CFP: Blackboard Analytics Symposium

Discussion created by timothyharfield on Oct 9, 2017

The classroom is the most basic unit of student success. As students master course content, they pass their classes, persist, are retained, and graduate with high quality post-secondary credentials that prepare them for success in life and in career.  In the hands of skilled faculty, instructional designers, and program administrators, learning analytics is a powerful tool for gaining deep insight into teaching and learning within online course environments.  With access to this kind of information, institutions are removing educational barriers and preparing students to survive and thrive in the 21st century.

The focus of the 2018 Blackboard Analytics Symposium (February 1-2, 2018) is on how Blackboard customers are making use of data to understand teaching and learning, and the environments in which they occur.  We invite proposals for presentations in one of three formats:

“5 in 5” Presentation

presenters will have 5 minutes and a limit of 5 slides to present information and results from one high-impact learning analytics project / strategy / initiative from their institution. These will be engaging, high-impact, TED talk style presentations and will be professionally recorded for asynchronous viewing.

Breakout Sessions

50 minute deep-dives on any topic related to learning analytics strategy, implementations, or interventions. Sessions may take a variety of forms — traditional lectures, panels, hands-on workshops.

Success Tour Stop

10 minute presentations accompanied by one-page summaries (using a template supplied by the event organizers) describing a high-impact data-informed project/strategy/initiative in progress. The success tour is similar to the traditional delivery of poster presentations, but with more structure and an emphasis on generating actionable feedback.

The goal of the Blackboard Analytics Symposium is to scale innovation through the sharing of high impact evidence-based practices.  Strong preference will be given to presentations that describe activities with a measurable impact using Blackboard LMS data and/or Blackboard Analytics products (Analytics for Learn, Blackboard Intelligence, Blackboard Predict, X-Ray Learning Analytics, embedded analytics in Blackboard Learn).  Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

– Learning analytics and educational data mining

– Predictive analytics

– Student-facing dashboards

– Data-informed instructional design

– Best practices in the use of embedded analytics

– Faculty development

– Codes of practice and governance

– Analytics adoption and cultural change

– Student success initiatives and interventions

If you would like to present at the Blackboard Analytics Symposium, please complete the form on the symposium website here: Share your Story - 2017 Blackboard Analytics Symposium.


Deadline for submission is November 30, 2017.  Presentations will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please address any questions to Timothy Harfield at timothy.harfield@blackboard.com.