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104 Best Practices for D2L Technology

This rapid-fire webinar will showcase 10 techniques in eight areas: ice breakers, student engagement, instructor presence, interactivity, academic integrity, usability, universal design, and game-based learning. Based on participant feedback, three techniques will be selected for a deeper dive with audience participation.
Time: 3:00pm ET
Audience: Higher Education
Host(s): Tom Tobin, Northern Illinois University

The Power of Personalization – How Adaptive Technology is Transforming Teaching and Learning Webinar

The promise of personalization to impact the practice of teaching and learning and deliver more meaningful skills and knowledge development for all learners is the extremely tall order facing educators today. In an era of unprecedented budget constraints, human resource limitations, burgeoning class sizes and one of the most complex student demographics in history, educators from K-20 are challenged to deliver that personalized, one-on-one instruction that is the hallmark of an engaging and optimal learning experience. So what can educators do? How can they harness learning content and engage learners in a truly personalized learning experience? Is adaptive learning the answer?  In this webinar, you will learn how adaptive technology works to improve learning outcomes and helps drive individual learner progress and achievement – all from within your current learning environment. Learn how all of this is accomplished using IMS LTI standards.
Time: 1:00pm ET
Audience: K-12, Higher Education
Host(s): Drew Paulin, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia – Manager, Learning Design and Innovation, Hap Aziz, IMS Global – Connected Learning Innovation Community Facilitator, and Bill Bilic, D2L – VP Adaptive Learning

Digital Story Slam

Digital storytelling is an art form that is useful to students, faculty, and staff at all levels of education. Some combination of media, text, and voice is woven together to tell a story with new means of expressing creativity. This session will demonstrate various digital storytelling techniques in a Digital Story Slam. Think Poetry Slam, but without the poetry. Joining us to share their digital stories and their creative techniques and tools will be Kari Frisch and Michael Amick of Central Lakes College (Minnesota), and Audrey Williams and Brandon Ballentine of Pellissippi State Community College (Tennessee).
Time: 3:00pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Barry Dahl, Senior D2L Community Manager

Transforming your courses with Game-Based Learning

In this webinar, we will share the new Game-Based Learning System developed by Lambton College and D2L. This system allows faculty to create a tablet-enabled immersive environments and activities in which learners can participate, compete, and learn!

Aleks Gligoric, Desire2Learn
Over the past 9 years at Desire2Learn in the Creative Services team, Aleks has had experience with a myriad of fields, including web development, course development, game-based learning, multimedia, and video. Specializing in the Multimedia Solutions group, Aleks is experienced with various web technologies, including HTML5 and CSS, and has a passion for creating interactive and engaging materials.

Rick Overeem, Lambton College
Rick is the Associate Dean, Learning Innovation Centre, at Lambton College. He is a motivational leader, responsible for faculty and staff development, program development, mobile learning, emerging technologies, and innovation. Rick has received several Awards of Excellence in education and won the prestigious Meritorious Service Award. Rick obtained a BBA from Lakehead University and the University of Western Ontario, and is a candidate for MA.AEd. from St. Francis Xavier University.
Time: 3:30pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Aleks Gligoric, Desire2Learn & Rick Overeem, Lambton College

How and Why of Student DIY: The use of Student Self-Grading of Online Discussions

Student self-grading of online discussions is one way to involve students in introspection, engage them in evaluation of their performance, and ultimately improve performance and enhance learning in the online classroom discussion.  This presentation will cover some simple methods for incorporating student introspection for self-grading of discussions in the online learning environment, and instructor review of this self-grading to be sure it is in line with the rubric.
Take Away Points:
Instructor evaluation of students’ participation in online discussions may not be efficient or effective for promoting student cognitive growth and performance.
Student introspection in self-grading of online discussions can be an effective way to improve discussion performance and promote development.
The use of a quizzing tool is an easy method to incorporate student self-grading of discussions.
Time: 3:00pm ET
Audience: Higher Education
Host(s): Barbra Thoeming, D2L; Laura Schwarz and Nancyruth Leibold, Assistant Professors, Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato