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D2L Connection: British Columbia

With presentations, workshops and networking, D2L Connection: British Columbia is perfect for your learning and professional development. You’ll discover tips and tricks and have the chance to connect with peers to share insights and best practices.

  • Date

    May 12, 2023

    8:45 am–2:20 pm
  • Duration

    5 Hours 35 Minutes

  • Location
    DMEC - Delta Manor Education Centre - (4750 57 St, Delta, BC V4K 3C9)
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Meet. Share. Learn.

  • D2L Connection events are all about collaboration
  • Build lasting connections and partnerships
  • Attain professional development hours

Why Attend?

  • Gain practical experience with in-depth sessions on D2L Brightspace
  • Ask questions and give feedback directly to D2L team members
  • Share insights with your peers during dedicated networking sessions

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8:45 am - 9:15 am

Registration and Light Refreshments

9:15 am - 10:05 am


Opening General Session

  • During our time together, Howie will share examples of the impact we can have, together. Provincial partnerships like the one D2L and British Columbia are building can have a tremendous positive impact. What lessons can be drawn from those that have been on this journey before? What opportunities for collaboration does the provincial partnership enable for better learning across Higher Education, K12 Districts and Independent schools?

    During this session attendees will have an opportunity for small group discussion to reflect on the opportunities for collaboration that they see across the province as well as how the learnings from the day will allow them to pursue them.

Speaker: Howie Bender, D2L VP, Strategic Initiatives

10:15 am - 11:05 am

Breakout Sessions

  • Alongside the traditional percentage-based gradebook, Brightspace also has a Mastery gradebook which allows teachers to assess students using a proficiency scale (such as Beginning, Developing, Proficient, Extending). Many tools in Brightspace can be linked to “Standards” (called “competencies” in BC). You will see examples of how these tools are linked to the Mastery gradebook and how to set them up in your classes.

Host: Bell Chen, Vancouver Learning Network
Location: Education Room

  • Quick updates:

    1. SMS conversion to work with D2L (student management)
    2. 2023 Resources using SF’s LTI system

Host: Brent Sawatzky and Sean Hayes, WCLN
Location: Brainstorm Room

  • This session is designed to showcase the incredible potential of Brightspace Portfolio to document and assess student learning. We will explore the many ways that Brightspace Portfolio can be used to promote critical thinking, reflection, and self-assessment, as well as how Brightspace Portfolio can be leveraged to track and showcase student progress over time. Additionally, we will highlight Brightspace Portfolio as an invaluable component to assess student progress and mastery towards competencies, while providing opportunities for educators to share meaningful, real-time feedback to support student success. Join us to explore and discuss how Brightspace Portfolio can be leveraged to support your teaching practice today.

Host: Whitney Williams and Jean Jarick, D2L
Location: Action Room

  • We understand that there is a lot going on in your day to day.  It’s hard to keep up with all the changes to the platform in a continuous delivery model. The goal of this session is to provide insight into the changing landscape and how to stay engaged. We’ll review the great features that have recently been released by D2L, what is being released this month, and what is coming soon. We’ll also show you how to engage with the Brightspace Community, the PIE (Product Idea Exchange) and the ability to directly engage in our Research and Pilot groups helping to steer product development from your input.

Host: Jane Mathers, Senior Solutions Engineer, D2L
Location: Gathering Room

11:15 am - 12:05 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Intelligent Agents (IAs) allow triggered and personally identified communication to welcome students, to notify that assessments are ready, provide further practice or enrichment, and many other activities to help encourage students to engage and communicate. In this session, we will look at practical examples and provide participants with simple instructions to create their first intelligent agents to begin simplifying some parts of their course instruction and communication.

    The end of the session with allow for questions and sharing of ideas for beginning your journey to using this powerful tool to its fullest.

Host: Clint Surry, SIDES
Location: Education Room

  • Join us to explore the powerful features of D2L’s Brightspace designed to extend your classroom beyond its physical boundaries. With its user-friendly interface and versatile tools, D2L’s Brightspace offers a comprehensive platform for creating and delivering engaging blended learning experiences that integrate seamlessly with your existing teaching practices. During this session, you will discover how D2L’s Brightspace can enhance your teaching and learning strategies and provide a more personalized and effective learning experience for your students. You will learn how to create and manage course content, communicate with students, and assess learning outcomes using Brightspace’s advanced features.

    You will also discover how Brightspace’s analytics tools can provide insights into student progress and engagement, enabling you to adapt your teaching methods and support individual learning needs. Whether you’re teaching in a fully online or blended learning environment, Brightspace provides the flexibility and support you need to deliver engaging and effective instruction.

Host: Whitney Williams and Jean Jarick, D2L
Location: Action Room

  • Educators new to Brightspace will find value in this session for beginners and intermediates. Whether you are teaching in a blended mode or fully online, we’ll start to build a course from scratch; including Announcements/Activity Feed, Course Content (Content display options), Checklists, Quizzes, Assignments, Discussion Forums and Topics, Brightspace Editor and Accommodations. Examples of effective practices for the most used tools will be illustrated. We’ll also discuss adding different Language Packs to your course layout if you teach in that specific language.

Host: Jane Mathers, Senior Solutions Engineer, D2L
Location: Gathering Room

12:15 pm - 12:55 pm


1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • In this presentation, the leaders of SIDES, a K-12 online school in Victoria, will show you how to create frameworks for excellence in online teaching and learning using Brightspace. From our innovative in-house course for training online teachers, to engaging student courses that incorporate modern pedagogy and assessment practices, to purposeful course development year-round, we will show you how you can use Brightspace to enhance the quality of online teaching at your organization.

Host: Suzanne Chisholm, SIDES
Location: Education Room

  • Intelligent agents have become a valuable tool in online education, as they can automate routine tasks, facilitate communication, and personalize student learning experiences. In this presentation, I will explore how Brightspace leverages Intelligent Agents and other automation tools to enhance learning experiences. First, I will delve into the functionalities of Brightspace Intelligent Agents and their potential impact on the student and instructor experience. Additionally, I will discuss various automation that can streamline administrative tasks. Attendees will learn how Intelligent Agents and other automation can improve the efficiency of online teaching and increase student engagement.

Host: Christopher Rozitis, Vancouver Learning Network
Location: Brainstorm Room

  • Don’t miss out on this exciting session where you will explore various ways to leverage the Content tool in D2L’s Brightspace to create engaging and interactive learning materials that are tailored to your students’ needs. You will learn some best practices in content creation and gets hands-on experience with the powerful Content tool. Whether you’re a seasoned educator or just getting started, this session will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips for creating high-quality content that enhances the learning experience of your student and helps to unlock the power of content creation to drive student success using D2L’s Brightspace.

Host: Whitney Williams and Jean Jarick, D2L
Location: Action Room

  • The Awards tool comes standard in the Brightspace Learning Environment and offers new opportunities for the recognition of student accomplishments. We’ll examine how the Awards Tool works, the philosophy behind badging and how to customize badges and certificates for your institution. See how Brightspace Awards can be used to recognize and motivate learners, identify skills and be shared on social networks.

Host: Jane Mathers, Senior Solutions Engineer, D2L
Location: Gathering Room

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm


Closing Session

Wrap-up and Prize Drawings


How to Power Up Learning With an LMS

Join us as we explore strategies and techniques to spice up your online courses and keep your learners learning. We’ll dive into Brightspace’s advanced analytics tools, customizable content and optimized course management.

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