Not only was this year the BIGGEST BbWorld to-date, but it was the best (or at least that’s what we heard from Fernando Valenzuela, President Cengage Learning / National Geographic Learning Latin America).
@FerVal100 Want to see how the World has changed? Just compare the tweet activity from #BbW12 to #BbW11 you will be amazed @Blackboard @michaelchasen
Last week was a whirlwind of fun activities, engaging sessions, and keynotes full of big announcements. So, we thought we’d refresh your memory with highlights – and if you weren’t there, hopefully this will make you feel like you were a part of BbWorld 2012!
The Mobile Movement:
Announcements surrounding Blackboard mobile products swept the Exhibit Hall floor. Already heavily used in the UK, ConnectTxt, a two-way SMS text service has invaded the US. Blackboard Collaborate shared their Mobile initiatives with the goal of encouraging students learning anywhere at anytime. Last but not least – Blackboard Mobile announced an option for end-user pricing.
Content, Content – Everywhere!
Michael Chasen’s opening keynote, he talked about Blackboard’s new Project xp (xp standing for cross-platform). The first initiative he mentioned was xpLor, an open Learning Object Repository. In response to Michael’s announcement, the crowd flooded twitter with happy tweets!
@IDLAGravette #Blackboard announces xpLor a cloud based Learning Object Repository for Moodle, Blackboard, Sakai…
@ekunnen On xpLor learning object repository @Blackboard: Digital and Open is like peanut butter and chocolate via @tom4cat haha #BbW12
@malcolmmurray #xpLor may be the killer gateway that #lti has been waiting for. The audience at #BbW12 is sitting open-mouthed
Best. Keynotes. Ever.
Keynotes for BbWorld’s 5 major themes, DevCon Open Education Keynote Panel, Dr. Freeman Hrawbowski, Sal Khan of Khan Academy – oh my! We can’t quite focus on one of them because they were ALL amazing! Even the Blackboard Keynotes by Michael Chasen, Ray Henderson, Katie Blot, and Kayvon Beykour drummed up excitement about Blackboard’s future!