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Arkansas Blackboard Users Group and Arkansas Distance Learning Association SIG Meeting

Fall Conference: September 29th and 30th
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Arkansas Distance Learning Association

A special interest group meeting will be held for members of the Arkansas Distance Learning Association at this year’s ArBUG conference.

Message from the president


This is possibly the best ArBUG conference ever. All new format makes the conference more enjoyable. Special focus on  big impact topics: Assessment and Accessibility. You don’t want to miss Friday’s training delivered by Blackboard’s own experts. Attend Friday afternoon’s reception to see how Blackboard partners add value to your LMS. Saturday, join your peers for in depth discussions on teaching, instructional design, and development. Enjoy Saturday breakfast and lunch at the conference and spend your afternoon visiting Hot Springs.

On behalf of the conference committee, I look forward to seeing you in Hot Springs!

Bryan Fendley, UAM

Bryan Fendley

President of Arkansas Blackboard Users Group, Univeristy of Arkansas at Monticello

Event Location

ARBUG 2017 will be held at National Park College, in the Frederick M Dierks building. We will reserve the parking area for ARBUG attendees. If that area fills, there is additional parking across Mid America Blvd. just across from the Fisher Campus Center. We look forward to seeing you there! Directions to the college can be easily gotten at this link: Frederick M Dierks building.

Two Tracks

Administrator and Developer Focus: Rest API/Support/etc.

Faculty/Instructional Designer Focus: Bb assessments and accreditation, accessibility, more

Friday Agenda

Blackboard sponsored training on Friday afternoon. ( 1:00 – 5:30)

We will have two workshops Friday afternoon. The first workshop is all Blackboard Outcomes Assessment and the second workshop is about Blackboard’s newest accessibility product. Two very important topics for Arkansas.

1:00 – 3:25 Assessments
3:25 – 3:35 Break
3:35 – 5:30 Accessibility
6:00 – 7:00 Reception

Saturday Agenda

Technical ID/Faculty
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 Session 1 API/SAS/REST — Scott Hurry Using Data for Instructional Insight  — Bryan Fendley & Treshai Hudspeth
9:50 – 10:35 Session 2 Behind the Blackboard — Open Forum Integrating Dropbox with Blackboard — Carolyn Ponce
10:35 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Session 3 Changing face of Admin — Open discussion Using Blackboard Outcomes in the Real World — Donna Hunnicutt
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Panel Discussion

Changing Role of Blackboard: Digital Course Materials for Student Success

Mark Peters, McGraw-Hill
Jessica Garcia, Pearson
Laura Vogel, Pearson
Clay Stone, Wiley

1:30 – 2:00
Closing Business Meeting

Spend your afternoon exploring Historic Hot Springs AR.

Get professional training for online assessment and accessibility.

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Special Guests

Scott Hurrey

Scott Hurrey

Code Poet / Senior Software Engineer, Blackboard

Our special guest will be Scott Hurrey from Blackboard. He will be telling us how to get the most out of Blackboard and what we might expect in future development.
Carolyn Ponce

Carolyn Ponce

Blackboard System Administrator and Support Adjunct Instructor of Music

Carolyn will be telling us how Arkansas State Integrated DropBox with Blackboard Learn.
Dr. Laura Little

Dr. Laura Little

Senior Implementation Consultant at Blackboard

Laura will be leading our workshop on assessment strategies using Blackboard.
Corey Ray

Corey Ray

Blackboard Training Consultant, Global Consulting Services

Corey Ray joined Blackboard in 2014 as a Consultant after working in both higher education and K-12 for 20 years. Corey has experience delivering training as well as providing technical integration support for Learn, Collaborate and Ally.

See how Blackboard is being used by your peers in Arkansas.

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Make The Most of Your Visit

There are so many  good places for lodging and eating in Hot Springs. Here are few of my suggested hotels and favorite places to dine. If you have any questions, I am here to help. Peter Rognrud

Your ArBUG Concierge., Blackboard Admin at National Park College

Hotel Hot Springs (formerly The Arlington)
305 Malvern Avenue
, Hot Springs, AR 71901

The Arlington Hotel and Spa
239 Central Ave
, Hot Springs, AR 71901

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa
400 Convention Blvd
, Hot Springs, AR 71901

Park Hotel of Hot Springs
211 Fountain St.
, Hot Springs, AR 71901

The Waters, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member Hot Springs National Park
340 Central Avenue, 
Hot Springs National Park , AR 71901

Courtyard by Marriott
200 Marriott Court, 
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Comfort Inn and Suites
3627 Central Avenue, 
Hot Springs, AR 71913

There are many other places to stay in Hot Springs, you can see some of the other options at:

There are many restaurants in Hot Springs including many of the well-known chains like Outback Steakhouse, Chilis, On the Boarder, etc. You can find a listing of most of these at

Fine dining ($$$$)

Luna Bella – Great Italian fare and seafood specials with a great wine list and full bar.

Via Roma – Great Italian dishes as well as seafood and other specials. Also has a great wine selection and full bar.

Mid-Range Dining ($$-$$$)

Steinhaus Keller – Great German fare and other interesting specials. Largest beer selection and also live entertainment on the weekends.

Colorado Grill – Fun place with a wide selection of southwest-themed favorites. Good food and an easy-going atmosphere.
Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante – Central American fare with a Cuban influence. Not your typical Tex-Mex by any means.

Taco Mama – Another not your usual Tex-Mex place. Great Latin-inspired dishes and a full bar.

Delucas Pizzeria Napoletana – The closest you will get to true New York style pizza with going to New York. The ingredients are locally sourced and the pizza is fantastic! Two things to know before going though; One – It is not cheap, but the pizzas are big. Two – They only make a set amount of dough each day, so it is a good idea to call ahead and “reserve” you dough. Once they sell out, they are done for the day!

The Ohio Club – Famous downtown burgers, beer, and blues joint known for being the hangout of gangsters during the 1930s and 1940s. Great Burgers, cold beer and a full bar. There is usually some kind of music going on every night.

Rods Pizza Cellar – A Hot Springs landmark known for their pizzas piled high with so many toppings it boggles the mind and stretches the waistline! Pizzas, sandwiches, and pasta dishes all of good quality. You definitely won’t leave hungry!


The Colonial Pancake and Waffle House – My favorite downtown breakfast place. Great waffles, pancakes, and omelets as well as stuffed French toast and other southern breakfast favorites. Nice people running the place and good food!

The Pancake Shop – Another Hot Springs landmark known for their buckwheat pancakes and fresh sausage. The line forms early so expect a bit of a wait to get in.

Enjoy your stay in historic Hot Springs.

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Friday Workshop: See How Ally Can Be Used to Improve Accessibility in Online Courses.

Thank You NPC for Hosting ArBUG 2017

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Conference Committee

If you have questions, feel free to contact a member of the conference committee.

Chris Bray


Donna Kay


Sharonda Lipscomb


Peter Rognrud