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Virtual Fusion 2020 Celebrates Heroes

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We’ve held Fusion in some pretty incredible places.

But this is the first year we’ve kicked off Fusion in a living room in Toronto. A home office in Amsterdam. A backyard in Chicago. A deck in Jamaica. And thousands of other places around the world, at once. That made it even more unifying and symbolic of what we’ve been through in recent months.

I’m thrilled to say attendance has been through the (virtual) roof. We’ve had six times the number of participants of previous Fusions — and that’s great news for our presenters, our partners and sponsors and — most of all — our attendees themselves. What a year it’s been.

I believe the times we are living in right now are among the most challenging any of us have ever seen.

But I also believe extraordinary challenges are precisely those times when people need heroes to rise up and face the challenges for them. And that’s what you’ve done.

This year, in places all over the world — the world’s teachers, faculty, and instructors have inspired hope and change — and have put the tools to achieve that change in the hands of those who need it most. Classrooms, campuses, and companies that had never used a learning management platform adopted them overnight. Many of you went all-online for the first time. And so — in keeping with this year’s Fusion Theme — “Heroes Unite,” I want to thank you for being the heroes that our world needs right now.
The best part to me about your heroism was that it was collective. You leaned on each other — and on our team and your colleagues across the world — to successfully tackle the challenge together. And you’re not stopping there. Now, you’re looking ahead to the Fall term.

We are, too.

I know there are lots of questions about the Fall term and not many certainties, yet. But I want you to know from my perspective — as someone who looks at the data and sees the work you’re doing — that I have every confidence that you will be flexible, adaptable and resilient no matter what the school year brings.

We’ll have a lot more to say about that in the weeks ahead, of course, as Fusion continues.

As I reflect on July Fusion, we’ve already had a number of outstanding sessions. I was moved by D2Ler Carin Headrick’s personal and passionate presentation on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. She reminded all of us about the importance of accessibility and provided some meaningful tips along the way.

During the Solutions Spotlight, you heard what we had learned from YOU — and you got to see the enhancements inspired by you to analytics, changes to support rapid adoption of online learning, continuing to deliver better than 99.99% uptime when you needed it the most, and we are seeing our client satisfaction continue to climb with our recent survey showing a world-class Net Promotor Score.

Also, I followed the conversation on #D2LFusion, and its clear people were excited about the new assignment creation experience. And Maya really stole the show with her demo of Portfolio.

I had the pleasure of speaking to another inspiring student Tiana Brown. She shared how she earned two degrees before she was 20, while working two jobs with the DaVinci RISE High program. The program helps homeless and foster youth go to college — and it is changing lives.

So, with the July portion of Fusion complete, I’m left in awe.

And we’re just getting started. And as long as we’re doing Fusion differently anyway, our team decided that we’re going to experiment a bit. Switch things up. Push the envelope. And your feedback is going to be critical in all of that — so please, tell us how we’re doing over the next 6 months as we bring Fusion events to you each month.

Welcome to Fusion 2020, everyone. I’m looking forward to the next few months of high-quality conversation, interaction, sharing and networking as together we change the way the worlds learns.

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