Getting Started at GlobalEdCon 2013

Participate in a free and online conference!

Step 1: Join Our Community

Join our conference community to receive conference updates. It's a great place to network with other global educators and to share educational resources.

The conference takes place entirely online for five days and our community is active year round with continuing conversations and sharing of resources. We encourage you to participate and have volunteers available to help you get acclimated. If you have any questions, please post them in our conference chat on the front page of our community. You can also follow the conference backchannel on Twitter using the hashtag #globaled13.

Step 2: View the Conference Schedule

The conference schedule is posted on our web site and it is available in your time zone.

  1. Find your time zone and click on the purple link highlighted in yellow (example: GMT-6) . You will then see a Google Calendar for your time zone. (FYI, You can add an event or the entire calendar to your own Google calendar if you use this tool.)
  2. Click on a session title to expand the event. You will see a full description and a link to the virtual room where your particular chosen session will take place.

Step 3: Enter a Conference Session

Blackboard Collaborate is the webinar platform for the conference. The sessions are held in BbC webinar rooms called vrooms or virtual rooms.

  1. Click on a link to a presentation that you would like to attend (around the designated start time) as mentioned in Step 2. This will launch Blackboard Collaborate.
  2. If you are on a Mac, you may have to run an extra launcher application. See this documentation for more information.
  3. (Note that when you launch Blackboard Collaborate, it downloads a file to wherever you designate your downloads to be downloaded on your computer. You may have to click on that file to launch the session.)
  4. Enter your name into the Login box and click Login.

If you are having technical issues, here are some links to help.

Make sure the most recent version of Java is installed on your machine.

Step 4: Participate in a Conference Session

Now that you've entered a conference session, you can participate and interact with other attendees. There is a chat area where you can introduce yourself, respond to comments, and ask questions while the presentation is going on. The session presenter may see your comments and respond, and there also may be a moderator in the virtual room who may be assisting.

Remember, that all sessions are recorded and you will be able to review these recordings shortly after the live event has taken place. They will be posted in our online community indefinitely. Keynote recordings will be uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Step 5: Keep the Conversations Going

We hope that you find GlobalEdCon to be a valuable experience. Make sure to fill out the conference evaluation form that is posted when you exit a Blackboard Collaborate vroom.

Let's keep the spirit of the conference going year round by continuing conversations in our discussion forum, sharing resources over social media, and inviting fellow community members to projects.

Quick Links

Below are links to frequently accessed conference resources.

Tuesday Conference Update

Steve Hargadon's daily update with a list of today's sessions

Full Conference Schedule

View the conference schedule in your own time zone. Find the links to the Blackboard Collaborate webinar rooms where sessions will take place. You can also add conference events to your own calendar as well.

Keynote Information

Read all about our distinguished invited keynote speakers from around the world.

Presenters' Group

This a community subgroup for presenters that contains important information including our presenters' checklist:

Front Page Chat

This is a direct link to the chat room that you see on the front page of our conference community web site. You can ask questions here or in the virtual conference lounge.

Virtual Conference Lounge

Drop into our virtual conference lounge if you need help or have questions.

Request a Certificate

Requests for certificates must be made by December 6, 2013.

Blackboard Collaborate Support

If you have having technical issues, please refer to this documentation and browse Blackboard Collaborate's support portal: