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Learning2030: The Blog of John Baker

This is my personal blog that looks at the future of learning and skills - featuring some of the world's leading thinkers in education and business.

In a fast-changing world, education, professional development and training are changing, too. Discover the ideas and meet the people who are helping companies and educational institutions adapt to change, and helping learners seize new opportunities.

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Don’t Learn to Swim in a Flood: How One School Dealt with the COVID-19 Crisis

Higher Education institutions have been dealing with the disruptions of the past year—from their students being unable to attend classes in person to an unprecedented drought of international students and its subsequent impact on revenues to the challenges of maintaining and expanding a technology infrastructure to manage a massive amount of change. Today’s schools – no matter where they are in their own journey – need to create resiliency and sustainability.

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D2L Sweeps Awards in 2020

For many of us, 2020 was a tough year. I think it’s safe to say that the last few months have affected all of us in ways that we won’t fully appreciate until we’ve had some time to process it all. But as a D2Ler, it’s gratifying to end it on a high note. To end it with the recognition that you contributed and a difference in the lives of learners everywhere, and that you truly lived up to the mission and vision of the company.

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Supporting Mastery Learning in a Pandemic, and Beyond

In a pandemic, particularly, we can’t afford any gaps in learning. Students are especially at risk of falling behind right now, and we need an effective and efficient way to identify the gaps in their learning and give them the targeted help they need to get back on track. Mastery View is the next way that we are helping to bring order to a complex activity, to empower teachers and learners, and support the journey toward continuous educational improvement and student mastery.

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Growing Our Future Talent Today

Goldy Hyder, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, discusses where we’ve been, where we are now, and most importantly, where we’re headed – both as an economy and a society. He emphasizes the need to get better at upskilling and reskilling to overcome the fast approaching talent gap.

Virtual Fusion 2020 Celebrates Heroes

D2L held our very first virtual Fusion – which saw six times the number of participants of previous Fusions! This year we celebrated the world’s teachers, faculty, and instructors that have inspired hope and change — and put the tools to achieve that change in the hands of those who need it most. In keeping with this year’s Fusion Theme — “Heroes Unite,” thank you for being the heroes that our world needs right now.

Arming you with the Right Information — Presenting D2L’s Complimentary Course on COVID-19

We’ve created a science-based online course on COVID-19 to anyone who wants to take it, at no cost — built by educators and is based on the science behind. The course helps you understand the global pandemic, its risks, and how to effectively manage them.

Together we can Save the School Year

A lot of schools are now playing catchup to what I believe will be the new global normal — having the ability to switch from classroom-based learning to exclusively online learning at the drop of a hat.

Every Bit Ethical in a Digital Age

Over the last 20 years, while the technological tools we use have evolved constantly, the values that guide how we apply them to learning have not changed a bit. But staying true to those values is an ongoing challenge – particularly with the almost daily advances we’re seeing in areas like data analytics and artificial intelligence.

In a time of change, D2L stays the course

Recent changes in the industry have made me pause for a moment and reflect on where D2L is at today, how we got here, and why we’re in the learning business in the first place. We continue to stay the course.

Is Bias Baked Into AI?

AI has been making the news a lot—though not always in a good way. I recently spoke with Dr. Jutta Treviranus, one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of inclusive design on the critical work that remains to ensure that AI accounts for diversity and achieves true inclusivity. Read this blog to learn more.

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In 20 years, all students will participate in work-integrated learning

At this year’s Fusion Conference—I made a bold prediction: in 20 years, all learners will participate in at least one kind of work-integrated experience in their academic career. Why am I so convinced? I explain this and more in my latest blog post.

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Digital transformation in higher education — the road ahead

In the early days of online learning, digitization wasn’t a transformative or revolutionary development, even though some may have thought it was. Much of what has been counted in the last few decades as “digital transformation” in education really isn’t transformative at all — and we have a lot further to go. In speaking to Dr. Grajek, Vice President for Communities and Research for EDUCAUSE, I learned about her perspective on digital transformation, what it means today and where we need to venture next.

What can Mastery Learning teachers do now that they couldn’t do before?

Mastery learning is a pedagogical philosophy that—for decades—has been practiced by some of the most innovative educators, but it is not without its challenges. Jon Bergmann, chief evangelist of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative, recently shared his views on the progress he has seen in the classroom when it comes to implementing mastery learning. Join me in discovering some of that exciting progress that has been made.

Protecting Student Privacy

When several United States Senators asked us to share with them our practices and values on protecting student data, we were more than happy to contribute as an example of good stewardship. We believe firmly that student data is priceless and its purpose is for education. Read more for our response to their letter and D2L’s privacy practices.

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Why I’m Blogging: A Blog Post

I’ve been asked why I started this blog. It’s about the conversations that are happening right now, all around us, in businesses, in schools and in the halls of academia, about the future of learning as we approach the one-third mark of the 21st century. Join me in this journey of discovering where learning is going.

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Six Takeaways from Fusion

After reflecting on another successful conclusion of Fusion, there were six highlights that I took away. For a recap of Fusion and its highlights, keep on reading.

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Why CEOs should care about employee engagement

There’s hard data behind it that CEOs need to pay attention to — because an engaged employee is at the heart of modern business success. Employee engagement does more than just increase productivity and profitability — and does even more than raising morale and client satisfaction. It helps to avoid unnecessary costs. There are strategies you can use to get ahead of this. Learn more about how you can take action today.

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Student data isn’t valuable – It’s priceless

Tech giants are under fire for how they handle, sell and manage user data. There continues to be fierce debate on the control and ownership of the data. With all this discussion about data privacy in the media, we want to share our overriding and simple principle on learner data. Continue reading to learn our position on this important matter.

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