Coming Soon! BbWorld’07 – Boston

Coming soon, this July, to a convention center near you! OK… maybe you will have to drive or fly to Boston, but it will definitely be worth the trip! I can’t wait!

I always look forward to the annual Blackboard conference. It always provides me with the opportunity to learn something new, meet a fellow colleague from another campus (maybe I’ll see you there! 🙂 ), and speak in a personal way to my Blackboard TSM, sales person, account manager, etc.

I also enjoy the keynotes and product roadmap sessions. It’s an opportunity to see where Blackboard is going, AND a way for me to help shape the direction through feedback and listening sessions that are conducted by Blackboard Inc. I created a web site that provides a historical view of the BbWorld conferences that have been attended by Grand Rapids Community College. You can view that site here.

Here are a few of the highlights of the upcoming conference:

  • Keynote by Steven Levitt – reviewing the cause-and-effect view posed in his book Freakonomics as to how this relates to e-Learning and education overall.
  • Web 2.0 and Social Networking – there will be sessions on blogs, wikis, social networking, social bookmarking and immersive online environments as they relate to teaching and learning.
  • WebCT and Blackboard Users Combine – an opportunity to mix things up by talking with other users that are using WebCT or vice versa.
  • New Pre-conference Workshops – hands-on sessions and seminars on everything from system administration to course design to podcasting.
  • Informal Conversations and Social Activities – an excellent opportunity to connect with other clients who share similar interests, challenges and experiences in using Blackboard.
  • Next Generation – what does the future course managment system look like?
  • Developers Conference – the perfect place to learn more about the open source movement and the APIs that allow Building Blocks and PowerLinks to be used to extend the platform.

Visit the official Conference Web Site to register or for more informaion.

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About ekunnen
Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning. Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I'm on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies... More http://about.me/ekunnen

One Response to Coming Soon! BbWorld’07 – Boston

  1. Pat Bevilacqua says:

    Eric:

    Thank you very much for this great communication! I appreciate your continued support and wonderful outlook on academic technology and the Blackboard solutions.

    I hope you are well and look forward to seeing you in Boston!

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