Additional Topics


Accessibility is a fundamental feature of content development that makes education more inclusive for everyone, regardless of their conditions. We will also feature a special infographic with tips about what to do and what to avoid when it comes to creating accessible e-learning.

Universal Design for Learning

A set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn – but even more than that: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides methods, materials, assessments – a whole approach on education – that can make a difference in improving students’ lives, with more flexibility and customization to support individual needs.

Academic Effectiveness

The pursuit of academic effectiveness drives numerous activities within an institution, and from leaders, to teachers, to learners, it has a pervasive influence across the entire institution. For an institution, practices that drive academic effectiveness are crucial and serve as a central focus of higher education across the globe. Academic effectiveness empowers excellence in teaching and learning.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity can be understood as the ethical code of academia. As moral and ethical perceptions may vary amongst different cultures and generations - in an increasingly collaborative, globalized, and information-based world - it is imperative for educational institutions, educators, teachers and instructional designers to consider different perceptions of academic integrity in their practice and strategies.


Openness has been a feature of higher education for decades thanks to the establishment of open universities and digital technologies. Openness is seen as a fundamental value that supports societal changes and is necessary for higher education institutions aiming to promote change while being relevant for everyone.

Instructional design

Instructional design is understood as a model and process that draws on instructional theories and learning theories to achieve teaching and learning objectives. In the case of eLearning, this process should create collaborative teaching and learning environments that are highly effective.

Technologies Adoption

Technology has become essential in our everyday lives, and in the case of education, implementing a learning environment that is supported by teaching and learning technologies requires the proper adoption and use of tools by institutions, faculty and students alike. Having a deep understanding of the unique needs of each institution, managing the change towards an online environment, and student intervention are key during this process.

Professional Learning and Development

New world, new skills, new learning. As organizations need to train and reskill workers faster than ever, the landscape of professional learning & development is quickly changing. Offering a modern learning experience requires not only investments in new technology, but also a culture that encourages people to learn.

Education and Culture Worldwide

Around the world, education is as diverse as culture and is the main engine that can transform societies. This is why we’ve decided to share the current educational landscape around the globe: Which countries have the most attractive offering for international students, which invest the most in research, and which have the most esteemed educational models. Learn more.

Learning Analytics

Although the use of data analysis to optimize the learning experience is still a new field, learning analytics is being increasingly seen by higher education institutions as a powerful resource to take raw data and turn it into actionable insights to achieve better results. The possibilities are endless, and all over the world experts from different areas are coming up with innovative ways to use data and transform student outcomes.

Student-centered Learning

Thinking about the student first is what higher education institutions are doing in order to achieve better results and ensure sustainability. Offering personalized, student-centered learning, focusing on tailored services, communication and career outcomes are some of the basic steps on the way to attain better enrollment and retention rates.

Plagiarism prevention

Student plagiarism is at an all-time high, as recent studies point out. Preventing plagiarism and promoting academic integrity is a challenge for education institutions globally. How to overcome it? Plagiarism prevention technology, institutional policies and teaching excellence are essential factors to encourage honest behavior among students.

Competency-based Education

Traditional education has been screaming for a change. Technology has changed society, people, and industries – including higher education. People have realized that there are new and better ways to learn. Companies want people who are good at what they do. Competency-based Education may be a way to achieve both.

TLC Milan 2017

The Teaching & Learning Conference (TLC) Milan 2017, held in March, brought together education leaders, heads of teaching and learning, senior managers, educators, course designers, system administrators and e-learning managers, to share experiences, exchange ideas and network with their peers.

Teaching and Learning

Here you will find a compilation of teaching and learning initiatives of some of Blackboard’s clients, where we’ve highlighted their best practices and expertise. How can all educational institutions help improve education globally? How can institutions effectively support and nurture student success? These are some of the questions we’ve explored, based on the experience of the various organizations and institutions illustrated here.