Community and Knowledge Lab: Fusion 2022
What’s better than a Community shaped by our very own members? We are extremely grateful for all the feedback and participation at the D2L Fusion 2022 in Boston during our Community and Knowledge Lab User Research testing as well as FusionX. We had over 60 visitors to our lab both onsite and virtually. Key feedback provided by our conversations during Fusion are shaping exciting changes in the future of the Community.
- Following our research studies from fusion, we heard from YOU and are working on: Easier, faster and a more intuitive navigation inside the Brightspace Community
- Content categorization keeping your Brightspace workflows in mind!
- Ensure our documentation lets you know 'Why?' you are going to use a workflow/ tool and is easy to read.
Image: D2L Community and Knowledge Specialists sitting around testing stations with Community Lab participants inside a conference room.
It's always fun to see a fellow Brightspace Educator use Brightspace to help transform the way the world learns!
For this edition, we are highlighting Dr. Chris Jones who has exemplified a fun way of using Awards to individualize student recognition. If you are interested and looking to get inspired check out a few of his sample awards, in his award badges twitter thread!
Image: Sample Award badge created by Dr. Chris Jones featuring a bumble bee and a caption for the badge "Bumblebee: Like a bumblebee, you work extremely hard in ways that aren't always appreciated."
Discussions: What's everyone talking about?
As many of our Community Members are getting ready for a new school year questions about academic integrity maybe top of mind for many of you. We encourage you to connect in our discussions to share and support one another in fostering a class room community of trust.
To help connect you with resources that focus on academic integrity and plagiarism we would like to take this opportunity to share updates in our July Release Notes. Here, we highlight a few updates to the TurnItIn plugin:
• Instructors can now restrict file types to those supported by TurnItIn. If an invalid type is submitted, an error is reported with no other side effect.
• GradeMark is now Online Grading and Originality Check is now Similarity Report. Instructors can enable features for Online Grading and Similarity Report separately within the TurnItIn Integration options page.
• In Brightspace Learning Environment, the submission view now reflects the new TurnItIn feature names that match Brightspace’s user interface styling and text.
Learning Center Courses
New Courses inside the Learning Center for K12, Higher ED and Corporate
Accessible Virtual Presentations
Have you ever wondered what makes a presentation welcoming and engaging for a diverse audience including people with disabilities when presenting online? Are you interested in learning how to design and deliver virtual presentations that are designed for all? This Accessible Virtual Presentations course is for you!
What You’ll Love:
• Short, easy to digest videos organized by topic
• Downloadable, take-away checklist
Learning Through Story
Once upon a time a new course was created!
Allow your imagination to run wild with our BRAND-NEW Learning Through Story course found in the Brightspace Learning Center. Discover the components of a successful story, the value of incorporating story, and the tools to help you engage your learners! Now that’s what I call a ‘happily ever after’!
What You’ll Love:
• The magic!
• Discovering how easy it is to use storytelling elements to engage learners
• Downloadable, take-away resources to support you
Final Call: Instructional Design Escape Room
Instructional Design Best Practices Group’s Escape Room For Gamified Learning is the very first Brightspace hosted online escape room. Are you interested to gamify the learning experience and deliver your course with the twist of adventure? Get inspired with our Instructional Designers through the Escape Room hosted in the Brightspace Learning Center. Completion of the escape room will earn you a freemium webinar hosted by our very own Instructional Designer who will teach you tips and tricks to gamify the learning experience in your own Brightspace Course.
Deadline: 30th of September 2022
This year it was personal! We loved connecting with D2L customers, partners and professionals in the Education sector to learn how we can support the mission to "Reach every learner!". Keeping consistent with this years theme, we hoped to collect user experience data to personalize the experience for our Community members.
We, the Community and Knowledge lab focused on 3 key areas inside Community for this years Fusion:
- Navigation experience inside the new Community prototype!
- Content categorization inside the Community Knowledge base
- Value proposition lead writing and ease of reading a Community Article.
ID Escape Room Final Webinar
While the escape room is designed to be completed asynchronously, there were three live sessions available where you could complete the escape room over Zoom with an instructional designer. The Community team and our Course Owner, Rabia Ijaz, D2L Instructional Designer, loved answering and connecting with our adventure enthusiasts to help complete the journey through the Escape Room!
Missed it? Don't fret!
Check out the Instructional Design Escape Room Webinar On Demand recording.
What else? Make sure to complete our Escape Room by 30th September for access to a freemium webinar hosted by our Instructional Designer who will teach you the tips and tricks to create your very own Brightspace Escape Room!
**If you have completed the course: stay tuned for an update coming soon about the Final Escape Room Webinar.
Look Out For
Communities of Practice Course
Does ‘improved professional achievement’ sound like a good idea to you? Keep your eyes peeled for the release of our upcoming Learning Center course, Communities of Practice. In this comprehensive guide you will have all of the information you need to understand the value of and how to create your own CoP within your organization to encourage support among members to reach common goals.
Manager Dashboard Course
Have you been looking for a way to provide visibility into learners’ course completion? How about automating user enrollment into the right courses? In our upcoming Learning Center course, Manager Dashboard, you will have step by step workflows to achieve all this and more, saving you time and effort! Stay tuned for this course release soon!