I'm very pleased to announce that Anya Kamenetz (aka @anya1anya, author of DIY U and journalist for Fast Company will be the keynote speaker at this year’s annual Blackboard Developers Conference. Anya’s keynote will challenge us all with a presentation on the future of the Virtual Learning Environment and Educational Institutions in the world of DIY U and Edupunk. She will share her insights into the learning tools being used by students and instructors in the world of web 2.0 and social networking. I hope her comments will provide us with some insight challenges and inspiration for members of our community working to develop next generation tools.The 2010 Developers Conference is shaping up to be our best DevCon ever. This year we have a packed agenda covering topics that include supporting your professional development as a Blackboard System Administrator, B2 developer best practices, and database developer/administrator training on how to customize and optimize a Blackboard installation. In addition to these sessions and presentations, there will be an “Ask the Experts” booth where any participant can interact with senior Blackboard engineers, architects, and designers to ask questions that will help their institution get the most out of their Blackboard installation. This is a great opportunity to learn and share from peers and from Blackboard experts.
Finally, you’ll hear more from Ray Henderson regarding Blackboard’s openness strategy with the Open Database initiative. Several sessions will be dedicated to this initiative and the impact the Open Database will have on not just Blackboard clients, but education around the world.