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    We have never lived through a moment like this. The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the NBA and the NHL. It has shut down Broadway plays. It’s even made everyone…

  • Technology
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    From the day D2L opened for business, I’ve seen us as a learning company first and a technology company second. Over the last twenty years, while the technological tools we…

  • Expert Advice
    Is Bias Baked Into AI?

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    Digital Transformation in Higher Education – The Road Ahead

    I’ve often told the story of how D2L got started — 20 years ago this year — when I was an engineering student at the University of Waterloo. In those…

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    What Can Mastery Learning Teachers Do Now That They Couldn’t Do Before?

    Mastery learning is a pedagogical philosophy that—for decades—has been practiced by some of the most innovative educators, but it is not without its challenges. In the past, in a traditional…

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    Protecting Student Privacy

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    Why I’m Blogging: A Blog Post

    I’ve been blogging for a while. Which is why, when we recently relaunched my blog under the title “#Learning2030,” a few people asked me what was so different about it….