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Teaching and Learning : Reimagined
a series by D2L

a D2L webinar series

Higher education is always evolving. This series is inspired by and built on the trends we’re encountering—from learner engagement to student success and institutional effectiveness. It’s curated specifically with the higher education educator in mind, with webinars, blogs and stories that showcase new ways to look at the practices of teaching and learning. 

Product Tour: D2L Brightspace for Higher Education

A demo series designed to help educators get the most from the Brightspace learning platform.

Teaching and Learning: Reimagined

In this series, we’ll explore a wide range of ideas and strategies tied to the ways we learn and design learning experiences. The intention is to challenge conventional wisdom about how we teach and learn. By doing so, we have an opportunity to rethink, reexamine and reimagine what learning can look like for all learners across their lifetimes. Want to collaborate with us on a webinar or blog post? Reach out to us at [email protected]
A demo series designed to help educators get the most from the Brightspace learning platform.
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Break free from the limitations of an LMS.

Break free from the limitations of an LMS.

Experience a learning innovation platform that helps you unlock learner potential at scale.

The Higher Education Product Tour welcomes users of all skill levels to discover how Brightspace can help transform learning. Whether you’re currently evaluating learning platforms or are already using Brightspace at your institution, join one (or more!) of our 30-minute demos and see what Brightspace can do for you. Register for upcoming live sessions or view them on demand by clicking on the links below.

Experience a learning innovation platform that helps you unlock learner potential at scale.

The Higher Education Product Tour welcomes users of all skill levels to discover how Brightspace can help transform learning. Whether you’re currently evaluating learning platforms or are already using Brightspace at your institution, join one (or more!) of our 30-minute demos and see what Brightspace can do for you. Register for upcoming live sessions or view them on demand by clicking on the links below.

Upcoming and Previous Resources

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Upcoming Webinar
The Student Experience: Reimagined

Michael Sorrell President Sorrell is one of the most decorated college presidents in America. Recently, President George W. Bush and the George W. Bush Presidential Center awarded him the Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation. He has been named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine; is the only three time recipient of the HBCU Male President of the Year Award (2018, 2016 and 2012); won Higher Education’s President of the Year award as named by Education Dive; and Time Magazine listed him as one of the “31 People Changing the South.” Washington Monthly Magazine identified him as one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and PUSH/Excel honored him with its Education Leadership Award. Michael is the recipient of both the Dallas Bar Association’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award and the City of Dallas’ Father of the Year Award. In addition to being a member of the “Root 100” (a list of the top 100 emerging leaders in America) by the Root Online Magazine, Michael has received: the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from Duke University’s School of Law Alumni Association; the Social Innovator Award from Babson College; the Vision Award, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Middlebury College; Luminary Award from SMU; and the TRACS Leadership Award. The Dallas Historical Society honored Michael for Excellence in Educational Administration. He is a past recipient of the Dallas Urban League’s Torch for Community Leadership and both the President’s and C.B. Bunkley Awards from J.L. Turner for his outstanding contributions to the Dallas legal community. Michael also has an honorary degree from Austin College. Dr. Jeff Borden Dr. Borden is the former vice president of academic affairs at D2L, a Professor of Communication and Education, a Davis Scholar in Residence awarded by the Akilah Institute, and a speaker / consultant / leader across higher education. As a former Chief Innovation Officer, Academic Research Director (“Think Tank”), and lifelong advocate for effective eLearning, Jeff has spoken to educators at every level, from professors to politicians to presidents to principals, in 38 countries and 49 of 50 U.S. states. A passionate teaching and learning expert, Dr. Borden is generating and communicating the best possible ideas, strategies, and philosophies to transform learning at scale. Through award winning “learning ecosystem” creation, brain-based education strategies, large scale alternate reality games for education, and other creative endeavors, Dr. Borden has implemented effective learning techniques for thousands. Having written academic anthology chapters, academic journal articles, editorials, blogs, and given interviews for dozens of academic and popular media, as well as having presented to more than 5,000 audiences in 20 years, Dr. Borden will provide practical, researched, intentional strategies for changing learning. John Baker John founded D2L in 1999, at the age of twenty-two, while attending the University of Waterloo. He strongly believes that learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. He is a member of the Business Council of Canada, board member of the Business Higher Education Roundtable, member of the Industry Strategy Council in Canada, Chair of the Digital Economic Strategy Table in Canada, has served on the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is the Past Chair of the board of Communitech, and is a board member of Canada’s National Ballet School. John was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Ontario for Software and Technology), Young Alumni Achievement Medal from University of Waterloo, and Intrepid Entrepreneur of the Year in Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. John graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering, with First Class Honours and an option in Management Sciences.

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Webinar
The Future of Education: Reimagined

Phil Hill Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) is Publisher of the PhilOnEdTech blog and Partner at MindWires, LLC. Market Analyst. Craft Beer Connoisseur. Dad and Grandpa. These are just a few of the hats that Phil Hill wears. Phil is a lifelong learner who transitioned to educational technology consulting after working in the engineering field for many years. Consulting was a natural fit for him, as he has a unique gift for providing practical, thoughtful advice, and he isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers. He is notorious in the EdTech world for his ability to spot and describe major trends and implications for the broader market, and his unique graphics and visual presentations have been widely used in the industry. Previously Phil was an independent consultant and worked with numerous clients, including Western Governors University, California Community College System, UCLA, Bournemouth University, Lumen Learning, Coursera, multiple investment firms, and others. In addition to PhilOnEdTech, Phil has written for EDUCAUSE Review, Inside Higher Ed, and the Washington Post. He has also been interviewed and quoted at National Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, Buzzfeed Education (10 Ways to Tell If Your LMS Is Cheating on You!), and Washington Business Journal. Timothy Werth Timothy Werth is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Administrative Services at Purdue University Global. In this role, he provides visionary leadership, operational execution, and organizational support to transform processes and enable technologies to support Purdue Global strategic objectives. Previously, Werth served as the director of business process reengineering (2016–2018), senior director of finance (2018–2020), and executive director of strategic initiatives for information technology (2020–2021) at Purdue University West Lafayette. At Purdue, Werth was responsible for strategic and operational financial results for a $300 million portfolio of units, including Student Life and Intercollegiate Athletics. Werth also specializes in leading large ERP transition projects and most recently completed a transition from Workday to SuccessFactors at Purdue Global and led the $35 million Transform Purdue initiative to redesign the University’s business processes and technology to support finance, human resources, and enterprise asset management. Prior to joining Purdue, Werth held multiple leadership positions as part of a 30-year career in accounting, finance and continuous improvement. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Purdue in 1991 and a Masters in Business Administration from Purdue University Global in 2021. Dr. Jeff Borden Dr. Borden is currently the Chief Academic Officer at D2L, a Professor of Communication and Education, a Davis Scholar in Residence awarded by the Akilah Institute, and a speaker / consultant / leader across higher education. As a former Chief Innovation Officer, Academic Research Director (“Think Tank”), and lifelong advocate for effective eLearning, Jeff has spoken to educators at every level, from professors to politicians to presidents to principals, in 38 countries and 49 of 50 U.S. states. A passionate teaching and learning expert, Dr. Borden is generating and communicating the best possible ideas, strategies, and philosophies to transform learning at scale. Through award winning “learning ecosystem” creation, brain-based education strategies, large scale alternate reality games for education, and other creative endeavors, Dr. Borden has implemented effective learning techniques for thousands. Having written academic anthology chapters, academic journal articles, editorials, blogs, and given interviews for dozens of academic and popular media, as well as having presented to more than 5,000 audiences in 20 years, Dr. Borden will provide practical, researched, intentional strategies for changing learning. Amelia Manning Amelia started at SNHU in 2004 and has been the Chief Operating Officer of the institution since October, 2017. Amelia started as an advisor in SNHU’s distance education program and has been a critical part of the organization’s growth story, growing into leadership roles within the student experience, then leading the online organization, and now as Chief Operating Officer. Amelia’s role is to ensure that the organization delivers upon both its vision and mission by advancing strategy through execution, but her passion continues to be on creating experiences that lead to increased student success and a culture of care and student centricity within our employees. Her team includes Academics, Student Experience, Analytics, Planning, and Global Operations. Amelia has a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and a Master’s degree from University of New Hampshire.

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Student Success: Reimagined

Dr. Jeff Borden Chief Academic & VP of Academic Affairs, D2L Dr. Borden is currently the Chief Academic Officer at D2L, a Professor of Communication and Education, a Davis Scholar in Residence awarded by the Akilah Institute, and a speaker / consultant / leader across higher education. As a former Chief Innovation Officer, Academic Research Director (“Think Tank”), and lifelong advocate for effective eLearning, Jeff has spoken to educators at every level, from professors to politicians to presidents to principals, in 38 countries and 49 of 50 U.S. states. A passionate teaching and learning expert, Dr. Borden is generating and communicating the best possible ideas, strategies, and philosophies to transform learning at scale. Through award winning “learning ecosystem” creation, brain-based education strategies, large scale alternate reality games for education, and other creative endeavors, Dr. Borden has implemented effective learning techniques for thousands. Having written academic anthology chapters, academic journal articles, editorials, blogs, and given interviews for dozens of academic and popular media, as well as having presented to more than 5,000 audiences in 20 years, Dr. Borden will provide practical, researched, intentional strategies for changing learning. Dr. Tim Renick Executive Director, National Institute for Student Success Timothy Renick is the founding Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. Between 2008-2020, he directed the student success efforts of the university, overseeing a 62% improvement in graduation rates and the elimination of all equity gaps based on students' race, ethnicity, or income level. For six consecutive years, Georgia State has graduated more African American students with bachelor’s degrees than any other not-for-profit college or university in the nation. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, and CNN and cited by former President Barack Obama. He was named one of the Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine. Dr. Renick was the recipient of the Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation and was awarded the McGraw Prize in Higher Education. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University. Elizabeth Burns Senior Success Coach, Sinclair Community College Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Ohio State University and completed her Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education – Administration at Wright State University. Elizabeth has worked in various roles at Sinclair over her 6 years with the college, including as the online testing coordinator, online program coordinator, online academic coach and now as a success coach. As a success coach, Elizabeth works closely with students in the FlexPace program (Sinclair’s competency-based education program) as well as the faculty who teach the course and the instructional designers who create and revise the courses. This collaborative partnership has created a unique, wrap-around experience for the students, faculty & staff in the program. Her favorite aspect of being a coach is watching students who didn’t believe they could be successful go on to achieve their academic goals and usually surprise themselves with their resiliency and hard work. She enjoys traveling with her husband & children, playing volleyball, reading and DIY house projects. Rachel Clapp-Smith Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Purdue University Northwest Rachel has devoted her research to understanding how experiences in a variety of contexts impact the process and content of leadership development. As such, she has conducted research on how the whole person develops as a leader, looking at multiple life domains beyond just work, as venues of leadership identity development. She has also explored the impact of cross-cultural experiences in developing global leadership capacities such as global mindset and cultural self-awareness. During the academic year 2016/2017, Rachel was a visiting scholar at the Toulouse Business School in France. She has conducted leadership seminars in Budapest, Hungary; Dublin, Ireland; and Toulouse, France; and provided leadership coaching for a number of managers across Europe and the United States. Rachel has published articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, The Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, International Journal of Leadership Studies, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Human Resource Management. She has also published a number of book chapters in volumes such as Advances in Global Leadership and The Role of Leadership in Occupational Stress. Rachel received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at the University of Nebraska, MBA in International Management at Thunderbird, the School of Global Management, and BA in History and German at Bowdoin College.