Better late than never: Bb (finally) releases new cloud options for Ultra

You might have missed the announcement  from Blackboard a few weeks ago, which was overshadowed by Blackboard’s other announcement.  Two new Software as a Service (SaaS) LMS offerings are finally available, six months after they were promised. The new offerings–Blackboard SaaS Plus and SaaS Advantage–join the already available Saas Standard, released at Blackboard World last July. Here is a description of these new […]

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To do: upcoming events

Spring 2015 is positively lousy with EdTech-related events, meetings, webinars, and more events. And webinars. There are also meetings: lots of ’em. Below are the ones I have compiled, at least through April, the cruelest month. For a complete list, go to http://edtech2.wpengine.com/upcoming-events/. If you have an event that you would like to add, please let me know. February 06, 2015 […]

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A Plug for the BUG

The 2014 VA Bug Conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Roanoke, VA at the Holiday Inn at Valley View. No, it is not a conference for Entomologists or Pest Control Professionals. It is the 5th Annual conference for the Virginia Blackboard Users Group, a ragtag team of rogue LMS users meeting in secret to share knowledge and ideas with […]

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Blackboard’s World

I have just finished making my flight and hotel reservations for Blackboard World 2014. I finalized these plans with a somewhat troubled heart, loathe to participate in an event that to me is a frenzied celebration of the commercialization of education,  couched as a probing, open, academic conference. Let me just come right out and say it: Blackboard®, Inc. is an easy company to […]

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News: Blackboard CEO Resigns

Blackboard announces that CEO Michael Chasen, who co-founded the company, will resign in December. From a post in the EdWeek blog: Since being purchased in July 2011 for $1.6 billion by private-equity firm Providence Equity Partners, Blackboard, based in Washington, D.C., has been through a series of dramatic changes, perhaps culminating in Chasen’s exit. In February, William Raduchel stepped down from Blackboard’s […]

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Fall 2012 Instructional Technology Summit: Sept. 21

BRCC, GCC, and NVCC are once again co-sponsoring the Innovations in Teaching & Learning: Instructional Technology Summit, a free conference and professional development opportunity that will offer a full day of sessions on a broad range of timely topics: mobile apps, Web 2.0 technologies, captioning & accessibility of instructional media, interactive and collaborative learning, and Blackboard 9.1. The conference is sponsored […]

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