Access All Areas
The Twentieth Annual Durham Blackboard Users' Conference

#durbbu: Access All Areas

You are warmly invited to join us at the largest and friendliest Blackboard Users Conference in the world. This is number 20 so we are planning something very special.

Delegates will share their experience of using Blackboard Learn from the perspectives of the learner, the lecturer and those who support it.

We hope you chose to start 2020 at #durbbu...

Registration has now closed


The call for papers has closed and all submissions have been peer reviewed.
We have released the final programme.

We have deliberately selected a theme you can interpret in one of two ways. 

It can be a call to share your experience of making learning more inclusive, accessible to more people. We have seen a change in legislation in the UK - how have you responded, what have been the challenges and the triumphs?

Alternatively, you can treat it as permission to give the back-story, what is online learning at your institution really like?

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...

Durham University Centre for Academic Development

Early Bird

£ 150 pp
  • Full access to workshops, main conference and dinner.
  • Ended 31st October


£ 175 pp
  • Full access to workshops, main conference and dinner.
  • Ended 8th December

Last Minute

£ 200 pp
  • Full access to workshops, main conference and dinner. Now fully booked.
  • Ended 15th December


These run from 2pm until 5pm on the afternoon of Monday the 6th of January - the day before the main conference. Attendance at a workshop is free for all conference delegates - please book it when you register. There is also a post-event drinks reception from 5 to 6pm for workshop participants.

MoCo Bb User Group

Blackboard Mobile/Collaborate Users Group
A chance for members of the Blackboard MoCo Users' Group to meet face to face in Durham, talk to staff from Blackboard and share their experiences. The meeting will begin with a live online discussion with the option to join remotely via the Collaborate Lounge. It will then expand some of the ideas raised in recent sessions such as Let's break breakout groups, Let's talk about hybrids and Let's talk about accessibility.

Amy Eyre, Helga Gunnarsdottir and Gillian Fielding
York University, University of the West of England and Blackboard

Blackboard Ally User Group Meeting and Workshop
Join us for a collaborative workshop session focused on using Blackboard Ally's accessibility and usage data. Learn how to use it for benchmarking, designing messaging and faculty support strategies, and to track your institution’s journey to more inclusive learning for all students. We’ll look at Ally usage and accessibility scores across the UK and how some of Ally’s newest features such as the Course Accessibility Report offer opportunities to make data part of your accessibility strategy. 

Claire Gardener, Kristen McCartney-Bulmer and Nicolaas Matthijs
University of Derby, Northumbria University and Blackboard


Inclusive design for portfolio-led personal development
Join us for an exploration of PebblePad as a learning journey platform and see how it is being used across Durham University. In this workshop, we will consider inclusive design for our learners and explore creating our own portfolios for personal development with the same principles.

Donna Hay and Sarah Copeland
Durham University and PebblePad


What is the future of academic integrity and assessment?
In this workshop you'll explore current assessment practices, review strategies for evaluating students at scale and share innovative ways to reinforce your academic integrity standards. Share your experience, learn from your colleagues and discover why Turnitin's expanded suite of tools were designed to help address your emerging educational challenges.

Jamie Whitehead and colleagues

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

The following are all genuine quotes from delegates who attended past conferences

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.


Join us at dinner for a murder mystery by renowed local artists The Railway Players

#durbbu supports the charity soap4all who provide toiletries for people who are homeless.
During the event there will be the opportunity for you to donate unopened shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and ear buds.


A new building just for you

OK, that might be stretching the truth a little bit, but come and experience the new Teaching & Learning Centre for yourself

Durham University

Durham University
Teaching & Learning Centre
South Road
DH1 3LS 

University College
The Castle
Palace Green


Monday 6th January 2020

Tuesday 7th January 2020
Wednesday 8th January 2020

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Phone 0191 334 2781
Tweet @LearnTechDurham


This conference is organised by the Durham Centre for Academic Development which is part of Durham University.

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