From Jared Hart, Client Success
I want to share with you something that I think will be of great benefit. At Blackboard, we know this can be a challenging time of year, to say the least—maintenance, testing, upgrades, etc.—and naturally this can be very stressful. Well, we’ve created a wiki site for you that hopefully will make whatever activities you’re endeavoring upon as seamless as possible.
Those of you who have bookmarked the BbWorld web site probably noticed that we’ve announced this year’s program featuring more than 100 client-led presentations! We are really excited to see so many clients eager to participate and speak on such great topics!
One of the questions I am frequently asked is, “How do you select sessions for BbWorld?” The answer is that I don’t – you do. Find out how after the jump….
From Michael L. Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard Inc.
I’m writing today to communicate
the exciting news that Blackboard has acquired ANGEL Learning and to share with
you some of the thinking behind the combination.
Why put these two organizations
together? This combination was about getting better. At Blackboard
we’re always trying to improve, both by focusing internally within our company
and by looking externally to other organizations we admire, like ANGEL.
We admire them not just for their story of entrepreneurial growth and impact on
teaching and learning, but also for very specific strengths that we wanted to
add to our story and deliver to our clients:
It seems like every day brings a new report of the stock market retreating, a newspaper folding or some other macro- or micro- economic meltdown. Closer to home, many professionals have already seen definite cutbacks in their working lives – especially where travel, training and conferences are concerned. With budgets tight, it seems like fewer participants can afford to attend very relevant and worthwhile events.
Which is why we’re so excited about the early news on registration for BbWorld ’09: as of this week, more than 500 members of the community have registered for the event. This number significantly outpaces registration rates over the past two years and includes representatives from 10 different countries and 44 states. Already, there are more than 70 registrants from the K-12 community and more than 70 for DevCon. Sixty-five percent have attended BbWorld in the past.
Greetings from the BbWorld planning team!
As previous BbWorld attendees know, the event is an important opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing that can go a long way toward helping attendees find greater success in their day-to-day work. That networking is part of why BbWorld remains the most valuable training and development event of the year for Blackboard® users. And BbWorld’s pre-conference workshops are where the most intensive, roll up your sleeves, hands on training takes place. This week, details on Blackboard-led workshops were announced, marking the first major BbWorld program announcement.