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Bluenotes Global 2018 Conference

Full Steam Ahead: Using Data to Lead the Way to Improve, Enhance, and Shape the Future of Higher Education

pin-markerThe Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, KYcalendarAug 7th - Aug 10th

Mark your calendars for Bluenotes Global 2018, where University of Louisville will host Blue enthusiasts for a three-day conference of connecting, sharing expertise, and learning from best practices. Attendees who register early are entered into a pre-conference draw with winners every month!

Registration ends July 20, 2018.

Register now!

Sponsored by eXplorance

Event Details

Participants in this year’s conference will experience the benefit of:

  • Having directly influenced eXplorance’s product development roadmap
  • Acquiring actionable knowledge about Blue, Bluepulse, and Blue Analytics
  • Learning best practices in formative/summative assessment strategy, leveraging institutional analytics, supporting teaching, and engaging student in the cycle of continuous improvement
  • Widening their network of like-minded colleagues and institutions for further development
  • and much, much more!

New Conference features and improvements:

  • Attendees show their ‘institutional pride’ by wearing apparel from their institution the first day
  • Later starting time for sessions (sessions will begin at 9:00 AM)
  • Structured networking activity moved to the first day of the conference
  • More conference sessions for those in leadership positions at their institution
  • More conference sessions on the use of assessment data
  • Opportunity to pre-schedule appointments to speak with eXplorance Support
  • Attendees will have an eXplorance representative assigned to them to serve as a contact throughout the conference


The Bluenotes Group is honored to announce Mr. David Berman as the Keynote Speaker for Bluenotes Global 2018. Mr. Berman will be presenting “eAccessibility for Higher Education Survey and Course Evaluation Administrators: Easy Steps for Including Your Entire Audience”.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one to Mr. Berman following his keynote address. Mr. Berman will be available at a consultancy table for up to three hours on Wednesday, August 8, to answer individual questions and provide free consultation to attendees.

Mr. David Berman is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable design thinking and accessibility. He is one of perhaps 20 people in the world to hold CPWA certification and 100 people globally to hold CPACC certification, the world’s only certifications for accessibility professionals. Mr. Berman has been the speaker at the largest design conferences in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, and the United States. More information about Mr. Berman and his distinguished career is located at: www.davidberman.com/about.



Would you like to share your Blue experience with the Bluenotes community members? How does your institution use Blue? What led to a successful Blue implementation for your institution? Let’s learn from each other! See Call for Presentations for full details.



Register early to enter a drawing for these special prizes: Winners will be drawn every month beginning in October 2017 and continuing through July 2018. The winners will be announced through social media and notified by email. Registering early increases your chances of winning! Attendees can register now to enter into the drawing. The conference registration and the conference registration fee payment processes are separate: you can process the registration fee any time before July 15, 2018. So, don’t miss your opportunity to be included in the next prize drawing by registering today!

  • Win a special lunch on August 8 (Wednesday) in the Al Capone room with the eXplorance CEO and conference organizers (Bob Goldstein and Becky Patterson from the University of Louisville) (0 remaining chances to win)
  • Complimentary VIP amenities at the Seelbach Hotel (0 remaining chances to win)
  • Free upgrade to room with concierge level access at the Seelbach Hotel (0 remaining chances to win)
  • Free upgrade to a suite at the Seelbach Hotel (0 remaining chances to win)

CONGRATULATIONS! Pre-conference draw recent winners

July’s prize winners:

  • Earl Angel (Eastern Kentucky University) – free upgrade to room with concierge level access at the Seelbach Hotel
  • Lisa Henderson (University of Maine) – complimentary lunch in the Al Capone room
  • Juanitta Dare (Simon Fraser University) – free upgrade to a suite at the Seelbach Hotel
  • Tricia Whisnant (College of William and Mary) – complimentary VIP amenities at the Seelbach Hotel
  • Oneita Burgess (University of Texas of the Permian Basin) – complimentary lunch in the Al Capone room
  • Nick Ullrich (Galen College of Nursing) – complimentary lunch in the Al Capone room


CLICK HERE for a full list of past winners and upcoming prizes and drawing dates.


  • All-inclusive trip to Bluenotes EMEA conference in Dubai (November 2018) – prize drawn Wednesday after last session
  • All-inclusive trip to Bluenotes APAC conference in Australia (February 2019) – prize drawn Thursday after last session
  • Trip to Montreal office – “eXplorance immersion tour” in Montreal (Coincides with the Montreal International Jazz Festival) – prize drawn Friday during closing ceremony


Welcome Reception: Tuesday, August 7 | Belle of Louisville

  • Join your colleagues for a private chartered cruise and dinner on the Belle of Louisville (no additional cost)

Social Event: Thursday, August 9 | Seelbach Hotel

  • our choice of either a Murder Mystery or Casino Night at the Seelbach Hotel (no additional cost)

Closing Activity: Friday, August 10 | Muhammad Ali Museum


Your conference registration helps local charities:  eXplorance is committing a $10,000 donation to local charities and conference attendees will determine the allocation of this donation.  Three local charities have been identified to receive a portion of the $10,000 commitment.  At the time of registration, attendees will vote for their preferred charity.  The $10,000 donation will be allocated as follows:

  • #1 most selected charity: $5,000
  • #2 most selected charity: $3,000
  • #3 most selected charity: $2,000

Please select one of the charities below during the registration process.


8:00AM Tuesday, August 7, 2018 through 11:30AM Friday, August 10, 2018


The Seelbach Hotel (Hotel Website) -
500 4th Street, Louisville, KY

Conference Registration Rates

Presenter: $325 USD
Early Bird: $355 USD (ends May 1, 2018)
Regular: $470 USD (ends August 1, 2018 - any registrations made after July 20th may not appear in the printed program)
Group Registration: Half price for every third attendee from a single institution (contact Becky Patterson for discount code)
Registration fee includes: attendance to opening reception, breakfast & lunch (Wednesday/Thursday), breakfast (Friday), and the social activity & dinner (Thursday).

Room Rate

$149 USD/per night (plus tax)

Reservations made at the Seelbach Hotel by Thursday July 5, 2018 will receive the discount rate. Reservations made after July 5, 2018, receive the discount rate based on availability.

Conference Theme

Full Steam Ahead: Using Data to Lead the Way to Improve, Enhance, and Shape the Future of Higher Education

Download the conference program below

Conference Program



Download the travel approval information below

Conference Travel Approval Form


Conference Host Primary Contact:

Becky Patterson

Telephone: 502-852-3385

Email: becky.patterson@louisville.edu

Travel & Lodging

The Seelbach Hotel

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville boasts more than 110 years of history and the latest travel technology, including 100mb internet, Digital Check-in and Digital Key. The backdrop for the wedding scene in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the hotel has played host to 1 duchess, 9 presidents and 14 Grammy Award-winning groups. Stay at Business Insider’s ‘Best Hotel in Kentucky 2016’ and dine in the state’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant, The Oakroom.

Hotel Website: www.seelbachhilton.com

Please use the following link to reserve rooms at the Seelbach Hotel.

Please note: Reservations made at the Seelbach Hotel by Thursday July 5, 2018 will receive the discount rate. Reservations made after July 5, 2018 will receive the discount rate based on availability.

About UofL

The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. It has a student population of over 22,000. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville’s medical complex and houses the university’s health related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.