Friday, May 10, 2019 at Washtenaw Community College; Ann Arbor, Michigan
Starts at 8:00 AM · Ends at 3:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)
Registration is Open!
Join us for the annual Michigan Blackboard Users Group Spring Conference at Washtenaw Community College's Morris J. Lawrence Building on Friday, May 10, 2019.
Follow the link below to register:
Call for Presenters
The Call for Presenters is open from now until Friday, March 22, 2019. Presenters will be notified in early April. We have more opportunities to present than last year, so submit your presentation idea today!
Follow the link below to submit your proposal:
2019 Distinguished Member Award Nominations
The MiBUG Distinguished Member Award was created to recognize those who have made a significant impact in their classrooms, on their campuses, and among the larger Blackboard community. Through their use of Blackboard, nominees for this award will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following categories: Innovation, Student Success, and Community Involvement.
Follow the link below to nominate yourself or a colleague for this year's award:
8:00-8:45 ...... Registration and Breakfast
8:45-9:00 ...... Welcome
9:00-10:00 .... Keynote (Dr. Darcy Hardy; Blackboard, Inc.)
10:10-11:00 .. Breakout 1
11:10-12:00 .. Breakout 2
12:00-12:40 .. Lunch and Networking
12:50-1:40 .... Breakout 3
1:50-2:20 ...... Blackboard Q&A Panel
2:20-2:30 ...... Distinguished Member Award Presentation & Closing
We are excited to announce that Dr. Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President and Client Success Director from Blackboard, Inc. will be delivering the keynote address, It All Begins (and ends) with Quality.
Online program directors have spent over two decades trying to define and implement quality, with the primary focus being course development processes and faculty preparation. But when we think about how quality can impact enrollment and retention, we can’t stop there. What about student support services, or the organizational structure? How do policies impact quality? This session will address quality across the entire program and look at additional questions such as these: Do we know if the instructional design of our courses impacts enrollments and retention? Can you link a drop in enrollments to faculty preparedness/online teaching skills? Who controls for quality student support services? Ultimately, enrollment and retention are influenced by many factors – this session will help you ensure your online program is on the positive side.
You can check out Dr. Hardy's full bio below.
- Dr. Darcy Hardy
Associate VP; Client Success Director at Blackboard, Inc.Dr. Darcy Hardy serves as Associate Vice President and Client Success Director at Blackboard Inc. Her work focuses on the online learning ecosystem, and how it impacts all parts of an institution or organization. Areas of expertise include strategy & vision; organization & governance; policy, process & practice; quality oversight; and course and faculty development processes. Prior to her position with Blackboard, Dr. Hardy spent over 25 years in public higher education, including the University of Texas System, the University of Texas at Austin, UT San Antonio, and Texas State University – San Marcos. During her tenure with UTSA, she worked with the Obama Administration, completing a two-year Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointment at the US Department of Labor, and a one-year IPA appointment at the US Department of Education. From 1997 to 2010, Dr. Hardy served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas System & Executive Director of the UT TeleCampus. She was a founding member & past president of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA). Currently, she serves as Chair Emerita with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). She is founder of the popular USDLA-sponsored International Forum for Women in E-Learning (IFWE), an event that focuses on issues faced by women in the industry as well as on the importance of networking and mentoring in the growth of women leaders for tomorrow. Dr. Hardy was honored by Texas State University as a Distinguished Alumna in 2012. She was inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Mildred and Charles Wedemeyer Outstanding Distance Learning Practitioner Award in Madison, Wisconsin in 2006. In addition, she was inducted into the Texas Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the WCET Richard Jonsen award in 2005. She earned her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Instructional Technology) from The University of Texas 1992.
Washtenaw Community College; Ann Arbor, Michigan