The Seventh Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference took place on Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th December 2005. The conference is a mix of invited speakers, panel sessions and submitted papers.
This year’s conference has the themes of “the power of 2” – and we will be running strands looking at:
- extension (building blocks)
Why “The Power of 2”?
There has been a lot of talk recently about “Web 2.0” which got us thinking. There are many other buzzwords which involve two. This conference brings together the user communities from the UK and Eire, from Higher and Further Education, and from Blackboard and WebCT. There’s three for starters. Building Blocks (ways of extending Blackboard – power links in WebCT) are often referred to as B2, that’s four… Worry not it has nothing to do with hard maths 🙂
We are delighted to announce that Martin Weller – Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University – has agreed to give the keynote on Thursday. You can read more about him on his blog.
The year’s programme will be a mix of keynote speakers and parallel strands, to allow delegates to select the most appropriate conference path. We are to include presentations, discussions and demonstrations plus a Question & Answer Session from Blackboard.
Our Conference Sponsors will be available in the Exhibition areas during the two days for informal chats and demonstrations.
Thursday, 14th December 2007
10 am – Registration opens in The Business School
Coffee and tea are available in the exhibition area
11.00 am – Opening and Welcome
VLE 2.0 – the implications of Web 2.0 for learning environments
Martin Weller – Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University
12.15 pm – Strands – Session 1
1.00 pm – Lunch – Followed by a chance to browse the sponsor’s stands
2.00 pm – Strands – Session 2
2.45 pm – Strands – Session 3
3.30 pm – Coffee and Tea
4.00 pm – Strands – Session 4
4.45 – Strands – Session 5
5.30 – Break
7.00 pm – Drinks Reception in The Business School Bar
Coaches (without horses) will be on hand to transport delegates to the conference dinner afterwards.
8.30 pm – Conference Dinner in The Joachim Room, Hild Bede College
Includes Respondus Prize Draw
Coaches to transport you back to your hotel or another hostelry will leave the College at 10.45pm and 11.15pm.
Friday, 15th December 2006
9.00 – Welcome – Business School
9.15 – Product Roadmap: Staff from Blackboard give us a glimpse into the future…
10.00 – Strands – Session 6
10.45 – Strands – Session 7
11.30 – Coffee and tea
12 noon – Panel Discussion
1.00 pm – Lunch and then a final chance to tour the exhibitions
2.00 pm – Strands – Session 8
2.45 pm – Strands – Session 9
3.30 pm – Plenary
4.00 pm – Close
Our thanks this year to the following sponsors who helped make this event possible: