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Improvements to Desire2Learn

FITS has sent out some good news to faculty:

The autumn quarter brings improvements and enhancements to the Desire2Learn. Below are just some of the highlights:

Email Notifications from Discussions
To enable, simply click Subscribe to Topic after clicking on a topic heading. As an added convenience you get to decide how often you receive notification – e.g. once a day, upon posting, etc.


Role Switch Widget
The Role Switch Widget has been moved so it appears above the News Widget. This will allow faculty to more easily utilize the feature and, as this widget only appears to instructors, the change will not affect the student display.


Leave Audio Feedback
A new feature for Fall is the ability to easily leave audio feedback for your students, and for your students to provide you with audio feedback/assignments. Anyplace in D2L that you can attach a file you will be able to record audio feedback (see http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/ContributionFolder/Technology/D2L/PDF/dropbox.pdf for directions). There is a 1 minute time limit for each recording.


Custom Widgets
For instructors wishing to add functionality to course homepages through custom widgets, a number of new widgets have been added to the system. These widgets, developed by the University Library, link students to key resources in a variety of subject areas, connect students to a librarian via AskALibrarian, and allow users to directly search certain library resources like JStore and Academic Search Complete. To learn how to add a widget to your course, see http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/ContributionFolder/Technology/D2L/PDF/add_widget.html for more information.

Branching Surveys
For faculty wishing to use the D2L Survey tool it is now possible to create branching surveys. For more information, please see http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/ContributionFolder/Technology/D2L/PDF/surveys.pdf.



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