Blackboard Announces Plans for BbWorld '08
Focus on Next Generation Learning Technology; Wozniak, Shalala Will Keynote
WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology, today
announced details for BbWorld(R) '08, which will focus on best practices and
innovative breakthroughs in education technology and will take place July
15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More than 2,000 members of the global e-learning community are expected to
attend BbWorld, including representatives from colleges and universities, K-12
schools and districts, and government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations
from across the United States and around the world. Together, they will share
ideas on cutting-edge technologies and initiatives that are being used to
promote student engagement and achievement and to address a wide range of
academic and institutional priorities.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and Donna E. Shalala,
president of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and
Human Services, will deliver keynote addresses. Wozniak, inventor of the first
personal computer, will discuss his passion for innovation and his personal
commitment to improving education. Shalala will share her insights and
experiences from a career of service as one of the nation's leading public
officials, administrators, and educators.
"Educators are rapidly and profoundly changing their communities through
the adoption of new and evolving technology," said Michael L. Chasen,
president and CEO of Blackboard, who will also deliver a keynote at BbWorld.
"We look forward to sharing our vision for the future at BbWorld, including
Project NG, Blackboard's multi-year, multi-release project to deliver a next
generation teaching and learning solution that introduces new capabilities to
engage students, leverages the power of social learning communities, and
drives success in institutional assessment."
At BbWorld, participants will take part in more than 140 sessions
highlighting innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to address some of the
most important challenges in education, including:
-- Measuring student learning and learning outcomes
-- Engaging students with Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis, podcasts,
gaming & simulations)
-- Improving engagement and retention for at-risk students
-- Assessing the effect of academic programs and initiatives
-- Improving faculty training and professional development
-- Meeting rising student expectations in the classroom and on campus
-- Using mass notification to improve communications and aid preparedness
-- Using data to address accreditation and other institutional advancement
BbWorld '08 will be immediately preceded by two meetings of the Blackboard
user community that will focus on open source technologies and independent
enhancements to Blackboard solutions that address a wide variety of
educational opportunities and challenges:
-- The Blackboard Developers Conference, where several hundred software
and technology professionals will share ideas for independent, third-
party applications that build on and extend Blackboard solutions to
address specific academic and institutional needs.
-- Open Source Day, a meeting of the Open Source Community for Educational
Learning Objects and Tools (OSCELOT), an independent volunteer
community working to explore, develop and share open source solutions
and tools for the educational community.
For more information on BbWorld, including registration and the event's
program guide, please visit www.bbworld08.com .
Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry. Founded
in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connecting
people and technology. Millions of people use Blackboard everyday at academic
institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, K-12 schools
and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-
focused merchants that serve education providers and their students.
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America,
Europe, Australia and Asia.
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