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Keynote: Bb Data

Posted by ar0044571 Aug 21, 2019

12:00-1:00 pm

Speaker: Steve Bailey


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Summary: Steve Bailey introduces Blackboard Data, Blackboard’s new data and analytics platform, how it works and how to get access to the Blackboard Reporting Stack, the first solution built on the Blackboard Data platform. We’ll demonstrate the different components of the stack and talk about what’s coming next. Find out all about Blackboard Data, what it means to you as a Blackboard customer, and why it’s such a big deal



Steve Bailey

Steve Bailey is Blackboard’s Senior Product Marketing Manager for Analytics. Prior to this role, Steve spent over 4 years in Blackboard’s Consulting Services team implementing Analytics solutions across the world, and was previously a Learning Technologist at a UK higher education institution. Steve has a Masters in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Steve is based in Cheshire in the UK and will be joining us via Collaborate.


Exemplary Course Program

Posted by ar0044571 Aug 20, 2019

2:00-3:00 pm

Presenter: Edgar Gonzalez (Blackboard)


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Summary: The Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing high quality courses. The core of the program is the Exemplary Course Rubric, which defines key characteristics of high-quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. The Rubric is offered under a Creative Commons license, and we encourage you to reuse and remix it as part of your own discussions on quality course design.



Edgar Gonzalez filled in for Patricia Hayes due to severe weather.  


Patricia Hayes

Patricia Hayes is a Senior Manager for Blackboard's Global Client Programs. She coordinates the Blackboard User Groups and works very closely with K-BUG! 

3-3:50 pm

Presenters: Eddie Andreo & Shelby Huddleston (Cowley County Community College)


Summary: Cowley College partnered with Ally in 2018 to improve accessibility at our institution. We noticed that the syllabi were a major factor in our scores. We started by creating an accessible template for the instructors to use. However, after trying this, we found the instructors broke a variety of accessibility standards. We started looking for other tools that would assist us in meeting accessibility guidelines. We found SALSA (Styled & Accessible Learning Service Agreements), but the integration had not yet been developed for Blackboard. We then partnered with the SALSA team to build a proof of concept LTI integration for Learn. This implementation will assist us in our Accessibility Strategic Initiative by starting with one of the most basic and critical components of course design, the course syllabus. Participants will discover the benefits of providing a consistent and accessible syllabus template across their institution. Participants will learn how to use the SALSA syllabus tool and its easy-to-use design. Participants will identify ways to save time and meet accessibility guidelines.


Presenter Bios
Shelby has worked in K-12 as a teacher and Technology Coordinator for 14 years prior to coming to Cowley College. At Cowley, he works as an instructional designer, trainer, and point of contact on the main campus. 


As the Associate Vice President for Distance Learning at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas, longtime Kansas native Eddie Andreo leads the Instructional Design processes and administers the online campus component of the College. He facilitates technology-rich instruction and learning through collaborative curricular innovation, faculty training, and technical support.

1 pm - 1:50 pm
Presenters: Zach Magnum (Pronto) & Ottawa University 
Summary: Attendees will hear about the benefits of real-time communication and connecting directly with students. Attendees will also see a demonstration of Pronto's sleek mobile application and their integration with Blackboard Learn.  Best of all, Carine will be sharing Ottawa University's experience with evaluating, selecting and implementing Pronto from start to finish. 
Zach Mangum
Cofounder and CEO

Zach Mangum is the cofounder and CEO of Pronto. Pronto provides campus-wide real-time communication services for schools throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Prior to founding Pronto, Zach cofounded GroSocial in 2010 and served as its CEO from inception until the company was acquired by Keap (formerly Infusionsoft) in 2012. After GroSocial’s acquisition, Zach spent two years at Keap serving on the company’s product leadership and executive teams.

Ottawa University adopted Pronto in 2019 to the university’s digital learning eco-system. 

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and participate in the 2019 K-BUG Spring Conference! It is always great to connect with colleagues in person to share tools and expertise. Here are some highlights of the day!

  • Amanda Reed shared an Introduction to Blackboard's Digital Teaching and Learning Series (eTeacher) at our "March" K-BUG Meeting. Check out the Meeting Minutes and the Recording for more details.
  • The Lightning Round Presentations:
    • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Blackboard by Patsy Hayes from Blackboard See
      • 10 - Access Learn via a mobile browser - Bb Mobile App, good for discussions, collaborate app
      • 9 - Cloud Storage Integration (google drive, onedrive, dropbox, box)
      • 8 - Collaborate is on for groups in the LMS  (permanent session for Office hours, just share link to all classes)
      • 7 - Drag and Drop material into your course (folders and items) drag items up and down
      • 6 - Submission receipts - students get a confirmation number for all submission in a receipt, also in the reports menu
      • 5 - Retention Center - fast view to find at-risk students (can create your own rules for this)
      • 4 -  Attendance Tracking (Collaborate) - good for tracking on-ground attendance in the classroom
      • 3 - Align Goals to Content - Assignment, content, activities. ID directly to course goals
      • 2 - Date Management - automatically adjust due dates to new course start dates (April says this is problematic).
      • 1 - Can integrate audio and video directly into courses
    • Augmenting Classroom Reality by Diana Holiday
      • HP Reveal app (formerly Aurasma)
      • You can take a picture, add an overlay (3D model), etc.
      • Add pictures into Bb content and tag them as an HP Reveal item for students to view
      • QR tags work too
    • Remind by Denise Klassen
      • Sends texts without using personal cell phone numbers
      • Instructors can add an embed code in Blackboard to make it easy for students to join the class message group.
      • This provides a record that can be reviewed (if administrators, etc. have instructor's login credentials)
    • Institutional Content Collection (in Bb) by Denise Klassen
      • Can overwrite files so that every instance/link gets changed at once
      • Versioning is available
    • Paciello Group Colour Contrast Analyzer by Krystal Iseminger
      • Free tool that can be installed on any computer (even without install permissions)
      • Shows examples of what someone with color blindness would see
      • Says whether the contrast passes WCAG 2.1 standards
      • Excellent for showing faculty issues in their courses/content
    • Ultra Course View: What am I Missing? by Jorge Salinas from Blackboard
    • H5P by April Robbs
      • Content creation tool that includes interactive videos and quizzes
      • Cheaper than SoftChalk
  • Online Accreditation Coming Up? by Paula Phelps, Dawn Fry & April Robbs - Presentation Coming Soon!

The Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit is a “blended” professional learning opportunity for educators in the State of Oklahoma.  The summit activities will take place April 1 – 12, 2019 and will focus on advancing excellence in online and blended learning, with particular emphasis on higher education settings. This opportunity is facilitated through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Council for Online Learning Excellence.


The Summit includes a wonderful schedule of professional learning opportunities focusing on trends, issues, and techniques for online and blended learning. It is offered in both live online webinar sessions and on-demand lessons and resources covering topics relevant for leaders and educators in Oklahoma.


The Summit is offered free of charge to participants.


Register for the summit and learn more information about ways to participate.


You can also connect with other educators during the Summit by joining the Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit Facebook group.


This information was provided by:

Bucky Dodd, Ph.D.

Chief Learning Innovation Officer

Director, Institute for Learning Environment Design

University of Central Oklahoma

405.974.3592 |


PRESENTATIONS (Click on title to view presentation):

I will discuss how Ottawa University uses a Master Course Model for Online courses using Blackboard and Sharepoint. I will address several pros and cons of this type of development.

  • Blackboard OneNote Partnership, Presented by Cliff Nelson, Wichita Area Technical College/WSU Tech
    • Handout
    • OneNote HandoutMicrosoft OneNote is now a tool available within Blackboard. Learn how to use OneNote to your advantage by using Class Notebooks that work in partnership with Blackboard.
    • This session will go over the basic uses of Microsoft OneNote and the added features available for students and instructors within this new feature. Some of the topics covered will be note taking, collaboration, read only libraries, sharing, and web tagging to enhance online research.

We welcomed Blackboard MVP, Dr. Szymon Machajewski, as our guest speaker at our 7-5-2018 KBUG Meeting! His session was a great teaser for anyone interested in using gamification in a Blackboard course. Check out the session recording and slides for more information.

"Gameful Design of Blackboard Learn Courses to Replace 'A' with Fiero" Session Description

Gamification is a trend in business and in pedagogy. This session will help faculty and system administrators gain insight on immersive feedback environments and redirecting failure into a progress indicator. Juul submits that we play games to seek out failure (Juul, 2013). Humans desire the feeling of competence and success, but only when it feels deserved. Games create the environment, where grunt work, or skill practice, allow the player to have a good relationship with failure. Games create the feeling that we are escaping failure, escaping inadequacy, by continually trying to get better at the task. This behavior is fundamental to learning, so it is of no surprise that playing games has been found beneficial to learning (Granic, Lobel, & Engels, 2014). Structuring assignments and other course activities into gamified environments further promotes student and faculty engagement. Active learning techniques are a short game approach, which can be complemented by long game mechanics such as grades, Blackboard digital badges, and experience points. Adoption of specific digital tools allows for gamification of large enrollment introductory courses (Machajewski, 2017).

Gamification Resources:



Granic, I., Lobel, A., & Engels, R. E. (2014). The benefits of playing video games. American Psychologist, 69(1), 66–78. doi:10.1037/a0034857 Retrieved from

Juul, J. (2013). The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games. MIT Press. Retrieved from

Machajewski, S. (2017). Gamification strategies in a hybrid exemplary college course. International Journal of Educational Technology, 4(3), 1-16.  Retrieved from


Blackboard Ally Resources

Posted by ar0044571 Apr 5, 2018


Thank you Dr. Carolyn Speer for an insightful presentation on accessibility and the use of Blackboard Ally at Wichita State University!

Here are resources to learn more about Blackboard Ally: