm, unless they match what students can expect on their actual final exam. And even if this is the case, additional incentives are often needed to ensure student participation. Over the past 5 years, Antwerp University has been succesfull in implementing technology driven solutions to achieve this, with degrees of participation exceeding 90% and significant improvement in exam results, without having to compromise on academic content.

Time: 15:40 - 16:25 | Room: A8

Assessment Journey: a programme to enhance the educational experience and institutional effectiveness.

Brian Irwin, Jonathan Childs; Brian Irwin, Stuart Hepplestone, Sheffield Hallam University

The Assessment Journey Programme at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) is continuing its progress towards delivering the changes needed to provide a seamless, improved and effective assessment experience for students and staff. Within this session we will present on the changes needed in order to shape our institutional vision for assessment and the technology required within it. We will share our experiences of exploiting Blackboard solutions (including the Grades Journey) to implement the technological future state for online management of assessment, and report on the lessons learned and the challenges faced around merged enrolments, extension management, and reassessment.

Time: 16:30 - 17:15 | Room: A8

Experiences and strategies used for implementing a portfolio didactic using Blackboards portfolio tool.

Bo Lüders, Senior Lecturer
Lars Holbæk Pedersen, (joining via Collaborate) University College Southern Denmark

In this session we will present our experience with using Blackboard Portfolio on a fully 100 % online Teacher training education. You will be introduced to how the portfolio became a key concept in the pedagogical thinking of the online course and how the portfolio gave educators a completely new and deeper insight in the learning of the students compared to students in traditional face-to-face education. You will be given examples of the formative evaluation performed in the portfolio and will see examples of portfolios created by students. The portfolios will be in Danish but presenters will translate the structural elements so you can be inspired on the use of portfolios in Blackboard.

Time: 10:30-11:15 | Room: Engels

Sponsor Session: Readspeaker

Accessible Design: Text to speech in the VLE

More often than not, accessibility isn't considered as a part of the VLE until required. We'll discuss the importance of accessible design, and how text to speech can help increase accessibility, while improving learning outcomes for all. Accessibility in course design isn't limited to throwing in speech functionality. Course materials must be designed for optimal text to speech functionality. Our building block for Blackboard is developed to increase accessibility. We will discuss what makes a course and its materials accessible, what pitfalls to avoid, and how text to speech benefits all.

Time: 11:20-12:05| Room: Engels

Sponsor Session: IADLearning

Adaptive e-Learning made a reality.

In the past, LMSs were following the “same content for everybody” paradigm. Students were getting the same training materials no matter what their profile or educational needs were. By means of adaptive e-Learning, students will get a customized learning experience and will be only served the contents that are relevant for them based on their individual learning profile and learning style. IADLearning allows for this to happen using your existing LMS and courseware. This is possible thanks to the use of Advanced e-Learning Analytics providing valuable insights into the learning process and helping on dramatically improving your students learning performance. During this session we will introduce Adaptive e-Learning and we will go through a real implementation of this technology: IADLearning.

Time: 12:05 - 13:30 | Room: Engels


Jeroen Grieve

Friday, 8 April 2016

Highlighted plenary session
09:30 - 10:30 Friday Keynote | Location: Offerhauszaal

Professor Neil Morris , Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds

Time: 10:35-11:20 | Room: Geertsema

Blackboard Learn Deployment: A Detailed Update of Managed Hosting and SaaS Deployment Offerings for Learn

Wade Weichel, Senior Product Manager, Blackboard & Demetra Katifili, Senior Director, International Solutions, Blackboard

Blackboard supports a range of hosting deployment offerings for Blackboard Learn. For institutions that choose to host off-premise, Blackboard delivers Managed Hosting and SaaS deployment options. Join Wade Weichel from Blackboard product management and Demetra Katsifli from Blackboard industry management for a detailed overview of the Managed Hosting and SaaS deployment offerings for Blackboard Learn. In this session, a summary of country availability and steps to achieve a smooth transition path to Managed Hosting and to SaaS will also be discussed.

Time: 11:50-12:35 | Room: Geertsema

Blackboard Product Listening Session

Wade Weichel, Senior Product Manager, Blackboard & Demetra Katifili, Senior Director, International Solutions, Blackboard

Capturing feedback from our customer base is essential to our product strategy and planning process. In this session hosted by Wade Weichel from Blackboard product management, and Demetra Katsifli from Blackboard industry management, customers are welcome to join and share their feedback and experiences with Blackboard solutions, as well as their questions.

Time: 10:35 - 11:20 | Room: A2

Learning Analytic's - One Universities Journey.

Sandra Stevenson-Revill & Ruth Grindey, University of Derby

Over the years there have been lots of discussions on using data to understand learning content. UDOL are taking the next step, using analytics to understand their online provision and the impact that has on learners. This presentation will outline why the Blackboards Analytics tool, how we implemented and timescales involved. Focusing on the use of the tool within UDOL which is responsible for Derby's online provision. We will show you some of the reports and discuss how we are using them. This is continuing our sequence of presentations on UDOL's use of Blackboard Learning Analytics tools.

Time: 11:50 - 12:35 | Room: A2

Power Using' Blackboard for purely online learners.

Nathalie Thorne, Leeds Beckett University

The Distance Learning Unit at Leeds Beckett have been described as 'power users' of our Blackboard installation. Since 2012 we have revolutionised how our academics deliver an integrated learning experience for purely online learners, with our instructional design team utilising various tools and techniques available in Blackboard to produce interactive, enjoyable and rewarding modules for our learners. This session will demonstrate our distance learning style, showing how we have used discussion boards, wikis and other tools to create an immersive experience for our learners.

Time: 10:35 - 11:20 | Room: A3

KULeuven's new learning portal and css/JS tweaks for course design.

Bert Coenen, KU Leuven

At KU Leuven, we developed a new portal to replace our tabs-and-modules-based portal. The portal runs outside / on top of / alongside Blackboard. It aggregates information from different sources

- Enrollments

- Updates and messages

- User-targeted tools, links and information

Key features: - Course list - Inline access to updates, messages, settings - Filter, search and customization tools:

- Favorites

- Colours

- Banners

We're also introducing a new design for course pages.

Key features:

- Based on the latest Learn theme

- Enhancements

- Simplified, inline content creation

- Intelligent learning modules

- Productivity enhancements

- Availability of courses and items

- Drag and drop

- Responsive design

Time: 11:50 - 12:35 | Room: A3

A showcase of using BB LEARN in large courses.

Robert Rozier, Hanze University Groningen

At the School of Communication Media and IT eduction is structured in integrated domains. Web programming is one of these domains. Students have to attend a number of different courses. Courses are subdivided into lectures and practicals, demand that online instructional videos are to be viewed and have formative tests at regular intervals. The ramifications are that heavy burden is placed on the LMS since it has to both incorporate all the different courses, projects, assignments, and has to allow for attendance registration. The number of users and of roles is high. We will present a show case of how to structure a course in BB thus reducing this complexity especially for instructors.

Time: 10:35 - 11:20 | Room: A7

Submit Work Here

Joseph Gliddon and Roger Gardner, Bristol University

This session explores work implemented over several years at the University of Bristol to develop a scalable workflow for coursework assessment and feedback online. The workflow combines technical and pedagogic planning to support lasting cultural change. This uses Blackboard packages, which can also support consistent provision of other activities across multiple courses. This work was done to address key challenges in this area, including: -meeting complex requirements in a consistent way -needing a standard approach which is scalable across multiple courses -ownership of the process by Schools to ensure sustainability -easily updating content across many courses with minimum editing Session covers policy, pedagogic approaches, engaging academic & administrative leads, and the process.

Time: 10:35 - 11:20 | Room: A8

Life, Universal Design & Blackboard.

Tony Churchill, De Montfort University

This session provides a brief introduction to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its implications for delivery in Higher Education both online and face-to-face. UDL is being implemented at De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) to enhance learning and teaching for ALL our students. DMU’s application of the principles of UDL seeks to provide an inclusive experience using the Blackboard learning environment, whilst addressing reductions in government funding for disabled students.

Time: 11:50 - 12:35 | Room: A8

From instability to stability; Change management of e-Assessment at an institutional level.

Trevor Meek, Graham Hill, Iain Ward-Campbell, Tias Nimbas, University of Bradford

The session will outline the move from Questionmark perception to Blackboard Tests for summative assessments across multiple campuses and for overseas assessment. It will demonstrate a major cost saving, significant improvements in efficiency of both the examination process and administration, and also complete stability during large scale concurrency.