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When will the conference take place?

Monday, 8 April through Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The main activities of the conference will commence from 2pm on Monday 8 through to 1pm on Wednesday 10.

The Developers Day Workshop will take place on Monday 8 from 9 AM – 4 PM.

Where will the conference take place?

All conference proceedings take place at Aston University's Main Building and Business School.

Who will attend?

Educators, course designers, system administrators and eLearning managers from Higher and Further Education institutions across Europe.

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 – see description)

Do I have to pay?

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

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 Wednesday 8th March 2013) you will receive the Earlybird rate. Registrations after this date will rise by 75Euros per person! (Based on the full conference registration rates.) Visit our Registration page for more information on registration rates.

By being a Speaker – submit a proposal for a paper to be delivered at the conference and, if accepted, you will receive an automatic 25% 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.

How do I get to Birmingham?

You can find lots of travel information links on our Hotel & Travel pages, including directions to the Aston University and Business School campuses 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 Birmingham in April has in past years proved to be cool but dry and we hope that this will continue in 2013! As with all weather conditions in the UK 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 the two campus locations.

Will there be a Conference Dinner or a Party?

Absolutely! Due to popular demand from attendees of previous Blackboard user conferences in Europe, 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 dance floor!

Our location is the Aston University Business School.

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!

Other questions not answered here?

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