The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-07T01:42:37Z Education Leaders and Experts to Gather in Sydney for Blackboard’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2019 2019-08-07T01:42:37Z education-leaders-and-experts-to-gather-in-sydney-for-blackboards-teaching-and-learning-conference-2019 SYDNEY, 07 August, 2019 – Blackboard is bringing together educators, administrators and industry leaders for its annual Teaching & Learning Conference Australia and New Zealand 2019, which will take place at the Rydges World Square Sydney on August 20-22. The education technology event will feature sessions, workshops and presentations focussed on the most relevant topics for the industry, including improving the accessibility of education, enhancing curriculum with technology, driving student success through educational insights and optimising the student experience through digital and blended learning. Experts will also have the opportunity to learn how Blackboard is driving the next wave of innovation in EdTech and hear the latest about its integrated EdTech platform. This year, keynotes will be delivered by: Marc Booker – Associate Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Implementation, University of Phoenix, USA Jill Downie – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic at Curtin University Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen – Founder & CEO of the Tech Girls Movement Kathy Vieira – Chief Strategy, Portfolio and Marketing Officer, Blackboard Lee Blakemore – Chief Client Officer and President, Global Markets, Blackboard Phill Miller – Chief Learning & Innovation Officer, Blackboard “The world is rapidly changing, including the way and rate at which people learn, and the education industry needs to evolve quickly,” said Yves Dehouck, Vice President Asia Pacific at Blackboard. “The Teaching and Learning Conference will be the ideal forum to discuss these changes and see how the integration of technologies such as cloud computing, automation, AI, and data analytics, can help institutions address their most pressing needs.” Additional highlights at this year’s conference include: Opportunities to meet Blackboard industry partners, including Amazon Web Services, Echo360, EesySoft, ReadSpeaker, Kaltura and Watermark. A UX Lab for an in-depth technology training and demo sessions on future tools A hands-on experience of the first developer tier of Blackboard Data, including eligibility information, walkthroughs for each component and hands-on training with the data model itself. Interactive User Group sessions on Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Open LMS, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Analytics and Kaltura. The Community Knowledge Bar, an area to engage with Blackboard product experts and connect with the Blackboard community. In addition to the main conference, the following events will take place on Tuesday, 20 August 2019: DevCon 2019 - for developers and administrators to hear about Blackboard’s increasing support for third-party integrations and how technologies such as REST APIs, LTI and Caliper can be used to enhance and extend Blackboard Learn. In addition, the chance to explore in more detail Blackboard Data. Academic Adoption Day 2019 - for learning designers and advisors, education developers, lecturers and support teams to better understand how to generate active learning and learner engagement experiences using Learn Ultra. Digital Teaching & Learning Certification Program - for teachers and support staff to be trained in “Fundamentals of digital teaching and learning”, the first course of Blackboard’s Digital Teaching and Learning series. Upon successful completion, participants will receive the Blackboard Association Certification. For more information or to register please visit: https://bbtlcanz.com/home/registration/ 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. Griffith University Transitions to the SaaS Deployment of Blackboard Learn 2019-01-30T00:34:36Z griffith-university-transitions-to-the-saas-deployment-of-blackboard-learn-1 CONTACT   Kate Crosbie, PR Consultant +61 437 087 807 or kate@kcpr.com.au   Massimo Morigi, Blackboard +44 (0)20 7025 4808 or massimo.morigi@blackboard.com   Griffith University Transitions to the SaaS Deployment of Blackboard Learn Academics, staff and students to reap benefits of a cloud-based solution delivering greater efficiency and flexibility   BRISBANE, Australia, 30 January, 2019 – Griffith University, a leading higher education institution recognised across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for its innovation and research, has transitioned its Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE) to a Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model.  This deployment removes the complexities of running or updating the University’s software and infrastructure and provides Griffith University with several enhancements, including reduced costs of change management processes, zero downtime updates and quicker delivery of new features.   One of Blackboard’s earliest Australian clients, Griffith University made the decision to move to Blackboard Learn as a SaaS solution following a thorough review of the solutions currently available on the market.  The institution will also proceed to a full implementation of the Ultra experience, the next-generation user interface of Blackboard Learn, by the end of 2019.   Prior to transitioning to the SaaS deployment, the University engaged in an initial migration simulation, a process that was key for an institution of its size, particularly when taking into consideration the scale of its database of content.  Working directly with Blackboard, the University was able to tailor the entire transition process to its specific needs, ensuring that students and teachers could continue to work towards their academic goals without disruption.   “Moving to a SaaS deployment, with its continuous delivery model is a first, important step,” said Professor Michael Sankey, Deputy Director, Learning Transformations in Learning Futures at Griffith University.  “For us it involved a sort of cultural adaptation, since we have always been in total control over when updates where rolled out or over the testing processes.  That’s why we decided to initially keep the Original experience of Blackboard Learn and to proceed with a staged implementation of the Ultra experience over the course of 2019.  We are extremely pleased that Blackboard will be on our side in this journey.”   “We look forward to continue working closely with Griffith University as they move to fully embrace the advantages a cloud-based approach to teaching and learning and leverage the benefits of the Ultra experience, thanks to its streamlined interface and simplified workflows,” said Chris Eske, Executive Director for Australia and New Zealand at Blackboard.  “Our goal is to provide best of breed solutions to institutions like Griffith University as they progress building seamless, dynamic and agile strategies that address challenges within their institution, the sector as a whole and to help drive student success.”     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.