16th Durham Blackboard Users Conference

Conference Dates

The 16th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference will commence with an “optional” free half day of pre-conference workshops and user group sessions on Wednesday, 6th January, followed by the Conference itself on Thursday, 7th and Friday, 8th January 2016!  Make sure you save the dates.

The conference has changed venue and will be held in the Durham University Business School – the pre-conference afternoon and the two day conference will be held here.  We will once again be at Durham Castle for our hospitality evening.

Please note that the conference will close at approx 4.00 pm on the Friday afternoon and there will be a free bus back to the Railway Station.

About the Conference

This is a conference organised by the user community, for the user community. Whilst we welcome the involvement and support of Blackboard and other commercial companies sponsoring the conference, they have no influence on the conference theme, the programme or the content. Delegates are free to offer constructive praise or criticism of any product as they see fit.

This long-standing e-Learning event, in its 16th year, regularly attracts over 140 delegates – and the audience is a mix of repeat attendees and first time visitors: learning technologists, librarians, academics, administrators and even the odd manager. It is a great networking opportunity at a low price.

Last year we were able to offer several funded places for Students to attend who had co-authored presentations – we are hoping to creating enough funding to do this again.

Our thanks go out to Durham University and to Blackboard Inc for making this conference possible.

Conference Theme – Learning From Mistakes

Details and logo to follow ….


Eric Stoller

We are delighted to announce that our opening keynote is Eric Stoller.

Eric Stoller is a higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker. He frequently gives keynotes on how educators can use social media for engagement, learning, and communications.

With a background in student affairs, academic advising, wellness, technology, and communications, Eric focuses his energies on educating clients and captivating audiences. As the Student Affairs and Technology blogger for Inside Higher Ed (http://insidehighered.com/blogs/student-affairs-and-technology), he generates conversations, answers questions, and provides insight about a variety of “tech topics.”

Living in London and working globally, he knows too many acronyms, drinks a lot of coffee, enjoys running, and spends a lot of time writing, speaking, and thinking about social media, digital identity, education, and technology.

Pre-conference Workshops – To be Announced

2016 Sponsors

Durham University

Durham University

Blackboard Inc 



Pebble Learning


Turning Technologies


If you are interested in being a sponsor for our upcoming conference please drop an email to julie.mulvey@durham.ac.uk.
We only have a limited number of places.

Additional Information

Our Social Media Twitter Hashtag is #durbbu

For information how to set up your laptops/mobile devices please click on the following link: Link to Internet Connection page

Please note that Durham University has signed up to eduroam which you can use at the conference. Delegates will also be given a temporary Conference ID when you arrive.

Here is a link to a map of Durham University  (1) Durham Business School / (23) Durham Castle

Check out our FAQ pages. If they don’t provide an answer then contact us by emailing julie.mulvey@durham.ac.uk or calling Julie Mulvey on 0191 334 2781.