Blackboard will hold its annual Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) EMEA in Milan from 22nd to 24th March. Hosted by Bocconi University, a leading Italian institution, the conference will bring together education leaders and experts from over 20 countries to discuss the most pressing challenges the world of education is currently facing, such as improving accessibility of education, increasing recruitment and retention rates, and enhancing learners’ outcomes.

Now in its 8th year, TLC EMEA has been growing every year, with enthusiastic new clients joining every time, whether in Groningen, The Netherlands; Liverpool, U.K.; Dublin, Ireland or elsewhere in the region. Attendees see the TLC as a dynamic forum where they can discuss opportunities, network with peers and hear about different  – and sometimes unique – uses of our solutions.

For many, TLC is also an opportunity learn more about the latest in education technology and to find out more about the full scope of our portfolio. Many universities are tapping into the most advanced capabilities of Blackboard Learn, as well as into our analytics and collaboration solutions. They are also showing a growing interest in how Blackboard’s Ally product can improve learning accessibility for students with different abilities.

Some technology providers push hard on “simple is better” messaging, promising “only the features (we think) you need, nothing more.” This reminds me of the famous quote from Henry Ford: “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants – so long as it is black.” Choice isn’t a mere add-on when it comes to education.  The nuances of every educational institution, every course delivered, and every student demand flexibility.  Simplicity by itself is not good enough.  Any thriving university will soon outgrow the basics and Blackboard, thanks to the thousands of implementations we have around the world, is uniquely positioned to be a partner of choice and provide specific and “simply powerful” solutions needed to drive learner success.

And by learner I mean everyone, not just students in higher education. Blackboard truly believes in lifelong learning, which starts at school and continues through to the workplace.

This is why, in addition to the conference, we will host our first Corporate Education Forum, an event dedicated to Human Resources and Learning & Development professionals as well as corporate executives. More than 100 delegates from all industry sectors will learn about designing and delivering meaningful and measurable learning programmes, with real-life examples from world-renowned companies such as British Airways, IBM and Bosch.

It will be an interesting week full of opportunities for all our attendees. TLC has earned a unique reputation amongst educators and experts.  We’re proud to provide a meeting point for them all.



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