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Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 Conference

Harnessing the power of feedback to advance transformation in teaching and learning

pin-markerChicago, IL, USAcalendarAug 2nd - Aug 5th

In collaboration with the University of Louisville, Explorance is hosting the 7th annual Bluenotes GLOBAL Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where leaders and practitioners in institutional effectiveness, institutional research, teaching and learning, technology, and faculty are coming together. Join your Bluenotes community colleagues to connect and share your experiences in using data and analytics to harness the power of feedback. Discuss your challenges, opportunities, solutions and lessons learned, to innovate and advance student learning and development together. Expand your network of like-minded peers, and sharpen your Blue skills and expertise for your professional development. Come a few days earlier to participate in a BAC, BEC or BRMC training camp and become a certified Blue Administrator, Expert, or Report Master.

Register today to indicate your selections and preferences: you can pay later.

 

Early bird discount ends May 1, 2020. You will not want to miss this!

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Sponsored by Explorance

BLUENOTES GLOBAL 2020

The Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 Conference is the perfect place to meet, share, discuss, and learn about innovative solutions that Bluenotes community institutions in Higher Education are implementing to harness the power of feedback. By attending, you will benefit from the experience and expertise of other Bluenotes community colleagues for your professional development, and leave with an expanded network of like-minded peers in Higher Education who are passionate about feedback-informed continuous improvement and innovation for student learning and development. The conference theme is Harnessing the power of feedback to advance transformation in teaching and learning.

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KEY DATES TO REMEMBER
October 2019: NOW OPEN Early Bird Registration. Register Today!
December 6, 2019: LAST DAY Deadline for faculty grant proposal submission
December 20, 2019: NOTIFICATION Notification of faculty grant awards to selected faculty: The 2020 Recipients for Explorance’s Faculty Research Grants
February 28, 2020: LAST DAY Deadline for presentation proposal submission: Deadline extended to April 10, 2020!
March 20, 2020: LAST DAY Special Bundle (Bluenotes GLOBAL registration + BEC/BRMC Certification camp) Rate Ends
May 1, 2020: LAST DAY Early Bird Registration Ends
July 17, 2020: LAST DAY Conference Registration Closes & Last day for hotel special rate of $199 USD/night
July 30 – 31, 2020: Training Camp Blue Administrator Certification (BAC) Training Camp
July 30 – August 1, 2020: Training Camp Blue Report Master Certification (BRMC) Training Camp
July 30 – August 1, 2020: Training Camp Blue Expert Certification (BEC) Training Camp
July 31, 2020: LAST DAY Deadline for Conference registration fee payment; Early bird rates will be honored to those who register before the early bird pricing ends.
August 2 – 5, 2020 Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 (Pre-conference activities on Aug 2)

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Salma Ghanem

Salma Ghanem, PhD, Provost, DePaul University

Keynote Speech: Coming soon

Dr. Salma Ghanem was appointed Interim Provost on July 1, 2019, upon serving as Acting Provost since October 2018. She joined DePaul in August 2014 as dean of the College of Communication. Prior to joining DePaul, she served as dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University. She also held the position of chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Texas Pan American. Dr. Ghanem embraces diversity both personally and professionally.

Her intercultural experiences have helped her transcend cultural and racial boundaries. She is fluent in Arabic and French and has considerable skill in Spanish. She taught for 15 years at the University of Texas-Pan American, a Hispanic Serving Institution. She also taught in several study-abroad programs in Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Austria and Germany. Ghanem received multiple awards for research and teaching and has published and presented nationally and internationally. She is the founding editor of the Agenda Setting Journal and a board member of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. She earned a PhD in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.

WHY BLUENOTES GLOBAL 2020? +

Bluenotes GLOBAL provides an excellent learning and development opportunity to:

  • Share experiences, best practices, and insights to learn, problem-solve, and innovate together
  • Network with your like-minded colleagues throughout the conference, formally and informally
  • Participate in various Bluenotes community meetups such as the Blue Experts Community, Medical & Health Sciences Community, Business Schools Community, and regional Bluenotes Chapters
  • Speak directly with Explorance staff, ask, get answers, and influence Explorance’s vision and product directions
  • Learn about upcoming software releases and the product roadmap
  • Experience hands-on software use during pre-conference workshops and Explorance-staffed stations
  • Attend social events and dinners exclusive to the Bluenotes community
  • Become a certified Blue Administrator, certified Blue Expert, or certified Blue Report Master by participating in either the BAC, BEC, or BRMC in-person training camp immediately preceding the conference (for more information please click here)
  • And much more!

 

Testimonials from Bluenotes GLOBAL 2019 Attendees:

“The conference is a valuable opportunity to network with peers at other institutions and to share pain points, innovative solutions and best practices. I’ve been able to attend three years in a row and each year I’ve gotten left with plans to improve my processes in Blue based on what I learned from conference sessions and discussions.”

– Heather Thompson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“I attend a variety of higher education professional development conferences. My first Bluenotes was among the best in my career. This excellent event is a continuation of the product/service excellence we receive from Explorance. Thank you.”

– Rob Downie, Fanshawe College

“A great conference that was very worthwhile attending, both for meeting practitioners from around the world, and the high quality papers and mix of topics from increasing response rates through to machine learning applied to text analytics. There were so many good sessions, and I am still writing up all of my notes.”

– Tim Linsey, Kingston University

PRE-CONFERENCE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ON AUGUST 2+

There will be various pre-conference activities to connect, share, and learn with your community colleagues on Sunday, August 2, 2020. The pre-conference workshops are mainly for Blue Administrators who want to gain a better understanding of Blue. The Architecting Change Leadership Roundtable (ACLR) track is designed to discuss overcoming various business challenges that institutions are facing as they introduce new technologies into their environments. The community meetups are reserved for the Blue Experts Community, the Business Schools Community, and the Medical and Health Sciences Community to connect, discuss, learn, problem-solve, and innovate together. The pre-conference learning activities do not require an additional fee. However space is limited, so please register early.

Time Workshops: Beginner-Intermediate Level Workshop for Advanced Topics Community Meetup Architecting Change Leadership Roundtable (ACLR)
8:00 AM

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9:45 AM

Workshop #1

Optimizing Blue for End-to-End Course Evaluation Automation: Learn how you can enhance the automation of your course evaluation process from beginning to end with Blue.

Workshop #5

Managing Questionnaire Complexities with Blue Question Bank:

Learn how Blue Question Bank, a repository of questions that can be used across multiple projects, can help you manage various questionnaires without the need for special triggers.

Medical and Health Sciences Community Meetup

Join the Medical and Health Sciences Community meetup and connect with your peers to share, discuss, and problem-solve together to address unique requirements and challenges.

10:15 AM

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12:00 PM

Workshop #2

Preparing your Data to Take Advantage of Relationship Demographics in Blue: Learn how to work with relationship demographics to provide more flexibility and control over the course evaluation and reporting processes.

Workshop #6

Workshop for Blue Experts: To be announced, as Blue Experts are in discussion for the workshop topics that best address their needs.

Business Schools Community Meetup

Join the Business Schools Community meetup and connect with your peers to share, discuss, and problem-solve together to address unique requirements and challenges.

 
1:00 PM

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2:45 PM

Workshop #3

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting – How to Identify and Prevent Common Issues in Blue: Learn how to verify, check, and test your data to prevent common issues when running projects in Blue.

Blue Experts Community Meetup (a closed session for certified Blue Experts)

The Blue Experts Community meetup is for certified Blue Experts to connect with each other, share what they are working on, and discuss how to grow the Blue Experts Community together to make Blue Experts more effective in their institutions.

Workshop for Those Interested in Serving as 2021 Faculty Grant Proposal Reviewers

Led by Bob Goldstein, University of Louisville, the Review Committee Chair. Lunch + Input regarding changes needed to the rubric + Reviewer training

ACLR #1

Achieving Response Rates for Statistical Confidence: How Blue Features are used and What’s Missing? discussing how Blue features are used to support strategies for, and address challenges in, achieving response rates that give statistical confidence, as well as features and support that are not currently available but will be helpful to institutions to achieve a desired level of response rates.

3:15 PM

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5:00 PM

Workshop #4

Making Data Quality Collaboration Easier with Data Integrity  Gateway (DIG): Come and learn how DIG can help you increase the accuracy of data while shortening the course-evaluation data preparation time. With DIG, data clean-up can be distributed to a wide group of users.

Workshop #7

Enhance your Reporting with Blue Reporting Functionalities: Are you making best use of report blocks and functionalities in Blue to provide key information to your audience? Is there a more efficient way to provide key insights to your stakeholders using Blue Reporting and Instructor Feedback Dashboard? Come and learn.

ACLR #2

Using Qualitative Student Feedback in a Meaningful Way – Support Policies, Processes, Frameworks and Competencies

As institutions begin to perform large scale qualitative analyses on students’ comments, there is often a realization that just having the analysis done has limited value. While they frequently help better understand what students say, they don’t automatically inform how they should inform actionable insights. In this roundtable, the participants will discuss specific support policies, processes, frameworks and competencies that need to be put in place to help stakeholders such as instructors and academic leaders to use the analysis results in a meaningful, fair, impactful manner.

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING EVENTS & DOOR PRIZES+

SOCIAL NETWORKING EVENTS

Two social networking events are scheduled so that the conference attendees can continue to connect, share, learn, and expand your professional networks.

Welcome Reception: Sunday, August 2 | Palmer Hotel, 6pm

  • Meet and greet your fellow Blue community members with cocktails and canapés at the world-famous Empire Room.

Social Networking Dinner Event: Tuesday, August 4 | TBA

  • Join your colleagues for a networking dinner and continue to connect, share, learn, and expand your professional network

DOOR PRIZES

A value of $20,000 in door prizes will be awarded at the conference. All attendees will be automatically entered to win one of these valuable prizes.

  • Attendance to the Bluenotes MENA 2020 Conference, including airfare, lodging, and conference registration
  • Attendance to the Bluenotes EUROPE 2021 Conference, including airfare, lodging, and conference registration
  • Attendance to the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2021 Conference, including airfare, lodging, and conference registration
  • An all-inclusive “Explorance Immersion Tour Trip” to visit Montreal and the Explorance headquarters, during the 2021 Montreal Jazz Festival

LOCAL CHARITIES+

Explorance focuses on people, those in the communities in which we host our conference as well as those attending the conference, with our passion for improving lives. Your conference registration helps local charities. Explorance is committing a $18,000 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 $18,000 commitment. At the time of registration, attendees will vote for their preferred charity. The $18,000 donation will be allocated as follows:

  • #1 most selected charity: $10,000
  • #2 most selected charity: $5,000
  • #3 most selected charity: $3,000

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

  • Project Exploration: Project Exploration is a nonprofit science education organization that works to ensure communities traditionally overlooked by science—particularly minority youth and girls—have access to personalized experiences with science and scientists.
  • One Tail at a Time: Compassion for all animals and the people who care for them. One Tail at a Time aims to foster a non-judgmental environment to build bridges and relationships with our community to help keep pets out of the shelter and in the homes where they are loved.
  • Chicago Books for Women in Prisons: Dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides, Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated people, focusing on women and trans/non-binary people.

BLUE CERTIFICATION TRAINING CAMPS+

Per popular demands, three Blue Certification Training Camps starting July 30 are available:

  • Blue Administrator Certification training camp
  • Blue Report Master training camp, and
  • Blue Expert Certification training.

For more information and registration, visit the Blue Certification Training Camps at Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 page.

MEET THE CEO

Schedule a 15-minute meeting for a one-on-one conversation with the Explorance CEO, Samer Saab (Only 15 appointment time slots are available).

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES

> Administrator/Adminstration Staff Conference Registration Rates

  • Early bird Conference Registration: $599 USD ends May 1, 2020.
    • Buy two, and get a third registration free
  • Regular Conference Registration: $895 USD ends July 17, 2020 (any registration made thereafter may not appear in the printed conference program).
    • Buy two, and get a third registration free
  • Special Thank-You Rate (those who attended the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2019 and reserved the places at Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 before Sep. 13, 2019):
    • 50% off the regular fee.
    • You can share the benefit from your special thank-you discount with colleagues from your institution by applying your special thank-you discount code to the regular group registration fee (Buy two, and get a third registration free).
  • 10% discount will be provided to the presenters’ conference registration fees. See Call for Presentations.

> Faculty (Professors and Instructors) Conference Registration Rate: $450 USD

> Student Conference Registration Rate: $50 USD

Registration Fee Includes: Full conference registration with option for pre-conference workshops and Architecting Change Leadership Roundtables at no additional fee; attendance to the opening reception; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the conference; and attendance to the social activity and dinner Tuesday evening. A Blue certification training camp is not included in the conference registration fee.

Note: Register now and reserve your place. You can pay later, as the submission of your conference registration form and the payment of the conference registration fee are handled separately.

  • Once you submit your conference registration, your attendance and selected preferences will be reserved for you. A conference registration confirmation email will be sent to the email address indicated on your registration form with payment details.
  • Payments may be completed online via credit card here or by contacting Stacey Martini directly.
  • You may complete your payment at any time prior to July 31, 2020. The early bird special rates will be honored to those who register before the early bird pricing ends.

We’d strongly recommend registering your attendance ASAP to ensure your preferred choices are available and your place is saved.

Dates

Sunday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Sunday 8am-5pm: Pre-conference learning and development activities
  • Monday 8am+:Bluenotes GLOBAL conference

Location

Palmer House Hilton Chicago, IL, USA

Please see the Travel & Lodging section below for details.

Conference Registration Rates

SPECIAL BUNDLE PRICE (ends March 20, 2020)

EARLY BIRD: $599 USD (ends May 1, 2020) Buy two, and get a third registration free.

REGULAR: $895 USD (ends July 17, 2020) Buy two, and get a third registration free.

Registration Fee Includes: Full conference registration with option for pre-conference workshops and Architecting Change Leadership Roundtables at no additional fee; attendance to the opening reception; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the conference; and attendance to the social activity and dinner Tuesday evening. A Blue cert. training not included.

Certification Training Camps

In addition, the three Certification Training Camps are available prior to the conference: Visit to learn about BAC, BRMC, and BEC training camps and register.

Social Events

Sunday, August 2: Welcome Reception

Tuesday, August 4: Social Dinner Event

Conference Theme

Harnessing the power of feedback to advance transformation in teaching and learning

LODGING

Palmer House, by Hilton

ADDRESS

17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603

GROUP RATE

  • A discounted room rate of $199 USD per night is now available for all Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 attendees and certification training camp attendees.
  • This discounted rate will be available for the nights of July 29 through August 8, 2020 inclusive.
  • Last Day: Discounted rate of $199 USD will be available until July 17, 2020.
  • If you use a travel agency to book rooms at the Palmer House, you may not get this special group rate.

RESERVE YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Phone: If you wish to reserve your room by telephone, please call the Palmer Hotel reservation line at 1.877.865. 5321 and reference “Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020” or the code “EXP” to receive the nightly rate of $199 USD.
  • Online: If you wish to reserve your room online, please book your reservation through this link to have the discounted rate automatically applied.

For more information on the Palmer Hotel: Click here.

TRAVEL

Chicago, IL

AIRPORTS

O’Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. It is North America’s major international gateway airport, servicing over 67 million passengers to and from over 200 destinations around the globe.

Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers another convenient travel option for visitors. It is the nation’s premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations.

AIRPORT-HOTEL

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) International Airport is 17 miles from the hotel. Drive time is around 35-60 minutes and typical taxi fare is around $40 USD. There is also the option of taking the subway (the CTA train, also called the “L”) from the airport at $5 USD with a travel time of 45 minutes to downtown. When taking public transportation from O’Hare International Airport, take the Blue Line train to Monroe/Dearborn stop. Take Monroe east to the hotel and the Palmer House is on the south side of the street.

Chicago Midway (MDW) Airport is 11 miles from the hotel. Drive time is 30-40 minutes and typical taxi fare is around $40 USD. There is also the option of taking the subway (the CTA train, also called the “L”) from the airport at $2.25 USD with a travel time of 25 minutes to downtown. From Midway Airport, take the Orange Line to downtown, exiting at the Adams/Wabash stop. The Palmer House is located on the west side of Wabash Avenue.

GETTING AROUND

Did you know? Chicago is a walking city with an easy-to-navigate downtown grid. Madison Street divides the city north and south, while State Street divides it east and west. The State/Madison intersection marks the origin of Chicago’s address grid system. Addresses are relative to the distance from that mark, with eight blocks to every mile. So an address of 3600 North Clark means that it is 36 blocks north of Madison.

From planes, trains, and automobiles to bikes and water taxis, view all transit options here.

THINGS TO SEE & DO

There is something for everyone in Chicago! View the Official Visitors Guide for the city’s top attractions, dining and nightlife, shopping, arts and culture, sporting events, and everything in between.

Bluenotes GLOBAL 2020 Contact:

BNG2020@explorance.com or Stacey Martini at smartini@explorance.com

Note: Register now and reserve your place. You can pay later, as the submission of your conference registration form and the payment of the conference registration fee are handled separately.

  • Once you submit your conference registration, your attendance and selected preferences will be reserved for you. A conference registration confirmation email will be sent to the email address indicated on your registration form with payment details.
  • Payments may be completed online via credit card here or by contacting Stacey Martini directly.
  • You may complete your payment at any time prior to July 31, 2020. The early bird special rates will be honored to those who register before the early bird pricing ends.

We’d strongly recommend registering your attendance ASAP to ensure your preferred choices are available and your place is saved.