Skip to main content

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 event, in partnership with Visions Consulting and the University of Cape Town, brings together influential leaders in learning innovation, including D2L’s Founder and CEO, John Baker.

D2L Connection: Cape Town

  • Date

    Aug 1 - 2, 2023

  • Duration

    2 Days

  • Location
    Cape Town, South Africa

In Partnership With

D2L Company Logo


visions consulting company logo

Visions Consulting

University of Cape Town

A Golden Opportunity

With keynote presentations, panel discussions and networking, D2L Connection: Cape Town provides executives a chance to discover and exchange ideas on how to navigate the evolving technology landscape, drive innovation, and achieve strategic growth.     

  • Explore how universities can embrace the opportunity to reimagine the university of the future. 
  • Hear from experts on emerging trends in hybrid and personalised learning 
  • Build lasting connections with like-minded peers, partners and experts
  • Enjoy VIP networking opportunities with fellow education leaders including D2L’s Founder and CEO, John Baker  

Why Attend?

  • Explore where eLearning is heading in the evolution of learning in the modern university    
  • Discover the latest trends, product updates and best practices   
  • Ask questions and give feedback directly to D2L team members 


a beautiful day in cape town south africa

The Vineyard Cape Town

Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

To book your hotel reservation, please download this booking form and follow the instructions included at the top. This form will secure your D2L preferred rate at The Vineyard.

Getting There

Nearby Airports and Ground Transportation

Hero Architecture Panels



Aug 1, 2023

Day 1

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Terrace Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2

Welcome Reception

Join your fellow attendees and speakers for an informal night of networking. This is a chance to say hello to old friends, meet new peers, and connect over your curiosities and questions before D2L Connection: Cape Town.


  • Stewart Watts, VP EMEA, D2L

  • Andrew Brunsden, Regional Sales Director, Southern Africa

Aug 2, 2023

Day 2

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Camphor Foyer, Level 2

Registration Opens + Welcome Breakfast

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2

Welcome + Opening Address

Host: Stewart Watts, VP EMEA, D2L

Fireside Chat w/ John Baker
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2

The Future of Education through Reflections on the D2L Story

Host: Stewart Watts, VP EMEA, D2L

Speaker: John Baker, CEO, D2L

Partner Keynote Presentation
10:45 am - 11:30 am

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2

University of Cape Town: Journeys Towards Digital Education in Volatile Times

Speaker: Sukaina Walji, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Camphor Foyer, Level 2

Coffee + Networking Break

Panel Discussion Questions
11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2

What’s Driving the Vision for the Future of Learning?

Host: Stewart Watts, VP EMEA, D2L


  • John Baker, CEO, D2L

  • Sukaina Walji, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town

  • Professor Diane Grayson, Senior Director, Academic Affairs, WITS University

  • Professor Linda van Ryneveld, Director, Comprehensive Online Education Services, University of Pretoria

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Camphor 1, Level 2


1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2

  • Institutions, individuals, and workplaces are looking to identify key pathways for career development and upskilling. Microcredentals have emerged as a way for learners to acquire skills in The New CV: Micro-Credentials and the Future of Learningmanageable and immediately applicable ways. This session will discuss how a micro-credentialing strategy can support ongoing professional development and personalized learning pathways that focus on needed skills and support individuals in their personal and career goals. The session will: provide a context for microcredentals, discuss how badges can demonstrate the acquisition of skills and learning, and provide essential components of a microcredentals strategy.


Speaker: Tay Roth, Senior Product Manager, Monitoring and Results Lead, D2L

Panel Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2

Curriculum Transformation, Decoloniality and Digital Futures

A discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities of modernising and transforming curricula in the context of ongoing digital transformation in universities. Panel members will describe their work on curriculum change processes, initiatives promoting equity, inclusion and decolonisation and how these goals can be creatively aligned and reinforce each other.


Host: Stephen Marquard, Deputy Director at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town (CILT, UCT)


  • Janet Small, Course Development Manager, University of Cape Town (CILT, UCT)

  • Aditi Hunma, Senior Lecturer, Language Development Group, ADP, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town

  • Moeain Arend (Language Development Group, CHED, UCT)

  • Jaamia Galant (Institutional Planning, UCT)

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Camphor Foyer, Level 2

Coffee + Networking Break

Thought Leadership Session
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2
  • The advances in artificial intelligence (AI), especially with the release of OpenAI’s generative AI tool ChatGPT in November 2022, can reshape various industries, including the ability to transform education. In this session, we will explore the role of AI in education – how AI can personalize learning experiences, empower educators, and foster a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for all learners. We will also account for the ethical implications of AI and the guardrails that need to be established to ensure fairness and transparency.

Speaker: Surekha Rao, Senior Manager, Product Management, D2L

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Camphor 2 & 3, Level 2

Closing Address

This event occurs in the past

Please check the events page for upcoming events and we\'ll see you at the next one!