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How to Use the BbWorld 20 Platform

 

Getting Started

The BbWorld Space Station will open Friday, July 17 for attendees to start building their schedules. You should have received your log in credentials when you registered. The code included in this email will be your password for the BbWorld Log In Portal. If you do not have the email, you can reset your password from the log in page.

When you log in, make sure to complete your profile (located under “Tools”). Add a photo and fill out your ‘mission credentials.’ This will be your virtual business card to exchange with other attendees. Don’t forget to change your time zone–session listings will update to your local time!

The Lobby

When you log in to BbWorld on the event day, you will be taken to the virtual Lobby. The lobby will be your access point to the different spaces within the BbWorld Space Station. At any point, you can return to the lobby by clicking “Lobby” in the top navigation bar. From the lobby, you can access the Mission Control help desk–your one-stop shop for BbWorld questions and assistance, the Guide to the Galaxy–a high-level overview of all of the virtual spaces and the Social Wall. The top navigation bar will stay with you wherever you are, allowing for easy access to key spaces.

BbWorld 2020 Navigation Bar

 

Program

The BbWorld program can be accessed via the Launch Pad Theater and the Breakout Session Theaters. The Launch Pad is our main stage. On Tuesday, July 21 at 9:15 AM ET, hear from Blackboard leadership in our out-of-this-world general session. And come back on Wednesday, July 22, for the general session with Dr. Michael K. Moore and keynote by Manny Scott.

When you’re ready to start building your schedule and browsing BbWorld sessions, head to the theaters. Looking to narrow your search? You can filter sessions by theme/track. You might notice the BbWorld themes have had their names condensed into tracks. Below is a handy chart to see what to look for:

 

Looking for sessions from:  Find it in the tab:
Designing Robust Training Programs Training Programs
Enhancing the Teaching and Learning Journey Teaching & Learning
Fostering Inclusive Education Inclusive Education
Learning Continuity Learning Continuity
Optimizing the Student Experience to Support Growth & Retention Student Experience
Preparing for Change Preparing for Change
Using Analytics to Drive Learner Success Analytics
Sessions tailored to educators Educators
Sessions for K-12 K-12
Sessions for government, military or corporate attendees Business & Government

 

The platform is open for you to start building your schedule. You are able to browse sessions, add them to your agenda and also download an invitation to add to your personal calendar. Next to the ‘filter’ search bar, click More to change your time zone! Looking for a big-picture version of the agenda? Look no further, we have a grid view so you can see all the sessions going on at once.

When you attend a session, your window will look like the below. You will see presenter video, slides, chat and Q&A by default. The pink circles along the bottom of the player will show or hide additional panels like session abstract, handouts & links or closed captioning. You will not have video permissions as an attendee, but you can communicate with other attendees via the chat. (TIP: you can customize your view by zooming in/out on your browser, moving panel windows around, resizing them and hiding any you don’t want to see. It will only affect your view!)

Presentation Console Example

Networking at BbWorld

BbWorld 2020 has plenty of places you can network with peers and the Blackboard Crew. Connect with attendees in one of our networking lounges: the Developer Space to talk all things tech, the Educator Lounge to learn more about instructor webinars, educator resources, and share best practices, and an Open Channel message board to share your institution, hobbies, and get to know other attendees!

Looking to connect 1:1 with other attendees? Share your virtual business card, chat and message 1:1 with other attendees, and even send them an email right from the virtual event!

The Partner Universe, Discovery Hall, and Lunar Lounge offer opportunities to talk, share, and expand your knowledge. These spaces will be ‘open’ for you to visit whenever you like, but will be more heavily staffed during the virtual networking hours.

Partner Universe

In the Partner Universe, you will be able to browse and chat with Blackboard partners and discover the latest integrations. Need help navigating the Partner Universe or want to learn more about the Blackboard Partner program? Stop by the Partner Information Desk.

Partner Universe Logo

Discovery Hall

Discovery Hall will be your hub for all things Blackboard. Need help with a Blackboard product? This is the place! In addition to Blackboard product booths, you can visit the booths for Community Programs & User Groups to learn more information about being a part of the Blackboard Community and the UXD Lab, where you can help define what’s next for Blackboard by sharing your experiences and testing future designs.

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Lunar Lounge

Need a mini mental break? Head to the Lunar Lounge to check your standing on the BbWorld leaderboard, interactive games, Space Jams music playlists, and wellness exercises, and the *Puppy Cam* to clear your mind and relax in between sessions.

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Top Five Tips

 

  1. Explore your profile. In addition to filling out your credentials, the “My Profile” section under Tools has additional features. From here, you can use the 1:1 chat and message features and access the briefcase section. Your briefcase contains documents and links you save from across the event spaces.
  2. Attend and rate your sessions. The sessions are organized by topic (see above) to help you find the right ones. Just like an in-person conference, the sessions will begin at specific scheduled times, so you should click into the session at the start time or a few minutes earlier. You can also build a personalized agenda of sessions you want to attend and download calendar reminders for the sessions from the agenda builder. After you attend a session, make sure to fill out the survey!
  3. Vie for a top leaderboard position. You can earn badges by visiting partner booths, attending sessions, chatting in the networking lounges, and more. Your badges will be added to your profile, and the top scorers will be displayed on the leaderboard in the Lunar Lounge for all attendees to see.
  4. Don’t be shy! Use the group chats and message boards as an opportunity to network and get to know your peers from around the world. Just because you aren’t in-person doesn’t mean you can’t make new professional bonds. Adding a photo to your profile will help others get to know you. Your communication notifications will appear in the upper right corner of your screen as a little bubble. There are three types of private communication you can have in the platform: email messages, chats (which you can accept or decline), and vCards (your virtual business card).
  5. When in doubt, ask for help. Visit the Mission Control help desk to make sure your system is good to go for the sessions, view FAQs, or ask a Blackboard crew member for guidance.

Additional FAQs

 

Can I join anonymously?
No, everyone who attends the event must register and provide their name, title, and institution.

Can someone else join in my place, using my log-in?
We encourage all attendees to register on their own. Since the event is free, there shouldn’t be an issue.

What if I lost my password?
You will have the option to reset your password on the BbWorld event login page.

Are there any specific computer requirements I need to join?
Be sure your system is ready to go for the event. You can check the specific requirements here.

Do I need to stay logged in all day?
No. You are not required to stay logged into the event all day, but you’re more than welcome to! We suggest checking out the sessions to figure out when sessions you are interested in are taking place and making time to make your way through the spaces within the BbWorld Space Station.

Will sessions be closed captioned? 
Yes, all sessions will have closed captioning available in English. This can be viewed by clicking the [CC] button along the bottom of the session viewing console.

What if I miss a session? Can I access a recording later?
All sessions are being presented live, so we encourage you to attend them at their scheduled time. Selected content will be available post-event beginning in August.

Will certificates of attendance be available?
Yes. Please email bbevents@blackboard.com to obtain one for professional development certification/verification.  

Contact

 

Who do I contact with additional questions?
Email  bbevents@blackboard.com for any questions you may have.


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