• Blackboard is Awful... I Mean Awesome! How Training Changes Everything

    Many new faculty and those teaching online courses for the first time at Wichita State University (WSU) seem to be hesitant about using Blackboard. But there's no training on how to use a learning management system (L...
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  • Creating More Inclusive Instructional Content to Reach all Students with Blackboard Ally

    We are finding more students with hidden disabilities who might not request accommodations enrolled in college classes (Bohanon, 2017), as well as more non-traditional students. An instructor can create a more inclusi...
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  • Accuracy Matters: Alternative Approach to Editing Video Closed-Captions

    Learn how we harnessed the down-time of our student workforce to assist faculty with accurate video closed-captioning. In order to streamline the caption editing process for faculty, an internal procedure was created ...
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  • An Ally for Inclusive Practice: A UK Perspective

    In 2016, the University of Derby (Derbyshire, England) set up an “Inclusive Derby” working group in response to the UK Government’s announcement to reduce the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)...
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  • Continuing Our Ultra Journey: From the Ultra Pilot Program to Production

    2017 - Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana moved from self-hosting to SaaS Flexible Deployment. 2018 - We joined the Ultra Pilot Program (UPP) to begin our journey from the 2012 theme and original course views...
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  • Creating Innovative Experiences: A Human-Centric Approach to Learning

    Want to walk away from BbWorld with a new skill? Join our session and learn how to design a learner-centric experience that impacts your students using real-life scenarios. This session will provide the opportunity fo...
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  • Certifying Faculty to Teach Online: A 360-Degree Model

    TFW you think have a great process for certifying faculty to teach online, only to discover they haven't implemented the practices they praised you for in their session evaluations! Oh well, back to the drawing board....
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  • Key Success Factors for the Undergraduate, Masters and University Extension Programs -  UDLAP One of Latin America’s Top Institution

    Although many technology tools are similar in nature, the implementation, administration, and adoption of these tool are very different between an institution in Latin America and other institutions in the world, rang...
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  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Best Practices in Designing Mobile-Friendly Courses in Blackboard

    Mobile devices are an increasingly important tool in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. Students and teachers alike appreciate the convenience of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices to gain instant a...
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  • Change Management: It's Not Just for Project People Anymore

    Sometimes the difference in achieving successful results isn't about how things operate, but rather how hearts and minds embrace what is happening. Learn why the University of Phoenix chose to double down on change ma...
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  • The Missing Link: Exploring Student Perceptions of Learning Analytics

    The adage that feedback is the breakfast of champions rings true in the educational work on learning analytics. It is widely acknowledged that institutions and academics see great value in the use of analytics to driv...
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  • Collaborate Ultra: It's Not Just for Youts

    Most of the time, when we talk about engagement, active learning, and accommodation, we are talking about strategies instructors use to increase student performance. Ironically, these same strategies apply to effectiv...
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  • Get Your Gauge Up: A Campus-Wide Blackboard Ally Implementation

    Texas Tech University did a campus-wide rollout of Blackboard Ally on all higher education and K-12 courses. This included using Ally on two separate Blackboard hosted instances. The university's eLearning department ...
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  • From Meh to WOW! Employing the ECP Rubric and Principles of Individualized Instruction to Help Faculty Develop Excellent Online Courses

    In “Individualizing Instruction,” Roger Hiemstra reminds us that individualized instruction for adults supports learner autonomy and encourages self-directed education (1990). Individualized instruction wa...
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  • Mastering the Master Course Model

    As institutions work to ensure that they are delivering courses that include a number of requirements for accreditation, a master course model can be very helpful. Things can get complicated, though, when different co...
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  • How to Standardize Generic Competencies in Complex Institutions

    This session will explain how the undergraduate professional skills subjects at Universidad del Valle de México changed from face to face delivery to 100% online. this helped to guarantee the learning of generi...
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  • Student Success Initiatives and Outcomes for a Gateway Course

    This presentation will review a community college's experience implementing a three-year student-success initiative for a high-enrollment, intro-level "gateway" course. Implementing student-success initiatives and col...
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  • DevCon: DevOps practices at Blackboard

    This presentation focuses on DevOps practices at Blackboard, current and future state. We will discuss how Blackboard has adopted one of the most important process innovations in software development in the last decad...
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  • DevCon: Database GPS- Finding Answers to Reporting Questions

    Blackboard's database holds an enormous amount of useful data for institutional planning, measuring effectiveness, and retention. We will investigate a few key tables critical for answering common reporting requests, ...
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  • DevCon: Fast and FuriouSQL- Writing Quicker Queries

    Is your SQL holding you back? Find out how to supercharge it: optimize subqueries, fetch multiple pieces of information with a single statement, speed up stored procedures, and more.   Speaker: Jeff Boulier
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