You are warmly invited to join this, the largest Blackboard Users Conference in the world - where participants will be sharing their experience of using Blackboard Learn from the perspectives of the learner, the lecturer and those who support it.
The conference theme was suggested by last year's delegates. Use it to think about the experience of students and staff (of all types) when using TEL. If technology helps, can you pinpoint why? If it hinders, what is the problem? If it is downright ugly and needs a spotlight shined on it to get vendor attention, bring it on. If your e-Learning is more Spaghetti than Western, now is the time to work out why!
If you have something you want to share but you don't think it is best presented by shoe-horning it into this year's theme despair not. We always welcome papers about innovate approaches, effective techniques and general lessons learned. That's what this track is all about.
There's always space for technical articles. Share your latest building block and Rest API triumphs. Inspire us with your custom styling of Learn. Talk us through your best sys admin tips. Wow us with your wrangling of the snapshot process.
CHIEF STRATEGY AND PORTFOLIO OFFICER - BLACKBOARD
Katie is responsible for aligning Blackboard’s business to industry and customer needs – overseeing key functions including industry strategy and development, business line leadership, product and partner management, and marketing – and ensuring Blackboard build and deliver products and services that our customers love.
Prior to joining Blackboard, Katie held positions at the U.S. Department of Education including Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Federal Student Aid and Deputy General Manager for the Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services Unit where she was responsible for processing over 14 million student applications for federal student aid and delivering over $60 billion in Title IV programs.
Katie began her career in the higher education group at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting). In her 10+ years there, she worked with hundreds of schools advising on the effective delivery of student services.
Katie has over 20 years of experience in the education industry, providing leadership in the business and technology realms. She understands how to realize the benefits of effectively aligning human capital, business processes and technology to achieve business objectives at educational institutions and the success of their students. Katie has also served as a national speaker presenting on topics such as: “STEM Education and the Power of Technology,“ “Achieving Learning Outcomes in a Changing Education Landscape“ and “What’s Next for Education: The New Course Ecosystem.“
Katie earned her BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993.
As mother of three boys, Katie is both professionally and personally dedicated to advancements in education. She is actively involved in research and trends in student-learning outcomes, competency-based learning and the links between education and employment. She participates in discussions on innovation in education and serves on the Executive Board of a local early-childhood education provider, the Board of Directors of the NEA Foundation, and the Board of Directors of UPCEA.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR CELT, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Sharon is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. With a background in Computing Science, Sharon worked as a lecturer in the Information Technology department at NUI Galway for 11 years, before taking up her current role with CELT in 2005. Her combined experience as an academic and computer scientist make her an ideal candidate to lead the learning technologies team in CELT.
Based within a centre for teaching and learning, the focus of the CELT learning technologies team is on supporting pedagogy and student learning through the effective use of technology, and the team carry out this support through a range of activities aimed primarily at academic staff within the university. In 2006-07, Sharon and her team were instrumental in the Pilot to Mainstream project which established Blackboard Learn as the institutional VLE at NUI Galway. More recently, the team have supported the rollout of the Grades Journey tool within Blackboard in a University-wide Online Results Entry project.
Staff development is core to the mission of CELT at NUI Galway, and Sharon recently worked with the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education as part of a Professional Development Expert Group, looking at the rollout of Ireland’s new Professional Development Framework for all staff who teaching in Higher Education.
In her spare time, Sharon is a member of the Wikimedia Ireland Community with a special interest in using Wikipedia to support teaching and learning in Higher Education.
She tries to keep active through yoga and (slow) running, and is always happy to chat over a cup of coffee.
Great keynotes! The variety of Presentations was brilliant. I have taken so much away to share with my team.
As ever, the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with colleagues from other institutions, alongside a selection of stimulating presentations.
I've been away for a few years so it was nice to come back and be re-energised by the enthusiasm and commitment of the conference participants.
Generally a good litmus test of where we are as an institution.
Meeting other Blackboard users and listening presentations by users rather than by businesses trying to sell something.
The conference dinner was also great, what a venue and really, really well run.