TLC Europe Agenda

Tuesday 25 May 2021
9:00 – 9:15 BST Welcome to TLC
9:35 – 9:50 BST Excellence, Expansion and Efficiency – Themes for advancing learning in times of uncertainty.

Speaker: Louise Thorpe - Vice President Client Experience, EMEA.
9:50 – 10:10 BST The transformation of the teaching profession: lessons from COVID-19

Speaker: Carlos Vargas Tamez From Unesco
10:10 – 10:30 BST Wellness Break

Sponsor Lightning Talk with Intelliboard

The NEW Learning Analytics for Bb with IBNext
IBNext is the new platform created by IntelliBoard that will bring all your data from Learn Original or Learn Ultra plus Collaborate usage - and more tools - to one only place. Create your own reports and dashboards with aggregated data from multiple courses; categories or terms with a few clicks. Setup automated notifications and create different users inside IntelliBoard to define what is the data you want them to see. All that in one user-friendly environment where anyone can be a Learning Analytics specialist. Join us for this amazing tour!

Speaker: Marianas Robson - Intelliboard
10:30 – 10:55 BST Current Trends and the Role of Technology in the Future of Education

During this session, AWS will share the global trends in the use of digital technology in higher education that they are observing and explain how the organisation’s technologies and partners are helping educators usher in a new era. The session will conclude with some suggestions on what colleges and universities might focus on as they consider how best to take advantage of the digital opportunity

Speakers: Jude Sheeran - Principal, International Education and Research at AWS
Wednesday 26 May 2021
9:00 – 9:50 BST Keynote with Helen Sharman
*Due to the wishes of our speaker, this session limited to 500 attendees.
9:55 – 10:35 BST Student success fuelled by data

This session takes a deliberately non-technical approach to understanding the value that institutions have derived from their use of Blackboard’s Data and Analytics solutions. In this 40-minute session you will hear from a cross-section of European institutions about how they have used data to progress student success in different ways, and there will be time at the end to ask questions. We will also introduce a series of on-demand videos that you can use to find out more about how different institutions have found success in analytics.

Speakers: Carly Foster - Northumbria University | Dr Charles Knight - University of Salford | Thomas Dechilly - Galileo Global Education
10:35 – 10:50 BST Wellness Break

Sponsor Lightning Talk with Explorance: Nudging or nagging? The impact of survey pop-up reminders on Blackboard Learn Ultra

The aim of this session is to present the experience of one University on the benefits of live integration between Explorance surveys and Blackboard Learn Ultra. The challenges and benefits of creating a link which enabled pop up reminders to appear on the Blackboard log-in page will be outlined. Previous to this, the majority of students accessed the survey through e-mail messages and reminders, but the introduction of these “pop-ups” changed the pattern and channel of survey participation.

Speakers: Paul Mitchell - Northumbria University | John Atherton - Explorance
10:50 – 11:05 BST Blackboard CEO Bill Ballhaus shares his view on how personalized experiences fueled by data are unfolding in education.
11:05 – 11:35 BST Learn about Blackboard’s vision for the future of EdTech and how we are delivering sought-after innovations today with Chief Client Officer Lee Blakemore, Chief Strategy and Portfolio Officer Kathy Vieira and Vice President Europe Oleg Figlin
11:35 – 12:25 BST Roundtable - Assessment strategies in the online world

How institutions are evolving their assessment practices while ensuring academic integrity and inclusion.

Topics may include: emerging methods of assessment and feedback; equitable and inclusive experiences; ethics and privacy; formative and summative approaches; authentic assessment; assurance of learning and/or assessment tools/techniques. Participants are encouraged to send their questions for the panel of speakers to [email protected] by 24th May 2021.

Speakers: Carol Chatten - Edge Hill University | Nia Weatherley - Prifysgol Bangor University | Tamim Elbasha - Audencia Business School
11:35 – 12:05 BST Partnering with Blackboard Academy to accelerate the transition to Ultra. The case of Teesside University

Staff development has been identified as the best way to overcome the challenges posed by new developments (UCISA, 2020 TEL survey). In this session, we will focus on the challenges of designing a professional development plan for academics in the context of the pandemic and the transition to Ultra. Paul Durston and Mike Highfield will share the experience of Teesside University working with Blackboard Academy to define the outcomes, content and delivery mode for academic’s development.

Speakers: Paul Durston - Teesside University
12:30 – 13:00 BST Current Trends and the Role of Technology in the Future of Education

During this session, AWS will share the global trends in the use of digital technology in higher education that they are observing and explain how the organisation’s technologies and partners are helping educators usher in a new era. The session will conclude with some suggestions on what colleges and universities might focus on as they consider how best to take advantage of the digital opportunity

Speakers: Jude Sheeran - Principal, International Education and Research at AWS
13:00 – 13:40 BST Roadmap Session

Join our product management team for a deep dive into the roadmap for Blackboard’s EdTech platform. This session will cover highlights on what’s coming soon and what we’re actively working on for Blackboard Learn Original, Blackboard Learn Ultra, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Ally, Blackboard Data and more, and an exciting sneak peek into where we’re going next.
13:40 – 13:45 BST Closing with next day highlights
Thursday 27 May 2021
9:00 – 9:25 BST Pedagogical redesign during the pandemic - Using Collaborate to drive new modes of student engagement

The Covid crisis has accelerated changes in teaching and assessment practice – not least in terms of the scale of digital activity and the wider exposure that instructors have had to the use of collaboration and assessment tools. In this presentation we will showcase some examples of pedagogic redesign at the University of York that have emerged over the past academic year (2020-21) as responses to this teaching context, in which Blackboard Learn and Collaborate have been used to support both on-campus and remote learners.

Speakers: Richard Walker and Amy Eyre - University of York
9:00 – 9:25 BST Recording assessments in Collaborate – UWE’s Collaborate Assessment Tool

This session will demonstrate how the Collaborate Assessment Tool works for staff and students and the resources developed at UWE to guide staff in terms of which tool to use for a particular assessment scenario.

Speaker: Helga Gunnarsdottir - University of the West of England
9:30 – 9:55 BST Learn in the Time of Covid

The University of Edinburgh had to pivot quickly last year in order to provide support to students. This was actually a very fortunate occurrence in terms of timing. We were in the second year of implementing our Learn Foundations project, the aim of which was to bring about greater consistency in courses. This presentation outlines the steps we took to accelerate the implementation, the support we provided and the outcomes.

Speaker: Paul Smyth - University of Edinburgh
9:30 – 9:55 BST Blackboard Data Dashboards: Building on the Developer Tier

North East Scotland College present dashboards we have built using the Blackboard Data Developer Tier and Microsoft PowerBI. In this short presentation we will discuss our experiences using Blackboard Data, the requirements it was designed to support, what it offers and how it has been used.

Speaker: Iain Henderson and Linda Wallach - NESCol
10:00 – 10:25 BST Embedding UDL at NUI Galway: Blackboard Ally and Beyond

In this session, those involved in the rollout will discuss the impact that Blackboard Ally has had since its launch at NUI Galway from both the staff and student perspective. The team will also highlight some other exciting initiatives around campus, such as the launch of the National Forum Open Course and digital badge in ‘Universal Design for Teaching and Learning’, an Inclusive Learning symposium, and a variety of other workshops and activities aimed at improving inclusive practice.

Speakers: Kate Molloy, Jane Ennis and Keighron Cameron - NUI Galway
10:00 – 10:25 BST Has hybrid teaching changed how students and staff use Learn?

In response to the pandemic, the University of Edinburgh shifted to hybrid teaching and learning, and with this came increased reliance on Learn, our primary VLE.This talk will describe important research to understand the impact the hybrid teaching and learning environment had on the way staff and students interacted with Learn. Insights will include what staff and students prioritised when using Learn to support hybrid work, students’ expectations of how to navigate Learn for online learning, and results from testing Learn templates implemented quickly to smooth the transition off-campus.

Speakers: Emma Horrell - University of Edinburgh
10:30 – 10:45 BST Wellness Break

Sponsor Lightning Talk with EesySoft

Strategies To Help Improve Student & Faculty Satisfaction with Ed-Tech.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many institutions to transition teaching & learning fully online. How has this affected student engagement and satisfaction? How are faculty coping with this significant change in teaching styles? During this session, we will identify key areas for improvement and discuss how EesySoft can play a crucial role in helping to implement improvements concerning technology usage among students.

Speaker: Cole Groom - EesySoft
10:45 – 11:25 BST University of Derby – A Student Virtual Induction

In response to the COVID pandemic, the University of Derby created a central, online Virtual Induction, hosted in Blackboard, to welcome both new and returning students. This was a new development created during the summer of 2020 and required an institutional approach to create a comprehensive offer. The induction is student focused and scaffolds induction from results day throughout the first semester.

From the Virtual Induction course, we took a data-informed approach to plan relevant student communication and ‘nudges’, as well as inform programme level induction and personal academic tutor sessions.

This presentation from Charlie Foster Phillips (Student and Graduate Engagement Manager) and Claire Gardener (Senior Learning Technologist) will describe how the course was written and built. They will also share insights on the impact of the course.

Speakers: Claire Gardener and Charlie Foster Phillips - University of Derby
10:45 – 11:25 BST Client Experiences of Learn Ultra Course View: A Panel Session

Join this panel session to hear from clients who have moved/are moving to Learn Ultra Course View.

Hear about their reasons for moving to Learn Ultra Course View: what implementation strategy they adopted; the benefits and drawbacks; and what they would do differently if they were to do it again!

Speakers: Speakers: Hamish Loveday - University of Dundee | Harriet Walshaw - Northumbria University | Malcom Murray - Durham University | Bethan Wyn Jones - Prifysgol Bangor University
11:30 – 11:55 BST Optimising the student experience with Blackboard Ultra

How institutions can support students and remove barriers to success outside of the classroom throughout the student lifecycle from prospect to alumni.

Topics may include student engagement and experience; AI and automation; digital student experience; design principles and approaches.

Speaker: Neil McLennan - University of Aberdeen
11:30 – 11:55 BST Destination 100% digital… overnight Hanze University of Applied Sciences

What do you do when a global pandemic forces remote working for staff and students, overnight? Insight from a school (with a specific focus on digital assessment) into how we raised our digitization level from (approx.) 20% to 100% and kept it there, while continuing normal educational activities.

Speaker: Mark Fraser - Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen
11:30 – 11:55 BST Innovating Italian language online teaching and learning with Blackboard Learn Ultra.

With the global impact of Covid19, the Dante Alighieri Society has decided to further develop to its strategy regarding the teaching and learning of Italian language across the world, by designing an innovative online teaching model delivered by Blackboard Learn Ultra. In this session we will present progress to date, the first results and the future goals.

Speaker: Giorgio Massei - Società Dante Alighieri
12:10 – 12:50 BST Keynote with Charlie Cannon
12:50 – 13:00 BST Closing Remarks
13:00 – 14:00 BST Networking Games