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 http://tiny.cc/ourgreencity 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?
-Computer and examination infrastructure
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