Call for Papers

Conference Theme

The theme of the 14th Durham Blackboard Users Conference due to take place on Thursday and Friday, 9th and 10th January 2014 – the theme will be the “Life of i” ….

We’re taking liberties with the title of a well-known novel and rather expensive devices designed in California but made in China, to look at personal and personalised lifelong learning, supported through technology.

Questions/areas we hope that the event will address include:

  • To what extent does technology emancipate students, freeing them to make their own learning decisions?
  • How can we effectively support students harnessing personal technologies to promote life-long learning?
  • To what extent can and should institutions facilitate personalisation of the learning experience?
  • In providing digital solutions for the personal are we creating an isolating experience for the private?
  • Personalised learning en mass: Rhetoric or Reality?

As ever, we invite members of the Blackboard User Community (and their friends who may have jumped ship) to share their insights and experiences. Some suggestions for submissions are:

  • “Digital native”?
  • Digital Literacy
  • MOOC pedagogy: can you personalise mass education?
  • Just in time teaching
  • Flipping the classroom making the most of face to face
  • Supporting Reflective learning using technology
  • Designing Flexible eLearning not Distance Learning

Time Slots

This year we are offering a range of time slots:

  • 50 minute presentation (35 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A)
  • 50 minute workshops
  • 50 minute panel discussions
  • 25 minute presentation (15 minute presentation and 10 minute Q&A)
  • 15 minute presentation (10 minute presentation and 5 minutes Q&A) *

*This format is to encourage newer colleagues to submit a paper who may not have previously presented at a conference. If we feel that the quality of your submission deserves a longer slot we may request that you adjust this accordingly.


All papers are peer reviewed and you will be notified w/c 9 December 2013 of the results.

If you have any queries in the meantime regarding your submission please contact