17th Durham Blackboard Users Conference

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Find out all about this year’s conference:

Conference Theme

Our theme this year is “Ticked Off – Towards Better Assessment and Feedback”


Conference Dates

The 17th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference will commence with an “optional” free half day of pre-conference workshops and user group sessions on Wednesday, 4th January, followed by the Conference itself on Thursday, 5th and Friday, 6th January 2017!

The pre-conference afternoon and the two day conference will be held again at the Durham Business School on Mill Hill Lane, Durham.  We will once again be at Durham Castle for our hospitality evening.

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 (new provider!) direct from outside the Business School.

Pre-Conference Workshops & User Groups

There will be a number of pre-conference workshops and user group meetings scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, 4th January 2017.  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.

  • Blackboard Mobile User Group
  • TurningTechnologies’ ResponseWare
  • Managing the LTi Lifecycle

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 17th year, regularly attracts over 120 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 thanks go out to Durham University and to Blackboard Inc for making this conference possible.


Durham University

Durham University

Blackboard Inc


Conference Sponsors

2017 Sponsors


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Turning Technologies



Turnitin UK

A special thanks to eXplorance who are providing the conference attendees with your much loved conference chocolate bars!