EDUCAUSE 2018: Keep Up with Blackboard


EDUCAUSE 2018, happening October 31 – November 2 in Denver, Colorado, is just around the corner. As the premier convening of higher ed professionals, this annual conference is a time for us to share new innovations, host meaningful sessions and engage with attendees throughout the jam-packed conference agenda. This year, we’re focused on showcasing how Blackboard is partnering with clients around the world to help them solve their toughest challenges; and how the LMS isn’t enough in today’s education environment.

If you’re headed to Denver, we’d love to connect. Stop by the Blackboard booth – 1221 – in the exhibit hall. Also, make sure to follow us for news and announcements from the show on Twitter @Blackboard.

Here’s a roundup of the most important Blackboard activities taking place this year:

Lightning sessions

These 15-minute presentations will give you a quick dive into some of the hottest topics in education right now. All sessions will take place in the Blackboard booth, 1221.

Wednesday, October 31

9:15 AM                 Creating Inclusive Environments: How to meet the needs of all your students

12:00 PM              What your Service Desk will look like in 2020

1:00 PM                 Save more. Serve better: Using analytics to optimize your student success strategy

4:45 PM                 Why Learn Ultra? Why now?

5:15 PM                 Inclusive Access with Blackboard and VitalSource

Thursday, November 1

9:15 AM                 Why Learn Ultra? Why now?

12:00 PM              Blackboard Open LMS: A New Name…Still the Best Moodle-Based SaaS Solution

1:00 PM                 A Sneak Peek into Blackboard’s Institution-Wide Attendance Solution

3:30 PM                 Simplifying Student Payments and Reconciliations with Blackboard Payments Powered by Cashnet

Blackboard Sessions

Learn from Blackboard experts and clients on a host of topics.

Tuesday, October 30

The LTI “Advantage”: Driving Value and Innovation On Your Campus
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM | Room: Denver Hyatt Regency – Mineral A

This IMS member meeting will kick off by sharing the extraordinary accomplishments this past year to fast-track adoption of LTI Advantage at a pace never seen before–led in large part by the platform providers and other Contributing Member collaborations. A panel of platform and tool suppliers will share the role LTI Advantage will play in their product’s strategy, in the short and longer term; also highlight the security and usability benefits that provide institutions with the most secure way to protect student data and privacy from their integrations.

Wednesday, October 31

Lessons Learned for Intentional Outsourcing
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM | Meeting Room 505/506

In this session, Tracy Smith, Director of the IT Service Desk at UVA will lead a dynamic conversation on how to approach, launch, and manage a partnership with a support provider to delight your user community. This session will include a reflection on campus culture, financial realities, IT support and governance leadership cultures, and how your service desk is included in IT projects. Walk away with a checklist on how you can move your organization forward.

Automating Accessibility of Course Content in the Learning Management System
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM | Meeting Room 405

Through an interactive presentation Jennifer Stringer (UC Berkeley), Pamela Thomas (Syracuse University), Kelvin Bentley (West Florida University), and Kathy Fernandes (California State Chancellor’s office) will share how they are addressing accessibility of course content, and the policies, staffing and tools put in place to create a more proactive and scalable approach to accessibility.

Thursday, November 1

Common Ground: Organizing Your Data with Blackboard’s Open Data Model
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM | Meeting Room 304

Equivocation is a leading cause of analysis paralysis, and the reality of the complex, highly-integrated, and ever-evolving learning ecosystem is not making anything easier. How can you act with confidence if you aren’t confident in what your data are saying? In this session, we will discuss lessons learned and driving principles toward a confident, comprehensive institutional analytics strategy.

 Friday, November 2

What Your Service Desk Will Look Like in 2020
 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM | Meeting Room 304

The future is now! User expectations and technology are going to force your Service Desk to make tremendous changes in the next 24 months, whether you are ready or willing. We’ll explore the outcomes of the latest CIO survey followed by a discussion about whether some forward-looking technologies may already be “old school.”

We look forward to connecting with you in Denver.