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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.