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Insight to Action: Driving Student Success

pin-marker Palmer Hotel | Chicago, IL, USAcalendar July 30 – August 3, 2022

Explorance, in collaboration with University of Louisville, is excited to host the 9th annual Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 conference in sunny Chicago! Join your Bluenotes Community in person for 5 experience-rich days of knowledge sharing, learning, and networking.

Pre-conference workshops, community meetups, and opening reception are scheduled on July 30-31. Come a few days earlier and make the most of your conference experience by becoming Blue Certified.

Early-bird & Special Bundle Discounts End on April 30, 2022

Register Here Today

In collaboration with the University of Louisville, Sponsored by Explorance

The health and safety of our Bluenotes Community members, as well as our Explorers, remains a priority. We continue to monitor changes in, and abide by, all government guidelines.

WHY BLUENOTES GLOBAL 2022?

The Bluenotes GLOBAL Conference remains the place to meet, share, discuss, and learn about innovative solutions that Bluenotes Community institutions in Higher Education are implementing to improve teaching effectiveness and enhance the student learning experience.

We hear increasingly from higher education leaders that the past two years have been an inflection point where much-debated transformations of higher education have accelerated. They also expressed that higher Education as we knew it will not return, and no institution can successfully navigate the transformation from vision to sustainability without placing student’ success and experiences at the center.

This has increased the focus on trying, evaluating, and improving various instructional approaches such as hybrid delivery with the underlying common questions such as “Is it working?”, “What are student, faculty, and staff experiences with them?” and “How can we compare these and see trends over time?” It is also increasingly of high priority to be able to synthesize information from multiple sources and to report on findings in ways that stakeholders will find understandable and meaningful. Bluenotes community academic institutions are automating feedback collection and analysis with Blue, an experience measurement platform.

In 2022, Bluenotes Community institutions are coming together to share their experiences in improving data collection, engagement, and reporting for insight-informed actions that can drive student success, problem solve together, and inform Explorance’s product directions.

What You Will Experience 

Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 provides impactful professional development opportunities to:

  • Immerse yourself in a community of like-minded peers who are passionate about sharing experiences, discussing new ideas, and innovating together for student success and teaching excellence
  • Make friends, collaborate with others, and have fun at exclusive social networking events
  • Problem-solve together, share lessons learned, feel inspired, and brainstorm new ways, while empowering others to do the same
  • Advance your professional development through experience-rich sessions, hands-on workshops, certification training camps, and opportunities to speak directly with Explorance staff and influence Explorance product direction
  • Connect with a global group of collaborative thinkers to expand your professional network of like-minded peers
  • Thrive in the culture of continuous improvement by leveling up your skills, elevating your expertise, and growing your career

Key Dates 

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KEY DATE TO REMEMBER
September 8, 2021:  NOW OPEN Explorance Faculty Research Grant Call for Proposals
November 2021:  NOW OPEN Early Bird Registration Opens
December 13, 2021:  LAST DAY Deadline for Faculty Research Grant proposal submission
January 20, 2022:  NOTIFICATION Notification of Faculty Research Grant awards to selected faculty
April 25, 2022:  LAST DAY
  • Early Bird Registration Ends; Special Bundle Discount Ends;
  • Progress report due for Faculty Research Grant submissions
May 23, 2022:  LAST DAY Faculty Research Grant presentation proposal due
June 10, 2022:  LAST DAY Call for Presentation Proposals Closes
July 7, 2022:  LAST DAY Discounted Hotel Rate Ends
July 15, 2022:  LAST DAY Conference Registration Closes; Blue Training Camp Registration Closes
July 28 – 30, 2022:  Training Camp Blue Report Master Certification (BRMC) & Blue Expert Certification (BEC) Training Camps
July 30, 2022:  LAST DAY Registration Fee Due [Early bird rates honored to those who register before April 30, 2022]
July 30 – August 3, 2022 Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 Conference [Pre-conference activities on July 30- 31]

Highlighted below are various learning activities and networking activities planned to connect, share, learn, discuss and advance student learning and development with your fellow Bluenotes community members and Explorance experts.

PRE-CONFERENCE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ON JULY 30-31

In response to popular request, the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 pre-conference workshops and community meetups have been extended by an additional day, providing more time for in-depth discussions, learning, and problem-solving together. 

There will be various pre-conference activities to connect, share, and learn with your community colleagues on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.

  • The pre-conference workshops are mainly for Blue Administrators who want to gain a better understanding of the Blue suite of products and to learn about recent product updates and releases.
  • The community meetups are planned for the Blue Experts Community, the Business Schools Community, the Medical and Health Sciences Community, and the Reporting & Analytics Community.
  • If you’d like to hold a Bluenotes Regional Chapter meetup, let us know by contacting bncommunity@explorance.com.

The pre-conference learning activities do not require an additional fee. However, space is limited, so please register early.

Saturday, July 30
TIME WORKSHOP COMMUNITY MEETUP

8:00 AM

to

9:45 AM

 

Using Delegation Features in Blue to Increase Faculty Engagement

Business Schools

or

Medical & Health Sciences

10:15 AM

to

12:00 PM

 

Handling Different Course-Evaluation Periods in One Project Using Flexible Scheduling Functionality in Blue 8

 

Blue Experts

(a closed session for certified Blue Experts)

12:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM

to

2:45 PM

 

Learn How BlueX, a Survey Solution Seamlessly Integrated with LMS, can Help Instructors Get Feedback from their Students – in Familiar Experience

 

Blue Experts – Continued

(a closed session for certified Blue Experts)

3:15 PM

to

5:00 PM

 

Experience BlueML firsthand and Learn How to Get Actionable Student Experience Insights

 

Reporting & Analytics

6:00 PM

Dinner

Sunday, July 31
TIME WORKSHOP WORKSHOP THINK TANK

8:00 AM

to

9:45 AM

 

Optimize Your Enrollment Data to be Course Evaluation Ready, without Breaking Automation, with Data Integrity Gateway (DIG) 3.0

 

 

Blue User Experience Lab: Take an Active Part in Helping Perfect the Envisioned Blue 9.0 User Experience

 

Session 1

(By invitation only)

10:15 AM

to

12:00 PM

 

Learn How to Tell Teaching Effectiveness Stories Leveraging the Latest Version of the Blue Dashboard

 

Session 2

(By invitation only)

12:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM

to

2:45 PM

 

 

Free Time

Continue to Connect, Discuss, and Network

 

Session 3

(By invitation only)

3:15 PM

to

5:00 PM

 

Session 4

(By invitation only)

6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Meet and greet your fellow Bluenotes Community members with cocktails and canapés

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

MARK BOWDEN

Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior, & Communication 

Mark’s TEDx talk

WINNING BODY LANGUAGE: CONNECT, INFLUENCE & PERSUADE, with Mark Bowden

Working alongside a range of stakeholders, how will YOU ever be able to communicate in order to win trust, gain credibility and get what is best for students? In his inspirational, interactive, and highly entertaining presentation, top body language and human behavior expert Mark Bowden shows you exactly how you can put your best self forward with universal body language techniques to build trust, gain credibility, influence and persuade.

Mark takes the audience on an unforgettable journey to show “It’s not often what you say – but how you say it that gets results!” Renowned trainer to Fortune 500 CEOs and G7 political leaders, Mark illustrates to the audience how perceptions can be completely altered by a simple gesture or action, and then brings his most useful body language techniques, a wholly new skill set, to create ideal communication in all situations.

We will cover how you can best give feedback to multiple stakeholders; the most effective nonverbal tools to help you connect with people, share insights, learn from them and grow as a community, effect change to increase student success, help others to be more data and analysis literate, influence and persuade –all within your own culture as well as across other cultures.

Learn the skills to inspire others, to deal with defensiveness and open others up to improvement, all with a communication style that is transparent, courageous, compelling, persuasive, influential and conversational.

MEET THE CEO

Schedule a 15-minute meeting for a one-on-one conversation with the Explorance CEO, Samer Saab (Only 20 appointment time slots are available).

  • Select “yes” to scheduling a one-on-one meeting with Samer Saab during the registration process

SPEAK WITH EXPLORANCE STAFF

Throughout the conference, there will be four stations available for you to meet one-on-one with Explorance staff, including:

  • “I need help” – Customer Support Station
  • “I have feedback” – Product Management Station
  • “I want to see and try what’s new” – Demo Station
  • “I want to speak with an expert” – Explorance Experts Station

BLUE CERTIFICATION TRAINING CAMPS

Per popular demand, two Blue Certification Training Camps on July 28-30 are available: Blue Report Master Certification training camp and Blue Expert Certification training camp. Visit the Blue Certification Training at Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 page for more information and registration. Please note: separate registration is required for the certification training camps.

  • July 28, 29, 30: BEC & BRMC Training Camps

DOOR PRIZES

Six door prizes will be randomly drawn at the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 Conference. Attendees will be automatically entered to win 1 of 6 all-inclusive trips in 2023 – a value of up to $3,500 USD each!

  • Win 1 of 4 all-inclusive trips to a Bluenotes Conference in 2023 or 1 of 2 all-inclusive “Explorance Immersion Tour” trips to visit Montreal and the Explorance headquarters during the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2023

PRE-CONFERENCE PRIZES

Register early to enter a drawing for special lunches with Samer Saab, Explorance CEO, and Yeona Jang, Chief Community Engagement Officer. Winners will be drawn on the first Wednesday of the month beginning February 2022 and continuing through June 2022. The winners will be announced here and notified by email. Registering early increases your chances of winning! 

  • February 2, 2022: 2 winners drawn
    • Congratulations to February’s Winners:
      • Ouanessa Boubsil, University of Maryland Global Campus
      • Jon McMahel, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • March 2, 2022: 2 winners drawn
    • Congratulations to March’s Winners:
      • Lawrence Williams, Oregon Health & Science University
      • Mitali Pattani, Simon Fraser University
  • April 6, 2022: 5 winners drawn
    • Congratulations to April’s Winners:
      • Carol MacVaugh, College of William and Mary
      • Hayagrish Balaji, McGill University
      • Issac Leslie, Simon Fraser University
      • Lisa Emery, University of Michigan
      • Rick Miller, Pace University
  • May 4, 2022: 5 winners drawn
  • June 1, 2022: 4 winners drawn

SOCIAL NETWORKING EVENTS

Welcome Reception: Sunday, July 31 | Empire Room at the Palmer Hotel, 6pm

  • Meet and greet your fellow Bluenotes Community members with cocktails and canapés

Networking Dinner & Social Event: Tuesday, August 2 | Spirit of Chicago Lakefront Dinner Cruise, 6pm

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

SUPPORTING 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 your registration process:

Blessons for Women

www.blessons.org

“When you’re able to view painful lessons as blessings, they become blessons”. Blessons for Women is a catalyst for transforming and empowering the lives of women who have a vision to succeed in spite of obstacles. They provide free mentorship, educational workshops and wellness clinics for all women, in addition to scholarships to disadvantaged, low-income women who have had their higher education interrupted due to challenging life lessons such as cancer, mental health conditions, physical or emotional abuse, sex trafficking or who are first generation female immigrants.

Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project

www.p-nap.org

Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project (PNAP) is a visual arts and education project that connects teaching artists and scholars to incarcerated students in their communities, providing classes, workshops, guest lecturers, and a tuition-free degree-granting program. PNAP believes that access to education and art is a fundamental human right with the capacity to transform people, systems, and futures.

Chicago HOPES for Kids

www.chicagohopesforkids.org

Chicago HOPES for Kids provides educational support for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. It is their mission to provide students with the resources and encouragement needed to succeed academically, despite the challenges of homelessness. The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult for students experiencing homelessness, and HOPES is there to help.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE

Special Bundle (with BEC or BRMC Training Camp): Conference Registration + Certification Training Camp; ends April 30, 2022

  • $3,800 USD per seat (35% discount)
  • $5,845 USD for two seats (50% discount)
  • $7,890 USD for three seats (55% discount)
  • Original price per seat: $5,845 USD ($895 conference registration & $4,950 for BEC/BRMC)
  • Applies to attendees from the same organization

Early Bird: ends April 30, 2022

  • Single Attendee Registration: $599 USD (33% discount)
  • Group of 3 (buy two, and get a third registration free): $1,198 USD (instead of $1,797 USD) for 3 people (55% discount)

Regular: ends July 15, 2022 (any registration made thereafter may not appear in the printed program)

  • Single Attendee Registration: $895 USD
  • Group of 3 (buy two, and get a third registration free): $1,790 USD (instead of $2,685 USD) for 3 people (33% discount)

Faculty Member (for Instructors & Professors): ends July 15, 2022

  • Single Attendee Registration: $350 USD (60% off)

Conference Registration Fee includes: Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 conference attendance including pre-conference workshops, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments daily, a welcome cocktail reception, and social networking dinner.

MAKE A BUSINESS CASE FOR BUDGET & TRAVEL APPROVAL 

Download the editable travel approval request letter for your use, in order to help make a business case with the information that your decision makers need to approve your attendance to Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022.

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 through credit card payment via this payment link or by contacting Stacey Martini directly.
  • You may complete your payment at any time prior to July 30, 2022. The early bird special rates will be honored to those who register before the early bird pricing ends.

We strongly recommend registering your attendance as soon as possible to ensure your preferred choices are available and your place is saved.

Dates

July 28-30 Training Camps

July 30 – August 3 Conference

  • July 30-31: Pre-conference Workshops & Community Meetups
  • August 1-3: BNG 2022 Conference

Location

Palmer House, by Hilton

17 East Monroe Street

Chicago, IL  60603

Discount Reservation Link

Conference Registration Rates

SPECIAL BUNDLE (with BEC or BRMC): Conference Registration + Certification Camp (ends April 30, 2022)

  • $3,800 per seat (35% discount)
  • $5,845 for two seats (50% discount)
  • $7,890 for three seats (55% discount)

EARLY BIRD: $599 USD (ends April 30, 2022) Buy two & get a third registration free

REGULAR: $895 USD (ends July 15, 2022)   Buy two & get a third registration free

FACULTY (Instructors & Professors): $350 USD (ends July 15, 2022) 

Registration Fee Includes: Conference registration fees includes Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 conference attendance including pre-conference workshops, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments daily, a welcome cocktail reception, and social networking dinner. 

  • A Blue certification training camp is not included in the conference registration fee
  • Travel and lodging costs are not included in the conference registration fee

Download the Editable Travel & Budget Approval Request Letter

Networking Events

 

Sunday, July 31

  • Welcome Reception

Tuesday, August 2

  • Social Networking Dinner

Conference Theme

 

Insight to Action: Driving Student Success

CONFERENCE VENUE & ROOM RESERVATIONS

Palmer House, by Hilton

  • 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603
  • For more information on the Palmer Hotel click here

Group Rate

  • A discounted room rate of $179 USD per night is now available for all Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 attendees and certification training camp attendees.
  • This discounted rate will be available for the nights of Sunday, July 24 through Friday, August 5, 2022 inclusive.
  • Please reserve early as this discounted rate of $179 USD will only be available until July 7, 2022.

Reserve your Accommodations

  • Phone: If you wish to reserve your room by telephone, please call the Palmer Hotel reservation line at 1-800-445-8667 and reference “Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022” to receive the nightly rate of $179 USD.
  • Online: If you wish to reserve your room online, please book your reservation through this link to have the discounted rate automatically applied.

The health and safety of our Bluenotes Community members, as well as our Explorers, remains a priority. We continue to monitor changes in, and abide by, all government guidelines. Click here to view the Palmer Hotel’s announcement regarding their Covid-19 protocol.

Reserve your stay at the Palmer House

TRAVELING TO CHICAGO

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 $2.50 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

Considering a vacation before or after the conference? 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.

BNG 2021 VX Blog Post

Hear What Past Bluenotes GLOBAL Attendees Are Saying

“The Bluenotes GLOBAL Conference continues to be the best professional development opportunity each year. The community is so supportive and open to sharing their knowledge. The conference balances sessions focusing on the pragmatic details of implementing Blue with sessions expanding on broader perspectives like the relevance of course evaluations and incorporating feedback in decision–making processes. Most of all, the wonderful people at both Explorance and the Bluenotes community is what keeps me coming back every year!”

– Christina Pomykal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eshelman School of Pharmacy

“Again another epic Bluenotes conference despite joining remotely. The ability to talk not only to Explorance Experts but to network with community members and share experiences made this an extremely valuable conference. Thanks to all the organisers, Explorance and attendees for making this definitely worth my while attending! “

– Julie Mulvey, Durham University

“Bluenotes GLOBAL is a great opportunity to share ideas and engage with the excellent community around Blue and course evaluations more broadly.”

– Gregory Hum, University of Toronto

“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

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 through credit card payment via this payment link or by contacting Stacey Martini directly.
  • You may complete your payment at any time prior to July 30, 2022. The early bird special rates will be honored to those who register before the early bird pricing ends.

We strongly recommend registering your attendance as soon as possible to ensure your preferred choices are available and your place is saved.

Bluenotes GLOBAL 2022 Contact:

BNG2022@explorance.com or Stacey Martini at smartini@explorance.com

Connect. Share. Learn. Grow.