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Connection: Georgia

With presentations, workshops and networking, D2L Connection: Georgia 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.

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  • Date

    Apr 21, 2023

    8:45 am - 2:20 pm
  • Duration

    5 Hours 35 Minutes

  • Location
    Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus
    555 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA 30021
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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

Hotels & Accommodations

Residence Inn by Marriott Decatur Emory Area 

2754 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

(404) 299-9701

3-Star Hotel

4 miles (appx. 15+ minutes drive)

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Decatur/Emory

116 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 377-6360 

2-Star Hotel

5 miles (appx. 15+ minutes drive)

Tru by Hilton Atlanta Northlake Parkway

3274 Northlake Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

(770) 810-2240

11 miles (appx. 15+ minute drive)


8:45 am - 9:15 am
Registration and Light Refreshments
9:15 am
Fireside Chat with John Baker, CEO of D2L
10:15 am - 11:05 am
Breakout Sessions

  • Customer-led breakout TBD
  • Customizing the Homepage with Community Input, Will Kerr, Victoria Patterson, Eric Floyd, Brian Johnson; all of GSU
  • D2L-led breakout TBD
  • D2L Review of the Stuff you Desire2Know, Gideon Sears, D2L


  • As we make our way back to the new normal of educational settings, we are greeted with a renewed sense of appreciation for doing great work as educators. With grace and an openness towards change, these trying times will be yet another opportunity to show just how prepared and determined we can be in tackling difficult challenges that come our way. Together let us face this season head on while showing resilience through empathy – it is what has gotten us here thus far!

Host: David Gomes, K-12 Solutions Engineer, D2L

11:15 am - 12:05 pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Customer-led breakout TBD
  • Customer-led breakout TBD
  • Using Brightspace Tools to Increase Student Engagement and Instructor Presence, Barry Dahl, D2L
  • To Grade or Not to Grade – an Overview of the Gradebook, Gideon Sears, D2L


  • Do you want to commend your students for a job well done, or provide incentives to motivate them? Brightspace Awards allows you to create and issue badges and certificates to students for completing a range of activities, from visiting the course to achieving specific grades. You can even issue badges to build community in your classroom. In this session, you’ll learn some best practices for creating badges and issuing them to students on an individual basis or automatically based on a condition.

Host: David Gomes, K-12 Solutions Engineer, D2L

12:15 pm - 12:55 pm
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Breakout Sessions

  • Customer-led breakout TBD
  • Customer-led breakout TBD
  • Ten Bright Ideas to make your Brightspace Courses More Accessible to Students with Disabilities, Barry Dahl, D2L
  • Effective Practices for D2L Admins: A Roundtable Discussion, Gideon Sears, D2L


  • If you’re interested in learning more about how Learning Outcomes can be aligned and assessed to give you an overall view of a student’s progress, this is the session for you! In this session, we’ll look at how to import and align outcomes to assessments, and assess student work by outcomes, and view the ongoing progress of students using the Mastery View of the Gradebook.

Host: David Gomes, K-12 Solutions Engineer, D2L

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Closing Session

Wrap-up and Prize Drawings


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