By Anthony Doyle, Senior Client Manager, Blackboard
I work with Blackboard’s International Client Management Team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and joined Blackboard back in November 2005, direct from an institution where I was responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide rollout of Blackboard software.
With those years of experience working on the user side of the Blackboard fence, I’m always excited to meet with members of the global community of Blackboard users and hear first-hand how they are using the software to educate and implementing innovative uses for their implementations. From my time as a technologist and VLE systems manager, I can vouch for the power of community.
So, in May, I undertook an exciting drive across country, from Middlesbrough in North East England to Sunny Manchester, to join over 300 peers, colleagues and friends (and not to forget the Glasgow Rangers fans) to participate in BbWorld Europe 2008. I have many connections still from my days as a Blackboard client, and I’m always excited to learn what the latest success stories from day-today users of the system.
My first experience of Blackboard was as a student at university. From that experience I moved directly from using Blackboard software as a student into working with it as a technologist at a further education college, who actually implemented Blackboard software. That student perspective stayed with me when I worked as a technologist and much of my work was based around learner-centric methodology.
After one particular session at BbWorld Europe ’08, I left the room with excitement, really thinking, “This is what it’s all about!”