A rather sunny Newcastle was the destination for this year’s Blackboard European Teaching and Learning Conference. The 4 day event, which was split into the DevCon and main TLC conference, took place in Northumbria University Business School. We will be looking at some of the highlights from both events.
Welcome & No REST for the Wicked: The Latest on REST APIs in Blackboard Learn
DevCon 2019 kicked off with a welcome from Mark O’Neil and Scott Hurrey, they discuss the outline of this year’s DevCon, including events and tasks scheduled for the day and how they have had to improve the Developer Community to meet the demands of its users.
For most, January might be a month of quiet consolation, with that weary post-Christmas feeling hanging heavy…
But not for the nation’s E-learning teams however: each coming January means the Durham Blackboard Users Conference!
The focus for the 19th Durham Blackboard User conference was “Fail, Fad or Future”, asking users of Blackboard to be honest with their experiences with Blackboard, acknowledging that some ideas will fail – some are just a passing fad – but some will be integral to the future of how we support and use e-learning systems.
The conference was opened by Rosie Jones, the Director of Library Services at the Open University.
This spring, the E-learning Team let Lee and Dev jet off to sunny Manchester to attend the TFL Europe 2018 Blackboard Conference.
Hosted at the prestigious Manchester University, the conference kicked off with the 2 day DevCon on Monday 9th April with the 3 day event starting on the Tuesday. Over the the five days, a busy schedule of talks, workshops and events was arranged for the avid attendees from across the globe.
The city of Manchester itself was a joy to visit and a great place to host the conference. Manchester University was a short walk from the city centre and the conference was well facilitated thanks to TLC and the use of the extremely useful AttendeeHub App, which let you organise your schedule really easily.
In January I attended the Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference. This was the 18th running of the event by Durham University and the first I have attended. Each conference has a unique theme and this years was based on the classic Spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad and The Ugly. The two day conference featured a number of talks, demos and presentations highlighting what is good bad and ugly with Blackboard.
Before I cover some of the sessions, I have to say it was an exceptionally well run conference. The team at Durham have put a great deal of work into not only the event, but the social aspect following the conference.
Groningen in the Netherlands recently hosted the 2016 Blackboard EMEA conference. The three day conference was the biggest that Blackboard have held in Europe and featured over 420 delegates from 19 different countries. Before discussing the conference, I must say that Groningen was a great location to hold the event. It is a small picturesque town dominated by University of Groningen and surrounded by canals and ‘car free’ streets full of cyclists. Furthermore, the town also hosted the fantastic ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition and Blackboard delegates were given free access to this after hours.
I’ll now focus on some of the key events from the conference.
Review by John Ramsay.
I recently attended the summer 2015 London BUG meeting at Regent’s University. The theme for the event was ‘Enhancing Blackboard with Plugins and Building Blocks’ and below are some of the key points that emerged from the meeting;
- BbStudent app – coming soon
- Blackboard Collaborate – Ultra Roadmap released
- Turnitin: Next – new look for Turnitin
- Bb roadshows in November 2015
- 2015 Bb World slides- now available
I will now look at some of the key points from BUG in more detail.
Blackboard World and Ultra Updates
Ashley Wright from Blackboard started his presentation by speaking briefly about the recent BbWorld conference from Washington DC.