Travis Cox recognised for his service to the Blackboard community

October 14 / 145

Travis Cox, Manager of the Academic and Learning Systems Support (ALSS) team in Learning Environments, was voted the Australian Blackboard User Group (ABUG) Member of the Year 2013 at the recent Blackboard Learning and Teaching Conference.

Blackboard Learn is a popular learning management system (LMS) software program used by educational institutions worldwide, including at the University of Melbourne.

The award was voted on by members of the group in recognition of Mr Cox’s “dedication, enthusiasm, helpfulness and involvement in group activities”.

Mr Cox said he was pleased simply to be nominated and was surprised and delighted to win.

“My participation in ABUG has always been something I’ve enjoyed because there are many opportunities to learn from others,” Mr Cox said.

“User groups are fantastic resources for expanding my knowledge and ensuring the University can get the best out of its LMS.

“As corny as it sounds, I find interacting with wise peers and colleagues across a range of diverse institutions to be its own reward.”

ABUG has members from more than 30 educational institutions around Australia and New Zealand. Members share advice and provide feedback to Blackboard on current ideas and future directions.

Mr Cox adopted Blackboard as a teaching tool in 2005, while an academic in the School of Land and Environment. His enthusiasm and skill with this software led him to be appointed to Learning Environments as part of the team responsible for the university-wide implementation of Blackboard as the central Learning Management System.

Mr Cox said he was fortunate to work with a wonderful group of colleagues.

“The knowledge I share from the University’s LMS comes from experimentation and explorations by myself and my colleagues in the ALSS team, who are always striving to ensure the best teaching and learning experiences for students and staff.”

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