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127683 - Registration and information desk open (Sunday) Registration and information desk open 3 hours Registration
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GS128293 - DevCon: Blackboard technology state of the union Come hear Tim Tomlinson, Chief Product Officer for Blackboard, outline Blackboard’s product development philosophy and progress. Tim will outline Blackboard’s overall approach to product development and highlight key achievements and development priorities. We’ll also announce the winners of the 2017 Hackathon. 60 minutes General Session
PREC126228 - Paid Pre-Conference: Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience (Monday) Blackboard Collaborate features a streamlined user interface and ease of use to engage and motivate learners. This interactive workshop introduces participants to Collaborate with the Ultra experience and its many features. Come learn how to take your learners to the next level by involving them in relevant, dependable, and accessible learning. Be sure to bring your mobile device as we focus on leveraging Collaborate with our Blackboard App to provide reliable collaboration that you can bet on. Hands-on workshop participants should bring their own laptop and mobile device preloaded with the Blackboard app. Note: This session requires an additional registration item for $375. To attend, please visit your account and add this pre-conference workshop to your registration. 180 minutes Pre-Conference Tara Thompson
LEC109212 - DevCon: A newbie's eye view of OpenDB As a long-time system administrator who avoided working with Blackboard databases, for fear of doing damage (and making a whole lot of people mad at me). But recent interest in data analytics at Wentworth Institute of Technology has nudged me into the role of data analyst. What I thought was going to be a daunting task was made easier with OpenDB, the reporting database available to Managed Hosted clients. In the past 18 months, I’ve gained experience with OpenDB both for reporting for various administrative needs as well as course related inquiries. In this presentation, will share the lessons I’ve learned so far, including resources available to help navigate the database, report archives to jumpstart a reporting program, and a few quirks of the Bb database. 50 Minutes Lecture Lynn Cooke
LEC116420 - DevCon: Secure coding of REST APIs Secure Coding practices for building REST APIs, based on the OWASP Top 10 and with a focus on our third-party/partner developers integrating with our Blackboard public REST APIs. 50 Minutes Lecture Karen Hartman
PAN116417 - DevCon: Architectural modularity and adaptability with Blackboard Mobile products Blackboard mobile product family consists of Blackboard (formerly known as Bb Student), Blackboard Instructor (to be announced at BbWorld 2017) and the mobile backend (mBaaS, SDKs and APIs). When we came up with the product design and went on to develop these products and services, we recognized the importance of modularity and adaptability while answering the clients/market’s requirements from our long standing Teaching and Learning community. This talk is about going through the details on how we leveraged the cutting edge technologies while making all of our implementation modular and adaptable. 50 minutes Panel Qing Xu
Henry Lee
Hubert He
WKS108558 - DevCon: SaaS and Ultra development clinic - LTI Re-engineering building blocks and integrations to take full advantage of Blackboard’s SaaS platform, the Ultra user experience and the new developer integration platform and APIs presents unique challenges and opportunities. The development clinic will make available subject matter experts from Blackboard’s engineering and consulting teams and the development community to answer questions, troubleshoot issues or discuss design options for porting existing software and developing new ones. If you plan on doing some development during the workshop, please plan to bring: - A laptop running your preferred IDE - A local installation and configuration of GIT (https://git-scm.com/downloads) - A local installation and configuration of the maven plugin in your IDE or standalone maven for building and packaging the B2 war - A local installation of Java 8 configured to JAVA_HOME - A copy of the Blackboard DVM thumb drive you received upon registration; or if you want to do this sooner you can obtain it from Developer Virtual Machine (http://bit.ly/2uieRKs) - (Preferred) Registration of an account on the Developer Portal (https://developer.blackboard.com/), registration of an application (https://community.blackboard.com/docs/DOC-1579), obtainment of an key and secret, and configuration of the Developer Virtual Machine (http://bit.ly/2sjAJnv) to accept it 50 minutes Workshop John Wiseman
LEC129510 - DevCon: Evolving Learn Architecture: Micro-services, ETL and the Stats database This session is forward looking and describing strategic architectural changes. In this session we will explore how microservices will change fundamentally the architecture, scalability and reliability of Blackboard Learn. We introduce what Microservices are, and then work through some examples that are in the pipeline and what impact they will have on Blackboard Learn. 50 Minutes Lecture Carsten Hess
Reinhold Staudinger
LEC130338 - DevCon: Migrating a Building Block to REST: the Sign-Up List Migration Project The addition of REST APIs in 2016 was exciting for Developers around the world. As they APIs continue to expand, so too does the opportunity to build applications that will be useful to teaching and learning. The Sign-Up List Building Block built by Durham University is one of the most widely-adopted tools in the Blackboard Learn eco-system. Hear the tale of the migration of this prolific integration from Building Block to a REST-enabled LTI Tool Provider. 50 Minutes Lecture Mark O'Neil
Scott Hurrey
PAN109098 - DevCon: Going Splunking: Using Splunk for server log analytics in Blackboard Learn In this presentation, professionals from the University of Arkansas and Johns Hopkins University will introduce Splunk, and describe how they are making effective use of the tool to aggregate, analyze, and search server logs for Blackboard Learn. 50 minutes Panel Chris Bray
Ian Goh
WKS107282 - DevCon: Creating a course role manager web application with the Blackboard Learn REST APIs This workshop will cover the basis of creating a small web application that will allow a user to manage roles from within Blackboard Learn via REST API. The project was developed to help Instructional Designers maintain a small subset of courses and faculty on course development and peer review. Pre-requisites for this session are the following: - Laptop with WiFi capability - NodeJS install for their OS - Mongo DB installed for their OS - Git installed - Basic to intermediate knowledge of Blackboard Learn APIs - (Optional): Review article on creating a basic application: https://community.blackboard.com/community/developers/rest/blog/2017/05/23/ameba-application 50 minutes Workshop Jonathan Hart
Michael Bechtel
GS128294 - DevCon: Machine Learning: Past, Present, and Future Blackboard is pleased to welcome Hilary Mason, noted Machine Learning expert and Data Scientist to the 2017 DevCon Keynote. In this session, Hilary will take us on a journey, beginning with the origins of Machine Learning and weaving through to the present state of affairs in the discipline, before embarking on a wild journey to where Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will go in the years to come. Attendees should expect to leave this session with knowledge of Machine Learning and how it is applied today, and excitement and insight into the future of smarter education through data-driven design and implementation. 60 minutes General Session Hilary Mason
LEC108011 - DevCon: SAML 2.0 Blackboard building block authentication with ADFS as the identity provider Is your institution using the legacy Shibboleth Building Block w/Learn for authentication and ADFS as the IdP and thinking about switching to the newer SAML 2.0 Building Block for authentication? Or using ADFS on campus and thinking about implementing SSO authentication for Learn via the SAML 2.0 Building Block w/ADFS as the IdP? This session will focus on implementing the SAML 2.0 Building Block for authentication w/ADFS as the IdP for Learn SaaS, Self- and Managed-Hosting customers. With instructions/best practice tips for both the Learn and ADFS server side, to differences between the legacy Shibboleth Building Block and the newer SAML 2.0 Building Block, attendees will learn how to properly prepare for and configure/setup the SAML 2.0 Building Block and ADFS Relying Party Trust, thus allowing a seamless end user secure authentication experience. 50 Minutes Lecture Chris Jones
LEC116403 - DevCon: IMS Caliper: Crossing the event streams In 2015, Blackboard became the first LMS to be certified for Caliper as a way to interchange learning activity in an open standard format. Learn what data is available from Blackboard and what possibilities exist for using that data. 50 Minutes Lecture Daniel Knight
LEC130778 - DevCon: Integrating LTI providers with Learn We’ve added support for LTI 2 registration and LTI Content-Item Message V1 in Learn, and have created pubic REST APIs for creating LTI domains and placements, including Content-Item Message placements. We’ve also enhanced the Ultra experience to support adding LTI links to multiple places within the UI via our API. You will see how to register and create LTI tools and hook them into both the Original and Ultra UI experience. 50 Minutes Lecture Eric Preston
WKS108561 - DevCon: Migrating from Snapshot to the SIS Framework With Blackboard Learn moving away from command line Snapshot in newer and upcoming releases, it is imperative that institutions begin the journey to the SIS Framework. What does this mean for my institution? How is the SIS Framework integration process different from command line Snapshot? What do I need to know to make the switch? Find out in this informative session from Blackboard Consulting’s Subject Matter Expert. 50 minutes Workshop Tim Grady
LEC108518 - DevCon: Build fast, highly-available applications with Elixer, Phoenix, and Learn REST APIs With the release of our REST APIs for Learn, Blackboard gives you a way to build applications for Learn outside of Learn's Java ecosystem. The Phoenix web application framework, the Elixir language and the Erlang VM, are emerging technologies that are being used to build blindingly fast, high-availability, low-latency web applications. In this talk we'll share with you a LearnRestClient module for Elixir and demonstrate how it can be used with the Phoenix framework to begin building the equivalent of the popular Building Block™, the York Data Source Key Tool. 50 Minutes Lecture Mark Kauffman
LEC108763 - DevCon: Moving from the CLI Snapshot to the SIS Framework This session will discuss how the University of Louisville moved from the CLI Snapshot tool, which has been deprecated, to the SIS Framework using the existing CLI Snapshot data files. 50 Minutes Lecture Kevin Batman
LEC130780 - DevCon: Escaping Oz with public REST API: JSON, OAuth, and HTTP; Oh my! Learn how to guide Scarecrow through Authentication, help the Tin Man find his data, give the Lion courage to face the Wicked Witch of the REST, and ultimately send Dorothy home. In other words, see how Applications and Blackboard can integrate without requiring building blocks! 50 Minutes Lecture Josh Castagno
Dylan Havard
PAN109277 - DevCon: Blackboard Analytics for Learn: Configuration and maintenance This panel will provide an overview of Analytics for Learn for Blackboard Intelligence (formerly Blackboard Analytics). Attendees will learn how the tool interacts with data in Blackboard Learn, the kind of maintenance required to keeps things running smoothly, the essentials of writing custom reports, and an introduction to how data from your Student Information System can be incorporated as well. 50 minutes Panel Patricia Morriss
Leos Plachky
Venkat Gadepelli
Patricia Allen
LEC108761 - DevCon: Grade integrations with PeopleSoft using SOAP web services After moving to Managed Hosting, the grade import feature developed locally by the University of Louisville would no longer work. This session will detail how the University leveraged SOAP Web services to allow grades to be pulled from Blackboard Learn into PeopleSoft Campus Solutions to restore this functionality for our faculty. 50 Minutes Lecture Alicia Montgomery Dunlap
Kevin Batman
LEC108762 - DevCon: Course design patterns: Latent Class Analysis with open source BbStats Fostering the adoption of teaching and learning technologies requires taking stock of how faculty use the LMS through a process that is reproducible, reliable, and affordable. Studies in student activity patterns, such as the recent Patterns in Blackboard Learn tool use: Five Course Design Archetypes, help us to understand evidence of use. But what about the ways that faculty design courses before any student activity takes place? This session will explore a case study at University of Illinois at Chicago in which course design patterns in Blackboard Learn were derrived using BbStats and Latent Class Analysis. 50 Minutes Lecture Alana Steffen
Elizabeth Romero Fuerte
Szymon Machajewski
LEC109238 - DevCon: SIS Framework, automation, and you When we first looked at SIS Framework, our first question was, "Where's the rest of it?" We were lucky enough to have successfully used the XEI tools for ANGEL for years. While the Learn SIS Framework provided some common ground, it was still missing some of the usefulness that XEI had, including a native scheduling engine. So, like any good Administrator, we adopted, adapted, and extended. In this presentation, we will discuss some of the ways that we have been successful. This includes discussions around how we have configured the SIS Framework tool itself, our ETL from SIS, and finally how we automatically 'push' data into the SIS Framework endpoints for processing. 50 Minutes Lecture Michael Buchanon
WKS109582 - DevCon: SaaS and Ultra development clinic - REST This session will take a look at some common approaches and patterns for creating LTI tools in Bb Learn, focusing on course/student tools & content items. We will start with dissecting building blocks in 9.1 and then move to looking at Ultra where we will again focus on approaches and patterns for creating LTI Tools in Ultra for course/student tools, and content items and well as a new capability to create system tools In Ultra. We will also touch on API usage for these tools, addressing common public Java API’s used for LTI tools running in Bb Learn and REST API’s for those housed external to Bb Learn. If you plan on doing some development during the workshop, please plan to bring: - A laptop running your preferred IDE - A local installation and configuration of GIT (https://git-scm.com/downloads) - A local installation and configuration of the maven plugin in your IDE or standalone maven for building and packaging the B2 war - A local installation of Java 8 configured to JAVA_HOME - A copy of the Blackboard DVM thumb drive you received upon registration; or if you want to do this sooner you can obtain it from Developer Virtual Machine (http://bit.ly/2uieRKs) - (Preferred) Registration of an account on the Developer Portal (https://developer.blackboard.com/), registration of an application (https://community.blackboard.com/docs/DOC-1579), obtainment of an key and secret, and configuration of the Developer Virtual Machine (http://bit.ly/2sjAJnv) to accept it 50 minutes Workshop Jeffrey Johnson
John Wiseman
RCP127690 - DevCon client appreciation party (Sponsored by AWS) Unwind with your other technical-minded peers at the famous Pat O'Brien's On the River. Transportation will be provided. 180 minutes Reception
127691 - Registration and information desk open (Tuesday) Registration and Information Desk Open 12 hours Registration
LEC108634 - DevCon: Examples of SaaS+Ultra integrations This session will take a look at a handful of solutions that have been developed to address integration needs for teaching and learning hosted in the SaaS environment using Ultra style courses. We will look at how a “course tool” can be introduced as well as strategies for passing data, including traditional FTP file passing and leveraging the event stream available from Caliper to name a few. 50 Minutes Lecture John Wiseman
LEC109703 - DevCon: Integration Project Report--Based on PeopleSoft HCM and Blackboard for Compliance Training In this session, we will go over how we at UT Dallas use Blackboard Learn for our university compliance training. This is an integration project using web service between Blackboard Learn and PeopleSoft HCM (Human Capital Management).The topic will primarily be of interest to integration situations where different systems work together based on web service for learning or training purpose. 50 Minutes Lecture Dave Tao
Corinne Griffin
Letitia Andrews
Scott Simpson
LEC113594 - DevCon: Accessibility: Common coding mistakes developers make using ARIA While ARIA is a popular way to improve accessibility for web applications, it is easy to code for ARIA incorrectly without understanding the effects it has on users who rely on assistive technologies, such as screen readers. This session will cover the top three common mistakes developers make, deep dive into each of these three by discussing: 1. The impact the erroneous code has on assistive technologies 2. Uncover the erroneous code and correct the code 3. Review how corrected code improves assistive technologies. Prerequisites: This will be technical in nature and will require developers have some knowledge of ARIA and HTML. 50 Minutes Lecture Heidi Jungel
PREC126230 - Paid Pre-Conference: Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience (Tuesday) Blackboard Collaborate features a streamlined user interface and ease of use to engage and motivate learners. This interactive workshop introduces participants to Collaborate with the Ultra experience and its many features. Come learn how to take your learners to the next level by involving them in relevant, dependable, and accessible learning. Be sure to bring your mobile device as we focus on leveraging Collaborate with our Blackboard App to provide reliable collaboration that you can bet on. Hands-on workshop participants should bring their own laptop and mobile device preloaded with the Blackboard app. Note: This session requires an additional registration item for $375. To attend, please visit your account and add this pre-conference workshop to your registration. 180 minutes Pre-Conference Tara Thompson
PREC126236 - Paid Pre Conference: Introduction to Learn SaaS with the Ultra Experience (Tuesday) Learn SaaS with the Ultra experience is a new approach to education that fosters better engagement, interaction, and quality learning. This workshop is designed for users who want to try their hand at exploring Ultra and experiencing the new navigation, the exciting features and tools, and the foundations of course building within this new environment. The sky's the limit with Ultra, so get ready for an exciting experience filled with hands-on activities and an unforgettable journey through this new environment. Participants should bring their own laptop. Note: This session requires an additional registration item for $375. To attend, please visit your account and add this pre-conference workshop to your registration. 180 minutes Pre-Conference Sinora Dabney
WKS109111 - Beyond your classroom: Flipped learning workshop Flipped learning can transform your classroom. Let how to turn things upside, engage your students, and create an active, exciting learning environment. Join Jon Bergmann, creator of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative and co-creator of this method for a half day work shop to get started with or sharpen your skills with Flipped Learning. There is a burgeoning array of new opportunities for educators who are skilled at Flipped Learning. Demand is growing for trainers, coaches, co-teachers, administrators, researchers, technologists, speakers, authors and consultants who can help teachers, schools, and districts make the transition to flipped learning. Come and learn about the new possibilities inside and outside of your school and what you need to be positioned for them. After participating in this workshop and attending the rest of BbWorld 2017, participants can earn 3 CEUs. What to bring to this workshop: - Laptop or any wifi-enabled device - Chrome - You will need to access a live Blackboard class 3 hours Workshop Errol St Clair Smith
Jon Bergmann
WKS112720 - DevCon: Customizing Blackboard Analytics DWH Solutions (When you need a helper) The goal of the presentation is to show how to use delivered templates for customization of the base line solution of DWH products. The presentation shows a way of extending the data model and ETL process with a custom functionalities that allow organizations to adjust the data model according to specifics of their business process. What to bring to this workshop: - Laptop or any wifi-enabled device - Chrome - Intermediate/advanced experience level of Blackboard Analytics product 50 minutes Workshop Leos Plachky
LEC130941 - DevCon LIVE with Tim Tomlinson Join Scott Hurrey as he talks to Tim Tomlinson, Chief Product Officer for Blackboard about Blackboard’s product development philosophy and progress. Then, hear from the judges and the winner of Blackboard's first-ever Hackboard, as they recap their experiences and thoughts with the contest, as well as hearing about the winning entry, directly from the developer. 40 minutes Lecture Tim Tomlinson
Michael King
Leo Zhadanovsky
Scott Hurrey
LEC109304 - DevCon: Upgrading Blackboard Learn with the Gradle installer This presentation covers the process of updating the Learn Environment to the latest 2016 releases using the new Gradle installation/upgrade process. It also touches on the Full Updater process for Cumulative Updates on earlier (pre-2016 versions) which replaces the older bbpatch process. 50 Minutes Lecture Charles Cloutier
LEC125018 - DevCon: From the cloud to the lake: Using Snowflake to power next generation learning analytics at Blackboard What kind of data architecture is necessary to support the world’s largest educational dataset? Learn about how Snowflake’s flexible data management solution has allowed Blackboard to create the perfect environment for its big data research program. By moving away from standard cloud computing and toward a data lake powered by Snowflake, Blackboard data scientists are able to work effortlessly with millions of student records to generate crucial insights into student learning behavior. By leveraging this same technology to underpin products like Planner and Predict, Snowflake is making it possible for Blackboard to create the analytics that meet the needs of higher education in the 21st century. 50 Minutes Lecture Derek Kromm
Kevin Bair
LEC130945 - DevCon LIVE: Machine Learning: Past, Present, and Future with Hilary Mason Hilary Mason, noted Machine Learning expert and Data Scientist, will take us on a journey, beginning with the origins of Machine Learning and weaving through to the present state of affairs in the discipline, before embarking on a wild journey to where Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will go in the years to come. Attendees should expect to leave this session with knowledge of Machine Learning and how it is applied today, and excitement and insight into the future of smarter education through data-driven design and implementation. 20 minutes Lecture Hilary Mason
Scott Hurrey
PAN108764 - DevCon: Managed hosting: Does it work? Will I get access to my data? University of Illinois at Chicago adopted the managed hosting environment in 2012 and has been successful in important user support improvements and stability of operations. While employing GAs and undergraduate students in the support structure the resolution time for Blackboard tickets was reduced from two weeks to a few hours. Deep integrations have been created for event driven user synchronization. A number of OSCELOT projects are being sponsored and developed in a staging managed hosted system. The experience and collaboration with managed hosted team allowed for strong support of Blackboard Learn adoption on campus. The panel will include representative from Grand Valley State University, where initial deployment to Managed Hosting was later reversed to again become self-hosted. 50 minutes Panel Szymon Machajewski
Eric Kunnen
Landen Dixon
WKS107280 - DevCon: Build a command line interface application with the REST APIs This workshop will use a Python CLI Application that interacts with Learn's new REST API. The CLI will create / modify / delete Learn Objects needed by external systems that may not have the ability to do Web API calling directly or with tasks that need a manual intervention. Attendees should have some basic knowledge of Python and API core fundamentals. Pre-requisites for this session are the following: - Laptop with WiFi capability - Git installed - Python 3.x installed - Basic to intermediate knowledge of Blackboard Learn APIs - Registered with Blackboard's Developer portal and have already created an application id for their instance of Learn in which they will be testing the API. 50 minutes Workshop Jonathan Hart
Michael Bechtel
LEC130946 - DevCon LIVE: Ask the experts: a candid conversation with Blackboard Technical Leaders This segment will focus on the discussion of topics important to developers, administrators, and other technical users. Audience members will have to opportunity to ask questions directly to Blackboard's Product Development technical leadership and a top architect from the Blackboard Consulting organization. 20 minutes Lecture Reinhold Staudinger
Carsten Hess
John Wiseman
Mark O'Neil
LEC130947 - DevCon LIVE: SOAP-to-REST: the journey of innovation with Genius SIS Genius SIS was the first external adopter of Blackboard REST APIs in production. This segment will focus on this migration process and highlight the experience and process behind the migration of a fully SOAP-based integration to a RESTful one. 10 minutes Lecture Charles Lee
Mark O'Neil
LEC130948 - DevCon LIVE: Fireside chat: What DevCon attendees have to say about DevCon Blackboard clients are the secret sauce behind the event that is DevCon. Though we won't actually be by the fire, this will be a casual conversation with well-respected members of the Blackboard community about DevCon, why they attend, and what you can expect if you choose to attend in the future. 20 minutes Lecture Carolyn Ponce
Chris Bray
Michael Bechtel
Szymon Machajewski
Toni Pennacchia
Mark O'Neil
LEC107539 - DevCon: Architecture for shareable course content across different Hierarchy nodes Having trouble sharing content across different Domains/Nodes? We established a process that uses the institution folders within the content collection as a sharable folder that allows us to utilize the Institution Hierarchy Nodes and content collection system for sharable content of courses that are sent through an interface to the data integration. Join this session to learn how. 50 Minutes Lecture Floyd Wheeler
Grant Springer
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