The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-27T05:15:12Z Winners of 2020 Blackboard Awards for Asia-Pacific Announced 2020-08-27T05:15:12Z winners-of-2020-blackboard-awards-for-asia-pacific-announced BRISBANE, 27 August, 2020 – Blackboard Inc. today announced the winners of the 2020 Blackboard Awards for Asia-Pacific (APAC). The honourees were recognised during Blackboard’s annual Teaching & Learning Conference APAC 2020, which was held for the first time as a virtual event on 26 and 27 August. Now in their 5th year, the annual Blackboard Awards (formally known as the Blackboard Catalyst Awards in the region) 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. “Each year I’m inspired by how educators in the Blackboard community continue to raise the bar by leveraging technology in innovative ways,” said Lee Blakemore, Chief Client Officer and President, Global Markets at Blackboard. “In a year that has seen unique challenges, it’s encouraging to see changes being embraced that not only enable them to overcome disruption but that continue to drive student and institutional success through best practice. Congratulations to the worthy winners.” Below are the winners, listed by category: Inclusive EducationThis award honours those institutions whose methods have ensured their pedagogy, content, technology, and educational services are fully inclusive and supportive of all learners with disabilities. The winners are: Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia: Nijel Ratonel, Jackie Wynne, Zachary Watt, Chrissy Zelley, Denise HorvathGOTAFE, Victoria, Australia: Ilona Van Galen Professional DevelopmentThis award recognises those who use Blackboard programs to support and enhance their faculty and staff’s professional development. The winners are: INTI International University and Colleges, Malaysia: Lee Chew Ging, Azlina Che Ani, Shirrina Ng, Khairul Bariah Ahmad, Christine WongMalayan Colleges Laguna, Philippines: Abigail Joy Rodelas-Angelia, Carina Victoria Adanza, John Mark Almarez, Raychelle Artuz, Khristian Kikuchi, James Ronald Mesina, Roel Rodrigo, Pearl Stephanie Ulep, Sharyl Zarate Student SuccessThe award recognises individuals and/or institutions whose creative program application has led to increased retention, increased completion, and/or improved outcomes. The winners are: Curtin University, Western Australia, Australia: Joel Louie, Jonathan PillaiWestern Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia: Learning Futures Online Assessments TaskforceINTI International University, Malaysia: Jonathan Bryce, Marena Francien Kok, Jane Xavierine For more information on the Blackboard Awards and this year’s winners, please visit https://bbtlcapac.com/blackboard-awards/ About Blackboard Blackboard is a leading EdTech company, serving higher education, K-12, business and government clients around the world. We connect a deep understanding of education with the power of technology to continuously push the boundaries of learning. Our mission is to advance learning together with the world's education community, so that all learners, educators and institutions can realize their goals today and prepare for tomorrow.  Blackboard’s Teaching and Learning Conference Asia Pacific Goes Virtual for 2020 2020-08-13T01:40:54Z blackboards-teaching-and-learning-conference-asia-pacific-goes-virtual-for-2020 BRISBANE, Australia 13 August, 2020 – Blackboard will host a virtual version of its annual Teaching & Learning Conference Asia Pacific (TLC) on 26 and 27 August. The conference will be reimagined as a fully virtual free experience, broadening its reach to bring together the education community from across the Asia-Pacific region. “It has been a challenging year for all and for those in the higher education sector, and now more than ever it’s important for us to come together as an education community to share and learn from one another,” said Yves Dehouck, Vice President Asia Pacific at Blackboard. “By moving to a virtual TLC experience, we will be able to bring together an incredible group of thought leaders and industry experts from across the region to share best practices as we define the future of EdTech.” The two-day event will feature keynotes from Blackboard executives, industry-leading clients and guest speakers, as well as informative client-led sessions featuring case studies and showcasing Blackboard innovations. The event will address key areas such as pedagogical resilience and institutional continuity planning, student success through data driven educational insights and improving the learner experience through innovation and emerging trends in EdTech. This year, keynotes will be delivered by: Professor Peter Francis – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University, Newcastle, United KingdomDr. Samson Tan – Head of Centre for Innovation in Learning (IN-Learning), National Institute of Education, SingaporeKathy Vieira – Chief Strategy, Portfolio and Marketing Officer, Blackboard Lee Blakemore – Chief Client Officer and President, Global Markets, Blackboard Tim Tomlinson – Chief Product Officer, Blackboard Additional highlights include: Exhibition Hall - live chat with Blackboard experts and partners Interactive panel sessions - Approaches to Online Assessment, Five Lessons Learned in a Pandemic, The Rapid Changes within Education with Blackboard at its Core, and Students’ Psychological Comfort with Remote TeachingAn entertaining conference including social and interactive activitiesBlackboard award winners showcasing excellence in the Blackboard community of practice For more information or to register please visit: https://bbtlcapac.com or follow @BlackboardAPAC on Twitter and #TLCAPAC for updates. About Blackboard Blackboard is a leading EdTech company, serving higher education, K-12, business and government clients around the world. We connect a deep understanding of education with the power of technology to continuously push the boundaries of learning. Our mission is to advance learning together with the world's education community, so that all learners, educators and institutions can realize their goals today and prepare for tomorrow. Student and Instructor Usage of Blackboard Ally Increase as Remote Learning Accelerates 2020-05-20T02:38:10Z student-and-instructor-usage-of-blackboard-ally-increase-as-remote-learning-accelerates BRISBANE, Australia, 20 May, 2020 – Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced that Blackboard Ally - the company’s accessibility tool - has experienced a significant uptick in student and instructor usage from February to April, the period when schools and institutions largely shifted to fully remote learning models due to COVID-19. During this timeframe, students downloaded over 3.5 million alternative formats of their course content through Blackboard Ally. Instructors also improved the accessibility of over 250,000 files during this time, with a 50% increase in improved files in April, as compared to February. Since launch, Blackboard Ally has now checked over 1 billion digital content items for accessibility issues, providing millions of instructors with guidance for improving the accessibility and quality of their course materials, and millions more students with access to file formats that meet their diverse needs, abilities, and devices. "With the vast majority of students across the globe now participating in learning environments that require interfacing with digital content, we’re thrilled that Blackboard Ally is helping to optimize the experience,” said Nicolaas Matthijs, Blackboard Ally Product Manager at Blackboard. “As the education community shifts to more robust, holistic online learning models, the uptick in Ally usage is helping to accelerate a culture of inclusion. We’re proud to be supporting so many institutions in a united effort to meet the needs of diverse learners.” Since February, more than 150 higher education and K-12 clients have adopted Blackboard Ally as their inclusive learning solution, joining a community reaching more than 11 million students globally. New institutions include Curtin University in Australia; the California Community Colleges system in the United States; Universidad Continental in Peru; Universitat de Barcelona in Spain; and the British University in Dubai (BUiD) in United Arab Emirates. For most institutions, this recent momentum coincides with the global shift to remote learning in response to COVID-19 and also reflects the education community’s broader, sustained efforts to improve the accessibility of course content for all learners, beyond the pandemic.    In 2020, alone, Blackboard Ally has launched 16 new releases, expanding the ways in which administrators, instructors, and students can improve the accessibility and usability of digital course content. The newest feature enables Blackboard Ally users to access alternative formats—including mobile-friendly HTML, audio, ePub, electronic Braille, a language translation version, and Beeline Reader—on mobile devices via the Blackboard App. To learn more about Blackboard Ally and Blackboard’s plans for celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21, please visit https://www.blackboard.com/teaching-learning/accessibility-universal-design/blackboard-ally-lms and https://go.blackboard.com/gaad-fix-your-content. 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  Hillary Marder, Blackboard  +1 732 742 8024 or hillary.marder@blackboard.com   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.