This is a quote from the second keynote The Road Ahead - 2007 Blackboard Keynote and bearing in mind that is coming from Michael Chasen we know that is going to be no mean feat!
Michael was excited to be here, to see us all, to celebrate 10 years of Bb, to welcome the huge "joint" Bb/WebCT community, to share the Bb roadmap etc etc etc, basically he was pretty excited. Started with the launch of the new iBoard not yet publically/commercially available but will be given away as a prize in tomorrow night's dance competition....if only Liz was here :-)
The grand unveiling of new stuff was a bit flat, on account of having been given a sneak preview at steering committee. Big headlines are...App Pack 3 released yesterday (Mary and I are thinking we may skip 7.2 and go straight to 7.3) and that Bb has purchased safeassign, this is now freely available for all enterprise clients and hosted as part of BbBeyond which means it will facilitate cross institutional comparisons. safeassign is a bit like Turnitin (we'd been looking at it anyway, but whenever Stuart tried to contact them, they said they weren't taking any new clients...now we know why) but better integrated into Bb and, of course, free rather than not. We'll have a good look at it when we get back.
There was a whole lot of other "coming soon" stuff too but all of them had the "conceptual image, subject to change" disclaimer on the slides so, speaking from experience, are not worth bothering about.
There was one point when MC had been on the same, punctuation-free sentence for several minutes and we thought that if he didn't breath soon, he would keel over - as always the Chasen experience doesn't disappoint!