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Build the future of ed tech at DevCon

Meet our architects and designers to get answers to questions like: What does the next generation of Blackboard Learn look like? How can I integrate other technologies into Blackboard Learn? What does the SaaS deployment do for me? And more!

On Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th August 2018 join us and get the information you need to lay the foundation for your teaching and learning ecosystem at our annual DevCon18, a special day and a half event just for developers like you.


Tuesday, 28th August 2018

8.30am Registration; Tea & Coffee available on arrival
9.00am Welcome to DevCon
DevCon Brisbane 2018 kick-off. Mark and Scott will talk about the logistics of the conference and what has happened in the world of the Developer Community since we last met.
10.00am Morning tea
10.30am REST + LTI 101
This session will set the tone for the rest of the conference. We will discuss the Blackboard Learn REST APIs, LTI at a very high-level, and best practices for using them in your applications.
11.30am LTI Advantage
In the last few months, IMS Global has shifted its focus from LTI 2.0 to LTI Advantage. In this session we will talk more in-depth about what that means and what you need to know as a developer or consumer of LTI.
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Integration Migration
In this session, we will talk about the migration of existing integrations to REST, illustrating this process with real-world examples.
2.15pm REST + LTI Deep Dive
This session will take an in-depth look at REST and LTI through code and examples.
3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm Caliper
Caliper is an IMS standard for describing and exchanging Learning Activity data. Blackboard Learn became the first LMS to be certified in 2015. Learn how Caliper activity data might be leveraged by your institution.
4.15pm Open Discussion
What piqued your interest today? This session is geared towards you. Let us know your thoughts, or ask questions, or listen to your peers.
5.00pm End
Shuttle bus leaves for Hilton Brisbane (short stop) and then onto Holey Moley
6.30pm DevCon Social – Holey Moley!
Are you ready to Par-Tee?!
Join us for the Hole Shebangs at the DevCon Social party with drinks, pizzas and 9 of Australia’s craziest mini golf holes. [more]

Tuesday, 28th August 2018

9.00am Developer Roadmap
Senior Product Manager Mark O’Neil will give attendees a peek behind the curtain, to highlight API enhancements coming up in 2018. This is a can’t miss session for anyone thinking about building an integration in the coming year, or even just those interested in seeing what can be accomplished.
10.15am Morning tea
10.45am Open Discusion / Closing Session
Hopefully your brain is full of new, useful information. This session is geared towards you. Let us know your thoughts, or ask questions, or listen to your peers.
11.40pm Finish
11.45pm Travel to Main Conference venue @ Hilton Brisbane, Elizabeth Street Brisbane
12.00pm Lunch

Are you ready to Par-Tee?!

Join us for the Hole Shebangs at the DevCon Social party with drinks, pizzas and 9 of Australia’s craziest mini golf holes.

When: Tuesday 28th August 2018 | 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Where: Holey Moley | 25 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley

Transport will be provide directly from the DevCon workshop to Holey Moley and return you to the Hilton Hotel at the end of the evening.

If you haven’t registered for DevCon (tickets included in registration), it’s not too late!

What’s in it for me?

Technical training

We heard the applause when we asked, “should we make DevCon even more technical?” So get ready for it. We’ll be writing code, working on customisations, and answering your most technical questions. DevCon at TLC is the perfect fit for beginners and experts alike, so come prepared to ask your newbie questions or share your war stories, we want to hear them all.

Get together with other techies

DevCon18 brings together a unique group of developers, system administrators, and IT professionals from across the country (and globe).

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect over your common challenges and share your creative solutions.  As well as enjoy the renowned DevCon Social together!

Tailored sessions

Hear how your peers have leveraged commercial and homegrown integrations, web services, open standards, and other Blackboard Learn product capabilities.

DevCon sessions focus on integrating campus systems, extending new functionality, and meeting your institution’s specific requirements.

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