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5 ways VLEs can transform student engagement


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Discover how VLE technology is transforming student engagement for academics at the University of Huddersfield.

Find out how University of Huddersfield created a more active learning environment for staff and students

  • Give students and staff 24/7 access tolearning resources
  • Support 'flipped classroom' teaching
  • Boost student satisfaction with award features
  • Help teachers track understanding and adjust contact time


Sophie McGown

Sophie has been at D2L for over 4 years, after teaching at a variety of schools across the world. Now a Senior Customer Success Manger, she utilizes her teaching experience to work with a number of customers across the UK & Ireland, bringing a creative flair for encouraging adoption and engagement with Brightspace.

Sarah Swift

Sarah is a Lecturer and joined the University of Huddersfield in 2014. Sarah is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with over fifteen years of practical experience in Local Government Finance. She has experience of various financial functions including management accounts, financial accounts, treasury management and internal audit.

Kay Smith

Kay joined The Business School as a Senior Lecturer in 2007, having previously spent 12 years teaching and managing on a variety of Higher Education programmes in a Further Education College. This included being the course leader for a MBA programme and the deputy head of department responsible for teaching and learning.

Sue Folley

Sue is an Academic Developer at the University of Huddersfield, with a remit to support the pedagogic development of staff with the use of digital technologies. Her role involves training staff and contributing to the University’s strategic developments in this area. She has worked in Higher Education for the last 20 years.

John Allport

John is Professor of Automotive Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. As part of the role, John is Director of the Turbocharger Research Institute at the University. The Institute was established to conduct research and develop training to support companies at the forefront of this world leading technology.cast

Who are D2L?

D2L (Desire2Learn) was founded in 1999 by John Baker. At the time, his engineering class was being challenged to look at the world in new ways by coming up with questions that no one had asked before.

John realized that despite all the change technology was driving in the world, his University campus seemed almost untouched by that momentum. The question he wanted to ask was clear: how could we use technology to dramatically transform learning?

He’s come to believe that one of the most important things we can do to help each other is to ensure that everyone has access to the best possible learning opportunities.

Today, D2L is working with customers around the world to help learners at a scale that was hard to imagine in 1999.

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