Friday, January 21, 2011
Posted By mwasowski      Category

Hello and Happy New Year!

I’ve sure most of you have heard already, but in case you haven’t, yesterday we opened the Call for Presentations for our first annual Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit 2011!  The submission deadline is March 11, 2011.

This will be a terrific way to put your institution in the spotlight by sharing your experience, expertise, and examples at the 2011 Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit, our first-ever combined Wimba and Elluminate user conference. Customers representing all academic disciplines and departments are welcome to submit proposals for concurrent session presentations. 

Some potential presentation topics could include:
    * Comprehensive use of Blackboard Collaborate for instruction, help, and meetings
    * Adoption, implementation, and faculty training
    * Newest uses of Elluminate Live!® V10, Wimba Classroom™ V6.1, Wimba Pronto™, and Wimba Voice™
    *  Lecture capture via MP4, MP3, high-resolution archives, and more
    * Non-instructional uses of Blackboard Collaborate
    * Best practices and/or tips and tricks
    * Lessons learned
    * Effective instructional and/or curriculum design

Don’t wait. Proposals are due by March 11 so submit your proposal NOW at http://www.connections-summit.blackboard.com/2011/content.asp?id=1898

Online registration opens soon.

*And I do have to add that the program committee probably won’t be able to accept every presentation proposals, but I hope you all throw your hats into the ring!

Matt

Saturday, January 08, 2011
Posted By mwasowski      Category

The acquisition of DimDim this week has set off lots of talk about the importance of Web conferencing and collaboration tools. Salesforce.com will use DimDim’s technology to enhance their Chatter platform. However, DimDim’s current customers will see their access to the service end starting on March 15, 2011.

For educational institutions who had built their courses and business workflows around realtime collaboration using DimDim, this might cause some disruption and Blackboard would like to help. For those who’ve been using Elluminate and Wimba for a while, you know that we are dedicated to meeting the needs of educators by providing stable solutions that are supported by a clear roadmap and a dedicated team for development. 

For those customers who want to make the transition before their annual contract ends, Blackboard will credit the cost of any unused portion of a pre-paid DimDim contract towards the purchase of Blackboard Collaborate solutions (up to a maximum of $10,000).  Please email  BbCollaborateInsideSales@blackboard.com to get the details around this offer. For monthly subscription customers, Elluminate vOfifce s an affordable and full featured offering. For free DimDim customers, please take a look at Elluminate vRoom.

For more on Blackboard Collaborate, check out our page at: www.blackboard.com/collaborate and Elluminate’s recent coverage in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing.