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D2L Connection: Melbourne

In the world of learning, connection is key. It’s all about building relationships and creating a community of like-minded individuals who can learn from each other. This one-of-a-kind customer event brings together influential leaders in learning innovation. Don’t miss this chance to connect and make a lasting impact on the world of learning.

You might be wondering: what happened to Ignite? It’s now known as D2L Connection: Melbourne, but it’s still the event you’ve come to know and love. It just has a fresh new name that better reflects D2L’s mission of connecting people and ideas in the world of learning. The event will still feature leading industry experts and innovative thinkers. You can expect insightful presentations, informative sessions and more ways to connect and engage than ever before. 

  • Date

    Sep 14, 2023

    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Location
    Collins Square Events Centre


A Golden Opportunity

With presentations, workshops and networking, D2L Connection: Melbourne is a great chance to level up your learning and professional development. You’ll discover tips and tricks and have the chance to exchange insights and best practices with peers. 

  • Hear from experts on emerging trends in hybrid and personalised learning 
  • Enjoy VIP networking opportunities with fellow education leaders  
  • Build lasting connections with like-minded peers, partners and experts

Why Attend?

  • Gain practical experience with in-depth sessions on D2L Brightspace 
  • Discover the latest trends, product updates and best practices  
  • Ask questions and give feedback directly to D2L team members  


Lifelong Learning and Beyond

The world is changing faster than ever before, and it’s having a huge impact on education and labour markets. As workforce requirements evolve, so must the systems that support them. People need the right tools and resources to learn and thrive in this dynamic world of change. 

D2L Connection: Melbourne will explore fresh approaches to lifelong learning. Dive into how learning and skills development need to transform to account for the demographic, technological and social shifts impacting the way we learn and work. You’ll learn about: 

  • Durable skills of the future and how we close an ever-widening skills gap 
  • Why flexible learning models are more important than ever  
  • What employers and education institutions should do to prepare for these changes 
collins square event centre in melbourne australia

Collins Square Event Centre

Plaza Level, Tower 2/727 Collins St
Docklands VIC 3008, Australia

Telephone:(03) 9252 7670 

Onsite Parking

Secure Parking 

664 Collins Street, Melbourne
Mon–Fri: 6.00am–8.00pm
Early bird: enter between 6am and 9.30am, exit between 3pm and 8pm

700 Collins Street, Docklands
Mon–Sun: 24/7
Early bird: enter between 6am and 9.30am, exit between 3pm and midnight

Visit the Secure Parking website 

Wilson Parking 

750 Collins Street, Docklands
Mon–Fri: 6.00am–7.00pm
Early bird: enter between 6am and 9.30am, exit between 3pm and 7pm

Southern Cross Station, Spencer Street, Melbourne
Mon–Sun: 4.00am–1.00am [early bird, limited numbers].

Visit the Wilson Parking website 


To make your way to Collins Square, located in Tower 2: 

  • Enter Collins Square via the Collins Street entrance underneath the yellow geometric sculpture 
  • Make your way across the lobby floor towards the escalators on the right-hand side 
  • Go out the doors in front of you and turn left 
  • Walk until you see the sliding doors to the Business Centre. There will be D2L signage welcoming you inside.

Getting There

Nearby Airports and Ground Transportation

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  • Melbourne Airport VIC 3045, Australialocated approximately 26 minutes from Collins Square

  • We are only 5 minutes from Southern Cross Station. 

    Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website 

  • To use trams, trains and buses around Melbourne you’ll need to buy a Myki card. 

    Myki cards are very easy to use, just top up credit or buy a pass at a shop or station, then touch-on once you’ve boarded the tram or bus – or touch-on and off to get through the barriers at train stations. 

    Visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Myki site 

  • Parking nearby is expensive unless you arrive before 10am and leave after 4pm, so it might be best to catch a taxi, tram or train. 

  • Collins Square Event Centre is located on the plaza level of Tower 2 and access is via an escalator. 

    1. Enter Collins Square via the Collins Street entrance underneath the yellow geometric sculpture through the revolving doors or the mobility access door to the right
    2. Make your way across the lobby floor towards the concierge desk
    3. Concierge will direct you to the business centre.


    Disability parking 

    Limited disability parking is available within the Collins Square complex. This must be booked by calling the Collins Square team on (03) 9252 7670. Parking instructions will be provided when your park is confirmed but are also available via the disability parking map. 


Julian Moore

Julian Moore

Director, Strategic Membership Solutions Read Julian Moore's bio
Liz Chase

Liz Chase

Head of Innovation and UX, Leo Cussens Centre for Law Read Liz Chase's bio
Sarah Sabell

Sarah Sabell

CEO, The College of Adult Learning (CAL) Read Sarah Sabell's bio
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Julie Noorman

Chief Information Officer, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Ltd. Read Julie Noorman's bio
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Dr. Jonathan Chee

Senior Manager, Temasek Polytechnic’s Learning Academy Read Dr. Jonathan Chee's bio
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Forrest Duxbury

Senior Digital Learning Technologist, Chartered Accountants ANZ Read Forrest Duxbury's bio
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Billye Atout

Director ANZ & India, Class Technologies Read Billye Atout's bio

Mike Moore

Senior Manager, Product Management, D2L Read Mike Moore's bio

Steve Rogalsky

VP Product Management, D2L Read Steve Rogalsky's bio

Jeff Salin

Manager, Learning Experience, D2L
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John Mason

Optimisation Services International, D2L Read John Mason's bio


Open Registration
7:30 am - 8:10 am

Tea and Coffee Available

8:10 am - 8:20 am

Welcome to Connection: Melbourne

Host: Tony Maguire, Regional Director, ANZ, D2L

Welcome to Country Ceremony
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Wurundjeri Elder: Uncle Tony Garvey

8:30 am - 8:55 am

Fireside Chat with John Baker

Facilitator: Julie Noorman, Chief Information Officer, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Ltd.

Speaker: John Baker, CEO, D2L

Year of Recovery Keynote
9:00 am - 9:45 am
  • As we make our way back to the new normal of educational settings, we are greeted with a renewed sense of appreciation for doing great work as educators. With grace and an openness towards change, these trying times will be yet another opportunity to show just how prepared and determined we can be in tackling difficult challenges that come our way. Together let us face this season head-on while showing resilience through empathy – it is what has gotten us here thus far!

Speaker: Dr. Cristi Ford, Vice President of Academic Affairs, D2L

9:45 am - 9:55 am

D2L Excellence Award Ceremony

Recipient: Meaghan Danby, lecturer and unit chair, Deakin University

Rising rates of students studying online, part-time, and from abroad are challenging educators to innovate equitable learning opportunities for everyone. When teaching client interviewing skills, Deakin University (Victoria, Australia) overcame this challenge by providing learners with an online interview simulation in D2L Brightspace. The simulation is an equitable access resource for practising skills and receiving high-quality feedback. It presents students with a virtual interviewee and has them navigate the role of interviewer by selecting questions to pose. Formative feedback is delivered in real time. The simulation has significantly improved self-guided learning: there has been over a 40% rise in students accessing D2L resources to help their interviewing. Students’ average grades have also risen significantly from a Credit to a Distinction. Educators looking to provide equitable opportunities in decision-making or problem-solving tasks would benefit from adopting simulated experiences in Brightspace.

9:55 am - 10:15 am

Morning Tea

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Morning Keynote

  • In an era where learning is constantly evolving, fostering human and technological connections is paramount. Liz Chase, a thought leader at the intersection of law, technology, and future of work skills development, will delve into the transformative potential of generative AI across various educational sectors. Drawing from her extensive experience at Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Liz will shed light on how AI is not just a tool but a catalyst for change, pushing the boundaries of traditional education and training.

    The keynote will explore the central thesis that the future of legal education necessitates a transition from merely consuming technology to actively engaging with it. Students of the future must be adept problem solvers, harnessing technology for a myriad of tasks. Liz will champion the ethos of lifelong learning, ensuring that learners are primed to adapt in a fluid technological environment.

    Highlighting real-world examples and insights from her role at Leo Cussen, Liz will discuss the importance of human-centred design in AI implementations, emphasising the creation of user-friendly experiences for both students and educators. The session promises to be an enlightening exploration of the future of education, offering attendees actionable strategies a renewed perspective on the transformative role of AI.

    Join Liz Chase in envisioning a future where AI seamlessly integrates with education, fostering a vibrant community of innovative thinkers poised to tap into the vast potential of technology for the collective advancement of education.

Speaker: Liz Chase, Head of Innovation and UX, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

11:05 am - 11:45 am

Stream 1

  • This overview session will look at recently released features in the Assessment tools as well as a glimpse ahead at some of the upcoming roadmap items. We will take a look at the Course Specific Achievement Scales feature, the dev pilot Multiple Evaluations option in Assignments, and the new Quiz timing features. We will also look at the upcoming Assessment Reporting package add-on for Performance+ and the plans for aggregated achievement reporting in the Insights Portal along with the new Achievement Threshold setting. Come join us for this feature packed presentation.

Speaker: Michael Moore, Senior Manager, Product Management, D2L

Stream 2

  • The way the LMS can be used to continuously diagnose learner needs, construct new learning pathways, and develop new methods of teaching and learning – leveraging the best of technology with the best of the human VET practitioner and building a symbiotic relationship between the two.

Speaker: Sarah Sabell, CEO, The College of Adult Learning (CAL)

11:50 am - 12:30 pm

Stream 1

  • When you partner with a D2L Brightspace expert you can achieve far more in less time. In this session, we’ll hear first hand from Forrest Duxbury from Chartered Accountants about how working with a Technical Account Manager has made a significant difference to their day-to-day operations. Learn more about how D2L Optimisation Services can help you achieve your goals. Optimisation Services is a newly created department which includes the Technical Account Management, Learning Administration Management, Learning Analytics, and the newly minted Technical Learning Management teams.


  • John Mason, Manager, Optimisation Services International, D2L
  • Forrest Duxbury, Senior Digital Learning Technologist, Chartered Accountants ANZ

Stream 2

  • Learning analytics can provide teachers with valuable insights into student learning and help them to make timely data-driven decisions to improve educational outcomes. This presentation introduces the use of a learning analytics approach for responsive teaching at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. It shows how lecturers can collect data to diagnose students’ learning using the Brightspace quiz features, how students’ learning gaps can be identified through various visualisation features provided in Brightspace, and the implications on bridging the learning gaps to close the feedback loop. Additionally, the presentation showcases the use of Brightspace’s Insights Report Builder, which allows for the creation of customized dashboards and cards to address specific teaching requirements.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Chee, Senior Manager, Temasek Polytechnic’s Learning Academy

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch + Networking

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Stream 1

Partner Spotlights

Stream 2

Partner Spotlights

1:45 pm - 2:25 pm

Stream 1

RACGP’s Journey: From Stabilisation to Maturation – What Constitutes Implementation Success?

Speaker: Julie Noorman, Chief Information Officer, RACGP (Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners)

Stream 2

Presentation Topic Coming Soon

Afternoon Panel Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Education

Host: Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Academic Affairs, D2L


  • Liz Chase, Head of Innovation and UX, Leo Cussen Centre for Law
  • Julian Moore, Director, Strategic Membership Solutions
3:15 pm - 3:40 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:40 pm - 4:25 pm
  • Organizations are finding delivering high quality learning at the pace required for today’s modern learners increasingly challenging as skills evolve more rapidly and technology forces fast change. This presentation will explore ways we can meet learner expectations by changing the way we design our learning through shorter, bite-sized course design, and automation. We will also explore a case study using AI and Creator+ to cut design and development costs in half in order to stay ahead of our learner’s needs.

Speaker: Jeff Salin, Manager Learning Experience Consultancy, D2L

4:25 pm - 5:15 pm

D2L Product Roadmap

Speaker: Steve Rogalsky, VP Product Management, D2L

5:15 pm - 5:25 pm

Observations of the Day + Closing

Host: Tony Maguire, Regional Director, ANZ, D2L

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Reception


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