17th Durham Blackboard Users Conference


Find out all about this year’s conference:

Conference Theme

Our theme this year is “Ticked Off – Towards Better Assessment and Feedback”

Finalised Conference Programme now available:

Final Conference Programme (PDF)


Conference Dates

The 17th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference will commence with an “optional” free half day of pre-conference workshops and user group sessions on Wednesday, 4th January (2-5 pm) followed by the Conference itself on Thursday, 5th and Friday, 6th January 2017!

The pre-conference afternoon and the two day conference will be held again at the Durham Business School on Mill Hill Lane, Durham.

Please note that the conference will close at approx 3.30 pm on the Friday afternoon and there will be a free bus back to the Railway Station (new provider!) direct from outside the Business School.

Pre-Conference Workshops & User Groups

There will be a number of pre-conference workshops and user group meetings scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, 4th January 2017.  This afternoon is free to Conference Delegates, however, if people wish to attend just the Wednesday afternoon and not the conference itself then there will be a small charge levied to cover costs. The afternoon starts at 2 pm and finishes at 5 pm.  Tea/Coffee/Cakes are on at 3.15 until 3.45 pm.  There is a short drinks reception at 5 pm for delegates attending the pre-conference afternoon.

  • Blackboard Mobile User Group – Room 403 –  Hosted by Gillian Fielding & a Virtual Peter Rayment
  • TurningTechnologies’ ResponseWare – Room 209 IT Lab – Mark Dickson & Julie Mulvey
  • Managing the LTi Lifecycle – Room 453 – (Stephen Vickers & Simon Booth)

Conference Dinner

We will once again be at Durham Castle for our hospitality evening.

There is an option to buy a ticket (£4) for a Castle Tour from the Conference Registration Desk – meet at 6.30 pm in  the Undercroft Bar.  Please note the Bar opens at 6.00 pm until midnight.

A Drinks Reception will take place in the Senate Suite, Durham Castle from 7.30 until 8.15 pm

The dinner commences at 8.15 pm in the Great Hall:

Leek & Potato Soup with Herb Dumplings (v)

Roast Beef Fillet
Portobello Mushroom Pithivier (v)

Rich Dark Chocolate Terrine with Salted Caramel Ice cream

Parking at the Business School

If you requested a Parking Pass through your registration then it will have been ordered.  Find a place to Park at the Durham Business School and collect your parking pass from the Main Reception Desk.

Leaving the Business School

We have ordered at 59 seater coach (new provider) to come up to the Business School for 3.15 pm.  We anticipate finishing at 3.30 pm and by the time everyone is on board it will leave at 3.40 to go to Durham Train Station.


About the Conference

This is a conference organised by the user community, for the user community. Whilst we welcome the involvement and support of Blackboard and other commercial companies sponsoring the conference, they have no influence on the conference theme, the programme or the content. Delegates are free to offer constructive praise or criticism of any product as they see fit.

This long-standing e-Learning event, in its 17th year, regularly attracts over 120 delegates – and the audience is a mix of repeat attendees and first time visitors: learning technologists, librarians, academics, administrators and even the odd manager. It is a great networking opportunity at a low price.

Our thanks go out to Durham University and to Blackboard Inc for making this conference possible.


Durham University

Durham University

Blackboard Inc


Conference Sponsors

2017 Sponsors


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Turning Technologies



Turnitin UK

A special thanks to eXplorance who are providing the conference attendees with your much loved conference chocolate bars!