Shape the Future of Analytics! Join a Blackboard Data Collaborative.

Blog Post created by timothyharfield on Jul 17, 2018

Help define the future of Blackboard Data!


On July 17, 2018 we announced that we are developing a new data and reporting environment that will play an important unifying role as a core feature for Blackboard customers.  With a view to building data experiences that meaningfully address core educational challenges, the Blackboard Data Collaborative Program will bring Blackboard users together to define institutional challenges, co-develop solutions, and promote adoption through best practices.


AT A GLANCE. Each Blackboard Data Collaborative will work together to understand important questions within a specific problem domain, make product recommendations, and define sets of best practices so that institutions can quickly and effectively adopt new features and capabilities once they are released.  Each collaborative will last for 6 weeks, during which time members will participate in interviews and design workshops. At the end of each 6 week period, groups will generate a set of product recommendations in addition to a draft of a white paper to be published at the time of feature release. White papers will document rationale for design decisions, and provide a best practice guide for feature adoption by campuses.


MEMBER SELECTION. Collaborative members will be selected according to the relevance of their role, interest, and expertise in the specific research area defined by product management for Blackboard Analytics. The areas of research will be wide-ranging, covering all areas of teaching and learning, student success, and institutional performance, so we are looking for people from every part of higher education, including faculty, students, instructional designers, academic advisors, and administrators. We are looking for people working with instructional technology of course, but also in enrollment management, finance, HR, alumni affairs, and campus security. Blackboard Data is designed to serve the information needs of the entire institution, and we are looking for the entire institution to help us build it.


Would you like to help us to build features that will serve the entire Blackboard community, and create knowledge with the potential to make a significant impact in shaping the future of higher education?  Add your name to the list, and follow our progress via the Blackboard Analytics Community.