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Using the Brightspace Discussions Tool for Engaging Icebreakers for Online or Face-to-Face Courses

Icebreakers are a simple way to introduce your students to the Brightspace discussion board. Icebreakers are also a great way to build a sense of community for your online course or for your face-to-face courses before the first day of class. In this session you will be introduced to several ways you can engage your students with icebreakers. Icebreakers can be used for students to get to know each other, team building, introducing new technologies, hands-on experience with the discussion tool and introduce students to collaborative learning. Examples and templates will be provided after the session.
Time 3:00pm ET
Audience: Higher Education
Host(s): Robin O’Callaghan, Winona State University

Growing Your Online Presence – Part II

Many colleges and universities around the world are looking for new opportunities to increase enrollments. Online growth has proven to be a key strategy with many institutions.

This webinar expands on the Growing Your Online Presence – Part I held in June. We’ll focus on why institutions choose Brightspace to host their online programs, as well as, outline supportive services available to help your institution build strategies and approaches to growing an effective online presence. Join us along with Newbury College of Massachusetts to find out why they chose Brightspace.

Register today to explore the benefits of working with Brightspace and discover the latest solutions to help your institution stay focused on teaching and learning.

In this session we will:

  • Learn about Newbury College’s online strategy and initiatives and how Brightspace was the best fit to help them meet their goal to expand their online presence

  • Uncover new strategies to help increase your online presence

  • Explore Brightspace added services that can help your institution build an online strategy, address change management and grow your institution

Time 1:00pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Bill Boozang, AVP & Dean, Online & Continuing Education, Newbury College; Brandon Goerz, Regional Sales Executive | Education, D2L; Dan Hoppe, Senior Advisory Consultant, D2L

A Beginner’s Guide to Intelligent Agents

Maybe you’ve heard about Intelligent Agents, but don’t really know what they are or how to use them. If that sounds like you; then this is a session you don’t want to miss! Participants will get a beginner’s guide to using the Intelligent Agent tool through real-world examples. This wonderful resource can help instructors keep content fresh and their courses interactive through automatic notifications.
Time 3:00pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Amanda Keesee, University of Central Oklahoma

Getting Online Students Engaged During Week One of a New Term

Are you getting your courses ready for semester startup? Many instructors like to add something new to their class each term, and this webinar is intended to give you a few ideas of how you might get students engaged and active during the first week of class. We'll look at a few specific activities that utilize various Brightspace tools. You can use the same activities in your class, or use these ideas to easily come up with your own alternative activities that suit your goals for engaging with students.
Time 3:00pm ET
Audience: Higher Education
Host(s): Barry Dahl, Senior D2L Community Manager

Using the Competency, Dropbox and Rubrics tools, and D2L ePortfolio for Program Accreditation

Accreditation is an important process for many programs. Using the Competency tool, the Dropbox tool, the Rubrics tool, and D2L ePortfolio together can make this process an efficient one for the auditors that visit. This presentation will review how these tools work together to show students meeting objectives for accreditation.


Time 3:00pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Alan Shapiro and Tricia Gorham, St. Petersburg College

Jumpstart Your Online Student Experience and Promote Early Engagement

At Johnson County Community College, some students find the experience of taking an online course to be very intimidating. JCCC has created an online tutorial course that provides exposure to the Brightspace platform while sharing secrets for success. At the University of Oklahoma, an online Tech Bootcamp provides students with an introduction to various technologies and resources on campus. Come hear about the lessons learned and quality improvements made to the Bootcamp. Join us to hear from both of these institutions about their efforts to prepare students for using Brightspace and other instructional technologies.
Time 3:00pm ET
Audience: Higher Education
Host(s): Ed Lovitt of Johnson County Community College; Kevin Buck and Tomika Cox, both of University of Oklahoma

Get Your Game On: How to Gamify Your Course in 5 Easy Steps

Gamification is the use of game thinking and game elements such as challenges, feedback, levels, and rewards in non-game contexts to motivate and engage learners. But how do you get started?  Learn how the design team at Southern Illinois University deconstructed content and developed a working framework to gamify courses in Brightspace.
Time 3:00pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Heidi Jung and Cheryl Bosarge, Southern Illinois University

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