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Blackboard to Present at WCET Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders from Blackboard will present at WCET's 28th Annual Meeting, October 12-14 in Minneapolis, MN. Blackboard will lead seven sessions covering some of the most important issues facing institutions including building and sustaining high quality competency-based education programs; course design and accessibility; mobile; student success and higher education policy.

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WCET is the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. The annual meeting brings together innovative thinkers and pragmatic solutions. To learn more, please visit WCET.

Session: Game Change: The Theory, Practice and Possibilities of Competency-based Education
When: Wednesday, October 12 3:15pm
Who: Van Davis, Associate Vice President, Higher Education Policy & Research, Blackboard; Karen Yoshino, Principal Strategist, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard
Details: Building and sustaining a high quality competency-based education program can be simultaneously exhilarating and daunting. The presentation will cover the necessary pieces of successful program development and a tool to help institutions design and plan for CBE. Special attention will be placed on lessons learned from a number of institutions developing CBE as well as the change management practices necessary for sustaining innovation.

Session: Canary in a Coalmine? Course Reviews as an Indicator of Accessibility Gaps
When: Wednesday, October 12 4:30pm
Who: Ritchie Boyd, Principal Strategist, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard; Scott Ready, Director - Customer Relations, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard
Details: Working within the context of quality course design and accessibility, this discussion will provide participants with the opportunity to compare their knowledge of course design with well-known and established processes and rubrics. Considerations for identifying the attributes of highly accessible courses, which benefit all learners, will be an additional focus of this session.

Session: Who's Teaching in the Future—Interaction in an Age of Automation
When: Thursday, October 13 11:00am
Who:   Van Davis, Associate Vice President, Higher Education Policy & Research, Blackboard; Myk Garn, Assistant Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia; Cecilia Retelle Zywicki, Chief Operations Officer, Ranku
Details: What does it mean to teach in an age of technology, automation, learning outcomes, standardization, high stake assessment, and performance-based funding? Are we moving to a time when technology quits being merely a mediator for learning and instead supplants the instructional role of the faculty? Are we looking at a future where TeachBots replace faculty, where artificial intelligence trumps a PhD?

Session: Even Without a Higher Ed Act, EdTech Legislation and Regulations Still Loom
WhenThursday, October 13 1:45pm
Who:   Van Davis, Associate Vice President, Higher Education Policy & Research, Blackboard; Michael Goldstein, Partner, Cooley, LLP; Vince Sampson, Special Counsel, Cooley, LLP; Laura Pedrick, Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives & Executive Director, UWM Online
Details: WCET members need to watch proposed regulations on competency-based learning, the financial aid regulations (with misrepresentation repercussions), privacy (updating FERPA), Teacher Prep, and other issues of importance to the WCET community. This session will update on the federal regulation that are currently or may soon be in play and review trends in increasing regulation of serving students in other countries.

Session: Case Study - How CTU Created a Student-Driven University Mobile App
When: Thursday, October 13, 3:15pm
Who: Darcy Hardy, Associate Vice President for Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard; Melissa Balsan, Vice President, Marketing, Colorado Technical University; Constance Johnson, Chief Academic Officer/Provost, Colorado Technical University
Details:  To help students better fit education into their lives, Colorado Technical University embarked on a multi-year mobile app development project that bridged IT and academics; and involved actual student feedback to prioritize the features that mattered most. Learn how CTU kept students at the forefront of this innovative project and best practices you should follow when creating a university mobile app.

Session: Understanding and Changing the Conversations Around "Regular and Substantive Interaction"
WhenThursday, October 13 4:30pm
Who:   Van Davis, Associate Vice President, Higher Education Policy & Research, Blackboard, Amy Laitinen, Director, Higher Education, New America
Details: This session will discuss the current interpretation of "regular and substantive" as well as how to begin to shift the dialogue from the current definition of very traditional, face-to-face interactions to one that would focus on student outcomes.

Session: Scaling Solutions to Higher Ed's Biggest Challenges
When: Friday October 14, 9:15am
Who: Ritchie Boyd, Principal Strategist, Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard; Alex Freeman, Senior Director of Membership and Special Projects, New Media Consortium
Details: Promoting student success at higher education institutions requires visionary leadership and a culture dedicated to transformative innovation. Even with these elements in place, however, many promising ideas fail to cross over into broad use. This session will discuss eight significant barriers to student success as defined by a forthcoming New Media Consortium publication.

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