BbWorld - Time Flies!

Blog Post created by tjatkin on Aug 2, 2018

BbWorld was an exciting week – and then I took off for London to meet with several team members to ensure we are doing our best to take advantage of our best practices globally to better serve all of our clients.


I had a wonderful time participating in BbWorld and hearing from you about your work with our portfolio of products, and your overall experience.  So, now that I’m back home (and past my jet lag), I wanted to share my top reflections on BbWorld2018.


#3 – We can all make a difference and pay it forward. I was inspired by Sheila Johnson’s remarks, the discussion created by the Inclusive Education panel, and the charities across our community and around the world that are making a difference.  And it was a hugely uplifting moment for me to stand on stage with the Catalyst Award and Exemplary Course Program winners – all who are giving back by sharing their stories, their hard work and their creativity and innovation. Our individual actions matter and make a difference.


#2 – What a difference a year makes!  Earlier this week, our 400th Learn SaaS client went live in production, and we have over 50 clients in process. Over 65 clients are using Ultra in production, with an additional 35 institutions running pilots. I’m proud of my 2000+ Blackboard colleagues who have worked tirelessly to make this possible.


#1 – The LMS is necessary, but is not enough to support the complex challenges you are facing to help drive student success.  And this is why we’re working to bring you a portfolio of connected products and a super-charged ecosystem of partners to enable your efforts. And the most powerful part of our ecosystem is you, the community of user groups, discussion boards, MVPs, and peer networks.


I want to thank everyone who presented at BbWorld.  Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and expertise by presenting a session, workshop or on a panel.  BbWorld is a success because of you. And for those that may wish to watch the highlights from our general keynote, please select this link.


I noticed that this thread – “What did you learn” has been started on the Community site, I encourage you to contribute when you have a moment. Thanks @Syzmon for getting us started.