Blackboard Sets BbWorld '08 Agenda


Blackboard Thursday announced details for its upcoming BbWorld '08 conference, which will be held July 15 through 17 in Las Vegas. The show will feature about 140 sessions covering education technology strategies and issues, as well as keynote addresses from Steve Wozniak and U Miami President Donna Shalala.

Aside from sessions and keynotes, Blackboard President and CEO Michael L. Chasen will also expand on the company's "Project NG," of which the 8.0 release of the Blackboard Learning System in late March was a part.

"Educators are rapidly and profoundly changing their communities through the adoption of new and evolving technology," Chasen said in a statement released yesterday. "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."

Topics to be covered during the show's sessions include:

  • Learning outcomes management;
  • Integrating Web 2.0 technologies in education;
  • Student retention; and
  • Teacher/faculty professional development.

Two additional events will precede BbWorld '08: the Blackboard Developers Conference and Open Source Day.

Blackboard said it expects more than 2,000 people to attend BbWorld '08 from K-12, higher education, government, and the private sector. Further information about the event can be found here.

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