D2L announces 2020 edtech excellence award winners

The edtech platform provider announced five winners from around the world

Edtech company D2L has announced the winners of its 2020 excellence awards, which celebrate teachers and trainers who have utilised the Canadian company’s Brightspace platform in a unique way.

“We recognise leaders in learning because they inspire us, and because we learn from them,” said John Baker, CEO of D2L. “We’re so gratified to work with these organisations as partners in delivering extraordinary learning experiences for their people, and we’re thrilled to shine a light on their success.”

The winners are from the USA, New Zealand and Canada.

2020 D2L Excellence Award Winners

Colorado Community College System (CCCOnline) – USA: CCCOnline is a consortium of 13 community colleges that offers students a virtual educational option. The provider started life in 1995 with video cassettes, floppy disks and dial-up modems.

“Using an innovative team approach, faculty, instructional designers, librarians and technology experts use Brightspace to produce and deliver high-quality online courses, many with zero textbook costs,” D2L said.

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) – New Zealand: Te Kura describes itself as “New Zealand’s largest school” and has more than 23,000 students from ages three to 19 enrolled on one of its distance learning courses each year. The state-funded provider offers courses which allow students to access individual support and qualified teachers, and the opportunity to connect with other students their same age.

Most of the courses are supplementary to school learning and utilise audio-visual resources, quizzes and online activities. The course’s are taught through Brightspace, developed by edtech company D2L.

Six Nation Polytechnic (SNP) STEAM Academy – Canada: SNP STEAM Academy offers students in grade 10 the opportunity to take college courses over four to six years. Brightspace has been an integral part of the creation and delivery of the programme, which is a blend of classroom and online learning, since it was founded in 2018.

Consortium d’apprentissage virtuel de langue française de l’Ontario (CAVLFO) – Canada: CAVLFO serves the 12 French-language school boards in the province of Ontario, offering more than 70 courses covering subjects such as social sciences, mathematics, languages, business and computer science.

(ISC)² Professional Development Institute – USA: (ISC)² is the world’s largest non-profit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals, with more than 150,000 members. Their membership is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals. (ISC)² uses Brightspace to offer courses free to their membership.

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