Pre-Conference Sessions

At Anthology Together 2022, attendees will have the option to get more out of their time in Orlando by registering for a pre-conference session that will take place on Monday, July 11, from 8:30 a.m. – noon*.

Important Information:

  • Session cost: $150 per attendee* (not included in regular conference registration fee)
  • Session capacity: 40 attendees*
  • Other: Lunch from noon - 1 p.m. (included with pre-conference registration)

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*unless otherwise noted

Pre-Conference Session Options

Financial aid users will learn how to configure Program Version level cost of attendance, set a population, create fund source rules, and set up a scheduled job to award the initial award letter offer. This session will provide you with the knowledge to take advantage of the more advanced features that will improve processing and reduce manual intervention. Attendees should be familiar with the Anthology Student financial aid system and have an understanding of financial aid regulatory rules.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the automated packaging feature
  • Configure cost of attendance, fund source rules, population, and job creation features
  • Execute the auto packaging feature manually or scheduled

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Anthology Student

Persona: Financial aid technical personnel, financial aid directors & managers, financial aid personnel

Expertise Level: Intermediate/advanced

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: Enable financial aid automation in Anthology Student (to include contact manager task and documents)

Equity conversations are at the forefront of the higher education dialogue. While many campuses recognize the importance of meaningful change, they have work to do in making concrete progress. This session will start with a foundation of equity language, followed by a discussion of the body of research and existing resources in the higher education sphere. Participants will then engage in workshop-style practice, learning how to tangibly incorporate equity-centered decision making in their roles with consideration given to best practices and the support of Anthology's line of products and services.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall the history of equity in education
  • Identify the benefits of equity-centered assessment
  • Determine how to contribute to the equity landscape on their campus based on their role
  • Use Anthology products meaningfully in equity planning and application

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Anthology Beacon, Anthology Baseline, Anthology Engage, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Outcomes, and Blackboard Assessment

Persona: Professional faculty and staff in the assessment, student success and retention, engagement, and learning and development spaces

Expertise Level: Basic

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: N/A

Like cooking, increasing accessibility in higher education may seem overwhelming. Just as there are different ingredients, utensils, and recipes to achieve a culinary masterpiece, there are different components, tools, and approaches with higher education accessibility challenges. However, you don’t need to be an expert to cook up something simple, delicious, and nutritious. Come learn with Accessibility Master Chefs some fundamental principles of accessibility, discuss some of the tools available to make your job easier, and bring home an accessibility “recipe book”!

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the fundamentals of accessibility in a fun and meaningful way
  • Use some accessibility tools to make simple improvements in content
  • Inspire all attendees with tangible ideas for how to improve accessibility at their institution
  • Provide a workbook for participants to use after the session

Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Blackboard Ally

Persona: Higher education leaders, faculty, instructors, instructional designers, accessibility professionals, LMS admins

Expertise Level: Basic

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: Laptop

This extended-length Course Evaluations session will benefit both new and long-term users and provide a deep dive into the available features. We will discuss best practices and process analysis to ensure that you are getting the most out of your system. In addition, we will examine new functionality and common areas that need improvement and showcase time-saving options that can be achieved with simple process changes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply system best practices
  • Identify areas of process improvement
  • Apply new functionality as appropriate
  • Save time in the survey administration process

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Anthology Course Evaluations

Persona: System managers

Expertise Level: Basic

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: Laptop, link to the manager site, and login information

Other: Session is capped at 20 attendees

We believe in the transformative power of co-curricular experiences, and Anthology Engage is the solution to facilitate it. You may also see the value these experiences bring to your institution, but how do you communicate this across all the various stakeholders you report to? Creating buy-in for students, staff, vice presidents, and more requires a different lens and a unique knowledge set. Our goal in this pre-conference session is to widen the sphere of support on your campus so that the work of student engagement goes beyond just student involvement. We will do this by thinking through the training needs at each of those stakeholder levels and helping to bridge what others are doing outside of your area to what they can accomplish with a tool that’s already available. In partnership with the Anthology Academy, join the Student Engagement Adoption team as we provide best practices for Engage features, develop training outcomes, and share campus stories that can assist with growing your influence back at home.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of Anthology Engage features and modules
  • Apply Anthology Engage content knowledge across segments of campus to generate buy-in
  • Craft a draft training framework for a targeted persona or department on campus

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Anthology Engage, Anthology Academy

Persona: Student affairs professionals

Expertise Level: Basic

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: N/A

Institutional Hierarchy (IH) is a hidden gem in your Learn environment! Join this hands-on, interactive session from Blackboard experts to discover the importance of IH for reporting structures, permissioning, managing tool availability, and leveraging roles. We will guide you through the strategies for Designing IH (why, what, and who), Implementing (build the structure, add the pieces, and learn the gotchas), Testing (did it work? why not?) and Delivering (manage rollout for success).

Each attendee will leave with:

  • An understanding of how to create nodes manually using a snapshot flat file
  • An understanding of how to adjust integrations to automate IH
  • A file template for uploading nodes
  • A plan on what stakeholders to talk to
  • A set of nodes created on their test environment serving as a reference point
  • A variety of materials outlining how to approach this project, how to work through the process, how to implement, and how to test

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Blackboard Learn

Persona: Instructional technologists, administrators, LMS managers

Expertise Level: Basic

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: Laptop, administrative access to Blackboard Learn

In this session, we will help attendees migrate a knowledge checker Building Block to LTI and REST. We will write the code to deploy the integration into AWS infrastructure. Attendees will take away a real-life example of how to properly build and deploy a modern web application in the AWS cloud.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify Building Block use cases
  • Implement those use cases in Python using AWS serverless infrastructure
  • Deploy that code to AWS using Cloud Development Kit for Infrastructure as Code

Time: 8:30 a.m – noon

Product Focus: Blackboard Learn

Persona: Developers

Expertise Level: Intermediate/advanced

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: AWS infrastructure (provided and managed by AWS), laptop, Python, AWS CDK, an IDE, Blackboard Learn Developer AMI (hosted by AWS)

Other: This session is offered complimentary on a first-come, first-served basis

This session will take attendees through a process for migrating to the Anthology Student Web App for those clients still using legacy. The session will include evaluating the institution's readiness, mapping operations from legacy to standard, identifying reporting needs and fulfillment patterns from legacy to standard, and recommended project plan approaches based on lessons learned from existing clients who have made the move.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify where operations occur in the standard client vs. legacy
  • Use evaluation recommendations to identify reporting needs and fulfillment patterns from legacy to standard
  • Use information provided in the session to draft a migration plan for their institution
  • Use information provided in the session to identify artifacts to assist their institution in the migration

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Anthology Student

Persona: IT personnel and key operating users

Expertise Level: Intermediate/advanced

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: N/A

The Learn Ultra course view is designed to help course faculty and instructional designers build sophisticated educational experiences for all learners. Mobility, accessibility, and efficient workflows are at the forefront of our flagship LMS. This session will focus on creating a course that establishes a rich student learner experience and maximizes instructor efficiencies. We will use best practices in online course design and collaborative activities while showcasing Learn Ultra components to support instructional efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss research-based best practices in online course design
  • Examine existing course templates to highlight positive components and negotiate suggested changes
  • Create and build a course from scratch
  • Take on the role of learner to evaluate course experiences

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Blackboard Learn Ultra

Persona: Online/hybrid course instructors, instructional designers, online learning leadership

Expertise Level: Basic

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: Laptop, basic familiarity with Blackboard Learn/other LMS

This is an advanced, hands-on session. Participants will gain a better understanding of working with the Anthology Student data model as well gain hands-on experience using tools such as Swagger, Postman, and Workflow to test the APIs. Participants will also gain experience with developing Odata queries to return needed data from the data model.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Anthology Student data model
  • Gain experience with Swagger and working with the APIs
  • Utilize the various tools that will help with developing Odata queries
  • Work with the APIs via Swagger/Postman/Workflow

Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon

Product Focus: Anthology Student

Persona: Technical business analysts, database programmers, IT staff members

Expertise Level: Intermediate/advanced

Prerequisites or Technical Requirements: N/A

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