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Blackboard Community Collaboration Award 2011

In July 2011, Julie Mulvey, was awarded the Blackboard Community Collaboration Award for outstanding contribution to the Blackboard Community.

Julie received her award from Ray Henderson, President of Blackboard:

Blackboard Innovative Development Award 2010

Malcolm Murray was given this award together with Stephen Vickers from Edinburgh University for their contributions to the Blackboard Developer Community.

Blackboard Innovators Award 2008

Malcolm Murray was awarded the 2008 Blackboard Innovators Award for international leadership and innovation in on-line teaching.

Malcolm collaborated with Peter Fokkinga to contribute source code and a tutorial on how to write a command-line-driven Building Block. This tutorial has become the most-viewed, client-contributed tutorial on EduGarage.

LTT Win Greenhouse Award

Blackboard ran a competition called the Greenhouse Awards where sites could bid for funding for 'initiatives that promote the adoption of Internet technology in the educational environment'. The Learning Technologies Team entered and submitted a bid for funding for a project to develop a community of Building Block developers. (Building blocks are a means of extending the functionality of the Blackboard software.)

The bid has been successful so Malcolm Murray will be returning from the Blackboard Conference in Baltimore, USA with a cheque (or at least the promise of a cheque) for US$25,000. Durham University was the only finalist from outside North America and was joined by the University of Southern Indiana, George Mason University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Details of the Greenhouse award are available from: