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Posted by tjatkin Feb 13, 2019

When I celebrate extraordinary accomplishments and innovation in education by presenting the Blackboard Catalyst Awards, it reminds me that I have the best job ever.


Last year we honored 44 Catalyst Award winners across the globe at BbWorld and at the regional Teaching & Learning Conferences (Manchester, Sydney and Singapore). The work and impact of the award winners is inspiring.


Catalyst Awards recognize achievements in the following areas: (1) leading change; (2) community engagement; (3) teaching & learning; (4) inclusive education; (5) optimizing the student experience; (6) training and professional development; and (7) student success.


We are accepting nominations for the 2019 Blackboard Catalyst Awards through March 8, 2019.


Please consider sharing how your institution redefines what's possible when leveraging technology – it deserves recognition and enhances our global education community. Submit a nomination for yourself, a team or a colleague!


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Pay It Forward

Posted by tjatkin Feb 4, 2019

Consider sharing your insights, ideas and innovations – in order to enhance and improve education globally. Last year we had over 270 presenters share their experience and work at BbWorld. If you’ve been thinking of sharing your story this year in Austin, below are some items I wanted to make sure you were aware of that you might find helpful:


  • Early Acceptance: Based on feedback that submitters wanted to find out earlier if their session was accepted so they could plan and book travel, we created an early acceptance process. Submit your proposal by February 15th, and your session will be included in the new early review process. We work with a small group of clients and a cross-functional group of Blackboard employees to review each submission and help select the ones that make it into the BbWorld program. If the session is accepted you will be notified a couple weeks earlier than everyone else. Please keep in mind that early submission does not guarantee acceptance.


  • Consider reviewing this year’s themes in the submission guide before submitting. Sessions that relate to these themes will have a higher chance of acceptance. Learn more about the themes, session types and how to submit in the guide.


  • If you don’t want to present alone, consider partnering with a colleague at another institution or being part of a panel session. Let us know if we can help facilitate these connections.


  • Want more tips on creating a winning proposal, there will be a webinar on Feb 7th at 2pm ET. If you can’t join live, register anyway to receive the recording.


To be considered for the early acceptance process, submit your session by February 15th, otherwise you can submit up until the regular deadline - February 28th.


I hope to see you in Austin!