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The Future of Learning: Reimagined

How Top Institutions Are Evolving to Serve Rising Demand and Exceed Learner Expectations

Date: 14 June 2023 | Time: 12pm GMT

Today’s student population is the most diverse in history, distinguished by intersections of race, age, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, and many others. While research shows that diversity can increase social and cognitive development, enhance creative thinking, and help prepare students to navigate a diverse workforce, the shift in higher education—and many other industries—is just beginning.

For educators across EMEA, this pressure is compounded by the increasing demand in education. Unlike many other parts of the globe where declining enrolment continues to be a challenge, institutions in the UK, Europe and South Africa are experiencing record numbers of enrolment (Higher Education Policy Institute, n.d.). Under the same report, it was recommended that institutions should address some of this demand with well-organised hybrid learning opportunities—but how?

Join Dr Carmen Miles, Head of Digital Education at De Montfort University; Willem van Valkenburg, Executive Director, Extension School for Continuing Education at TU Delft; and Dr. Cristi Ford, Vice-President, Academic Affairs at D2L, for a powerful conversation on how top institutions are preparing for the future of education and evolving to serve rising enrolment demand.

Together, we’ll explore:

  • how top institutions are reimagining the student experience and exceeding expectations
  • how to address demand with robust, well-organised hybrid learning formats—without compromising quality
  • tips and tricks from renowned educators
  • what role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning experiences

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About the Reimagined Series

This webinar series is inspired by and built on the trends we are encountering from learner engagement to student success and institutional effectiveness. It’s curated specifically with the educator in mind, with webinars, blogs, and stories that showcase new ways to look at the practices of teaching and learning.

This panel discussion aims to bring together some of the leading minds and innovators within the higher education community, in order to share insights and explore how universities can embrace the opportunity to reimagine the university of the future.

Join D2L for a powerful and interactive discussion on trends and modalities, data and analytics, and strategies to help you better prepare for the future of education.


  • Dr. Carmen Miles

    A leader in flexible, lifelong, learning, Carmen has 20+ teaching experience, providing accessible routes to HE through online, and blended and more recently short courses for non-traditional HE students. Notable career achievements include founding academic development, and learning and teaching functions at a private provider as it developed into a leading online university. As an early advocate of blended learning, she implemented the pedagogic approach of blended block delivery across 5 campuses, responsible for teaching quality between 2014-2021. As the Interim Head of Digital Education, at De Montfort University, empowering university, she is creating more flexible learning opportunities for students and transforming learning and teaching through leading the implementation of a new VLE.

  • Willem van Valkenburg

    Willem van Valkenburg is the Executive Director of the TU Delft Extension School for Continuing Education based in the Netherlands. The Extension School offers open and online education to professionals and lifelong learners worldwide. The Extension School has developed more than 150 MOOCs in the last 10 years.

    Since 2003 he has been active in the field of ICT in education. Since the start in 2014 of the Extension School Willem has been involved in different roles within the organization.

    Willem has been active in many educational innovation projects funded by the university, Dutch government and the European Commission (Erasmus).

    Willem was member of the project leadership team of the implementation of D2L Brightspace and responsible for the migration of all university courses.

    Willem received in 2020 the SURF Education Award, in 2021 the Open Education President’s Award and in 2022 the Education 2.0 Leadership Award.

    Willem holds a Master of Science in System Engineering Policy Analysis & Management (SEPAM) of Delft University of Technology.

  • Dr Cristi Ford

    Dr. Cristi Ford serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at D2L. She brings more than 20 years of cumulative experience in higher education, secondary education, project management, program evaluation, training and student services to her role. Dr. Ford holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Psychology from Hampton University and University of Baltimore, respectively.