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D2L Connection: Dublin Edition

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 9am–1pm (GMT)
Location: O'Reilly Hall University College Dublin (UCD) Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Registration: None. Zip. Nada.

Why Attend?

Take the first step to discover how D2L Connection can inspire you on your journey to transform the way the world learns by registering now. This event is dedicated to teaching, learning innovation, and strategy

Networking Opportunities: Meet with learning professionals from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

New Ideas: Attend thought-provoking presentations to get new ideas and advance your skills

Latest Innovations: Hear how cutting-edge institutions and businesses are transforming learning

Check out the highlights on Twitter #D2LConnection For event schedule, please CLICK HERE

D2L Connection: Dublin is your opportunity to connect with peers and D2L staff, exchange product feedback, share effective practices, and network with other learning professionals. The D2L Connection event will showcase many aspects of teaching and learning within Brightspace. Sessions will also feature related topics such as effective practices in instructional design, innovation, technology integration and administrative management.

With presentations, training sessions, and time for peer networking, attendees can discover how Brightspace supports every learner’s unique pathway and potential. It’s a great opportunity to exchange new ideas, as well as learn more about the Brightspace community.

This event is sponsored by D2L in partnership with the University College Dublin.

The Stingray Lounge

Evening Social

Join us for the Evening Social on Wednesday at The Rag Trader in Dublin city centre from 19:00 to 23:00!

A chance to mingle, network and meet other industry professionals in a less formal setting – enjoy a welcome drink on arrival with more food, drinks, and a live Irish music band provided too – so make sure to get your dancing shoes on for what is set to be a fun and memorable night! RSVP here

Getting To/From Dublin Airport and O’Reilly Hall, UCD

Aircoach 700 goes directly from airport to O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin (UCD)

  • 15 EUR return ticket (9.50 EUR single journey) by Cash & Card/Contactless Payments are accepted on-board
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  • To avoid delays pre-book a taxi by downloading FREENOW app (no Uber in Dublin!)

Click here to find more information on how to get to University College Dublin (UCD)

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Day 1

Registration and Breakfast
Opening Session
Welcome - Michael Kavanagh, D2L Director Customer Success International & Emcee

Opening - Professor Mark Rogers, Registrar and Deputy President University College Dublin

Cheryl Ainoa, Chief Operating Officer D2L

Sophie McGown, Senior Customer Success Manager, D2L

Customer Keynote Bridging the digital divide in learning opportunities across Africa - The AGRICOLLEGES story
Wynand Espach, COO, AGRICOLLEGES International, South Africa
Coffee break
Brightspace Roadmap & Themes
Chad Lane, VP Product Management, D2L
Breakout sessions
Track 1 (Course Design):

TU Delft Brightspace Matrix as Instructor Tool

Margie Grob, Learning Developer, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Track 2 (User Enablement):

Transforming our teaching as well as our VLE

Dr. Sue Folley, Academic Development Advisor & Professor, University of Hudders?eld

John Allport, Professor of Automotive Engineering, University of Hudders?eld

Track 3 (Corporate Learning):

Designing Corporate Learning Experiences: Making the Most of the Online Space

Darcy White, Instructional Designer, D2L

Breakout sessions
Track 1 (Course Design):

Designing for Learning in Brightspace—promoting metacognitive skills in students

Associate Professor Carmel Hensey, PhD – UCD

Dr. James Matthews, PhD – UCD

Associate Professor Dr. Emma J. O’Neill, PhD – UCD

Associate Professor Crystal Fulton, PhD – UCD

Track 2 (User Enablement):

Reflecting on training 50Knew users

Thys de Haan, Blended Learning Specialist, Amsterdam University of Applies Sciences

Joost Noordeloos, Consultant Education & ICT, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Track 3 (Corporate Learning):

Product Management Deep Dive Listening Session

Chad Lane, VP Product Management. D2L

James Storm, Senior Manager, Product Management, D2L

Coffee break
Breakout sessions
Track 1 (Course Design):

Nudging students towards effective study behaviors using Brightspace data

Rhona Sharpe, Head of the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Surrey Julia Brennan, Online Courses Production Lead, University of Surrey

Track 2 (User Enablement):

A Pressure Cooker: How we got our users ready for Brightspace

Bea Edlinger, Project Manager ePortfolio, Radboud University

Charlotte Burgers-de Klein, Project Manager Brightspace Training, Radboud University

Track 3 (Corporate Learning): From Zero to Hero: Using Brightspace for Professional Development Sophie Webber, Head of Training & Events, GAFTA–Grain & Feed Trade Association

Breakout sessions
Track 1 (Course Design):

Engaging with Your Learners Online from Login to Course Completion

Darcy White, Instructional Designer, Learning & Creative Services, D2L

Track 2 (User Enablement):

Product Management Deep Dive Listening Session Education

Chad Lane, VP Product Management, D2L James Storm, Senior Manager, Product Management, D2L

Track 3 (Corporate Learning):

From Brightspace to GAINLINE - Irish Rugby's journey so far...

Colin Moran, Educational Manager, Irish Rugby Football Union

Closing Remarks
Evening Social
Hosted at The Rag Trader in Dublin city centre

Day 2

Breakout sessions
Track 1: Fixing Feedback: The case for using rubrics

Dr. Sharleen O’Reilly, Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Nutrition and Food Science, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin

Track 2: The IC who lived me

Jon Krochmalnek, Senior Manager Implementation Services, D2L

Track 3: Brightspace Go-Live at Ghent University

Patrick Cool & Toon Van Hoecke, ICT Educational Technology Office, Ghent University

Frederik Gailly, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University

Breakout sessions
Track 1: The A–Z of Brightspace Assessment: What to use when?

Sophie McGown, Senior Assessment Ninja, D2L

Track 2: Using MS Power BIto create full, interactive reports using Bright space Data Sets

Robin Lawrenson, Senior Implementation Consultant, D2L

Track 3: Roundtable: Supporting Workplace Learning& Apprenticeships with the VLE

Michael Kavanagh, Director International Customer Success, D2L

Coffee break
Breakout sessions
Track 1: Engaging with Your Learners Online from Login to Course Completion

Darcy White, Instructional Designer, Learning & Creative Services, D2L

Track 2: Integrations &Extensibility in Bright space: Creating your ed-tech ecosystem

Louise Plunkett Senior Solutions Engineer, D2L

Track 3: An Introduction to Video Assignments

Roger Buckingham, Director International Solutions Engineering, D2L

Breakout sessions
Track 1: Changing Student Behaviourswith Gamification

Stuart Pedley-Smith, Head of Learning, Kaplan Financial, UK

Track 2: D2L Open Techno House A panel of diverse D2L experts to answer burning user questions!

Track 3: How to Use Audio to Help Improve Learning Results

Jason Giddens, Sales Manager, ReadSpeaker

Lunch Boxes and Goodbyes
schedule subject to change

Hotels & Accommodations

Close to Venue (University College Dublin):

Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Dublin Available Rates Starting From: 180 EUR per night (single) Book a Room by Phone – reference code: D2L Connection Event at UCD Phone: +353 (1) 218 6000 Email: info.dublin@radissonblu.com Talbot Hotel Available Rates From: 127 EUR per night (single) Book a Room by Phone Phone: +353 (1) 200 1800 Email: href="mailto:reservations@talbotstillorgan.com">reservations@talbotstillorgan.com  

Close to St Stephen’s Green (Dublin City Centre):

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin Exclusive Rate: From 195 EUR per night (single) Book a Room by Phone or Email – reference code: D2L Connection Event Phone: +353 (1) 898 2900 Email: Jessica.byrne@radissonblu.com The Dawson Hotel: Exclusive Rate: From 134 EUR per night (single) Book a Room by Phone or Email – reference code: D2L Connection Event Phone: +353 (1) 612 7900 Email: hotel@thedawson.ie

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