Getting ready for TLC 2019

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Next week we will welcome our European clients to the annual Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC), taking place 14-16 May at Northumbria University in Newcastle, with pre-conference events scheduled on 13-14 May. Now in its 10thyear, TLC represents an unparalleled platform for our clients to discuss opportunities, share best practices, discover the latest edtech solutions and address today’s most pressing challenges in education. 

On Monday we will open our doors for our pre-conference events: DevCon, a special day and a half event just for developers; and Academic Adoption Day, a day dedicated to academics and learning technologists. On Tuesday morning, we will also host a workshop to introduce participants to Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program (ECP), a research-based quality rubric and peer evaluation program used for designing and recognizing quality courses for online delivery.  

TLC will then officially kick-off on Tuesday afternoon with the keynotes delivered by Bill Ballhaus (Blackboard CEO), Kathy Vieira (Blackboard Chief Portfolio Officer) and Phill Miller (Blackboard Chief Learning and Innovation Officer), giving you the latest about our strategy, our accomplishments and our approach to the future. Before hearing the intervention from Professor Peter Francis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University, we will also provide a strategic overview of Blackboard Learn, our flagship learning management system, sharing highlights about the Original and Ultra experiences and details of our key investment areas.

On Wednesday morning, our guest speaker Professor Kevin Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures) at Western Sydney University, will give us interesting food for thoughts, arguing that we are about to enter a period in academia where we may have to give up some of the historic criteria and beliefs around student engagement, assessment and even our own discipline expertise. 

It will then be time to see education technology in action, with more than 50 presentations, hands-on sessions, and workshops with experts who will answer your questions. Some of the core topics we will focus on include accessibility and inclusivity, educational integrity, educator empowerment, student retention and success.

On Thursday, we will wrap-up this year conference unveiling the winners of the TLC Catalyst Awards, which recognise and honour innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice. 

Throughout the years, TLC has been recognised as a unique opportunity for educators to learn, engage and network and we are sure this year will give you even more chances to discuss and debate how we can, together, improve the education experience of students and teachers.

See you in Newcastle!