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When will the conference take place?

Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August 2013

The main activities of the conference will commence from 2pm on Wednesday 7 through to 1pm on Friday 9.

Developers Day Workshop will take place on Wednesday 7 at 10am to 4pm.

Where will the conference take place?

All conference proceedings take place at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus, Melbourne, Australia.

Who will attend?

Educators, course designers, system administrators and eLearning managers from Higher and Further Education institutions across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Blackboard executives with representatives from Blackboard’s Support, Technical, Consulting Services, Marketing, Sales and Managed Hosting teams.

Blackboard solutions represented will include: Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Connect, Blackboard Mobile, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Student Services and Blackboard Analytics.

Why will they attend?

  • To network with peers from local, national and international institutions – all facing similar day-to-day challenges and long-term goals
  • To learn about new innovations from Blackboard
  • To learn about new innovations and partnerships from Blackboard's corporate partners in the exhibit hall
  • To hear and to share experiences of today's education world
  • To learn new skills and techniques in the Peer-to-Peer Training Workshops
  • To attend the Developers Day Workshop (optional extra to the conference)

Do I have to pay?

Yes, there is a conference fee to attend the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference Australasia 2013. Visit our Registration page for more information.

The Developers Day Workshop is an optional extra to the conference.

Can I get a discount?

YES! By registering as an Earlybird (up to and including Sunday 30 June 2013) you will receive the Earlybird rate – registrations after this date will rise to the full Regular registration fee! 

By being a Speakersubmit a proposal for a paper to be delivered at the conference and, if accepted, you will receive an automatic Speaker discount on the Earlybird full conference rate.

By bringing your colleagues to the conference with you – register 4 people on the same day from within your institution, and you will receive a registration code entitling a 5th person to register FREE!  Effectively giving each person a 20% discount.  This group discount applies to both Earlybird and Regular registrations.

By being a regular attendee to Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conferences – you will receive a 10% discount on the Earlybird and Regular registration fees if you attended this conference at Bond University, Gold Coast in 2012. 

How do I get to Melbourne?

You can find lots of travel information links on our Hotel & Travel page, including directions to the Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn Campus, and information on travel to the venue.

What will the dress code be?

Smart and Casual – we like our delegates to feel comfortable!

The weather in Melbourne in August has in past years proved to be cool but dry – we hope that this will continue in 2013!  As with all weather conditions in the this part of Australia at this time of the year – we recommend you pack for varied weather conditions and consider bringing an umbrella!  There is a short walk outside between two buildings on the campus.

Will there be a Conference Dinner or a Party?

Absolutely! Due to popular demand from attendees of previous Blackboard user conferences in Australia, we’re delighted to advise that in 2013 we will be holding a formal conference dinner.  Lots of time for networking and persuading your fellow delegates onto the dancefloor!

Our location is to be confirmed soon in central Melbourne.

If you feel you’d like an opportunity to dress up for the occasion in your sequins or dinner suits, you’d be most welcome!

If I have any questions about the conference, which aren’t answered here on the website – who do I contact?

Send an email to Melbourne2013@blackboard.com with your request/question. We promise one of the team will get back to you very quickly.