Recently a team from Valencia traveled to Blackboard World 2013 in Las Vegas to learn more about the future of Blackboard, what other institutions are doing, and best practices. This will be a recount of BbWorld13 in a nutshell (including all the recap videos by Blackboard). One of our instructional designer, Josh Murdock (@ProfessorJosh), was chosen as a VIP Blogger by Blackboard. Below is his recount of his Blackboard World 2013 experience.
After a long day of traveling it was time to get settled into the Palazzo and checked into BbWorld13. After getting settled in the team attended a listening session with some of the Blackboard executives, to hear about the vision of Blackboard and address questions and concerns.
Next, best-selling author of “Here Comes Everybody” and fellow educator, Clay Shirky opened BbWorld 2013 with some great thoughts. (Watch Now) It’s amazing to think it took 100 million hours to create Wikipedia but in the US alone, we watch over 200 billion hours of television a year. Image we could do with that time. New forms of media are helping to share media, information, and ideas at lightning speeds. This isn’t just to create meme of grumpy cat but to share field notes over Instagram to the public.
After the keynote, it was time for the doors to open to the exhibit hall and enjoy the opening reception with fellow Blackboarders from around the world. Lots of various vendors and Blackboard departments were in full force to help answer questions and show of their latest products. Exploring the vendors and meeting fellow Blackboard clients are great ways to learn about what other institutions are doing.
Day 1 Recap Video by Blackboard
A few key new or future features pointed out during the keynote included:
Improvements to SafeAssign, including making it an option in assignments.
Dates rollover and mass updating dates for a course (happy day for WebCT users)
Mobile improvement with adaptive user interface in mobile browser
T!P TXT, anti-bullying texting program available to K12 institutions for free.
**Hoping to get a copy or link to the road map to provide a showcase of all the features coming