The coronavirus has had a ripple effect on the continuity of education globally. This backdrop has created a new sense of urgency around the 11th edition of our Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) Europe. For the health and wellness of clients, partners and employees, this year’s conference has gone virtual. The online edition is just as robust and features keynotes, client-led sessions and product roadmap presentations – all designed to help every attendee prepare for what lies ahead.
We kick off the three-week programme on Monday, May 18, with our keynote address from Blackboard Chairman, CEO and President Bill Ballhaus and Blackboard Chief Financial Officer Edwin Scholte, focusing on how we’re supporting the education community during the COVID-19 crisis and our vision for the next decade. Later in the programme, Jim Chalex, Blackboard Vice President of Teaching and Learning, will showcase our product roadmap.
Client-led sessions will commence on May 19 and occur each Tuesday and Thursday for three consecutive weeks. Here are some key sessions – for the full list, please visit the TLC homepage.
Continuity of Education in Disruptive Times, May 19
A student panel will discuss the value of virtual learning environments (VLEs) where we’ll learn which policies help remote learning without affecting wellbeing. A client panel will address the challenges of engaging staff to adapt beyond traditional comfort zones. Universities will share how they achieved staff buy-in and made successful transitions to delivering online content.
Fostering Inclusive Education and Accessibility, May 21
This session looks at policies that ensure no one is left behind. There are lots of anxious students right now but there are ways of making VLEs accessible to everyone. Our presenters will share best practices on how to raise awareness among staff and form useful student partnerships. Get a clearer idea about who needs to take charge of securing accessibility and how to achieve it.
Implementing Innovation and Change, May 26
Addressing the move to online learning and upgrading systems, hear how one university transitioned successfully from managed hosting to Blackboard Saas, the benefits reaped and the incremental steps needed to get there. A host of personal experiences provide insights into how webinars are central in up-skilling lecturers and staff in their use of Blackboard, and the importance of setting guidelines for behaviour.
Enhancing the teaching and learning journey, May 28
Teaching quality now depends on understanding digital storytelling to keep up with student needs. These sessions will explain how to use multi-modal approaches in online courses. Our users will also demonstrate ways to provide assistance to anyone struggling with VLE.
Effective and efficient assessment practices, June 2
Online assessments are an urgent issue for this year’s final grades. Learn the best alternatives to exams in traditional halls of learning and approaches to dynamic assessment that instruct students while they’re being graded.
Using data to drive learner engagement and success, June 4
Our final session concentrates on enhancing learning through student self-reflection. One university will present how this approach provided ‘unprecedented’ understanding of course content. We’ll also share insights into the new Student Progress Dashboard and how to track performance against optimal outcomes.
Throughout, Blackboard experts will be available to give guidance on Blackboard’s technology solutions and strategies for teaching remotely.
TLC Europe Online will leverage Blackboard University, and deliver sessions via Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate. We think that’s something to celebrate. It proves that even during campus closures, digital learning continues. No one can predict the precise shape of higher education post-pandemic, but online learning will be part of the “new normal”.