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D2L Celebrates Education Trailblazers Making a Global Impact

2021 D2L Innovative Award Winners Deliver Teaching Excellence

Press Release

Today D2L announced the winners of the D2L Innovation Award, which recognizes and celebrates post-secondary educators for their innovative approaches to student-centered teaching and learning. The awards are co-sponsored with The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

The 2021 winners are:

  • Obidimma Ezezika, Assistant Professor of Health & Society at the University of Toronto, is driving research to help meet the health needs of people in marginalized communities through evidence-based interventions, such as technology and nutrition, at the local and global level.
  • Dr. Mohammad Moshirpour, MEng Software Program Director at the University of Calgary, is helping to cultivate the next generation of software engineering leaders, preparing them for global challenges through innovative course design and collaborative learning.

Award winners receive a two-year membership for STLHE and up to $2,200 towards registration and travel costs to attend the 2022 STLHE Annual Conference. They will be recognized as D2L Innovation Award recipients at this year’s STLHE Unconference, which will be hosted virtually from June 7-11, 2021.

“In a time of immense societal and educational change, these inspiring educators serve as motivation for us as fellow colleagues both in our classrooms and our communities,” says Denise Stockley, President of STLHE. “The recipients of the D2L Innovation Award continue to demonstrate unique teaching and innovative pedagogical practices in higher education.”

“These awards reflect our strong belief that education needs to constantly evolve to meet the ever-changing challenges, and we should celebrate educators who lead the way,” says John Baker, President and CEO of D2L. “This year’s recipients are shining examples of the profound impact that learning can have on the world – inspiring our future leaders to tackle global challenges and promoting health for people in marginalized communities. We’re proud to honour our winners for making this world a better place through learning that is more accessible, equitable, and engaging for their students.”

About D2L’s Brightspace

D2L’s Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform built for people who care deeply about student success and helping to prepare them for what comes next.

It gives faculty across your institution tools they’re going to love, makes it easy to support exceptional student experiences in the classroom or fully online. D2L’s Brightspace is designed in close collaboration with clients around the world – building a pedagogically rich set of features to improve engagement, retention and learning outcomes. It also makes it easier to do assessment and give feedback.

D2L’s Brightspace is worry-free with 99.9% reliability. It’s fully accessible and looks beautiful on any mobile device, making it easier for educators to reach every learner.

D2L’s Brightspace has won multiple industry awards, including the #1 LMS Technology for next generation online teaching and learning. To learn more, visit D2L for Higher Education.

About D2L

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