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Pre-Conference Sessions

For only $375/session, register today and kick off your BbWorld with exciting and educational pre-conference sessions.
Full session listings are coming soon. Check back in April to fill up the rest of your BbWorld 2016 schedule.

A framework for Building Inclusive Classrooms

July 11, 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | 20 ppl | $375

Instructors see time on task and their ability to create engaging digital content as barriers to investing in creating rich online courses. Making that content accessible to people with disabilities can sometimes feel like it is adding to the time on task and reducing the ability to make content engaging. In this session we’ll share a simple and reusable framework for considering accessibility in all aspects of your face to face or online classrooms. We will walk through how to think about your pedagogy, how to assess your content, and how to evaluate the technology you want to use to create engaging student experiences for everyone. We’ll even given you a chance to try it out on your own course.

What to bring to the session

  • Computer
  • Course (or access to it) that you want to work on in the session
  • Links to outside tech
  • Notes about your pedagogy

Featured Speaker

JoAnna Hunt, Accessibility Manager, Blackboard

Building Quality Courses

July 11, 2016 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | 40 ppl | $375

Is there a culture of quality at your institution? Are you ready to move your courses to higher levels of engagement, assessment, and learner-centered support? Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program rubric as a guide, this session prepares faculty and instructional designers to develop quality courses. At the end of the session you will have a solid framework for self-evaluation and peer review of courses and a clear understanding of the characteristics of high quality in the four pillars of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support.

Featured Speakers

  • Carey Smouse, Higher Education Customer Success Advocate, Blackboard
  • Misty Cobb, K-12 Solutions Engineer, Blackboard
  • Lisa Clark, Higher Education Senior Customer Success Advocate, Blackboard

Raise the Ante with Collaborate Ultra

July 11, 2016 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | 15 ppl | $375

Collaborate Ultra features a streamlined user interface and ease of use to engage and motivate learners.  This interactive workshop introduces participants to Collaborate Ultra and its many features. Come learn how to take your learners to the next level by involving them in relevant, dependable, and accessible learning. Be sure to bring your mobile device as we focus on leveraging Collaborate Ultra with our Bb Student App to provide reliable collaboration that you can bet on.  Hands-on workshop participants should bring their own laptop and mobile device preloaded with the Bb Student app.

Blackboard Presence and Master Courses

July 11, 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | 40 ppl | $375

Are you looking for a higher return on your Blackboard Learn™ investment?  Need ideas on how to improve faculty adoption and consistency in online course delivery?  Learn how to best establish a Blackboard Learn™ Presence in the classroom (Online, Blended and Face-to-Face) and hear examples of how many of your peer institutions have been successful. In addition to this initiative, consider an effort to help ensure all online and blended courses are developed and consistent in their quality of content.  Learn about ideas as to how to create online master courses by combining your resources on campus.  Forming peer groups for online master course creation provides the opportunity to collaborate with your own in-house experts in instructional design and media, subject matter experts, and the campus library to ensure faculty have the resources necessary to develop courses that achieve high quality online course design and content.

Featured Speaker

Lisa Clark, Senior Customer Success Advocate, Blackboard

On a Winning Streak with Learn Ultra

July 11, 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | 15 ppl | $375

The New Learning Experience (NLE) is a new approach to education that fosters better engagement, interaction, and quality learning. Blackboard Learn SaaS Ultra is part of this new experience that simplifies the teaching and learning environment. This workshop is designed for users who want to try their hand at exploring Ultra and experiencing the new navigation, the exciting features and tools, and the foundations of course building within this new environment. The sky’s the limit with Ultra, so get ready for a winning experience filled with hands-on activities and an unforgettable journey through this new environment.  Participants should bring their own laptop.

Raise the Ante with Collaborate Ultra

July 12, 2016 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM | 15 ppl | $375

Collaborate Ultra features a streamlined user interface and ease of use to engage and motivate learners.  This interactive workshop introduces participants to Collaborate Ultra and its many features. Come learn how to take your learners to the next level by involving them in relevant, dependable, and accessible learning. Be sure to bring your mobile device as we focus on leveraging Collaborate Ultra with our Bb Student App to provide reliable collaboration that you can bet on.  Hands-on workshop participants should bring their own laptop and mobile device preloaded with the Bb Student app.

On a Winning Streak with Learn Ultra

July 12, 2016 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM | 15 ppl | $375

The New Learning Experience (NLE) is a new approach to education that fosters better engagement, interaction, and quality learning. Blackboard Learn SaaS Ultra is part of this new experience that simplifies the teaching and learning environment. This workshop is designed for users who want to try their hand at exploring Ultra and experiencing the new navigation, the exciting features and tools, and the foundations of course building within this new environment. The sky’s the limit with Ultra, so get ready for a winning experience filled with hands-on activities and an unforgettable journey through this new environment.  Participants should bring their own laptop.

Full list of BbWorld sessions coming soon!


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