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    February, 2017
    How do you ensure student success?
                             
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    Instructional Designers in Higher Ed: Changing the course of next-generation learning
                                                     
    Research by the Chronicle of Higher Education
    Explore the various ways faculty and instructional designers are changing the classroom experience and redesigning courses to teach a new generation of students.
                                                    
                                                       
                                                 
    Higher Ed news
                                                                                                                                     
    [ACUE Community] What inspired me to redesign my syllabus
    By Dr. Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University
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    [Inside Higher Ed] Push for language proficiency
    By Colleen Flaherty
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    [SurfKY News] WKCTC named in top 50 best online community colleges in nation
    Information provided by Tammy Thompson
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    Tips, tricks, and updates
                      
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    Is your Higher Education institution accessible for all?
    By Education Dive
                                                     
    Students with disabilities have all the intellectual tools they need to thrive in higher education, yet too many give up because of lack of accommodations which can create unnecessary barriers. Discover how inclusive classrooms grant universal access to learners.
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    Blackboard Learn help: Create tests and surveys
    This help page will provide a video about creating tests, give you test and survey basics, walk you through the steps for creating a test or survey, and much more!
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    [Infographic] The accessibility imperative for education
    Did you know that 60-80% of North American undergrads choose not to disclose their disability when they enter higher education?
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    Invite 249 of your closest peers to join your Blackboard Collaborate session
    Want to present to a larger group? You can now host sessions that have up to 250 participants attending!
    Discover what else is new
                        
    Events and webinars
    EVENTS
    Achieving the Dream 13th Annual Conference
                               
    February 21—24, 2017 | San Francisco, California
    DREAM 2017 is the annual conference of Achieving the Dream's Network colleges, who join more than 1,900 of the nation's thought-leaders, policy-makers, investors, and practitioners dedicated to helping more community college students succeed. Come visit Blackboard at booth #500!
                       
                       
    BbWorld 17 + DevCon Call For Presentations
                             
    Proposal deadline: February 24, 2017
    Share best practices, discuss trends, and generate new ideas. Submit your presentation proposal and join us for this year’s must-attend conference.
                        
                       
    32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference
                             
    February 27—March 4, 2017 | San Diego, California
    CSUN is the top industry event for Accessibility hosting educators, including special education teachers and school administrators. Come visit Blackboard at booth #102!
                        
    WEBINARS
    [Higher Ed BITS] Effective strategies to prevent cheating in distance learning courses
                               
    Online | Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern
    There are a lot of tools available for us to catch students cheating in distance learning courses, but Schoolcraft College (MI) will focus this presentation on three ways that we can prevent it from happening in the first place.
                       
                       
    [Higher Ed BITS] Blackboard Collaborate: Is it more than a course tool?
                               
    Online | Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:00pm Eastern
    Yes it is! Norfolk State University (VA) will share how they use Collaborate to enhance student success for face-to-face, hybrid, and online students.
                       
                       
    [Higher Ed BITS] How to create a mobile friendly course
                               
    Online | Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00pm Eastern
    This session presented by Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Medical Imaging (MD) will show you how to make your course content easily accessible to students, no matter where they are, and how you can improve engagement to help students succeed.
                       
                       
    [Higher Ed BITS] 3 tips to personalize online learning for students
                               
    Online | Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:00pm Eastern
    Join Brian Morgan of Marshall University (WV) as he shares his tips for personalizing learning for his online students.
                        
    Blackboard news
    Women in Technology (WIT)
                                                 
    Women in Technology (WIT) announces finalists for 18th Annual Leadership Awards
                                                     
    This awards program identifies, recognizes, and celebrates female professionals who are leaders in the technology field and who bring a unique vision and talent to the industry. Congratulations to our own Lisa Mayr, Blackboard CFO, named as a finalist!
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    Blackboard Transact - Swipe It Forward
                                                 
    University of New Hampshire student starts virtual food bank program, 'Swipe It Forward'
    Alana Davidson created the Swipe It Forward program, a virtual food bank which allows anyone to donate swipes on the dining hall meal plan for students who may not have enough money to buy food. The program takes advantage of an existing finger scanning and student ID card-swipe system that connects to a campus-wide platform developed by Blackboard.
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    Blackboard CEO Bill Ballhaus joins U.S. private sector delegation visiting Colombia
    Blackboard Chairman, CEO and President Bill Ballhaus recently joined an exclusive delegation of U.S. private sector leaders visiting Colombia at the invitation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia (ANDI).
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