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...
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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...
CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & PRESIDENT - BLACKBOARD
Prior to joining Blackboard in 2016, Bill was President and CEO of SRA International, where he fostered a culture of innovation that emphasized anticipating customer needs. He was responsible for enhancing the company’s portfolio in cybersecurity, cloud computing, mobilization, agile system development, ERP and data analytics.
Previously, Bill was President and CEO of DynCorp International, a global government services provider. He has also held senior leadership positions at BAE Systems and Boeing, leading their global technology businesses.
Bill has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career. In 2009, he was named among Forbes’ most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under, as well as Forbes’ 21 Youngest CEOs at the Nation’s Biggest Companies. He also ranked #26 on Ethisphere’s list of 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics. In 2015, he was named to Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 list of the most influential leaders in government contracting. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal by UC Davis for his outstanding professional achievements and distinguished service to the engineering community. Most recently, Bill was named one of the Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2017 by The SaaS Report. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and currently serves on the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Advisors and the Great Meadow Foundation Board of Directors.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He earned a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Bill is deeply committed to leveraging Blackboard’s innovative technologies and services in order to partner with the global education community and enable student and institutional success. Blackboard’s core values of integrity, excellence, innovation and accountability resonate deeply with Bill. As a third-generation aerospace engineer, he learned early on the importance of leading with absolute integrity, without fear of failure and with a focus on solving customers’ toughest challenges. At Blackboard, these values translate into helping learners, educators, institutions and companies thrive in a complex and changing environment.
Professor Sue Black OBE
PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE - DURHAM UNIVERSITY
Sue is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University, a digital skills expert, social entrepreneur, consultant and international keynote speaker with over 20 years experience. She has a computer science PhD, management and change management experience and is passionate about getting everyone excited about the opportunities that technology offers. She's also got over 20 years technology and digital skills teaching experience, along with successful social media campaigning and women and leadership expertise.
Her first book Saving Bletchley Park about the successful campaign that she led to save Bletchley Park is the fastest crowdfunded book EVER and now has 60+ five star reviews on Amazon 🙂
She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College London and a Senior Research Associate at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. A champion for women in computing, Sue founded BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.
Sue is well known for her successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion and Saving Bletchley Park. She is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four and grandmother of one.
With 20+ years experience in academia she is also an accomplished academic manager and research centre director with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering.
Alongside her academic career Sue has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. After the runaway success of the London BCSWomen network that she set up in 1998 Sue set up BCSWomen in 2001. After her first trip to Bletchley Park representing BCSWomen in 2003 she got funding for the Women of Station X project highlighting the women’s contribution there during WW2. BCSWomen is still going strong, chaired by the wonderful Gillian Arnold and has just produced a great campaign and book Women in IT: inspiring the next generation.
CHIEF PORTFOLIO OFFICER - BLACKBOARD
As Chief Strategy, Portfolio and Marketing Officer, Kathy Vieira is responsible for the development and execution of Blackboard’s corporate, portfolio and marketing strategy, ensuring Blackboard continues to deliver and demonstrate innovative solutions that align with client, partner and industry needs.
In this role, Kathy oversees key functions including corporate strategic planning, business development, portfolio and platform strategy, business line leadership, product and partner management, and marketing and communications.
Prior to her current role, Kathy served as Blackboard’s Chief Portfolio Officer and Vice President of Portfolio Strategy and Management and General Manager for Student Services. 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.
#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.
OK, that might be stretching the truth a little bit, but come and experience the new Teaching & Learning Centre for yourself