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Make Your Attendance at #BbWorld19 More Impactful

For BbWorld 2019, we are adding complimentary pre-conference workshops to the program. These valuable sessions will take place on Tuesday, July 23, before the main BbWorld programming begins.

Space is limited to approximately 30 people in these workshops, so in order to get a better chance of reserving a seat, register before March 8, 2019. Anyone who registers before this date will have first access to the schedule builder when it opens. Registrants after this date will have access to build their sessions a week later and can add these workshops if still available. Waitlists will be available for these sessions.

2019 Complimentary Pre-Conference Workshops:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Design Thinking and the Future of EdTech

Both an ideology and a process, Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to problem-solving that can lead to innovative products and services. As the landscape of higher education continues to evolve it is imperative that higher education experts are involved in shaping the tools that will meet the needs of tomorrow’s students and educators. Join other education experts to experience a design thinking workshop to generate and iterate on ideas for the future of education technology with the Blackboard Design Team.

Creating Beautiful Login and Institution Pages in Ultra

The session will walk delegates through the process of making changes to the look and feel of an Ultra environment, starting with a basic overview of out of the box tools and moving into making changes to the login page template file to significantly impact the initial experience users have of the Learn Ultra environment. Included will be examples of more innovative designs, discussion of considerations such as accessibility and responsiveness for mobile. This will be an interactive workshop where users will have an opportunity to build their own custom login page. A basic knowledge of CSS and html will be necessary and delegates should bring a laptop to work on.

Exemplary Course Design in the Ultra Experience

This workshop will cover best practices for creating an exemplary course, with specific focus to doing so using the Blackboard Learn Ultra course experience. The Exemplary Course Program Rubric will be used as the main reference point for exemplary practices in Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support. Participants will leave with tips and tricks to build a new course or update an existing one based on established quality standards. (Note: While we’ll demonstrate using Blackboard Learn Ultra, this session is also appropriate for those using the Original course experience or Open LMS.)

What Should We Work on Next? A Day in the Life as a Blackboard Product Manager!

Join a member of the Blackboard Product Management team for a working session where you get to spend a (half) ‘day in the life’ of as a team member of Blackboard Ultra’s Product Management team.  You will get to plan and build a product feature but watch out because you will have to deal with the restrictions and complications typically experienced in product planning.

How to engage learners with an active learning Ultra experience

While you might understand what active learning is and why learner engagement is important, building these approaches into a course can become a challenge that you can do without. Which technologies do I use? What tool should I select? Active learning and learner engagement doesn’t just happen, but having the right learning environment can turn what sounds complicated, into something you can easily accomplish to improve student retention.

This hands-on workshop will provide you with an opportunity to explore how simple it can be to generate active learning and learner engagement experiences using Learn Ultra. You will leave, itching to apply what you have learnt and with the confidence to know you can.

Designing for the Mobile Learner

“In a 2018 survey by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research of 1,500 exclusively online students, nearly 80 percent said they complete some, if not all, of their course work using a mobile device.”

Built specifically for academic and professional staff engaged in digital and blended learning environments, this workshop enables participants to start the course design process with the mobile learner in mind. At the end of the session, participants will be able to design a plan for including mobile devices in the online or hybrid classroom, follow best practices for mobile content design and better develop mobile-friendly courses.


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