We’re heading to New Orleans July 10-12 for BbWorld. And this year, the conference will be more than just an annual user’s conference.  While the event will include the same incredible opportunities to network with peers, share best practices and meet with experts from Blackboard and neighboring institutions, the conference has evolved into a true education technology gathering.  Not to mention some hot weather and spicy Creole.

This year, we’ve expanded the program and are so excited to bring together outside leaders from across the global Higher Ed, K-12 and Professional Education community to share their perspective on key education topics, directions and trends.  The 2012 program is centered on a few key themes, which were introduced during the CFP process; here they are again:

Social Learning

  • Learning from interaction and collaboration with peers through both formal and informal educational spheres

Digital Content

  • How advancements in digital content are changing the way students and faculty engage with and share educational information and activities.

Analytics in Action

  • The power of data-driven decision making across the institution.

Technology Adoption

  • Best practices for improving user success to maximize the value of your technology investment.


  • How to meet the growing expectation that student have for access and engagement through mobile devices.

We regularly find ourselves in conversations with you and fellow experts exploring social learning approaches, digital content resources, best practices for technology, and the speed at which mobile is being adopted on campus to create a new student experience. We feel certain that these themes will resonate.

So we’re bringing the conversation from the edu-sphere to NOLA, in client-led sessions, Blackboard-led sessions, keynotes and more. Most importantly, as part of these themes, we are excited to announce a new addition to the program called “Feature Theme Sessions.” These sessions will be presented by an impressive list of thought leaders from around the education community. Beginning on Tuesday, April 10, we’ll announce the first Feature Theme Session presenter and even share a special video message from him. Make sure to check back and hope you can join us in the Big Easy!

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