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Community College Network

What You Will Learn:

  • Learn about current issues at community colleges and how people are addressing them
  • Build your network by meeting others who share your interest in community colleges
  • Learn from leading community college educators about their professional development offerings and ideas about digital course design

Join us for a special day of learning and sharing with the D2L Community Colleges Network. Colleges seem to be dealing with many similar issues, all while trying to do more with less.

Consider attending this Connection event to build your network around those who want to see 2-year schools (and other organizations with similar missions) continue to grow in prominence.

Our agenda is peppered with presentations from college educators and administrators who will share their expertise and effective practices that will help you advance your career and enhance the learning experiences offered to your students.

Our main goals are to provide you with relevant information, valuable contacts, and a fun way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.


Network Welcome and Announcements

12:00pm – 12:05pm ET

Embedded Tutors, Success Coaches & Librarians: Student Success Initiative at Pima Community College

12:05pm – 12:25pm ET

Presenter: Jacqie Allen and Jeff Thies, Pima Community College

This session will focus on student success related to embedded academic support in PCC’s courses. We will describe how our embedded tutors, success coaches, and librarians work with our students to support their academic success. Learn how we utilize the role in our LMS and the collaboration involved with faculty and student affairs.

Student and Faculty Resource Centers – Beyond Online Courses

12:25pm – 12:45pm ET

Presenter: Lirim Neziroski, Prairie State College

Organizations use BrightSpace to provide tutorials and online orientations for students and faculty. They also use BrightSpace for project sites, scholarship repositories, program assessment, committees, course templates, and other resource centers. Join this session to learn about the various uses of BrightSpace beyond online courses.


12:45pm – 1:00pm ET

You, Me, We: Personalized Learning through Windows & Mirrors

1:00pm – 1:30pm ET

Presenter: Kari Frisch, Central Lakes College

One engaging way to promote more equity and inclusion in our classrooms is offering learning opportunities inspired by the Windows & Mirrors Theory. Implementing this inclusive technique challenges students to connect to the material (and each other) in a deeper, more authentic, and uniquely personalized manner. Come glimpse you, me, and the we.

Prize Giveaway Contests

1:30pm – 1:45pm ET


1:45pm – 2:00pm ET

'Wright' Sizing Your Brightspace Course

2:00pm – 2:20pm ET

Presenter: Jamie Petrilla, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Master architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, employed a distinct set of design principles to craft unique structures that fit seamlessly into their environments that have inspired generations of designers across disciplines. This presentation will demonstrate how Wright’s design principles can be applied to online learning using features in Brightspace.

Open Faculty Development: Empowering Faculty as Ed-Tech Problem Solvers and Peer Trainers

2:20pm – 2:40pm ET

Presenter: Anthony Sovak and Reed Dickson, Pima Community College

Can open pedagogy in faculty development nurture habits of exploration and innovation? This presentation will review and reflect on a recent practicum that set out to empower faculty as Ed-Tech Problem Solvers and Peer Trainers in their exploration of a broad variety of innovative tools and pedagogies using D2L Brightspace and Google Sites.


2:40pm – 3:00pm ET

Equity Gaps in Online Courses: Strategies for Reducing Barriers and Improving Student/Faculty Inclusion and Success

3:00pm – 3:40pm ET

Presenter: Fred Lokken, ITC Board Member, Truckee Meadows Community College

Like any other mode of instruction, online courses can and often do have unintended barriers creating equity gaps for students – and even faculty. The session will review the basics for equity/inclusion and specifically discuss strategies for reducing faculty resistance/reluctance, equity-conscious instructional design, student and faculty engagement, and strategies for student success. The session will also address any questions attendees may have.

Wrap-up and sign-off

3:40pm – 3:45pm ET


Embedded Tutors, Success Coaches and Librarians - Student Success Initiative at Pima Community College

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Beyond Online Courses - D2L Brightspace for Faculty and Student Resource Centers

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You, Me, We - Personalized Learning through Windows and Mirrors

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Wright Sizing Your Brightspace Course

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Open Faculty Development - Empowering Faculty as Ed-Tech Problem Solvers and Peer Trainers

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Equity Gaps in Online Courses - Strategies for Reducing Barriers

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D2L Affinity Networks

Our Affinity Networks provide you with ongoing opportunities to virtually connect with peers on your topics of choice. Each Network is facilitated, and you can participate as much as you like.

Learn more about D2L Affinity Networks