BbWorld’07 – Conference Materials Posted!

It was a great conference this year.  I’m happy to see that the materials are now posted, since I wasn’t able to attend all the sessions that I wanted to.

Here are the presentations from the conference.

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BbWorld’07 – Bloggers Unite!

Turns out I’m not the only one blogging about my experiences from the conference. A couple of professors from GRCC have posted their notes.

Also, here are just a few links from several of the folks that I met at the conference:

  1. E@T News
    My friends from across the pond Kate and Paul from the University of Teeside in the UK
  2. Santo Nucifora’s Blog at Seneca College in Toronto
    Santo is a good friend and colleague. Probably the most knowledgeable Bb’er I know, well respected in the community as well.
  3. Bill Vilberg’s Podcast and Blog
    Bill I had an opportunity to meet, finally, face to face. He produces a podcast interview concept which is a very unique and excellent resource.
  4. John Martin’s Blog
    A twitter friend that I finally met F2F in Boston. He writes some great posts and twitters more than anyone I know! 🙂
  5. Paul Ericson
    A great friend, and easy to spot at the conferences! 🙂 He was the first contact I think I made at the first Bb conference I attended in DC.
  6. Bb’s Educate Innovate
    Of course… can’t forget the official Bb Inc. blog!

And a few more that were compiled on the Facebook Group that Santo Nucifora set up:

  1. John Arkansawyer’s Blog
  2. Patrick Klaassen
    Kate Boardman posted this excellent collection by Patrick on Facebook.

BbWorld’07 – Notes and Highlights from the Conference

BbWorld’07 – Boston, MA – Hynes Convention Center
July 10 – 12, 2007

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Highlights:

  1. Garry Brand and Eric Kunnen presented with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgetown University, and Dallas Baptist University on the topic: “From Information Literacy to Scholarly Identity: Effective Pedagogical Strategies for Social Bookmarking”.

  2. Eric Kunnen presented with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Virtual High School Global Consortium, and Utah State University on the topic: “From Customer to Partner, Building a Successful Partnership with Blackboard”. Also with Blackboard Inc. and other clients on the topic: “Partners in Innovation: How clients shape Blackboard Products”. Finally, a presentation entitled “Seeding Innovation: The Greenhouse Grant” with Seton Hall University, Amarillo Independent School District, Deakin University, and Seneca College.

  3. Eric Kunnen served on the Program Committee.

  4. This was the first combined WebCT and Blackboard client conference in North America.

  5. GRCC is a member of the Blackboard Idea Exchange, has been involved in Product Development Partnership Programs, and a recipient of the Greenhouse Grant.

GRCC staff in attendance:

  • Bill Faber, Physical Science Professor

  • Garry Brand, Business Law Professor

  • Erich Flynn, Network Analyst

  • Eric Kunnen, Coordinator of Instructional Technologies

  • Fred Zomer, Counselor/Advisor


Monday, July 9


1. Pre-conference Workshop: Blackboard Factory Tour
Time: Monday, July 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Sheraton Boston – Fairfax A

Description:
Join members of Blackboard’s product development team to gain a deeper understanding of Blackboard’s software development process. The workshop will include a review of end-to-end quality processes including: the tools and processes we use to build software; what we test and how; performance testing; Blackboard Building Blocks and Blackboard PowerLinks; product development partnerships; the Beta program; linguistic reviews; Service Packs and Hot Fixes.

Intended Audience: Anyone who wants a deeper understanding of Blackboard’s software development process.
Format: Non-Technical Seminar
Delivered by: Blackboard Product Development Team Members

Notes:
Erich Flynn, from Grand Rapids Community College attended this session. From what Erich tells me it was a great session with information about how hotfixes, service packs, and application packs are created, tested, and how they are different. Many internal Blackboard folks presented. Erich said that John Fontaine did an excellent job.

2. BIE Steering Committee Meeting
Time: Monday, July 9, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Conference Center

Notes:
This meeting covered discussions around topics such as 7.3, 7.4, and the Next Generation System. There were many great discussions around new interface design ideas, social networking, and new features and functionality.

3. Client Leaders Reception
Time: Monday, July 9, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Conference Center

Notes:
This reception was an excellent opportunity to connect with other clients and Bb product management, product development, and others.


Tuesday, July 10


1. Wimba Breakfast
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 7:15 AM – 8:00 AM
Location: Sheraton

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Notes:

  • Welcome

  • Horizon Wimba is now called just “Wimba”

  • Slogan is “people teach people”

  • Highlights for 2007 include:

    • Wimba Connect ’08 Conference in Orlando, FL from March 2-5, 2008

    • Live Classroom version 5 released (included video and new and improved breakout rooms)

    • Pronto! 250 colleges and universities downloaded pronto, with 11,000 user accounts

  • Annie Chechitelli – Director Marketing

  • Visualization and Vocalizations

    • Voice (tone and reflection)

    • Emoticons

    • Avatars

    • Body Language

    • Facial Expressions

  • Wimba Live Classroom 5

    • Video can be a distraction

    • Logistical negotiations of the camera can get in the way of natural flow

    • “It is simplicity that is difficult to make”

    • Follow the Speaker Video

    • “Think outside of the text”.

  • Pronto

    • Instant Messaging

    • Group Chats

    • Voice over IP

    • Classmates automatically populated

    • Profiles

  • Steve Kahn – Chief Engineer

  • Kiwi Platform – Applications (Pronto, Pronto Plus, Voice Tools, Live Classrooms, Course Genie, Diploma) – Components (VoIP, Chat, Presence, Apps, Video, App Share), Content (Recordings, Assessments, Archive), Users (Courses, Roles, Users)

2. Keynote Speaker: Steven D. Levitt
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – Ballroom A/B/C

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Description:
Steven D. Levitt co-authored, with Stephen J. Dubner, the New York Times bestseller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. In this informed and fascinating work, Dr. Levitt and Mr. Dubner use forceful storytelling and wry insight to present an unusual look at the economics underlying real-life issues, such as the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real-estate agents and the myths of campaign finance, even the telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher.

Dr. Levitt’s enormous curiosity drives him to examine the incongruities he sees in everyday life. He sifts through data to locate stories no one else has found and devises ways to measure effects that other economists have declared unmeasurable.

Dr. Levitt is a full professor of economics at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of The Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in the United States under the age of 40. In 2006, he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.” Dr. Levitt is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. He has taught at Chicago since 1997 (receiving tenure after only two years).

Notes:

  • Welcome by CTO of Farmington College.

  • Micheal Chasen introducing Dr. Levitt

    • Over 2000 attendees from 26 countries here for this conference.

  • Story about a tax auditor with an idea in 1984 to add the requirement of social security number to the tax forms. This in 1989 ended up removing 10% of “claimed” children on tax submissions. This saved the government some 30 billion dollars. The tax auditor only got $25,000 bonus for that idea.

  • Incentives matter.

  • Sometimes the basic and simplest ideas are the best ideas.

  • Doing things they way you were told and not really thinking differently or originally can be difficult.

  • Ultimate goal is to harness this in students… thinking differently.

  • The great news for all of us is that education pays off. All the economic research says that every year of education increases your over all wages increase about 8% return in wages.

  • Education is tremendously valuable.

  • It’s not just in wages, but also in life expectancy. The more education you have the longer you live.

  • American prosperity is critically related to educating our children.

  • 3 reasons for high wages: 1) good legal system/markets, 2) got a lot of capital and machines, and3) when you have skills.

  • Education is the only way America will remain on the top.

  • Classrooms today haven’t really changed for 40 years.

  • Labor is expensive and this is why education is expensive. We haven’t changed or increased efficiency. We are ripe for a change and can dramatically change. Compare the ball point pen which used to cost $10 about 40 years ago. Now they are 5 cents a piece. Because more efficiency through automation and machines improved efficiency.

  • Education needs to be incentive driven.

  • Push for high stakes testing lately, no child left behind. The dark side is anything worth wining is worth cheating for. Teaching to the test.

  • Measurement is critical, but we are not just trying to measure 2+2, but also values and how to think. This is why some measurement is not valuable.

  • Tenure is crazy. Makes no sense. No incentive to do anything after tenure. It’s not a good system because of lack of incentives.

  • 1700’s teachers where paid based on the performance of their students, but this has potential also for cheating.

  • Think creatively about incentives.

  • Use technology to measure things better, or monitor better, and teach teachers how to do things better.

  • Teaching people “how to think” is the priority and the goal.

  • Feedback is very important, and students are often the recipients of tests, surveys, etc. However, we don’t often give ourselves feedback. How can I teach better?

3. From Customer to Partner – Building a Successful Partnership with Blackboard
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 10:45 AM – 11:35 AM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 309

Speakers:
Eric Kunnen, Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Learning Academy, Grand Rapids Community College
Kevin Reeve, Instructional Designer, Utah State University
Ira J. Strauss, Senior Systems Analyst, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Becky Vasquez
, Director, Student & Technology Services, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Storie Walsh, Technical Projects Manager, Virtual High School

Description:
This panel will outline strategies, tips and suggestions for institutions interested in turning client/vendor relationships into partnerships. Panelists will share what partnership means to them, and how they have transformed their relationships by working with Blackboard. From participation with the Blackboard Idea Exchange, WebCT Institutes, beta partnership opportunities and user group participation, panelists will share how these activities have benefited their institutions.

Blackboard Community System, Blackboard Content System, Blackboard Learning System – CE Enterprise License (Formerly WebCT Campus Edition – Institution), Blackboard Learning System – Enterprise License, Blackboard Learning System – Vista Enterprise License (Formerly WebCT Vista), Session Applicable to Users of All Products

Topics
Professional Development

4. Seeding Innovation: The Greenhouse Grant
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 11:45 AM – 12:35 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 207

Speakers:
Paul Fisher, Director, TLT Center, Seton Hall University
Dirk Funk, Technology Facilitator, Amarillo Independent School District
Eric Kunnen
, Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Learning Academy, Grand Rapids Community College
Santo Nucifora
, Seneca College
Ian Smissen
, Head Teaching Support and Learning Technologies, Deakin University

Description:
This year’s winners and judges will take part in a panel discussion to describe their innovative Greenhouse Grant proposals and how these projects help address the key challenges of 21st century institutions including: enhancing the student experience, improving accountability, responding to globalization and increasing revenue and resources.

5. Greenhouse Grant – Award Luncheon
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Sheraton – Back Bay Ballrooms C and D

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Notes:
This luncheon highlighted and presented the award winners for the Greenhouse Grant 2007. First, the Exemplary Course award winners were presented with a glass award. Then, the two $25,000 grant award recipients were announced. Eric Kunnen, Grand Rapids Community College, and Santo Nucifora, Seneca College were awarded with a “check”!

6. The Road Ahead – 2007 Blackboard Keynote
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – Ballroom A/B/C

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Speakers:
Michael L. Chasen, Chief Executive Officer, Blackboard
Matthew Pittinsky, Researcher, Columbia University Teachers College and Chairman, Blackboard
Peter Segal, Blackboard

Description:
Join Blackboard founders Matthew Pittinsky and Michael Chasen for an update on how Blackboard and its products are evolving to best support your needs, including the latest on what’s new and different. What are some of the powerful new product developments on the horizon? How are the best of WebCT and Blackboard coming together? What’s happening in the client community to advance best practices you can use? Learn more about these and other ways in which Blackboard and clients are collaborating to elevate e-Learning for students, faculty and administrators.

Notes:

  • Welcome to the 2,400+ in attendance at this 10th Anniversary Conference

  • Blackboard was created at Cornell back in 1997 and also WebCT at the University of British Columbia

  • The customer spaces are broad, from Corporate clients to K-12 (Baltimore City Public), to International clients (Nanyang Technology University), to state wide deployments (University of Georgia System), to community colleges (Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges) who is beginning to use the Blackboard Outcomes System.

  • 2006 Educause Catalyst Award for Course Management Systems

  • Blackboard has been active writing white papers such as Building the 21st Century Campus and the Higher Ed Executive Issues Study

  • In the Higher Ed Executive Issues Study, the key areas of focus are:

    • Student Engagement

    • Revenue

    • Accountability

    • Globalization

  • With a client base of: 3,400+ learning system, 600+ community system, and 400+ content system.

  • The #1 Priority is Stability and Scalability

  • Application Pack 2 for Vista 4 adn CE6 solves 1,800+ issues, with 25 beta clients, and 12,500 hours of QA testing.

  • Now available with WebCT CE4, 6, and Vista 4 is the entire AS Suite (Community System, Content System, Outcomes System)

  • 7.3 just announced. This has a significant enhancements in the discussion board area.

  • Just around the corner is 7.4 with a brand new Grade Center (new gradebook) and a new Self/Peer Assessment capability from the University of Dundee.

  • There are 300+ open source and free products that extend Bb.

  • There are 1,900+ developers and 25,000 download from the Building Block catalog.

  • Announcing Safe Assign, this is a built-in plagiarism detection tool that is included free with Blackboard! (Cheers from the audience.)

  • On the topic of SafeAssign, here is an interesting article on SafeAssign from Inside Higher Ed:Jobs, News and Views for All of Higher Education – Inside Higher Ed Competing to Catch Plagiarizers http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/07/10/plagiarism

  • Content System enhancements include copyright and tasks and workflow.

  • Project NG, will be teh best of WebCT and Bb and be built in Web 2.0, Learning 2.0, and Bb 2.0 concepts. (DHTML, AJAX, Social Networking, Software as a Service).

  • In NG, there will be new drag and drop user interfaces, learning spaces for groups (wikis), instructor and student dashboards/start pages (alerts, needs review, whos online), and .com into U/.edu tools such as Youtube, Facebook, RSS, What’s New.

7. Dr. BBill: An Informative Daytime Talk Show Parody
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 210

Speakers:
Srinivas Eriki, Academic Applications Specialist, The George Washington University
Howie Southworth, Faculty Development Specialist, The George Washington University
Yianna Vovides, Director, Instructional Design, The George Washington University

Description:
On today’s special episode of “Dr. BBill”: Faculty Gone Wild: Have your instructors gone too far? Also: One Admin’s Story: An insider’s look at the lighter side of Blackboard. And finally: My iTunes Ate My Homework, an investigation into Excuse 2.0. Come for fabulous door prizes, stay for Blackboard lessons learned. Become part of our (fake) studio audience today! Disclaimer: Dr. BBill is a fictional character created exclusively for your professional development (and general conference enjoyment!).

Notes:
I was looking foward to this session, however, to me it unfortunately wasn’t a very good session. Overall this session was of light-hearted fare, however, the faculty members I was with didn’t feel welcome when some instructor help desk questions and behaviors were shared by some of the participants. This talk track lead the session down a path that wasn’t necessarily productive.

8. Welcome Reception and Poster Sessions
Time: Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – Exhibit Hall

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Notes:
I spent some time at the Ask Dr. C booth and met with several folks, including Jill Jemison from the University of Vermont. I didn’t make it to the Poster sessions, but Bill Vilberg has some excellent podcast interviews here: http://bbfs.blogspot.com


Wednesday, July 11


1. Keynote Speaker: Guy Kawasaki
Time: Wednesday, July 11, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – Ballroom A/B/C
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Description:
Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, and a columnist for Forbes.com. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. where he was one of the individuals responsible for the success of the Macintosh computer. In his business columns and the eight books he has authored, Mr. Kawasaki shares an in-depth knowledge of the high-tech industry and insightful advice from the lessons he has learned during years of management experience. In The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, he draws parallels between entrepreneurs starting new companies and employees in established companies who are trying to create a new product or service.Mr. Kawasaki’s previous books include Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream and The Macintosh Way. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Notes:

  • Talk about Innovation – The ART of INNOVATION

  • 1983-87 Apple Software Evangelist

  • Venture Capitalist Now

  • Trumors site he runs now.

  • Top 10 Rules of Innovation

  • 1. Make meaning.2. Make a mantra.3. Jump on the next curve.4. Role the DICEE (Depth, Intelligence, Completeness, Elegance, Emotion).5. Don’t worry be crappy.6. Polarize people.7. Let a hundred flowers blossom.8. Churn, baby churn!9. Niche thyself.10. Follow the 10/20/30 rule.

  • 1. Make meaning

    • change the world

    • end bad things

    • enable people to do things they couldn’t do before

    • enhance good things

    • enlightenment

  • 2. Make mantra

    • why does your product exist

    • 3 word mantra is the key

    • Authentic athlete performance – Nike

    • Peace of Mind – FedEx

    • Healthy fast food – Wendy’s

    • Democratize commerce – eBay

    • Dilbert Mission Statement

  • 3. Jump to the next curve

    • creating the next curve – can’t stay on same curve, urge to not stay and do same better, but go next

    • ex. curve 1: ice harvesting, curve 2: ice factory, curve 3: refrigerator

    • jump curves

  • 4. Roll the DICEE

    • what is greatness 2 days from now?

    • Deep: Fanning (Reef) Sandal – bottle opener

    • Lots of power lots of features, anticipates what you need

    • Intelligent: BF-104 Flashlight (Panasonic) – flashlight has multi battery capability

    • Complete: Lexus – buying support also

    • Elegant: Nano (Apple) – simple breakthrough wheel

    • Emotive: Harley Davidson – Love or Hate the Product… strong emotion.

  • 5. Don’t worry, be crappy

    • If you are on the next curve it’s ok to have elements of crap

  • 6. Polarize people

    • not be afraid to piss people off, worst thing is that the innovation is ignored

    • if you are in the middle, no one cares

    • Scion box

  • 7. Let a hundred flowers blossom

    • sometimes the wrong people buy your product – that is ok

    • using it ways you didn’t intend

    • people may want to use your product

  • 8. Churn, baby, churn

    • ok to start crappy, but continue to improve

    • lots of people will say it can’t be done, you have to be in denial when you do something revolutionary, people will not understand or support

  • 9. Niche thyself

    • Ability to provide a unique product or service vs. value to customer

    • Great value to customer but not unique you always have to think about price – price

    • Provide something of no value and you own that market – stupid

    • No value to customer and not unique – Dotcom ex. dog food online

    • Have high value and unique – Fandango ex. movie tickets online, print at home, Breitling Emergency watch sends emergency signal to coast guard, Smart Car, Trek Lime – auto trans bike, LG Kimchi refrigerator (spice). Customization and unique products. Only that you can provide that is unique.

  • 10. Follow the 10/20/30 rule

    • pitch is important

    • articulate

    • patent-pending

    • partnering

    • 10 – Max Slides

    • 20 – Minutes Max

    • 30 – 30 Point Font – Minimal Font

  • 11. Don’t let the bozos grind you down

    • can’t be done, shouldn’t be done, isn’t necessary

  • blog.guykawasaki.com

  • guy@truemores.com

  • istockphoto.com

  • Start with changing the world, jump curves, depth, intelligence, emotion, dicee, do it 10 times better, church baby churn, rev it.

  • Great value to customer, unique, that only that you can provide

  • Presentation link: http://www.zentation.com/artofinnovation

  • Guy’s Blog: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/06/art_of_innovati.html

2. Meeting with Kadoo
Time: Wednesday, July 11, 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: Hynes Convention Center

Speakers:
Dan Cane, Chief Technology Officer, Kadoo
Christopher Etesse, Chief Executive Officer, Kadoo

Notes:
I met with Dan and Christopher to get a sneak peak at Kadoo, which looks to me to be a very powerful collection of Web 2.0 technologies. See: http://www.kadoo.com

3. Panel: Need Help? Have a Question? The Doctors Are In!
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 310

Speakers:
Eric Kunnen, Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Learning Academy, Grand Rapids Community College
Kevin Reeve, Instructional Designer, Utah State University
…and many other Dr.’s.

Description:
Ask Dr. C is a free question-and-answer service moderated by a friendly, knowledgeable group of WebCT and Blackboard trainers, faculty, instructional designers, administrators, project managers, support specialists and developers. Ask Dr. C is also an engaged community of clients centered on best practices, technical expertise and a passion for e-Learning. Join “the doctors” to hear what Ask Dr. C offers and how you can participate. Bring your most challenging questions for a game of “Stump the Doctors.”

4. Video Interview – BbTV
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 307

Notes:
Blackboard set up one of the conference rooms to conduct video interviews. Eric Kunnen was interviewed about how GRCC uses Blackboard for teaching and learning. Also discuss was various programs that GRCC has been involved in, such as: Blackboard Idea Exchange Steering Community, Blackboard Beyond Initiative, BbWorld conferences, and finally how GRCC is meeting the challenges of a 2 year community college commuter campus.

5. From Information Literacy to Scholarly Identity: Effective Pedagogical Strategies for Social Bookmarking
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 202

Speakers:
Garret Brand, Professor/Faculty Development Coordinator, Grand Rapids Community College
Deborah Everhart, Senior Architect, Requirements, Blackboard
Eric Kunnen, Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Learning Academy, Grand Rapids Community College
Kaye Shelton, Dean, Online Education, Dallas Baptist University

Description:
Collaborative research teaches students critical knowledge management skills, whether they are undergraduates learning the basics of Web research or advanced scholars defining their own knowledge domains. Faculty need practical examples and strategies to initiate social bookmarking activities. Case studies demonstrate how this has been accomplished in undergraduate and graduate courses.

6. Designing Kick-Butt Quality On-line Courses
Time: 4:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 210

Speakers:
Sandy Durtschi, Instructional Designer, Utah State University
Neal Legler, Instructional Designer, Utah State University
Kevin Reeve, Instructional Designer, Utah State University
Nanette Sorensen, Instructional Designer, Utah State University

Description:
Years of course development experience, current field research, student experience, and Ask Dr. C submissions tell us that sound design plays a key role in the success of online courses. This presentation will demonstrate some key research-based principles you can use to design and build quality online courses. To facilitate effective design, Utah State University has developed several course templates, CSS sheets and sound design strategies to build eye-catching and instructionally sound courses.

Notes:
Unfortunately I didn’t make it to this excellent session. There are some materials available here: http://bb.usu.edu with user/pass of bbworld07.

7. Client Appreciation Party
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium

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Notes:
This was an excellent opportunity to connect with friends and meet new ones. I had the opportunity to meet face to face finally with Doug Kaufman the CEO of cleatTXT.


Thursday, July 12


1. Partners in Innovation: How Clients Shape Blackboard Products
Time: 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
Location: Hynes Convention Center – 309

Speakers:
Dara Millen, Client Programs Coordinator, Blackboard
Ben Wang, Product Manager, Blackboard
Eric Kunnen, Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Learning Academy, Grand Rapids Community College
Kevin Reeve, Instructional Designer, Utah State University
Ira J. Strauss, Senior Systems Analyst, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Description:
Looking to learn more about how you can directly influence the direction of Blackboard features, products and services? Interested in getting early access to Blackboard software and documentation? Want to be a part of a vibrant and collaborative community of like-minded thought leaders in e-Learning? Join us as we share past client partner successes and learn how you can make a difference.

2. Podcast Interview: Bill Vilberg from University of Miami

Notes:
Garry Brand and Eric Kunnen were interviewed by Bill Vilberg for a podcast about how GRCC uses Blackboard. Highlights include a recap of BbWorld, how GRCC is using Pronto (instant messaging), and Blackboard Scholar (social bookmarking) in teaching and learning. See: http://bbfs.blogspot.com


Friday, July 13


Meeting with Gordon Freedman
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Sheraton

Notes:
Gordon Freedman and I talked about our experiences at the conference this year. We discussed some of the differences between last year and this year. Most noteable was the feeling that the sessions focused more on the use and application versus the technology itself.We then talked about Blackboard’s interest in having some dialogue around topics related to technology and education. There was interest expressed by Gordon to speak with Juan Olivarez and other leaders at the college, along with Ferris State University to zero in and focus on K-20 experiences for students. Especially connecting systems together more accurately to bridge and provide seamless interchange between elementary, junior high, high school, community college, and then universities. Blackboard would like to have high level discussions to better understand the issues and to discover how to connect technologies to enhance outcomes and expand the use of technology to promote student success.


More information:

1) Conference PresentationsThe BbWorld 2007 presentations are at http://connections.blackboard.com.
Select the “Share Content” tab
Go to “Institution Content”
Then “BbWorld and !mpact”
Then “BbWorld 2007”

2) Bb Faculty Support Group Podcasts
Poster session interviews along with an interview with Eric Kunnen and Garry Brand of Grand Rapids Community College. See: http://bbfs.blogspot.com/


BbWorld’08 – See you next year in Las Vegas!

http://www.blackboard.com/company/events/bbworld08

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.