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D2L Connection: New York

With presentations, workshops and networking, D2L Connection: New York is perfect for your learning and professional development. You’ll discover tips and tricks and have the chance to connect with peers in education to share insights and best practices. Learn and collaborate on topics such as:

  • D2L Brightspace Tips and How-Tos
  • Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Student Engagement and Retention
  • Certification and Micro-credentialing

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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


Note: SUNY Global Center does not have its own parking facility- the surrounding street is for commercial vehicles only and is monitored by traffic attendants frequently. Rates for parking fluctuate, but you can expect to pay about $40 per day.

Champions Parking on East 55th

131 East 55th St
New York, NY 10022
381 ft

Central Parking Systems

375 Park Ave
New York, NY 10152
0.2 mi

Professional Parking

140 East 56th St
New York, NY 10162
0.1 mi


Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Midtown East

206 East 52nd St
New York, NY 1002
0.3 mi

Marriott Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East

866 Third Ave
New York NY 1002
0.3 mi 


8:45 am - 9:15 am

Registration and Light Refreshments

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Global Classroom

Opening General Session

D2L Champions: New York Edition

Barry Dahl, Teaching & Learning Advocate, D2L
Coco Wang, Customer Advocacy Manager, D2L

Join Coco and Barry for a welcome session to start the day. We’ll shine the spotlight on a few of our D2L Champions and share some stories about some of the New Yorkers who use Brightspace.

Fireside Chat with John Baker, Founder and CEO, D2L

John Baker shares some of the stories from the first 25 years of D2L, including his many memorable interactions with customers around the world. There will also be an opportunity for questions to be asked by audience members. No real logs will be burned during this Fireside Chat.

Breakout Sessions
10:25 am - 11:15 am

  • This session will provide an informal tour/demonstration of the free and openly licensed SUNY Online DLE templates designed to assist instruction designers and quick start faculty in to effective course designs in a variety of instructional modalities. The templates were designed to meet the OSCQR online course quality rubric, targeting research-based standards and best practices in online course design.

Speakers: Alexandra M. Pickett and Andrea Gilbert, SUNY Online

Tiered Classroom

  • In this session, we look at how Mastery View in D2L Brightspace can help educators identify and address their classes’ achievement gaps. Any student can have these gaps on their educational journey, but they can be easily overcome when making the most of tools like Mastery View. Mastery View provides an intuitive workflow for educators to view overall levels of performance by a student for all outcomes in a course. Educators can quickly scan a student’s overall achievement across the entire course and the overall level of comprehension of a learning outcome across all students and drill down to further view each student’s performance and access links to specific evidence items associated with each outcome. By providing easy access to individual student data and overall class performance, Mastery View enables educators to make data-informed decisions to best serve their students. Find out how Mastery View can make it easier than ever to individualize, differentiate and personalize learning to help each student achieve their full potential.

Speaker: Andrea MacArgel, D2L

Global Classroom

  • 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.

Speaker: Johnny Bayerl, D2L

Multipurpose Room

  • The City University of New York, one of the nation’s largest urban public universities, is transitioning to Brightspace over the next two years. This session overviews the change management approach, partnership with D2L, and lessons learned to date in the university’s transformation to a new LMS after 20 years on a previous platform!

Speaker: Evan Silberman, CUNY

Seminar Room

Breakout Sessions
11:25 am - 12:15 pm

  • Preferences for modern learners continue to trend towards a desire for flexible options in online and hybrid learning. Institutions have been met with challenges around learner engagement, retention, expansion and meeting students where they are today. Utilizing Brightspace along with Class provides your institution with more ways to deliver high quality content, while evolving your online programs, to deliver an enhanced student experience. The seamless integration of Brightspace and Class ensures greater faculty adoption, while allowing them to do what they do best, teach and make meaningful impact. Equity, quality and flexibility are now attainable for your students, faculty and institution with Brightspace and Class!

Presenter: Nadia Isata

Seminar Room

  • In this session, we will highlight Hudson Valley Community College’s Brightspace course templates. These templates provide a framework for structuring courses across different modalities. By using intelligent agents and a customized course template role, faculty are given access to the template courses where they can copy them to their course shells.

Presenters: Elissa M. Baker and Linda K. Ryder, Hudson Valley Community College

Multipurpose Room

  • Learn more about how Brightspace empowers you to turn your expertise into experiences with Creator+. In Creator+ we are bringing our deep instructional and multimedia design experience to seamless and simple Brightspace workflows. Create and update professional, interactive, accessible content in minutes, with no training using elements like accordion styles, timelines, quotes, sorting, etc. in html. Deliver delightful courses that achieve higher learner satisfaction. We’ll walk through the various uses of Capture video and the Media Library to engage your learners.

Speaker: Andrea MacArgel, D2L

Global Classroom

  • Brightspace Intelligent Agents can assist instructors, administrators, and students by providing an automated email when defined activity occurs in a course 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.

Speaker: Barry Dahl, D2L

Tiered Classroom

12:15 pm - 12:55 pm

Lobby and Global Classroom


Breakout Sessions
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

  • Join Shouvik Paul, COO of Copyleaks, to explore the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education. AI is gradually making its way into every aspect of our lives, including the classroom. Discover how you can detect AI-generated content, utilize AI in the classroom for your students (that is cheating), and how Copyleaks can help you in this journey.

Speaker: Shouvik Paul, Copyleaks

Seminar Room

  • Transitioning from Blackboard to Brightspace was difficult for many at Stony Brook. Helping faculty understand that they are working with objects (puzzle pieces) helps them build their puzzle. They had the content, they were struggling with where to put it.

    During this session, I will highlight how we encouraged faculty to take a breath and work within the tools to build content and then build out the Table of Contents, this includes assignments, checklists, discussions, as well as using categories to organize content.

Speaker: Diana Voss, Stony Brook University

Tiered Classroom

  • There are many tools available within Brightspace that instructors can use to increase their course presence and to inspire greater levels of student engagement. Several use cases will be shared to demonstrate effective practices learned over years of using Brightspace for online and blended learning.

Speaker: Andrea MacArgel, D2L

Global Classroom

  • 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.

Speaker: Jamie Ferrazano and Johnny Bayerl, D2L

Multipurpose Room

Closing Session
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Global Classroom

Wrap-up and Prize Drawings