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Closed Captioning and Video Accessibility in Higher Education: What you need to know NOW

With video becoming a key component in educators' tool kits, it is essential that schools not only understand, but employ video accessibility best practices. Recent class action suits against prominent universities have brought renewed attention to the importance of closed captioning, both in terms of the scope and the quality of captioning. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the accessibility features in Brightspace, describe relevant accessibility compliance issues and recent enforcement changes that schools should be aware of, and highlight one school’s experience of video captioning which resulted in improved learning outcomes for a diverse variety of learners.
Time: 1:00pm ET
Audience: Higher Education
Host(s): Janna Cameron, Senior Usability Specialist, D2L; Kevin Erler, Ph.D., Founder and President, Automatic Sync Technologies; Art Morgan, VP Partner Development, Automatic Sync Technologies; Rebecca Graetz, Ed.D., Instructional Designer/Technologist, Inver Hills Community College

Using Predictive and Adaptive Analytics to Drive Student Success in the K-12 Standards-based Online Learning Environment

Academy School District 20 will share their experiences deploying predictive and adaptive analytics to drive student success in an interoperable and standards-based K-12 learning environment.
Time: 5:30pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Rick Tanski and Mike Arsenault of Academy School District 20; Barbra Thoeming, D2L Learning Community Manager

Big Data and Analytics in Education: Are You Prepared?

Big data doesn’t have to be a big deal if you’ve got a plan. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of developing a focused data strategy, and in determining business goals and success criteria prior to embarking on a large scale data project.  We’ll cover everything you need to know to prepare for enterprise-level analytics, from developing a data strategy, to implementing data governance, privacy considerations, and more.
Time: 2:00pm ET
Audience: K-12, Higher Education
Host(s): Michael Moore, Senior Advisory Consultant, Analytics, D2L; Rob Dolan, Manager, Industry Solutions, IBM Big Data and Analytics, IBM

Game Based Learning for Enterprises

Gamification utilizes employee interests to present and drive business goals in a non-intrusive manner. Users become engaged, monitoring their own progression through visual cues such as levels or points and leaderboards, while unlocking new information through success. Learning leaders can integrate concepts of gamification into existing content, making these concepts as simple or as complex as they like.

In this session, we will examine techniques and simple examples of games applied in training material. We will also cover the game-based learning service from D2L.  We will be using a scenario of a Leadership Development program as our case study.
Time: 1:30pm ET
Audience: Enterprise
Host(s): Sarah Nicholl, Senior Solutions Engineer – D2L

Ten Commandments for Creating Successful Discussion Board Assignments

This webinar will cover pedagogically-based “commandments” to help participants understand the nature of the Discussions tool and ways to use it most effectively. Best practices and sample assignments will be included. All resources will be shared.
Time: 3:00pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Amanda Dills of Oklahoma City University; Barry Dahl, Senior D2L Community Manager

Show and Share: Ideas and Strategies for Blended Learning in Brightspace

Join 3 Calgary Board of Education teachers as they showcase how they use the Brightspace platform to personalize learning for their students. Participants will hear strategies from a K-4, a middle school and a high school teacher as they share ideas for using Brightspace tools in concert with other CBE and Web 2.0 tools to embed digital citizenship practices, engage students and progressively launch their students as independent co-creators of learning experiences.
Time: 3:00pm ET
Audience: K-12
Host(s): Tracy Dalton, Calgary Board of Education; Barbra Thoeming, D2L Learning Community Manager

Using Mobile Apps and Digital Resources to Increase Student Engagement in Your Brightspace Course

This webinar will demonstrate how to use mobile apps to increase student engagement in Brightspace courses. This session will also explore digital resources that can enhance students' learning experience with course content. The goal of this session will be to provide a 'tool kit' of digital resources to create an educational experience that is active and engaging.
Time: 3:00pm ET
Audience: All
Host(s): Jon Johnson, Red Rocks Community College; Barry Dahl, Senior D2L Community Manager