I attended Blackboard’s Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) in Manchester, England, three weeks ago which included clients from 100 institutions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
While there, I had the pleasure of meeting the 3 Blackboard MVPs based in the UK. Matthew Deeprose, Chris Boon, Jonathan Knight, I witnessed first-hand their leadership of and support for the Community – presenting & sharing their insights, being active in their local user groups, and leading discussions on the Community Site such as “Upgrade Club” and “Show us your Blackboard”.
The Blackboard Community of users is an inspiring network of people who want to help one another in order to improve learning. As a company, we want to identify and commend those clients who spend that extra time to support and share with others in the community in significant ways.
The Blackboard MVP program recognizes individuals who have expertise in Blackboard products, instructional design and the overall educational technology landscape. Our MVP's are engaged and dedicated clients who are leaders in the community.
This year, we are pleased to welcome 17 new dedicated leaders into the program. Please join me in congratulating and thanking them!
Chris Boon, Senior TEL Support Analyst, City College Norwich
Khadejah Brown, Professional Development Manager, United States Department of Agriculture
Justin Carrell Technology Support Specialist III, Tarleton State University
Dena Carrigan, Director Distance Education, Alvin Community College
Marco D'Alessio, Learning Architect, Laureate Education
David C. Dixon, Project Team Leader, Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
Casey Eubank, LMS Administrator, WSU Tech
Paula James Kaplan, Instructional Designer, Marshall University
Jason Kane, Instructional Designer, Schoolcraft College
Helen Keier Manager of Support Services, CUNY John Jay College
Alex Manly, Director of Technology Learning Resources, Arkansas Tech University
Carolyn Ponce, Blackboard Administrator & Coordinator of Distance Education, Arkansas State University
Mark Reynolds, Lead Application Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Humberto Salazar, Online Rector, Universidad del Valle de Mexico
Lisa Sawtell Director of Online Learning and Educational Technology, Stetson University
Susan Subocz Vice President, US/UK Digital Learning Solutions Center, Laureate Education/Walden University
Mary Talalay, Instructional Designer, Johns Hopkins University - The Peabody Institute
I encourage you to follow each of these leaders in the Community. We now have 58 MVPs, please check out the full list of MVPs.
@MVPs please share with us why you wanted to become an MVP and what the Community means to you!
Photo: Matthew Deeprose, Jonathan Knight, Marissa Dimino, Chris Boon