The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-22T05:54:25Z Winners of Blackboard Awards for Australia and New Zealand 2019 Announced 2019-08-22T05:54:25Z winners-of-blackboard-awards-for-australia-and-new-zealand-2019-announced Winners of Blackboard Awards for Australia and New Zealand 2019 Announced Blackboard Awards recognise and honour innovation and excellence SYDNEY, 22 August, 2019 – Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced the winners of the Blackboard Awards for Australia and New Zealand 2019. Founded in 2005, the annual Blackboard Awards (formally known as the Catalyst Awards in ANZ) recognise and honour innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where millions of educators and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology. Winners are selected by a cross-functional team of Blackboard experts. The honourees from across the ANZ region were recognised during Blackboard’s annual Teaching & Learning Conference ANZ 2019 held in Sydney on 21 to 22 August. “We are thrilled to celebrate the winners of this year’s Blackboard Awards and applaud each of them for sharing their innovative vision and demonstrating their commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the overall teaching and learning experience,” said Lee Blakemore, Chief Client Officer and President, Global Client Operations & Success at Blackboard. “Our goal with the awards, in part, is to inspire institutions to continually work towards improving student success. Representing the best in their field, these clients are clearly achieving this and we look forward to further accompanying them on their EdTech journey.” Below are the winners, listed by category: Leading Change This award recognises institutions that have developed practices and/or technologies that have had a measurable effect on learning outcomes, student performance, or academic progression. The winners are: Monash College, Victoria: Dr. Kulari Lokuge, Ian Rorke, Sharon Whippy, Paul Hellwge, Nathan Fitzgerald, Vy Tran, Divya Srinivas, Louis Doug An, Julia Vanuchchi, Sohail Aslam, Prateek Jindal, Estha Hanning Su, Amit Vij, Emily Takayama Professional Development This award recognises those who use Blackboard programs to support and enhance their faculty and staff’s professional development. The winners are: Western Sydney University, New South Wales: Nikki Meller Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand: Mark Northover, Nell Buissink, John Davies, Herewini Easton, Piki Diamond, Emily Whitehead Student Success The award recognises individuals and/or institutions whose creative program application has led to increased retention, increased completion, and/or improved outcomes. The winners are: James Cook University, Queensland: Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy, Andrew Gavan For more information on the Blackboard Awards and this year’s winners, please visit http://bbtlcanz.com/home/blackboard-awards/. About Blackboard Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services. With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education’s partner in change. CONTACT Kate Crosbie, Public Relations Consultant +61 437 087 807 or kate@kcpr.com.au Blackboard Announces Winners of 2018 Catalyst Awards for Australia and New Zealand 2018-08-31T03:54:41Z blackboard-announces-winners-of-2018-catalyst-awards-for-australia-and-new-zealand-1 News Release   CONTACT   Kate Crosbie, Public Relations Consultant +61 437 087 807 or kate@kcpr.com.au   Massimo Morigi, Blackboard +44 (0)20 7534 2063 or massimo.morigi@blackboard.com   Blackboard Announces Winners of 2018 Catalyst Awards for Australia and New Zealand   Catalyst Awards recognise and honour innovation and excellence   BRISBANE, Australia, 31 August, 2018 – Blackboard today announced the winners of the 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Awards for Australia and New Zealand.   Founded in 2005, the annual Catalyst Awards recognise and honour innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where millions of educators and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.  Winners are selected by a cross-functional team of Blackboard experts.  The honourees from across the ANZ region were recognised during Blackboard’s annual Teaching & Learning Conference ANZ 2018 held in Brisbane on 29 to 31 August.   “It gives me great pleasure to recognise this year’s Catalyst Award winners for their innovative accomplishments and commitment to leveraging technology to enchance the overall teaching and learning experience,” said Kathy Vieira, Chief Portfolio Officer at Blackboard.  “These award recipients have delivered significant value to their institutions and learners. We look forward to continuing to work together to further improve student success.”   Below are the winners, listed by category:   Leading Change:  This award recognises institutions that have developed practices and/or technologies that have had a measurable effect on learning outcomes, student performance, or academic progression.  The winners are:   ·      James Cook University, Queensland: Danny Munnerley, Scott Bradey, Kate Casey, Wade Tattersall, Ben Cleland, Trevor Foster, Maria Bellei, Kathryn Meldrum, Amanda Townsend, Sharon Long, Lachlan Holmes, Trine Paerata, Toby Nutting, Ian Johnson, Adrian Van Rossum, Stephen Coventry, A/Prof. Maree Dinan-Thompson   ·      Western Sydney University, New South Wales: Andrew Komoder,  Andrew Wagstaffe, Dr. Anna Wallace, Anthony Gal, Ben Wong, Daniel Collins, Daniel Purdy, Emina Mujanovic, George Karliychuk, Glenn Mason, Johnny Yacolca, Kamran Mukhtar, Prof. Kevin Bell, Kim Heckenberg, Dr. Kim Vincent, Lauren Oaklands, Liz Lai, Lynnae Venaruzzo, Dr. Mais Fatayer, Michelle Kent, Peter Steele, Dr. Rachel Bentley, Rhoda O'Higgins, Rob Leggo, Stephanie Bourke   ·      Carey Baptist Grammar School, Victoria: Kylie Taig, Leanne Guillon, David Amore, Meredith Plaisted   Student Success:  The award recognises individuals and/or institutions whose creative program application has led to increased retention, increased completion, and/or improved outcomes.  The winners are:   ·      Western Sydney University, New South Wales: Suzanne D’Souza, Dr. Mais Fatayer   ·      Deakin University, Victoria: Robyn Mortimer, Fiona Anderson, Michelle Davidson, Noam Perl-Gurovich, Megan Theodore, Tom Petsinis, Emma Ludeman   ·      Western Sydney University, New South Wales: Jo Holland     For more information on the Blackboard Catalyst Awards and this year’s winners, please visit https://community.blackboard.com/groups/catalystawards.   About Blackboard Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services.  With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education’s partner in change. Blackboard's Teaching and Learning Conference 2018 to Address Challenges and Future of Education in the ANZ Region 2018-08-16T03:20:47Z blackboard-s-teaching-and-learning-conference-2018-to-address-challenges-and-future-of-education-in-the-anz-region NEWS RELEASE   CONTACT   Kate Crosbie, Public Relations Consultant +61 437 087 807 or kate@kcpr.com.au   Massimo Morigi, Blackboard +44 (0)20 7534 2063 or massimo.morigi@blackboard.com   Blackboard’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2018 to Address Challenges and Future of Education in the ANZ Region   Education leaders and experts to gather for Blackboard’s annual conference in Brisbane   SYDNEY, 16 August, 2018 – Blackboard’s flagship Teaching & Learning Conference Australia and New Zealand, recognised as a leading edtech event in the region, is taking place from 29 to 31 August 2018 in Brisbane.  The event will bring together educators, administrators and industry experts to address the critical challenges impacting today’s fast-changing world of education, promote knowledge sharing and acknowledge best-practices utilizing technology to drive student learning, progression and success.   This event will be held at the Hilton Brisbane and will showcase over 40 technical, business and industry focussed sessions, in addition to featuring a number of key Blackboard partner solutions on the exhibition floor.  Topics to be covered include improving the accessibility of education, student success and retention, learning analytics, optimizing the student experience, leading institutional change and the path to readiness for a successful SaaS migration.   This year, keynotes will be delivered by:   ·      Professor Kevin Bell – Pro-Vice Chancellor of Digital Futures, Western Sydney University ·      Danny Munnerley - Head of Learning Environments and Innovation, James Cook University ·      Kurt Fearnley OAM – Paralympic Gold medallist ·      Kathy Vieira – Chief Portfolio Officer, Blackboard ·      Lee Blakemore – President, Global Client, Operations and Success, Blackboard ·      Phill Miller – Chief Learning & Innovation Officer, Blackboard   “Each year we focus on discussing the most pressing challenges institutions are facing and how transformative technologies will impact the higher education landscape,” said Phill Miller, Chief Learning & Innovation Officer at Blackboard.  “This year will be no different. We’ve closely collaborated with clients from top institutions across the region to create a three-day program that will tackle these tough subjects and more.  In sharing the latest updates from Blackboard, we believe the Teaching and Learning Conference reinforces our reputation as an innovative industry leader with our clients, partners and prospects in the education community across Australia and New Zealand.”   In addition to learning about the latest in education technology, highlights at this year’s conference include:   ·      Opportunities to meet Blackboard industry partners, including Amazon Web Services, Kaltura, Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Echo360 and Turnitin and learn how their cutting-edge products complement Blackboard solutions ·      Hands-on UX Lab offering in-depth technology training and demo sessions on future tools ·      Interactive User Group sessions on Akari, Kaltura, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard Analytics to find out more how these solutions can help institutions solve some of the critical issues they are facing ·      Community Knowledge Bar where attendees can meet one-on-one with Blackboard product experts, and connect with the Blackboard community   The event will be preceded by several pre-conference activities for developers and delegates to become better acquainted with Blackboard’s portfolio, taking place on 28 and 29 August 2018:   DevCon 2018 - for developers and administrators to get the latest about Blackboard’s solutions (event held at The University of Queensland) Academic Adoption Workshop - for learning designers and advisors, education developers, lecturers and support teams to get suggestions on how to improve technology adoption and evaluate key pedagogical practices (event held at The University of Queensland) ·      Moodlerooms Enterprise Client Day - for Moodlerooms Enterprise clients to discuss and learn about future developments (event held at Hilton Brisbane)   For more information or to register please visit: http://bbtlcanz.com/tlcanz/register/   About Blackboard Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services.  With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education’s partner in change.