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A Day With D2L

Instructional Innovation Conference 2019


Work with other faculty to maximize your D2L experience!


Collegewide D2L Professional Development Event

Learn to build courses and teach in D2L

Open to adjunct and full-time instructors

Presented by faculty and CCIT

You Asked, We Answered!

At last year’s Ed Camp, faculty had the opportunity to vote for their most pressing issues in teaching and learning.

The top-rated issue identified was Maximizing D2L.

So this year, now that the entire college has migrated to the new learning management system, we decided to focus our entire conference around this top priority. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from your peers who have already been using D2L as well as CCIT. Everything from setting up a grade book to promoting a positive learning environment.

Dress and What to Bring

Please dress casually for the day. While many sessions are in computer classrooms, we encourage you to bring your own device (laptop or tablet.)

How It Works

Four workshop sessions will be offered throughout the day. At each session you’ll get to choose from a variety of D2L related workshops to attend. Most workshops will be offered at every session, so you’ll be able to join plenty of them.

Lunch will be on your own.

Not up for a workshop at any particular time? Head over to the Faculty Lounge for refreshments, networking, and even a massage chair. Or, drop in the Open Lab for help with any of your D2L needs.

Need college-wide department time? This is also the perfect chance to get together with your college-wide counterparts to discuss recent curriculum changes or other important updates. If you would like to schedule space and time, just indicate that on your registration form and we will make it happen. You may also select the “Request a Department Room” button below to request a room for your department.

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9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and Networking
9:30 – 10:00 Opening Presentation
10:00 – 10:10 Transition
10:10 – 11:00 Session 1
11:00 – 11:10 Transition
11:10 – 12:00 Session 2
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 -2:20 Session 3
2:20 – 2:30 Transition
2:30 – 3:20 Session 4
3:20 – 3:30 Wrap Up



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Choose one of the following events during each session.

Attendance Reporting and Grading (Sessions 1 & 2) (Room: TER 205)

Presenters: Dr. Melissa Rakes & Deepa Komdepudi

Description: Review Attendance policy, reporting and grading requirements. Learn how to use the “Tracking Never Attended Students” tool in Student Information System(SIS)

Authentic Assessment and Rubrics in D2L (Sessions 1 & 2) (Room TER 216)

Presenter: Kelly Davis

Description:  What is a relevant and authentic way to assess student learning using the D2L platform? How can we make providing meaningful feedback to students easier for faculty? In this session we will explore several examples of authentic assessments and how to design and implement rubrics in D2L.

Communicating with Students Using D2L (All Sessions) (Room ETB 758)

Presenter: Molli Carter

D2L offers a variety of ways to communicate with students. This session will go over how to set up intelligent agents — automated communication to students based on criteria you select such as grades, completion, and due dates. We will also go over features such as activity feed and email to ensure that instructors in courses have a variety of ways to communicate with students.

D2L Support (Sessions 1 & 2) (Room ETB 700E)

Presenter: Pauline Pauley-Sturgeon

When in you’re a bind and need some help, who you gonna call? There are a number of ways you and your students can get help.  Learn where you can get the support and resources that you need at your fingertips.​

Every Which Way to Grade (Sessions 1 & 3) (Room ETB 701)

Presenter: Sean Fitzgibbons, D2L

There are a number of ways to evaluate your Learners when you wish to provide a score or feedback, and sometimes the trick to using them is knowing which approach works best for yourself, regardless of what anyone else is doing. In this session we will look at the different ways to assess Learning Activities, whether from Grades, the tool the activity was built in, or Content, and identify the advantages each method provides.

Faculty Lounge (All Sessions) (Del-One Conference Center)

Open during every workshop session for those looking for a chance to relax. The faculty lounge offers refreshments and a chance for informal networking with your colleagues. And you’ll have the chance to relieve some stress with a professional massage.

Gradebook and Assessment in D2L (All Sessions) (Room SET 121)

Presenter: Ish Stabosz

Getting your grades to calculate right can be a headache. Points or weighted? Categories or nah? How do you know if it’s calculating correctly? In this workshop, we’ll work through what you need to know to get your grades done right.

Open Lab (All Sessions) (Del-One Conference Center)

The open lab is available for walk-in help throughout the day. Stop in if you need help with anything D2L related, or if you want space to work on your courses. Chromebooks will be available for your use within this lab space.

Pimp My Slide: Using HTML Templates to Improve Course Content (All Sessions) (Room TER 219)

Presenter: Dani Brunet

Create great looking, responsive, and accessible content topic pages using HTML templates in D2L. This session will showcase instructor-friendly layouts that are designed to be edited using the HTML Editor in D2L. No coding experience needed!

Plagiarism Prevention with URKUND Text Similarity Detection (Sessions 1 & 2) (Room ETB 716)

Presenter: Eric Gibbs, URKUND

Make confident and informed decisions on the originality of student work. URKUND’s text similarity detection tool is seamlessly integrated within D2L to enable faculty the ability to support institutional academic integrity by collecting, assessing and analyzing student coursework. This session will focus on how to enable an assignment and interpret URKUND’s originality reporting tool within D2L.​

Portfolios in D2L (All Sessions) (Room SET 126)

Presenter: Josh Barnes

Do you use a portfolio in your technology and hate having to keep track of the HTML addresses of all your students. Want students to be able to upload samples of coursework throughout your program and get feedback from other students and instructors as the student moves through the program. Are students weary of placing info on the internet? Need a place to store credentials for each student like CPR, artifacts from conferences, etc? D2L Portfolios might be the option for you.

Positively D2L: Creating a Positive Learning Environment in the New LMS (All Sessions) (Room TER 217)

Presenters: Stacey Hoffer, Kathi Mahoney, & Jill Austin

How do you promote positive attitude and engagement in the classroom? What about the online classroom? Choose from a list of possible strategies for building a positive experience from your students’ first login to their final logout. We will offer tips on how you can use D2L tools to provide engagement in online and face-to-face classes with minimal effort. This session focuses on workshopping these features in your actual courses as well as discussing strategies to avoid engagement burnout!

Save Time with Office 365 and D2L (Sessions 2 & 3) (Room TER 202)

Presenter: Kim Bates

If you use Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint , Excel) in D2L, this workshop is for you! You will learn how easy it is to integrate Office 365 with D2L. Why would you want to do this – save time when edits are needed; free up space on your PC; access your documents anytime, anywhere (no more flash drives to carry around)! In this session, you will learn how to upload documents to Office 365 and how to link to these documents in D2L.

Smarthinking Online Tutoring (Session 2) (Room ETB 700 G)

Presenter: Jennifer Koch, Smarthinking

Faculty and students now have access to Online Tutoring via Smarthinking, regardless of which course materials are in use in a course. In this virtual session, you will see a live walk through of the Smarthinking Faculty View, as well as overview of the Smarthinking Student View.

Student Collaboration Using D2L (All Sessions) (Room 700 H)

Presenter: Brad Thompson

While you’ve probably utilized group projects, class discussion, or collaborative assignments in your courses before, it can be challenging to find ways to translate those same valuable learning experiences for online and hybrid courses. This session will focus on strategies and tools to incorporate authentic collaborative experiences for students, both in traditional and distance education courses.

Using D2L for a cosmetic “facelift” that is accessible to all students (Sessions 1 & 3) (Room TER 201)

Presenter: Marc Cooke

Did you know that D2L not only looks nice, but can also be fully accessible for students? In this workshop you will explore some uses of HTML pages and templates that, not only look nice, but are accessible for all your students. Why use a link for a video when you can put the video (or videos) in a frame on the same web page? Want students to explore a bit on their own?  Use HTML to introduce a reading and then take them to the actual reading. In this workshop you will be able to explore some of the basic HTML templates and practice using one or two to give your D2L course a cosmetic facelift while assuring accessibility for students

What's Making Brightspace Even Brighter? (Sessions 2 & 4) (Room ETB 701)

Presenter: Sean Fizgibbons, D2L

Interested in learning about what’s new and updated in Brightspace? In this session we will explore recent changes to tools and tasks in your Learning Environment, such as Rubrics, grading workflows with Rubrics, and Activity Feed. During this time we will not only examine the new functionality, but discuss use cases that might apply to these updated tools.