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The Teaching and Learning Studio

From effective practices to new research, neo-millennial instructor techniques to professional development, get unlimited access to everything you need to deliver better teaching and learning.

D2L Master Class

Welcome to the D2L Master Class Series

You know your subject matter in depth and breadth, but how fully do you know learning?

Time is precious and short. Professional development money is tight. Quality information about how to best teach students is hard to find.

Access free, high-quality professional development focused on helping educators master the art and science of teaching. Each 60-90 minute Master Class will cover a specific area of teaching and learning while engaging an expert in conversations about the how, what, and why. These micro-courses will go deeply into a specific facet of teaching and learning, with the content taking most people 45-60 minutes to get through and another 30 minutes of assessment time for anyone seeking a micro-credential. With certifications available and dozens of effective, researched resources made available for continued reading and exposure, you will be setup to master teaching and learning elements through manageable scaffolding.

Join your peers from around the globe and learn from master practitioners.

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Upcoming Classes

Stay sharp. Learn the latest techniques on teaching and learning from leading experts.

Learning Frameworks

As educators, learning frameworks are the foundation of everything we do, and effective use of learning frameworks can truly make a master teacher. But understanding when to use learning frameworks, and how to truly ensure they support your learners, can be a challenge.

Join your hosts (Dr. Jeff Borden, Chief Academic at D2L, and Kassia Ghandi, Academic Affairs Director at D2L), as they unpack the power and importance of learning frameworks and share a model you can use to analyze how to best apply them in the classroom.

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Social Emotional Learning

If you work in education, you may have heard the term Social Emotional Learning (SEL) used more frequently in recent conversation, as educators grapple with ways to support the sometimes-forgotten elements of learning: self-regulation, social and self-awareness, and collaborative skills. We know that Social Emotional Learning is critical for academic success but applying it practically in the classroom or lecture hall can be challenging.

In this class, David McGeary – former K-12 principal, SEL expert, and Solutions Engineer at D2L – will join your hosts Dr. Jeff Borden (Chief Academic, D2L) and Kassia Ghandi (Academic Affairs Director, D2L) to discuss all things Social Emotional Learning. David will provide some vital grounding, research and, most importantly, practical ideas for implementing SEL tactics in the classroom.

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Your Hosts

Dr. Jeff Borden

Dr. Jeff Borden

VP of Academic Affairs

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.

Kassia Kukurudza

Kassia Gandhi

(née Kukurudza)

Academic Affairs Director

Kassia Ghandi is currently the Academic Affairs Director at D2L. She has worked in education for over a decade. Beginning her career as an elementary teacher, she now works for D2L (an educational technology company based in Ontario) as Academic Affairs Director. Specializing in technology-enabled learning and teaching, Kassia supports education organizations across the globe to create effective learning ecosystems that put teachers and students at the center. Kassia has her Master of Education, with a research focus in Haitian school systems and the role of education in fragile contexts. In her free time, she acts as a mentor for Faculties of Education and volunteers with the Family and Child Services, working with foster children.