You are warmly invited to join us at the largest and friendliest Blackboard Users Conference in the world. Delegates will share their experience of using Blackboard Learn from the perspectives of the learner, the lecturer and those who support it. Over half the delegates who attended in 2018 rated it as the best conference of the year! Why not start 2019 at #durbbu?
The challenge for learning technologists and lecturers alike is to separate the long-lasting solutions from the lemons. Which tools and approaches should you invest your time, reputation (and money) in? Some will be short-lived fads (think Second Life) some may fail from the start (Sinclair C5) but other might turn out to be the future of learning. How do you tell? Is it wrong to experiment with a fad or failure?
Submit your stories of using technologies that you think are a fad, a failure or the future and share what you've learnt from doing this.
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.
The best presentations in this track are those supported by evidence, not just anecdote.
There's always space for technical articles. Share your latest building block and Rest API triumphs. Wave the flag for LTI. Inspire us with your custom styling of Learn. Talk us through your best sys admin tips. Show us how you've beaten the integration process into submission.
You're doing great things every day. Share them...
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER - BLACKBOARD
Tim serves as Blackboard’s Chief Product Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the design and development of the company’s innovative and comprehensive product portfolio.
Tim has more than twenty years of experience engineering technology solutions and leading software development projects and teams. Previously, he was Blackboard’s Vice President of Product Development, where his responsibilities spanned leadership of open source services from Blackboard Open LMS and NetSpot, Blackboard’s Analytics product portfolio, solutions for K12 Community Engagement, and most recently, Blackboard Learn. In that role, he established a new Cloud Services Product Development team in 2012 and spearheaded the company’s first steps on the path to embracing SaaS and public Cloud technologies.
Prior to joining Blackboard in 2009, Tim served as Director of Software Development for ANGEL Learning. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Technical Advisory Board for the IMS Global Learning Consortium.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and has earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute.
As a first-generation college graduate and the father of three daughters, Tim has both a professional and a personal devotion to the furtherance of education as a pathway to expanded opportunity and personal development.
DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY SERVICES & OPENLEARN - OPEN UNIVERSITY
Rosie Jones is Director of Library Services and Open Learn at the Open University. Recently her portfolio has expanded to include Technology Enhanced Learning teams covering Learning Innovation and Learning Design. She has worked in academic libraries since 2001 in a diverse range of institutions, taking a particular interest in games and learning, information literacy and learning space development. She has held specialist roles in learning technology and learning space development. She is involved in the UK academic library Information Literacy community, currently co-chairs LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference and is the Deputy Chair for CILIP Information Literacy Group. She co-authored the recently launched CILIP Information Literacy definition which explores what information literacy means in different contexts. She is on the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Executive Board and is vice-chair of the workforce development task and finish group.
She is an active member of the Association for Learning Technology special interest group on Playful Learning and has been involved in numerous games based learning projects including the JISC-funded project Alternate Reality Games for Orientation, Socialisation and Induction (ARGOSI) and conference games at ALT-C, LILAC and the Playful Learning Conference. She has recently stepped into the role of co-chair for the Playful Learning Conference.
CHIEF PORTFOLIO OFFICER - BLACKBOARD
As Chief Portfolio Officer, Kathy Vieira is responsible for the execution of Blackboard’s portfolio strategy. In this role, she oversees key functions including business line leadership, product and partner management, and marketing. She also leads the Blackboard Student Services team, the corporate division that brings marketing and enrollment services, virtualized contact center support, One Stop and other solutions designed to support the student lifecycle at institutions nationwide.
Prior to her current role, Kathy served as Blackboard’s Vice President of Portfolio Strategy and Management. She also served on the Business Department team as Vice President of Partner Enablement and as Vice President of Partnerships in Blackboard’s consulting organization. Kathy joined Blackboard in 2006 through the acquisition of WebCT.
Kathy has an extensive background in information technology and education and has spent many years in leadership roles in the high-tech industry. Her background includes a role as Information Systems Manager for World Wide Development and Learning and as CIO for Sales and Marketing at a large computer hardware company. In addition, she served as Director of Hosting and Global Support Services at an internet security company providing certificate authority to defense and banking industries around the globe.
Kathy holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science and Biology. She is also a graduate of the Society of Information Management, Leadership Development Institute, Regional Learning Forum.
The chance to see how others are using the tools in Blackboard to solve Teaching and Learning issues. Every year we come away with ideas on how we can improve practice.
Excellent presentations and workshops that covered many relevant topics. I found all of the ones that I attended to be honest, approachable, and often inspiring.
Best things? Quality and honesty of presentations. Community feeling, genuine interest and positive contribution by Blackboard and other companies
Excellent organisation, highly relevant content, fantastic location but perhaps above all, by far the most welcoming conference I attend each year. Can I also add that the food at all venues, particularly the conference diner, was outstanding.
Good size and amount of people - it was manageable and allowed for networking with lots of people. Networking was important and lots of friendly people sharing their experiences. Sessions were interesting and varied - good lengths. Theme was spot on and easy to understand.
A good range of speakers and topics of discussion once again; a great chance to catch up with friends and colleages; and a superb dinner in what has to be the most amazing location possible. Bb Durham is the highlight of each year.