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Blackboard Keynote

Watch the Blackboard keynote on demand

 Once a year the Blackboard leadership team takes the stage to share our latest innovations and company news at BbWorld. Click here to watch the full keynote or check out the highlight clips below.

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Welcome to BbWorld 2016

Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO and President of Blackboard

Tune in for Bill Ballhaus's first BbWorld keynote as CEO and President. Learn about his approach to (appreciation of) your needs and challenges based on months of listening to customers. In this half hour address, Bill shares how we're addressing your needs with a new model that leverages our unique position to help students succeed.

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Helping student succeed

Katie Blot, Senior Vice President of Global Strategy

Learn why SVP of Global Strategy Katie Blot has never been more excited about where Blackboard is going. Katie outlines how we will use the breadth and depth of our portfolio and deep insights about the world of the learner to deliver thoughtful and relevant innovation--all with one goal in mind: helping student succeed.

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Data science at work

Dr. John Whitmer, Director of Analytics and Research

Dr. John is a data scientist who joined Blackboard after a decade of managing large scale academic technology projects in higher education. Tune in for this 9-minute clip on how Dr. John and his team are using our enormous footprint of anonymized data to understand what, when, and how learners are interacting with technology.

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Education needs continue to evolve

Matt Franks, Creative Director and Product Owner of Ultra

Matt Franks designs around the idea that education needs continue to evolve. To accommodate this, his team takes a user-centric approach to design--an approach based on qualitative research. In this six-minute clip, Matt walks us through the qualitative research that his team conducts to deeply understand the world of the learner.

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Our innovation journey

Katie Blot, Senior Vice President of Global Strategy

Delivering thoughtful and relevant innovation across our portfolio is our top priority. And it's a journey that we started two years ago. In this 6 minute clip SVP of Global Strategy Katie Blot walks through our innovation journey across Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, our mobile apps, and the Ultra experience.

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Teaching and learning solutions

Jim Chalex, Senior Director of Product Management

In this 20-minute deep dive into our teaching and learning solutions Jim Chalex, Senior Director of Product Management, shares our commitments to (and recent investments in) Blackboard Learn 9.1 as well as how you can get to know the Ultra experience today--in Blackboard Learn, in Blackboard Collaborate, and in Bb Student.

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Introducing Bb Planner & Blackboard Advise

Brook Bock, New product innovation

One of our biggest announcements from BbWorld is a solution we’ve created to enable students to succeed and make informed decisions about their paths, while simultaneously helping institutions plan courses that meet the unique needs of their student populations. Watch Brook Bock announce Bb Planner and Blackboard Advise from BbWorld.

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Introducing Blackboard Predict

Mike Sharkey , Vice President of Analytics

Mike Sharkey has a long history of enabling learning by putting data into action. It’s that experience that led to the launch of Blackboard Predict, a custom predicative solution. Tune in as Mike walks through how this new solution forecasts student outcomes and puts that data directly into the hands of those who can take action.

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Partnering on student services

Craig Chanoff , Vice President of Education Services

Every student deserves the opportunity to access an education that fits their unique needs. That's why Craig Channof's organization is partnering with institutions to offer comprehensive student pathways & services. In this 8 minute clip Craig shares how we're teaming with higher ed's leading names to enable growth and drive student success.

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