19th Durham Blackboard Users Conference

Conference Theme

To be announced

Conference Dates

The 19th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference will commence with an “optional” free half day of pre-conference workshops and user group sessions on Monday, 7th January (2-5 pm) followed by the Conference itself on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday, 9th January 2019!

The pre-conference afternoon and the two day conference will be held at the Durham Business School on Mill Hill Lane, Durham.

Please note that the conference will close at approx 3.30 pm on the Friday afternoon and there will be a free bus back to the Railway Station direct from outside the Business School.

Pre-Conference Workshops & User Groups

We will have a number of pre-conference workshops and user group meetings scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, 7th January 2019. This afternoon is free to Conference Delegates, however, if people wish to attend just the Wednesday afternoon and not the conference itself then there will be a small charge levied to cover costs. The afternoon starts at 2 pm and finishes at 5 pm. Tea/Coffee/Cakes are on at 3.15 until 3.45 pm. There is a short drinks reception at 5 pm for delegates attending the pre-conference afternoon.

The Workshops and Usergroups are to be announced.

Call for Papers

Please watch this space ….

Blackboard Keynote

Details to be added here

Conference Keynote

Details to be added here

Conference Dinner

We will once again be at Durham Castle for our hospitality evening.

There is an option to buy a ticket (£5) for a Castle Tour from the Conference Registration Desk – meet at 6.30 pm in the Undercroft Bar. Please note the Bar opens at 6.00 pm until midnight.  Please note the full cost of the ticket is donated to the DucK (Durham University Charity Kommittee) for good causes.

A Drinks Reception will take place in the Senate Suite, Durham Castle from 7.30 until 8.15 pm after which dinner will commence in the Great Hall.

Parking at the Business School

If you are bringing a car to the Conference you must put this on your Registration – if not please let me know well in advance – so that I can arrange a parking permit for you.

If you have requested a parking pass please find a space in the Business School car park and collect your pass from the Reception Desk.

Registering for the Conference

Please ensure that you are registered, ie you have a confirmation email.  If someone is booking on your behalf please note that they will need to select a dinner choice for you they may even choose the option that you are not having dinner.  This is very difficult to sort out when you arrive – so ensure you make sure the person making the booking knows what to register you for – this also includes whether you are attending the optional half day workshops/user groups – which you also need to decide upon.

  • Are you attending the Pre-Conference Afternoon?
  • If Yes – Which workshop or usergroup are you attending?
  • Do you need a parking permit – car registration – which days?
  • Are you attending the Dinner on the Tuesday evening?
  • If Yes – are you having the meat or vegetarian Option
  • Choose your Drink option – red or white wine or non alcoholic drink
  • Do you have any dietary or other requirements we need to know about?

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 19th year, regularly attracts over 130 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. Our prices are fixed at an Early Bird rate of £140, a Standard Rate of £160 and a late rate of £180. I am sure you will agree that you can’t attend many conferences at such a fantastic rate.

Finally, our thanks go out to Durham University and to Blackboard Inc for making this conference possible.

Durham University

Durham University

Blackboard Inc


Conference Sponsors

2019 Sponsors

To be confirmed.