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User Experience: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Eighteenth Annual Durham Blackboard Users' Conference

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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.

Call For Papers

The call for papers has now closed - thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal. They are out for peer review and you should hear back from us shortly.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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!

Better Learn-ing

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. 


Early Bird

£ 140 pp
  • Full access to workshops, main conference and dinner.
  • Ended 5th November


£ 160 pp
  • Full access to workshops, main conference and dinner.
  • Ends 15th December

Last Minute

£ 180 pp
  • Full access to workshops, main conference and dinner.
  • Dependent on Space

Workshops Only

£ 40 pp
  • Access to pre-conference workshops only.
  • Ends 15th December


These run on the afternoon of Wednesday the 3rd of January - the day before the main conference.
Attendance is free for all early bird, standard and last-minute conference delegates, or you can pay just to attend a workshop.

Peter Rayment

Blackboard MoCo Users Group
A chance for members of the Blackboard Mobile and Collaborate Users' Group to meet face to face in Durham, talk to staff from Blackboard and share their experiences.

Peter Rayment and Sarah Sherman
Cardiff University and Bloomsbury
Stephen Vickers

More to Learn 9 with LTI
Want to know what LTI is? Want to find out how to solve an issue with using LTI? Want to look into the LTI future? Then this session is for you! The Q4 2017 release of Learn 9 promises more support for the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) specification, including LTI 2.0 and the Content-Item message. This session will review the changes being introduced and consider them in terms of how they might help to improve teaching and learning. No prior knowledge of LTI will be assumed, and there will be plenty of opportunity to raise and discuss any issues or concerns you have encountered with using LTI in your own organisation. The session may include some technical details but is primarily aimed at a non-technical audience.

Please get in touch with Stephen in advance if you have any specific requests for topics to be covered.

Stephen Vickers
Independent Consultant
Donna and Tim

PebblePad in Action
Tim and Donna will be leading a session where attendees share their experiences of using PebblePad

Donna Hay & Tim Smale
Durham University and Keele University

We love it, but don't just take our word for it

The following are all genuine quotes from delegates who attended the 2017 conference

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.


Durham Business School
Mill Hill Lane
DH1 3LB 

University College
The Castle
Palace Green


Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Thursday 4th January 2018
Friday 5th January 2018

Thursday 4th January 2018

Phone 0191 334 2781
Tweet @LearnTechDurham