SLATE Member Ed Garay, assistant director of academic computing for the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses his presentation to the 2008 SLATE Conference, held annually by the Midwest Blackboard User Group:
Visit the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube to search categorized playlists containing interviews with more user group members and scores of instructional videos created by Blackboard users.
Yes! Blackboard user groups help instructors in both higher ed and K-12. Here's Catie O'Boyle, an eighth grade teacher from Madison Junior High School in Illinois, discussing some of the sessions she attending during the 2008 SLATE Conference in Chicago:
To find a user group in your area, visit Blackboard Connections. To see interviews with more user group members from the K-12 community, visit the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube.
Blackboard users around the globe run dozens of independent user groups. Here Heath Tuttle of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln discusses the Central States Blackboard User Group (CSBUG):
Several Blackboard user groups, including CSBUG, have dedicated playlists for their videos archived at the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube.
Since it's Thanksgiving in the United States, here's a very brief clip of Ken Sadowski of the University of Chicago thanking all the folks who recently attended the 2008 SLATE Conference, held by the Midwest Blackboard User Group:
There is a categorized archive of more than 350 short videos (humorous, instructional and thought-provoking) by and about Blackboard users and team members in the playlists of the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube.
Blackboard users have formed dozens of independently run user groups around the world. Members share ideas and best practices, get questions answered by peers and collaborate on e-Learning projects. The groups typically meet on a semi-regular basis, either online through Blackboard Connections or face-to-face, and many also host regional conferences.
Here's a brief clip of Paula Lee, instructional technologist at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, discussing her experience attending T-BUG 2008, the annual conference recently held by the Texas Blackboard User Group:
More video interviews with user group members are archived in the playlists of the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube.