MiBUG Spring Conference 2019

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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)

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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:

MiBUG Spring Conference Registration


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:

MiBUG Spring Conference Call for Presenters


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:

MiBUG 2019 Distinguished Member Award Nomination


Conference Agenda

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




Keynote Address

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.

Washtenaw Community College; Ann Arbor, Michigan