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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.

Creating a Barrier-Free Learning Experience—Inclusive & Accessible for All

As learner diversity continues to grow, so does the need for institutions to ensure that needs of all learners are considered and appropriately addressed in the learning, teaching and assessment experiences they design and develop. That is, learning experiences must be barrier-free for all learners. ‘Barrier-free’ is a ‘universal design’ term that refers to the importance of considering the full range of users at the design stage.

So, what does an equitable learning experience look like?

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore what a barrier-free learning experience looks like, with a particular focus on best practices and the role Blackboard Ally plays in this. The more accessible the learning materials are, the more inclusive and personalized the learning experience becomes. When learning materials are well designed – the closer the parity and quality of learning experience becomes for all learners.


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