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D2L Rise Summit: Orlando

An exclusive gathering of influential leaders in education.

Participants will dive into lifelong learning and explore how education and skills development needs transform to account for the vast demographic, technological and social shifts impacting the way we learn, including:

  • Why micro-credentials and flexible learning models are more important than ever
  • Durable skills and how we close an ever-widening skills gap
  • What higher education institutions need to do to prepare for these changes

Ready to Rise Up?

Register today.

Exclusive Summit

  • Hear from experts on emerging trends in lifelong learning
  • Enjoy VIP networking opportunities with fellow leaders
  • Build lasting industry connections and partnerships 

Why Attend?

  • Join the conversation on lifelong learning to gain insights and perspectives 
  • Grow your network with leaders in education 
  • Focus your strategy as part of a limited audience for maximum engagement 

We hope you’ll rise to the occasion with us


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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard
ChampionsGate, Florida USA, 33896 


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Rates starting at US $299 / night*

*Must Book by January 9, 2024 to secure discounted Rise Summit room rates. Rates based on availability and are subject to resort fee and applicable state and local taxes in effect at time of booking.   

Getting There

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  • Kenneth is responsible for D2L’s advisory board program, which involves working with top executives, administrators, and educational leaders across the company’s customer base. He is also responsible for analyst and thought leader relations, acting as an advisor to D2L’s senior executives and product leadership group on behalf of the institutions D2L serves. 

    Deeply passionate about the connection between technology and learning, Kenneth strives to identify how the changing edtech landscape can help educators transform student outcomes. He joined the original D2L team back in 2003, and has since played a major role in shaping customer support, product management, product design, and market strategy. 

    Kenneth graduated with distinction from the University of Guelph, holding an Honours Co-op Bachelors in Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science. He has also subsequently achieved certifications in both product management and project management disciplines. 

  • Dr Cristi Ford

    Dr. Cristi Ford serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at D2L. She brings more than 20 years of cumulative experience in higher education, secondary education, project management, program evaluation, training and student services to her role. In this role, she offers thought leadership and direction to the academic affairs unit of the organization. Her previous roles have allowed her to have impact in education from secondary and higher education settings within North America and as part of the international landscape. Her reach has allowed her to focus on building online education in the US and in Africa. 

    In addition to her experience building new online learning programs and research related to online teaching and learning, Dr. Ford possesses significant experience in the design and delivery of integrated educational support, training and transition services for young adults and children with neurodevelopment disabilities. 

    Dr. Ford was selected by the Online Learning Consortium as the 2022 OLC Fellow (the highest professional distinction offered by the association). She is a tireless advocate for quality online education and has leveraged her passion and expertise in many realms in the education space. She is known for utilizing her leadership in extraordinary ways to help institutions build capacity to launch and expand online programming through effective faculty development, instructional design and pedagogical practices. 

    Dr. Ford holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Psychology from Hampton University and University of Baltimore, respectively. 

  • headshot of speaker Ben Campbell

    Ben Campbell has been a D2Ler for nearly 10 years, and previously spent nearly 10 years in online learning roles at the University of Florida and UC Berkeley. He oversees a team of EdTech product experts focused on amplifying the voice of the customer in D2L decisions. Ben holds a Master’s in Educational Technology and has worked as an Instructional Designer, Product Manager, and Online Program Manager before joining D2L.

Agenda At-a-Glance

*subject to change

Feb 1, 2023

Day 1

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebration Falls

Evening Welcome Reception

Join your fellow attendees and summit speakers for an informal night before networking gathering. This is a chance to meet new colleagues, say hello to old friends, and connect before tomorrow’s summit.

Drinks and light appetizers will be served.

Feb 2, 2023

Day 2

9:00 am - 10:00 am


Breakfast + Networking

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Heritage Park

Opening Intro

Host: Ken Chapman, VP of Learning Innovation Advocacy at D2L

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Heritage Park

Morning Keynote

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Heritage Park

Refreshment Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Heritage Park

Panel Presentation

Facilitator: Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Academic Affairs at D2L

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm


Lunch + Networking

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Heritage Park

Facilitated Speedboat Activity

Facilitator: Ben Campbell, VP of Solution Engineering at D2L

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Heritage Park

Closing Remarks & Wrap-up

Host: Ken Chapman, VP of Learning Innovation Advocacy at D2L

Ready to Rise Up?