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Help us celebrate GAAD by checking out the new Check A11Y tool in the HTML editor.
Just in time for GAAD 2017
Today (May 18) is 2017 Global Accessibility Awareness Day, or GAAD. Here at D2L, we pay attention to accessibility concerns every day, but still, this day is very special. It seems timely to toot our own horn today since we very recently added an enhancement to the HTML editor in Brightspace.
Introducing... the Check Accessibility icon in the HTML editor!
First available in the April 2017 Release (version 10.7.0 for those of you keeping score), the accessibility…
Building a Faculty Development Hub in Brightspace
Presenters: Ashley Riddle and Amanda Dills, Oklahoma City University
Description: How do we make faculty training accessible and its impact measurable? This webinar introduces one solution: A faculty development hub created using the Awards tool, Release Conditions, and enhanced content in D2L. Takeaways include a hub planning checklist and a course template they can upload and customize for their own learning environments.
Date: May 9, 2017
Great breakout sessions at Fusion 2017 by Mary-Alice Muraski, Jeff Allison, and Kevin Cormier.
Have you heard about Fusion 2017? Just in case you haven’t, let me tell you about some of the reasons why you should attend.
In addition to great keynote speakers (Ray Kurzweil, for starters), a fabulous exhibit hall, an awesome social event at a famous Vegas night club, the Usability Lab, the Extensibility Lab, and all the opportunities to network with other D2L users; the breakout sessions are going to be amazing.
I’ve recently asked a couple of questions of some of the scheduled presenters…
Holli Brown, Tom Tobin, and Greg Jorgensen provide some insight about their breakout sessions at Fusion 2017.
We are in full-blown planning mode at D2L for Fusion 2017. We hope you’re planning to join us for our premiere event of the year.
I’ve recently asked a couple of questions of some of the scheduled presenters for Fusion 2017. The questions I posed to them are really quite simple; “Why should people come to your session? What will they learn?”
Here are three of the responses.
Thomas Tobin - Copyright
Thomas Tobin is offering a session titled, “Become a D2L Copyright Ninja.” Tom has authored a…
To replace a rescheduled webinar, check out this 8-minute video slideshow.
During the first ten minutes of an April 11 webinar for the Brightspace Teaching & Learning Community, I had the pleasure of having my Internet connection go completely dead for about fifteen minutes. After hoping it would quickly come back, I told the attendees that we would have to reschedule the webinar for one week later.
Instead of rescheduling, I decided to try a different approach. I created an 8-minute video for your on-demand viewing. I hope you find this helpful. Please share any…
Updating the info about embedded RSS Feeds in Brightspace.
I was recently asked about an easy way to pull content from the Brightspace Teaching & Learning Blog into a Brightspace course shell at a campus. They were asking for permission to bring in some content and share with faculty on their campus, into an online faculty lounge, or something with a different name but similar function.
First of all, permission granted, just like it is granted to anyone who wants to share our content from the Teaching & Learning Community (TLC).
Accreditors have to embrace a commitment to high quality and improved student outcomes.
- U.S House Committee Chair on Education – Virginia Foxx
Recent comments from U.S. House of Representatives Committee Chair of Education, Virginia Foxx, addressed the eventual baton passing from the U.S Department of Education to regional and national accredited agencies. Higher education institutions will soon face a new challenge - how best to meet performance criteria to satisfy independent accrediting agencies.
Poor student outcomes can have a severe impact on securing state and federal funding for both institutions and students. As a result,…
Nominations are open until March 24 for the 2017 Awards.
Each year at FUSION, D2L recognizes several individuals or groups from the greater D2L Community through the Brightspace Excellence Awards program. The next round of award winners will be announced at FUSION 2017 in Las Vegas this July.
The nominations will be accepted through March 24, 2017. Nominations of your peers are encouraged, and self-nominations are gladly accepted.
The Brightspace Excellence Awards recognize educators who have used the Brightspace platform to…
Are you ready to get your Fusion on? We're not either, but we're working on it. See you in July?
Many of us at D2L are in full planning mode for Fusion 2017. We’ll be at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for our annual user’s conference.
- Main conference: July 19-20
- Post-conference workshops: July 21
We’re still working on many of the details, all of which will be revealed in future posts as well as at the Fusion website. There are a few things that we can say for sure, such as:
- the opening keynote by CEO John Baker is a can’t-miss presentation each year.
- the D2L Solutions Spotlight on…
We've added trivia questions to some of our webinars. Take a look!
During the two January 2017 webinars for the Teaching & Learning Community, we ran a little trivia contest via Twitter and email. Thanks to all who participated. Here are the questions, answers, and winners.
January 24 questions:
- Q1: Which D2L product features Reflections, Collections, and Presentations?
- Answer: ePortfolio (the product featured in our next webinar)
- Q2: This keynote speaker (see photo) received a spontaneous standing ovation in 2013 in Boston. Who is he? …
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