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Blackboard to Present at EDUCAUSE 2016

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts from Blackboard Inc. will make multiple presentations during EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2016, taking place October 25-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. During these presentations, participants will explore best practices around the adoption of technology to improve student outcomes. Among the topics covered will be some of the most pressing issues facing the higher education community, including innovations in mobile technologies; the use of predictive and learning analytics; and personalizing technology and support for each learner to achieve real world results.

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The annual conference is the premier convening of IT professionals and technology providers across the diverse higher education landscape.

Tuesday, October 25

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Workplace Goals: Bellevue University's Skills to Performance Model: Chad Kainz, Director of Solutions at Blackboard Inc., and Ed Jarecki, Assistant Vice President at Bellevue University, will discuss the university's Skills to Performance program - a unique model focused on higher order skills that translate to success in industry. Attendees will learn how Bellevue and Blackboard have partnered to differentiate the learning experience to connect more tightly with the skills that workforce partners value. Session will be held at Marriott Newport Beach/Rancho Las Palomas/Lower Level.

Wednesday, October 26

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

Learning at Scale with Analytics: Findings from the Field and Open Questions: Higher education is experiencing an explosion of interest in using new data sources, applying analytical techniques, and expanding access to data visualizations/analysis. During this panel, campus leaders and solution providers will discuss lessons learned from both creating and implementing learning analytics systems and the big questions remaining. Speakers include John Whitmer, Director for Analytics and Research at Blackboard Inc.; Alfred Essa, Vice President of Analytics and R&D at McGraw-Hill Education; Michael Feldstein, Partner at MindWires Consulting; Russ Little, Chief Innovation Officer at Hobsons; and Jeff Gold, Assistant Vice Chancellor at California State University. Session will be held in Meeting Room 204B, Level Two.

Thursday, October 27

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Only Blackboard: Innovation to Drive Student Success through the LMS and Beyond: Brook Bock, Vice President of Mobile at Blackboard Inc. and Mike Sharkey, Vice President of Analytics at Blackboard Inc. will share how institutions can leverage new advancements across the Blackboard Learn product, including predictive analytics and mobile technologies, to further promote student success. Session will be held in Meeting Room 303A, Level Three.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

IBM Watson: Building a World Class Ecosystem for Higher Education: IBM's cognitive platform Watson represents the new paradigm in the computing era. It is fundamentally transforming industries and their daily operations, including higher education. This session will explore the possibilities of Watson in higher ed and early use cases, and share the latest thinking on industry strategy to adopt and leverage Watson. Speakers include Katie Blot, Chief Strategy Officer at Blackboard Inc.; Michael King, Vice President of Global Education Industry at IBM; and Douglas Hunt, Watson Global Education Leader at IBM. Session will be held in Meeting Room 303A, Level Three.

D'Anthony White, Blackboard Inc., 202.303.9314

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

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