About WNY BUG


The mission of the Western New York Blackboard User Group is to:

Support the community by collaborating and sharing expertise in the use of Blackboard for emerging innovations, teaching and learning, and community building.

What is a BUG?

Blackboard User Groups, or BUGS, bring together Blackboard users interested in networking, learning, meeting subject matter experts and sharing best practices with one another. They may meet virtually or in person. Most importantly, Blackboard user groups are run by users, for users. 

A Blackboard User Group gives you the unique opportunity to:
  • Leverage the expertise of your peers
  • Collectively address issues or challenges as they arise
  • Stay informed about the latest trends and products updates
  • Gain direct access to key subject matter experts
  • Represent your institution and those of your group members when sharing feedback to Blackboard
  • Help your institution to remain a key contributor toward innovating education in your region 
  • Enhance and improve the greater Blackboard community
WNY BUG Goals 2016-2017 - COMPLETED!
  • Host third annual WNY BUG e-Learning Day at Hilbert College to engage the community in professional development opportunities, networking, and learning about upcoming Blackboard features and enhancements (Fall 2016)
  • Host a Mini-WNY spring event to assist LMS administrators, instructional designers, and faculty
  • Continue recruitment from institutions in WNY who actively participate in face-to-face and/or virtual meeting by July 2017

WNY BUG Goals 2015-2016 - COMPLETED!
  • Host second annual WNY BUG e-Learning Day at Hilbert College to engage the community in professional development opportunities, networking, and learning about upcoming Blackboard features and enhancements (Fall 2015)
  • Host three virtual meetings to assist LMS administrators (March 2016), instructional designers (April 2016), and faculty (May 2016)
  • Continue recruitment from institutions in WNY who actively participate in face-to-face and/or virtual meeting by July 2016

WNY BUG Goals 2014-2015 - COMPLETED!

  • Launch the Western New York Blackboard User Group (BUG) during Blackboard World (July 2014)
  • Host WNY BUG event at Hilbert College to engage the community in professional development opportunities, networking, and learning about upcoming Blackboard features and enhancements (Fall 2014)
  • Host three virtual meetings to assist LMS administrators (December 2014), instructional designers (February 2015), and faculty (April 2015)
  • Recruit ten members from ten distinct institutions who actively participate in face-to-face and/or virtual meeting by July 2015