Every year, those of us at Blackboard look forward to the opportunity to discuss important topics in learning technology with our colleagues and partners at our BbWorld conference.  This year, we are particularly excited for opportunities to connect with those in the professional education sector at BbWorld 2012 in New Orleans.

It’s been a big year for us at Blackboard ProEd, from our partnership with salesforce.com to our expanding role in military training to our growing partnerships with professional colleges and universities. We can’t wait to build on these milestones by attending sessions and meeting other stakeholders. Below is a list of just some of the professional education sessions that will be featured at this year’s BbWorld conference:

Professional and Career Colleges Session: “Analytics for R&R (Retention and Regulation)”

Theme: Analytics in Action

Speakers: Frank Zamarripa (Senior Data Warehouse Architect, Laureate Education) Laureate has been mining Blackboard data to uncover opportunities to help struggling students persist, and to fulfill federal regulatory requirements.By analyzing this data, not only can they intervene with at-risk students, but they were also able to meet the federal government’s November deadline to reporting for Return to Title Four (R2T4). This session will present the path Laureate has taken to work with stakeholders, discuss and interpret regulations, and mine Blackboard for reporting data.

Session: Connecting Technology with Pedagogy: An Online Workshop for Campus Faculty Development.

Theme: Technology Adoption

Speaker: Cheryl Boncuore (Academic Director of Distance Learning, Kendall College) It is a widely accepted fact that students today expect to use technology in their course work – online, in the classroom, and beyond. How is technology implemented on your campus? Do your classroom instructors connect to the new “wired” learner? This session will describe an online workshop that immersed faculty with the technology to show an increase of technology use in classroom teaching. The Blackboard site used during the workshop will be showcased, along with the “outside” tools that were used, and survey results of faculty perceptions of the workshop and their teaching methodologies.

Photo taken at BbWorld 2011

Military and Government Session: “How We Did It: Implementing Blackboard into a Professional Education Environment One Phase at a Time”

Theme: Technology Adoption

Speaker: Flora O. Stone (Blackboard Specialist, Marine Corps University) Find out how Blackboard helped Marine Corps University (MCU) streamline their grading process and provided faculty a more efficient way to communicate with their students beyond their seminar face-to-face courses. This session will highlight the methods used to implement Blackboard, tips for gaining faculty buy-in and lessons learned along the way.

Session: “Blackboard Collaborate Helps the Government and Military Save Time and Money”

Theme: Social Learning

Speakers: Matt Wasowski (Senior Manager, Customer Programs, Blackboard Collaborate) This session will demonstrate the value of the Blackboard Collaborate platform in terms of how it creates a positive ROI for government agencies and the military. By allowing staff to meet live online, Blackboard Collaborate helps these organizations save time and money.

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