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D2L Connection: Colorado

With presentations, workshops and networking, D2L Connection: Colorado 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

    February 10, 2023

    8:45 am - 2:20 pm
  • Location
    Red Rocks Community College- Lakewood Campus (13300 W 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228)
    Time Zone: MT
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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

Hampton Inn Denver West Federal Center

137 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228, USA

+1 303-969-9900

Courtyard Denver Golden/Red Rocks

14700 W 6th Avenue Frontage Road, Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA

+1 303-279-5094

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden – Denver Area

17140 West Colfax Avenue, Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA

+1-303-2782388

Schedule

8:45 am - 9:15 am
Registration and light refreshments

Location: Lobby

9:15 am - 10:05 am


  • 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: Cristi Ford, VP Academic Affairs, D2L

Location: RRCC Community Room – Room 1280

10:15 am - 11:05 am
Breakout sessions

  • 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: Marcus Elmore, CCCS

Location: Room 2305

 

  • 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, D2L

Location: Room 2303

 

  • This session addresses the development of a process that can be used to evaluate the quality of online teaching. The current evaluation processes at many colleges do not specifically address online instruction, and most academic administrators have limited personal experience with online course design and instruction. Two useful documents will be shared in this webinar. The first is a five-part Pre-Evaluation Worksheet. The second document is a five-category rubric for evaluating teaching performance of online instructors. The rubric could be used as a self-evaluation for faculty, as part of a peer review evaluation, or as part of an academic administrator’s evaluation of faculty. These documents are sharable and editable. Use these documents to start a faculty evaluation process or to build upon your existing processes.

Host: Barry Dahl, D2L

Location: Room 2301

11:15 am - 12:05 pm
Breakout sessions

  • We often discuss how to support students with differing abilities in online courses, but faculty need support, too. How can we support instructors with or without specific cognitive concerns? This session will review strategies we’ve implemented to assist instructors, and we’ll brainstorm ideas with participants.

Hosts: Liz Prickett, Todd McDaniel, and Sean Harwell; Colorado Mesa University

Location: Room 2305

 

  • Join administrators across your region for a conversation about topics relevant to D2L site administrators. Facilitated by D2L and/or local admins, you will have the opportunity to learn from peers as well as share experiences your organization has had using Brightspace.

Host: Jane Mathers, D2L

Location: Room 2303

 

  • Brightspace Intelligent Agents can assist instructors, administrators, and students by providing an automated email when defined activity occurs in a course (or doesn’t occur) or when there is a lack of system login or course entry. This session will focus on various use cases for Brightspace Intelligent Agents and pay special attention to the new features released in recent years. We’ll also look at effective practices to make sure that the uses of Intelligent Agents produce the desired results.

Host: Barry Dahl, D2L

Location: Room 2301

12:15 pm - 12:55 pm
Lunch & Learn with Landon

Come join our lunch session with Dr. Landon Pirius, who will share an informative and wide-ranging presentation about the consortium as a model.

 

Host: Landon Pirius, CCCS

Location: RRCC Community Room – Room 1280

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Breakout sessions

  • The Colorado Online @ Learning Design Academy is a collaborative process wherein CCCS learning designers work with faculty across colleges to develop Ready to Teach course shells that are available for use across the system. The process has gone through two iterations (including an initial pilot) with both successes and lessons learned. This session will showcase the experiences of faculty and designers who have been a part of the Academy and identify improvements to the process based on feedback received.

Hosts: Amanda Hardman, Grace Whiteaker, and Jessica George; CCCS

Location: Room 2305

 

  • 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, D2L

Location: Room 2303

 

  • Online students place high value on the time flexibility that online learning can bring to their lives. However, online learning is not inherently flexible; it needs to be designed that way. By way of explanation, online students place the highest levels of importance on the following three factors regarding their choice to enroll in online courses: convenience, flexible pacing for completing a program, and work schedule. These enrollment considerations are more important to learners than cost, distance from campus, reputation of the institution, and future employment opportunities. These three factors all relate to having sufficient time flexibility built into their online learning. What are the course design factors that impact the time flexibility of an online course? Let’s examine.

Host: Barry Dahl, D2L

Location: Room 2301

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Wrap-up and Prizes

Location: RRCC Community Room – Room 1280