2017 Conference Schedule

Blackboard Certified Trainer Program Day 1 @ Bowie East
Oct 31 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Blackboard Certified Trainer Program Day 2 @ Bowie East
Nov 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Registration and Check-In @ San Antonio Riverwalk La Quinta Inn & Suites
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Blackboard Pre-Conference – Universal Design for Learning: What it is and How We All Can Embrace It @ Bowie West
Nov 1 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
T-BUG Welcome: Meet and Greet Vendor Reception @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Breakfast @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast @ Fiesta Ballroom

Sponsored by: Blackboard


Registration and Check-In @ T-BUG Conference
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Welcome and Keynote – Designing an Inclusive Learner’s Path: Applying a Design Thinking approach to engage all learners @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker – Scott Ready

Topic: Designing an Inclusive Learner’s Path: Applying a Design Thinking approach to engage all learners

As educators, we are all intrinsically motivated by a learner’s progress on the journey of knowledge acquisition. How might the future journey look if we first adopted a mindset and gained an empathetic understanding of the learner; generated ideas as to how we could design the journey so all learners were able to focus on the content rather than the vehicle; modified the journey’s path when boulders were encountered; continued to reiterate the approach striving for greater success while on the journey? We are designers of education and the opportunity is greater today than it has ever been for us to design the future journey.

Universal Design: Universal Design and Accessibility: How they work together to achieve an inclusive learning environment
Presenter: Scott Ready, Director, Customer Relations, Principal Strategist, Accessibility Enterprise Consulting, Blackboard

Historically, digital accessibility has been provided in a reactive approach. By looking at how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) creates a better learning environment for all students, those students with disabilities are also better served. This approach reduces the numerous reactive accommodations provided by designing a more inclusive learning environment from the start. Since 60% to 80% of students on campus who have a disability don’t disclose their disability to the institution, UDL enables a large part of those students the access they need.

Vendor Visits and Spark Sessions @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 9:15 am – 12:30 pm
Concurrent Session 1.1 – Getting the Most Out of Turnitin Feedback Studio: Beyond Just Plagiarism, How to Use Feedback Studio to Engage Students in the Feedback Process @ Crockett East
Nov 2 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenter – Alynda Armstrong & Paige Singleton

It is not just an anti-plagiarism tool! Learn how Turnitin Feedback Studio can manage assignments, save instructors time, and support academic integrity while increasing feedback quality and student engagement. Grade anything and anywhere- you just might fall in love!

Feedback Studio topics that will be covered:
· Workflow and navigation
· Originality Report (understanding and interpreting)
· Feedback Tools (GradeMark, Rubrics, Commenting tools)
· Q&A and discussion

Concurrent Session 1.2 – Creating a Culture of Full-Time Excellence with Part-Time Faculty @ Crockett West
Nov 2 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenter –Julie Lyon

This hands-on workshop will help you develop and implement a professional development plan for part time faculty, using Blackboard and other modalities.

“At the end of this session, participants will

*Conceptualize a plan for providing continued professional development for part-time instructors

*Develop outlines for professional development activities that can be created inside the Blackboard LMS

*Implement a structure for tracking professional development using Blackboard’s portfolios, badges and certificates

*Develop an outline for course evaluations based on your institutions established criteria

*Identify strategies for implementing a master course structure to offer consistency in course content”

Concurrent Session 1.3 – Data-driven approach to web accessibility : These numbers don’t lie @ Bowie East
Nov 2 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenter –Dr. Sammy Hwang


“At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Classify the good examples of accessible web sites.
Explain the important components of accessible websites and online courses
Develop strategies to identify accessible web sites”

Concurrent Session 1.4 – Two universities’ approach to video capture @ Bowie West
Nov 2 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenter’s – Andrew Piper, Josiah Pitterson, & Justin Carrell


Between lecture capture, the flipped classroom, student assignments, and a dozen or more other pedagogical applications, video is fast becoming a common tool on campus. But while a just few years ago it may have made sense to allow individual departments and instructors to make their own technology choices, the rapid growth of video in the classroom has pushed many institutions to find a more scalable, centralized way to support all that activity.

In this session, you’ll hear from Justin Carrell, Technology Support Specialist at Tarleton State University, as well as Josiah Pitterson, Director of Learning Management Systems at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, on how their universities support video on campus, from how each identified the need to support video, to what they looked for in a campus video solution, as well as some unique examples from each institution of how faculty use video today to enhance student learning. Joining Justin and Josiah will be Panopto’s Andrew Piper, to discuss what’s now possible with today’s modern video platforms for higher education.

Concurrent Session 2.1 – “Science with Bobert” an online course that excites students and their families about science! @ Crockett East
Nov 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am

Presenter – Dr. Charles A. Smith

With the help of my dog, we created a highly engaging and interactive online science course that involves not only students but also their families.

By the end of the session participants will have performed several crazy science activities that can be performed at home, learned how to involve not only students but also their families in an online science course, become initiated to the common dos and don’ts regarding online course development, and in general have a head start on creating their own highly effective online science course.

Concurrent Session 2.2 – Mindful Use of Technology @ Crockett West
Nov 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am

Presenter –Dena Coots

Linda Stone, former executive at both Apple and Microsoft coined the term, Contiguous Partial Attention which is motivated by a desire not to miss anything. We’re talking on the phone and driving; carrying on a conversation at the dinner and texting under the table…CPA involves an artificial sense of constant crisis, of living in a 24/7, always-on world. It contributes to feeling stressed, overwhelmed, overstimulated, and unfulfilled; it compromises our ability to reflect, to make decisions, and to thin creatively.” Come learn how to create a more mindful balance with your technology during this interactive session.

“At the end of this session participants will be able to :
Analyze their personal use of technology.
Define mindful technology use.
Apply recommended practices to develop a personal technology balance plan.”

Concurrent Session 2.3 – Universal Design (Bb Session) @ Bowie East
Nov 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am

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Concurrent Session 2.4 – Leveraging Technology to Engage Students and Foster Active Learning @ Bowie West
Nov 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am

Presenter –Patrick Fariss

Why and How – As we seek to engage students and create an environment of active learning, how can we leverage technology for student success?

“At the end of this session, participants will be able to…

1. Understand why this generation of students is E.P.I.C.
2. Explore how to engage students using technology to foster active learning.
3. Learn how to seamlessly integrate student participation and performance points with Blackboard.”

Concurrent Session 3.1 – BlackBoard Analytics Informing Teaching and Learning in the Online Environment @ Crockett East
Nov 2 @ 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Presenter –Dr. Mary Jo Parker

BlackBoard analytics often go unused in both the face-to-face and online environments. Dashboard tools provide information about retention, progress, and course success for online users.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to understand many of the BBL analytical tools available to assist instructors of the online and face-to-face environment. Participants will be understand how to best use which analytic tools to support learner retention, learning academic progress, and how to use the analytic tools as metacognitive reflective growth tools for each student.

Concurrent Session 3.2 – Migrating to Learn with Ultra @ Crockett West
Nov 2 @ 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Presenter’s – Chad McLane, Erik Harris, & Harrison Dragoo

Northeastern State University recently migrated from Managed Hosting to SaaS and Learn with Ultra. We will explore the process, pitfalls, and advantages of this migration.

“At the end of this session, participants will be able to
Identify a process and timeline for migration to SaaS
Articulate the benefits and liabilities of migrating to Learn with Ultra
Determine how well Learn with Ultra fits their institutions”

Concurrent Session 3.3 – Designing for the Diverse Learners That You Want to Serve @ Bowie East
Nov 2 @ 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Presenter –Dr. Kimberly D. Barnett Gibson

Participants in this session will learn how to design learning opportunities and activities that have been optimized for the diverse types of learners that they would like to serve.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to use a simple audience analysis tool to design courses, programs, and campus activities that are optimized for the many distinct types of learners that they want to serve.

Concurrent Session 3.4 – Qwickly Attendance: Comprehensive Attendance Taking Directly in Blackboard @ Bowie West
Nov 2 @ 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Presenters – John DiGennaro & Matt Hadgis

Find out how easy Qwickly Attendance makes taking Attendance in Blackboard. It’s power and flexibility make it the most ideal attendance solution for Blackboard.

At the end of the session, participants will have an in-depth understanding of how you can use Qwickly Attendance to take attendance within Blackboard that has a grade automatically created and pushed over to the Blackboard Grade Center, trigger email alerts to students when they are absent in a course, and customize the software to meet the needs of your attendance policy.

Lunch @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Keynote to follow immediately.

Lunch Keynote – Blackboard Teaching and Learning Road map @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Keynote Speaker – Rita Vela & Jorge Salinas

The Blackboard Teaching and Learning Roadmap will be presented.

Vendor Showcase @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Concurrent Session 4.1 – Supporting course design through template application @ Crockett East
Nov 2 @ 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Presenter –Niki Whiteside & Sherry Ransdell

Learn the value and process to automatically apply Blackboard course templates to newly created course shells to support faculty to meet college requirements, student support needs, and to jump start course development each semester.

“*Define “”template”” as used at San Jacinto College.
*Understand the components in a basic template at San Jacinto College.
*Understand the growth from one basic template to 23 templates currently in use.
*Understand the communication and training plans to implement this process.
*Understand how templates are automatically applied at a system level.”

Concurrent Session 4.2 – Using BBL Organizations for Adjunct Training @ Crockett West
Nov 2 @ 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Presenter –Ronald Crowe

We use Blackboard Learn for Adjunct Training. We create an organization for department adjuncts to get information on teaching at Our Lady of the Lake.”

At the end of this session, participants will be able to use BBL Organizations to assist adjuncts

Concurrent Session 4.3 – Blackboard Ally (Bb Session) @ Bowie East
Nov 2 @ 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Presenter – Jorge Salinas

Come learn about Blackboard Ally.

Concurrent Session 4.4 – A new way to curate content and drive student engagement with Copia and Blackboard @ Bowie West
Nov 2 @ 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Presenter – Kristin Dyer

A new way to curate content and drive student engagement with Copia and Blackboard
Imagine an environment where students and professors are deeply engaged inside the required course materials; an environment where all of the content discussions, questions, and interactions driven by a professor’s syllabus are beautifully curated and seamlessly integrated. In this session, content experts from Copia will demonstrate their seamless integration between Copia Class and Blackboard Learn, which allows instructors to exercise choice, maximize time, and increase student engagement. Educators and Instructional Designers will leave this session feeling empowered with limitless access to best in publisher, OER, and locally-created content that brings their syllabus to life!

Afternoon Refreshment Break @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
T-BUG Planning Session @ Crockett East
Nov 2 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent Session 5.1 – Active and consistent online instructor presence @ Crockett East
Nov 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter –Michael Brand & Jonathan Gutierrez

Instructors that drive their online course help students reach destinations beyond their own expectations. With Instructor guidance and presence, there are no limits to learning.

“At the end of this session, participants will be able to…
1) Understand the causes behind students feelings of isolation
2) Determine the right methods to increase instructor presence and activity
3) Utilize engaging and responsive communication tactics
4) Discuss further means to reduce student isolation in online courses”

Concurrent Session 5.2 – Blackboard Predictive Analytics @ Crockett West
Nov 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter: Christopher Burton, Regional Director – Analytics

Session Description: A high level introduction to Blackboard Predict, a predictive analytics capability that helps institutions identify at-risk students before they get off track. For both Instructors and Advisors, Blackboard Predict uses data from disparate systems to surface insights about students exhibiting signs that they may not pass their classes. Predictions adjust every day, giving faculty and advisors the information they need to help students stay on track. Easy to adopt, this system helps inform and improve the efficiency of interventions and improve student success.

Concurrent Session 5.3 – Blackboard Mobile Roadmap @ Bowie East
Nov 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter – Rita Vela

Engage today’s students on the devices they know and love, any time, any place. Blackboard solutions are built with a mobile first mentality to offer students and instructors an engaging and flexible experience to maximize learning and teaching. Mobile learning harnesses the power of Blackboard anytime, anywhere and encourages interaction between learners and educators on the devices of their choosing. Join this session to learn about current and future features of Blackboard’s Mobile applications.

Concurrent Session 5.4 – Creating Interactive Video in Blackboard @ Bowie West
Nov 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter – Liam Ferris

Join Liam Ferris, a Senior Solutions Engineer with Kaltura, to learn how to easily create interactive videos for use in your Blackboard courses.

Vendor Visits and Spark Sessions @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
T-BUG @ River Walk Outing @ Hard Rock Cafe
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Your cost for this private cruising and dining is:  $35.00 per T-BUG registrant.  For additional tickets, the cost is $35.00 per person.

Morning Refreshments @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Concurrent Session 6.1 – Using the Online Course Teaching & Building Rubric (OCTBR) to improve student satisfaction with your courses @ Crockett East
Nov 3 @ 8:45 am – 9:30 am

Presenter –Patience Wieland & David del Pino Kloques

Course design rubric identifying and improving course components; sourced from students’ satisfaction surveys, peer-reviewed publications, best practices in health science, and faculty help calls.

“At the end of the session, participants will be able to understand a model for building program specific courses checklist and rubrics.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to use and understand the Online Course Teaching & Building Rubric.”

Concurrent Session 6.2 – Put the Best in the Nest. But what about the Rest? @ Crockett West
Nov 3 @ 8:45 am – 9:30 am

Presenter –Dr. John W. Blumentritt

Select U.S. Air Force officers attend graduate school in residence. The Air Force’s new eSchool leverages ways to provide distance education to the other thousands.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to benchmark best practices associated with leading teams, developing courses, and managing student-flow within a worldwide distance learning endeavor. Distance learning leaders will explore ways to inspire and motivate faculty, staff, and hundreds of instructors located around the globe. Curriculum developers will identify ways to maximize resources while satisfying students through self-paced and facilitated courses, clusters of courses, and a cloud of elective courses. Managers will appreciate the planning and coordinating required to keep such a flow moving while complementing the academic rigor, relevance, and accreditation retained by in-residence graduate schools.

Concurrent Session 6.3 – Accessibility and Usability for the Blackboard Instructor @ Bowie East
Nov 3 @ 8:45 am – 9:30 am

Presenter’s –Travis Irby & Michelle Escudier

Participants will discuss universal design, and accessibility as well as techniques available to make Blackboard ADA compliant. We will also view our Blackboard Accessibility Course.

“At then end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
-List the major categories of disability
-List the laws or regulations that apply to conforming to ADA
-Contrast the differences between Accessibility and Usability
-Discuss how Universal Design applies to online teaching
-Apply Web Accessibility and Usability principles to course design and faculty web pages
-Explain how following Web Accessibility, Usability, and Universal Design principles can make courses and
websites more accessible for mobile devices.”

Concurrent Session 6.4 – Ensuring Integrity in Online Learning @ Bowie West
Nov 3 @ 8:45 am – 9:30 am

Presenter – Ryan Leer

One in four college students now take at least one online course — and the numbers are only growing. As a result, colleges and universities seek solutions that can ensure academic integrity for learners who take courses – and tests – on a variety of devices and formats. Through our work with institutions that use Blackboard, Examity has gained insight into schools’ concerns and needs related to test integrity, proctoring, and ID verification. In this session, we will present our findings and share what we have learned about best practices in online proctoring and how technology can help meet the diverse needs of different institutions.

Concurrent Session 7.1 – Two Birds – One Stone: Integration of Technology Tools while Teaching Content @ Crockett East
Nov 3 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenters –Dr. Pam Winn, Dr. Melissa Becker, & Dr. Danna Beaty

“1. Participants will gain a deeper insight into student perceptions of learning new technology tools while learning new content in their field.
2. Participants will gain deeper insight into which technology tools students found valuable to their learning.
3. Participants will examine how other fields are integrating technology tools into learning processes within Blackboard.”

Concurrent Session 7.2 – Dual-Purpose Portfolios: Creating Durable Tools For Learning and Working @ Crockett West
Nov 3 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenter’s – Diane Collins & David del Pino Kloques

Users will learn to create a portfolio that first works as a formative evaluation tool, and then an on-the-job training reference.

By the end of the session, users will have defined different structures of portfolios, and will walk away with a draft for a dual purpose portfolio. This portfolio draft will help new graduates and interns to reflect in action, while on the job.

Concurrent Session 7.3 – Update on the EPCC Blackboard Course Design Project @ Bowie East
Nov 3 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenter –Luz Elena Cadena

Learn how EPCC has advanced in the implementation of the Course Design Project aimed at improving retention, accessibility, and student success.

– Learn why and how the project was launched
– Look at the EPCC Blackboard Course Design Rubric
– Learn how DLSS will use the rubric as a quality check
– Learn how DLSS is training faculty
– Take a peek at the DLSS rubric portal

Concurrent Session 7.4 – Role of Text to Speech in a UDL Course @ Bowie West
Nov 3 @ 9:45 am – 10:30 am

Presenter –Paul Stisser

How ReadSpeaker can support student success and course completion to benefit all learners.

At the end of this session, attendees will be introduced to Universal Design for Learning, how Text to Speech can be easily deployed in Blackboard Learn. As a UDL model, ReadSpeaker can support the growing diverse learning in higher education. ReadSpeaker can be used as an assistive technology to meet accommodations, can support accessibility in courses to support a student that learns different, learning disabilities, English Learner, Adult and Untraditional Learners. With no downloads or browser restriction, ReadSpeaker can bring Academic Technology, Disability Services and support your public website under one cost-effective program.

Brunch / Texas Blackboard Users Group Annual Meeting @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Brunch / Texas Blackboard Users Group Annual Meeting @ Fiesta Ballroom

Sponsored by: Texas Blackboard Users Group

Concurrent with Texas Blackboard Users Group Annual Meeting

Followed by Closing Keynote Address

Closing Session – Blackboard Community Site @ Fiesta Ballroom
Nov 3 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Presenter: Marisa Dimino, Senior Community Manager at Blackboard