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Reminder - Older courses to be removed from D2L

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FITS sent out this email reminder to faculty:

Just a reminder, to make your experience using D2L the best it can be, to help with system performance, and to comply with records retention policies, the University will be implementing a process to remove older course material from D2L. Once materials are removed from D2L they will no longer be available for retrieval.

Beginning July 1, 2015, Information Services will begin removing courses from the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.

Faculty wishing to retain a personal copy of materials found in these courses are able to export them to an archive file which can be stored locally on a flash drive, U: or W: drive or other external storage device. These archived courses can be later imported back into D2L or another Learning Management System. No student data (grades, submitted work, etc) will be retained when courses are exported.

For directions on how to export a course see the section on Exporting Course Components to a File in the following quickguide. If you need assistance with this process, please contact fits@depaul.edu.

All exports will need to be completed by June 30, 2015. IMPORTANT: once materials have been removed from the system, we will be unable to retrieve them.

If you have any questions, please contact lmsadmin@depaul.edu

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Older Courses to be removed from D2L July 1

To comply with records retention policies, the University will be implementing a process to remove older course material from D2L. Once materials are removed from D2L they will no longer be available for retrieval.

Beginning July 1, 2015, Information Services will begin removing courses from the 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 academic years.

Faculty wishing to retain a personal copy of materials found in these courses are able to export them to an archive file which can be stored locally on a flash drive, U: or W: drive or other external storage device. These archived courses can be later imported back into D2L or another Learning Management System.

For directions on how to export a course see the section on Exporting Course Components to a File in the following quickguide. If you need assistance with this process, please contact fits@depaul.edu.

All exports will need to be completed by June 30, 2015.

IMPORTANT: once materials have been removed from the system, we will be unable to retrieve them.

If you have any questions, please contact lmsadmin@depaul.edu
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Tech Tuesdays: Demystifying D2L’s Quizzes

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Josh Lund will be presenting at the next Tech Tuesday on Demystifying D2L’s Quizzes.

Still stuck giving paper quizzes and exams? Wish there was an easier, or better, way to assess your students? This workshop is an in-depth exploration of Desire2Learn’s Quizzes tool. Topics covered will include:

  • The different question types available in a D2L quiz- which to use and which NOT to use
  • Creating randomized and scrambled test questions and test banks to automatically give each student a different exam
  • Setting quiz parameters such as availability and time limits
  • Using publisher content- importing test banks and making your text do the work for you
  • Converting paper exams into D2L-formatted quizzes quickly
  • Where to get help when you’re stuck

Please note that this will take place in the FITS Training Room on the 12th floor of the Lewis Building (Lewis 1266). The room is equipped with laptops.

Josh Lund is the FITS department's Senior Instructional Technology Consultant for the Driehaus College of Business, CPE, and the School of Music. He provides support for online course development, leads workshops, and researches best practices in teaching and learning to bring directly to faculty.

  • Date: Tuesday March 31
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: Lewis 1266

Eventbrite - Demystifying D2L’s Quizzes

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Desire2Learn Solution Showcase

D2L Solution Showcase

Desire2Learn (our Learning Management System provider) has a useful page (Solution Showcase) that lists the various solutions and vendors that work with D2L. Solution Showcase contains videos, resources, and more.

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Yahoo email not delivered via D2L

DePaul has just learned that Yahoo has changed their email policy, which now only allows email to be sent via the yahoo.com domain and not through a third party.

This means that email sent via D2L (using a yahoo email address) will not be delivered. DePaul has no control over this.

However, you could use your depaul.edu email address instead. To do this, you will have to make a change in Campus Connection. This PDF explains how to update your profile.
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BlikBook

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I had a pleasant conversation with Conor Noonan from BlikBook this morning. BlikBook positions itself as “an online platform helping lecturers manage workload and improve student engagement.” Essentially it is a discussion area that can be used by students and academics. It is free to use.

We use
Desire2Learn, Blackboard Collaborate (known internally as “Online Rooms”) and Scopia extensively within the College of Business, so there is little impetus to use another platform for discussion and collaboration unless the new platform has these two features:

  1. Improved ease of use
  2. Full integration with the Desire2Learn gradebook

My present understanding of the BlikBook value proposition is:

  • Increased participation
  • Anonymous posting
  • “Ownership” (i.e. engagement)

So
BlikBook is not a fit for our needs at the moment (we have all that already), but may be of interest to faculty wishing to experiment with new discussion platforms.

BlikBook has a freemium business model. Universities can elect to pay for analytics data and a customized dashboard.

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Preparing for Spring Quarter

DePaul’s Spring Quarter starts soon (March 29 for Saturday class, March 31 for day and evening classes). FITS and IS have loaded Spring Quarter classes into Desire2Learn (D2L), these classes are ready to be activated by faculty (students will not see the class in D2L unless activated). Later, I will explain how you can do this.

D2L Training
We have scheduled several D2L training sessions specifically for College of Business faculty. The purpose behind these sessions is to provide Business faculty with just the basics, in a way that just makes life easier. We also cover the recent changes to D2L, and show you the improvements that matter to faculty. D2L is a great tool for emailing your students, sharing your syllabus, and more.

The next session takes place Tuesday March 25th from 10-11AM, and is followed by an optional open workshop.

Two more sessions are scheduled for 2014:

  • May 27, 2014
  • September 30, 2014

Desire2Learn for the Busy Professor
You’ve heard about Desire2Learn and all the exciting things it can do- but not everyone has the time to dive in and do all of them! This workshop is designed to get you up and running with a minimum of time and absolutely no fuss. In less than an hour you will learn how to introduce yourself, share documents, and communicate with your students through D2L. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the support and training opportunities available to you through DePaul’s Faculty Instructional Technology Services department.

Josh Lund will present these sessions. Josh is the FITS department’s Senior Instructional Technology Consultant for the Driehaus College of Business and the School of Music. He provides support for online course development, leads workshops, and researches best practices in teaching and learning to bring directly to faculty.

  • Date: March 25, 2014
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: Lewis 1266

Lewis 1266 has both Mac and PC computers; there is no need to bring a laptop unless you want to. Lewis 1266 is in the area marked “FITS - Faculty Instructional Technology Services” on the 12th floor of the Lewis Center.

To RSVP, please visit:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/


We also have a Technology Tuesday session next week on Google Glass:

Google Glass Demonstration
Google Glass is a combination of wearable computing and Augmented Reality. It is a computing device worn like a pair of reading glasses, which provides optical and audio information to the user. Rather than having to get out a cellphone, you could instantly see directions, photos, emails, alerts, etc. in your immediate field of view. Google Glasses allow the wearer to take pictures and to record video. You can even videoconference with them, or chat on the ‘phone. Some privacy proponents believe that this device crosses a line, allowing the wearer to record video and audio surreptitiously, or use face-recognition apps to identify strangers.

In this hands-on session, discover what exactly Google Glass is, and potential uses within the classroom for both educators and students.

Next year, your students may be wearing Google Glasses to class…

  • Date: February 25, 2014
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Location: DPC 5114 (Dean's Meeting Room)

To RSVP, please visit:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/


Activating Your D2L Course

  1. Go http://D2L.depaul.edu
  2. Click on the course you want to activate.
  3. Click “Edit Course” on the far right side of the course navbar.
  4. Click “Course Offering Information” under the “Site Setup” heading.
  5. Check “Course is Active.”
  6. Click “Save” at the bottom. Your course is now activated. Students will see your course listed in their “My Courses” widget when they log in to D2L.

You can print out a QuickGuide with this information here:
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Course%20Activation%20Quickguide.pdf


Emailing Students Via D2L
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Email%20Quickguide.pdf

Course Copies
http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Course%20Copy.pdf

Additional Resources

I hope you have a pleasant and productive Spring Quarter. Please get in contact if there is anything we can do to help you use online services more effectively in your classes.
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Issues with Remote Proctor Now and IE11

Internet Explorer 11

Currently we have an issue with the most recent version of Internet Explorer and Remote Proctor Now:

Secured exams taken with Remote Proctor Now on a Windows PC with Internet Explorer 11 installed on will not work. The option to “Go to Submit Quiz” is unclickable, and students will not be able to complete a secure exam.

Students using Mac OS X are unaffected by this issue.

Students using Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.0 (but not Windows 8.1) will be able to take secure exams if they do not have Internet Explorer 11 installed. Earlier versions of Internet Explorer (such as Internet Explorer 9 or 10) should allow for successful completion of a secure exam.

There is a process to rollback/downgrade to an earlier version of Internet Explorer, described below.

Students using Windows 8.1 are unable to rollback/downgrade to an earlier version of Internet Explorer 11. The only solution is to use a different computer, with does not have Internet Explorer 11 installed.
We are working with Desire2Learn for a solution to the issue.

The process for uninstalling Internet Explorer 11 is as follows:

  • Go to Windows Update > View updates and find the line for Internet Explorer 11 and uninstall from there. This requires a computer restart.
  • After that, in order to prevent Internet Explorer from auto-updating, open IE10 and click on the gear in upper right corner of Internet Explorer and choose “About Internet Explorer” and uncheck "Install new versions automatically" and follow prompts.

DePaul's Help Desk can assist with the process of downgrading from Internet Explorer 11: +1 (312) 362-8765.

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Emailing In The New D2L

D2L Email

FITS has this to say about emailing in the new Desire2Learn:

If you need to send an email to your class, please be sure to use the "Email Classlist" button located at the top of the Classlist page. This has replaced the "Email everyone on this tab" button that we had in the old D2L version. Please see the attached screenshot or these instructions: http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/Email%20Quickguide.pdf This is important because if you have your Classlist view set to 20 students per page and you try to check them all and click the "Email" button, the email will only go to the selected students on that page. So, any students beyond 20 will not be included in the email.It's also a good idea to add any important emails to students as News Items in your course: http://d2l.iddresources.org/pdf/News%20Quickguide.pdf

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D2L Upgrade

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Desire2Learn was upgraded over Thanksgiving. Here is the update message from FITS:

As you log into your Intercession and Winter Quarter classes you will notice that D2L looks different. DePaul upgraded from D2L 9.4 to D2L 10.3 (a jump of 4 versions), so a lot is different, but be assured that all of your content is still there and your courses should function much as they always have. The D2L update does, however, bring a modernized, touch-friendly look and feel to D2L, a completely revamped Content tool, and often-requested feature updates to Discussions and Dropbox. Highlights of these new features can be found in this short video: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the D2L Upgrade (7:04). The print version of the The Hitchhiker's Guide is also available.For more information about the new features please see the newly revised print documentation (videos will be added soon) on the Teaching Commons website . Training sessions and open labs have been added throughout December and January for those that prefer attending a workshop. To register see: http://fits.depaul.edu/workshops/Pages/default.aspx

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Custom Grading in D2L

Josh Lund (of FITS) recently shared a way of custom grading in Desire2Learn. In Josh’s words:

I was facing a strange gradebook question this afternoon, and came up with something you all might like, if you ever are in the same situation.

The setup:
I've got an instructor who is giving two versions of each exam online, and wanted the online version of randomly passing out a different exam to different students. To facilitate this, we have the site set up to:

  1. Assign students randomly to two groups (A and B), each of which has its own exam, and there is a different set of randomizing groups for each set of three exams.
  2. I've used release conditions on the grade items, the quizzes and the link from content so that the students will only see the stuff they are supposed to see as a group member.
  3. In order to make the weighting work in the gradebook, I have made a category for each exam that has the two A and B versions, set to drop the lowest grade.

I needed to test this because I wanted to make sure that a student taking the exam wouldn't see their exam grade as just half of the weight for that category (each of these exams is worth 25% of the grade).

I found that it does work, with one caveat: you have to set the gradebook to "
treat ungraded items as 0" rather than drop ungraded items. If you set it to drop ungraded, the student taking the exam will see all their grades for the exam as dropped because you have not put in a points value for the other exam yet (and they can't see and take the exam that wasn't dropped).
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Desire2Learn for the Busy Professor

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You've heard about
Desire2Learn (D2L) and all the exciting things it can do- but not everyone has the time to dive in and do all of them! This workshop is designed to get you up and running with a minimum of time and absolutely no fuss. In less than an hour you will learn how to introduce yourself, share documents, and communicate with your students through D2L. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the support and training opportunities available to you through DePaul's Faculty Instructional Technology Services department.

Josh Lund is the FITS department's Senior Instructional Technology Consultant for the Driehaus College of Business and the School of Music. He provides support for online course development, leads workshops, and researches best practices in teaching and learning to bring directly to faculty.

Optional workshop follows immediately (11 a.m. - Noon).

Please note that this will take place in the FITS Training Room on the 12th floor of the Lewis Building (Lewis 1266). The room is equipped with laptops.

Date: October 23, 2012
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Lewis 1266

RSVP and more information on the
Technology Tuesdays page.

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Illinois Desire2learn Regional User Forum on October 19

DePaul is gong to be well represented at the upcoming Illinois Desire2learn Regional User Forum that is taking place on October 19th. I will be making a short presentation on lecture capture and D2L, and my colleagues in FITS and IS will be sharing their expertise with D2L.

Illinois Desire2Learn Regional User Forum
October 19, 2012

Peer Collaboration | eLearning Best Practices | Training | Technical Innovations

 
Official Website: http://www.desire2learn.com/events/ignite/illinois/
 
Location: Elgin Community College
University & Business Center (Building E)
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
 
Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
 
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast, Registration and Networking)
 
Registration: $80 per person or $70 per person group rate (if attending with a group of 10 or more) Click here for online registration
Food: Breakfast, break snacks and lunch will be provided

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Preparing Desire2Learn Quizzes in Word and Respondus

Respondus (available via MPT’s page here) is a productive tool that allows you to create a quiz in Microsoft Word which can then be imported into Desire2Learn.

However, you must following certain formatting conventions for the import to work. Also, you should turn off automatic numbering of lists in Word to prevent any problems uploading the test into Respondus. To turn off automatic numbered lists, follow one of the two sets of steps below, depending on what version of Word you are using.

Word 2003:
  • Click Tools.
  • Click AutoCorrect Options.
  • Click AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  • Uncheck Automatic Numbered Lists.
  • Click OK.

Word 2007:
  • Click the Microsoft Office Button
  • Click Word Options.
  • Click Proofing.
  • Click AutoCorrect Options.
  • Click AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  • Uncheck Automatic Numbered Lists.
  • Click OK.


Multiple Choice Questions


  • Question: Type the number, a period, a space, then the question text.
  • Answer Choices: Type the letter, a period, a space, then the answer choice.
  • Correct Answer: Put a star * in front of the letter of the correct answer. Do NOT put a space between the * and the letter.
  • Feedback: Put after question with “@” sign and a space before the feedback.

Example:


1. Who was the second president of the United States of America?
@ The answer is John Adams.
*a. John Adams
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. James Madison
d. George Washington
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Changes To Desire2Learn

Attention Faculty - FITS has just sent this message out to all full-time and adjunct faculty. You will soon notice a change to Desire2Learn:

To make your experience using D2L the best it can be, we will be implementing an archiving process to move and remove some older course material from D2L. Doing so will improve your ability to quickly locate your current courses and improve system performance.The first step in this process will be to move all courses from the academic year 2010-2011 and Autumn 2011-2012 to a new area of the My Courses Widget called ARCHIVE (those instructors who teach in SNL Online will see their Online courses in an area called FAC ARCHIVE). In the future, prior to loading a new quarter, the previous year's quarter will be moved to this area - for example before loading Winter 2012-2013, Winter 2011-2012 will be moved to ARCHIVE/FAC ARCHIVE).


At the time that the courses are moved, the courses will be made inactive to students. Doing so will remove the courses from the Student's view, making it easier for them to locate their current courses. Instructors wishing or needing to allow students access to these older courses will need to reactivate them following the directions found at: http://d2l.iddresources.org/documents/video/71 Courses moved to this area will still be available to the instructor and can be used to copy into future quarter courses.


Courses will begin being moved the first week of Summer Quarter, Monday June 11th, and we expect to have the process completed by Friday June 22nd. During this same time period we will also begin loading the Fall 2012-2013 courses into the system so you can begin working in those course sites.


The second step in this process will be to remove all courses currently found in the BbImports area of the My Courses Widget. Faculty wishing to retain a personal copy of materials found in these courses are able to export them to an archive file which can be stored locally on a flash drive, U: or W: drive or other external storage device. For directions on how to export a course see http://d2l.iddresources.org/documents/video/46. All exports will need to be completed by June 30th.


If you have any questions, please contact lmsadmin@depaul.edu



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Kaltura - coming to DePaul in 2012

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DePaul will be integrating the Kaltura video content management system with SharePoint and Desire2Learn this year. This promises to be an exciting addition to DePaul’s roster of technology tools – and will improve the productivity and efficiency of faculty and students. I am particularly looking forward to seeing how faculty will now be able to upload and integrate video lectures and feedback directly into Desire2Learn.

Rick Salisbury has sent me a link to a page at CU-Boulder’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), which provides an overview of their Kaltura/Desire2Learn integration. This should give you an idea of what is possible.

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Don't Use Word 2000 Files In D2L

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Josh Lund and his colleagues in FITS shared this piece of news about Microsoft Word documents in D2L.

It turns out that there is a compatibility limit on the versions of Word documents you can upload to a D2L site. Word documents saved as Word 2000 files will not download for students. Documents saved in more recent versions of Microsoft Word will work normally.

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The Desire2Learn Edge Challenge

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A new competition that should appeal to DePaul entrepreneurial students. The Desire2Learn Edge Challenge is a chance to build an educational mobile app and win $25,000 and a trip to San Diego to present your prototype to eLearning Leaders at the Desire2Learn User Conference.

More information can be found here.

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Collaborate

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DePaul is launching a new synchronous learning platform called Collaborate during Spring Quarter 2012. If you are interested in potentially holding a synchronous class session in Collaborate, please submit this form to indicate your interest and a representative from Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) will add you to a mailing list to receive updates when training opportunities and documentation become available.

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Loop Campus Plans for G-8/NATO Summits

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DePaul University has announced plans for the G-8/NATO Summits:

Because of the traffic congestion and disruptions anticipated in and around the Loop during the G-8/NATO summits, DePaul will close the Loop Campus from Friday, May 18, through Monday, May 21. There will be no access to Loop offices or classrooms. The Loop Campus will reopen on Tuesday, May 22.

Faculty scheduled to teach in the Loop on any of those days should watch their email for information on making alternative arrangements for affected class periods. Your options will include relocating Friday or Saturday classes to designated classrooms in Lincoln Park, rescheduling Monday classes for a weekend, creating an alternative assignment for students to pursue on their own in place of class or delivering instruction online for any of these days.

You will find information about online instruction, relocating and rescheduling classes on The Teaching Commons (
http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/Teaching_DePaul/nato_g8_information.html), DePaul's central online teaching resource. As you prepare syllabi for spring quarter courses, please keep these options in mind. Classes at our Lincoln Park, O'Hare and suburban campuses will follow their normal schedules.

For the latest updates, including FAQs, from DePaul on how the summits will affect the university, visit Newsline Online's G-8/NATO summits information page:
http://newsline.depaul.edu/Info/Pages/g8.aspx.

We encourage everyone to update their contact information for DPU Alert, our emergency notification system. To do so, log into Campus Connection, click Demographic Portfolio on the left menu bar and select the DPU Alert option.

A number of exciting educational opportunities for DePaul will arise from these global summits, and they will be covered in Newsline and Newsline Online (
http://newsline.depaul.edu/Pages/defaultnew.aspx) in the coming months. Faculty are including lessons related to this unprecedented, back-to-back gathering of world leaders in Chicago into some of their courses.

What does this mean for Commerce faculty?
There are two recommended options that you may choose to employ, that will allow you to cover material that your students would otherwise miss:

1: Pre-recorded Content
Your presentation can be recorded beforehand, and then made available to your students via Desire2Learn. Please contact James Moore or Josh Lund if this is something you would like to do.

2: Live (Synchronous)Webinar
You can teach your class at a distance, using the Wimba Classroom (or Blackboard Collaborate - the successor to Wimba Classroom) and Desire2Learn. Please contact James Moore or Josh Lund if this is something you would like to do.

A dedicated webinar training session will be offered to Commerce faculty on April 24th from 10-11 a.m. as part of Technology Tuesdays. You can register for this training here:

Online documentation and training for using Wimba can be found here. FITS and Teaching Commons are working on Blackboard Collaborate faculty resources.

Contact Information


James Moore
Director of Online Learning, College of Commerce
jmoore@depaul.edu
Telephone: +1 (312) 362-5701

Josh Lund
FITS Consultant to The College of Commerce
jlund2@depaul.edu
Telephone: +1 (312) 362-6689
Cellphone: +1 (630) 962-9764

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The Spring Quarter classes are now loaded in Desire2Learn

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The Spring Quarter classes are now loaded in Desire2Learn, and ready for you to use. These classes are currently hidden from student view, but can be made available in three mouse clicks.

Here are some quick suggestions for you, as you prepare for the Spring Quarter:

1) Sign up for a D2L Workshop
FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Services) runs regular workshops and open labs that cover all aspects of Desire2Learn. You can register for a workshop here:

http://fits.depaul.edu/workshops/Pages/default.aspx

Online tutorials and PDFs can be found here:

http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/Technology/d2l/index.html

2) Attend the “Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty” Session on Tuesday, 28th February
This session is designed to help Commerce faculty quickly create a Desire2Learn course from scratch in less than 15 minutes, and to highlight how DePaul supports faculty using technology.
This hands-on session will cover:

  • How to create a course in less than 15 minutes, including:
    • Uploading all your handouts and resources
    • Creating a news announcement
    • Creating a D2L user profile
    • Creating a D2L discussion board
    • Emailing your students
    • Activating your course
  • Copying a D2L course
  • Adding guest presenters and teaching assistants
  • Deactivating a course
  • Embedding a YouTube Video
  • Linking to online resources
  • D2L resources and training

The D2L session will be held in
DPC 6306 (the trading room on the 6th floor of the DePaul Center) on Tuesday, February 28th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
DPC 6306 is a PC-equipped room. You will be able to update or create your D2L course during the session.

You can RSVP for the session at:

http://condor.depaul.edu/jmoore/tech/

3) Request a Course Copy
D2L allows you to manually copy course components, but you can also make a request to have a previous course copied into an upcoming course. Typically this will take 24-48 hours to complete. The process to follow is:

  1. Go to the FITS website at http://fits.depaul.edu
  2. In the green box on the right side of the screen (FITS Quick Links) click on D2L Request Forms.
  3. On the next page, click on Copy Course Content.
  4. On the next page, enter your Campus Connection Username and Password, then click on Login.
  5. Select the course you want to Copy From.
  6. Select the course you want to Copy Into.
  7. Click on Submit.
  8. On the next page, verify that the information you have provided is correct, and then click on Submit.

4) Make Your Course Available
By default your Desire2Learn course is unavailable. Your students will not be able to see your course until it is made available. To make your course available:

  1. In your D2L course, click the Edit Course link on your course navigation bar, then click Course Offering Information.
  2. Check the Active: Course is active box.
  3. Click on Save.

5) Send An Email Announcement To Your Students
Your Desire2Learn course allows you to send email messages to your students. This is an easy way to send out your syllabus to your students before the class starts.

  1. In your D2L course, click on Classlist.
  2. Click on the Students tab.
  3. Click on Email everyone on this tab.
  4. In the floating window, compose your message, and then click on Send.

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Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty: Updated Handout

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I have updated the handout for “Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty” - This document is intended to provide advice and suggestions to College of Commerce faculty creating web enhanced, online and hybrid courses using the university’s Desire2Learn Learning Management System. The document is not intended to replace the extremely helpful videos and handouts that FITS and Teaching Commons have provided here.

Instead, this is a simple guide for assembling a D2L course in less than fifteen minutes. I hope this is use to you.

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DePaul Classics Streaming Collection

DePaul’s library has a series of twenty classic films that are now available in streaming format to add to your Desire2Learn classes. For more information please visit the library’s website.
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Desire2Learn for Busy Faculty

Three dedicated D2L training sessions are offered for Commerce faculty this month, as an extension of the regular Technology Tuesdays. The three sessions are designed to help Commerce faculty quickly create a Desire2Learn course from scratch in less than 15 minutes, and to highlight how DePaul supports faculty using technology. You will also have an opportunity to add the Commerce template to any of your courses during the session. The Commerce D2L template provides dedicated technology resources for your students.

These hand-on sessions will cover:

  • How to create a course in less than 15 minutes, including:
    • Uploading all your handouts and resources
    • Creating a news announcement
    • Creating a D2L user profile
    • Creating a D2L discussion board
    • Creating a D2L dropbox
    • Emailing your students
    • Activating your course
  • Copying a D2L course
  • Adding guest presenters and teaching assistants
  • Deactivating a course
  • Embedding a YouTube Video
  • Linking to online resources
  • Commerce course templates
  • D2L resources and training.

The three D2L sessions will be held in DPC 6306 (the trading room on the 6th floor of the DePaul Center) on these dates and times:

  • Wednesday, February 15th. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 16th. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m
  • Tuesday, February 28th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m

DPC 6306 is a PC-equipped room. You will be able to update or create your D2L course during the session.


You can RSP for the sessions here.

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Desire2Learn Timeouts

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FITS has a new Desire2Learn message to share:

Late last week Information Services adjusted the timeout duration for D2L due to security issues with D2L in classrooms. The new timeout duration for D2L is 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes of inactivity a pop-up will prompt users to click “ok” to remain logged in to D2L. Inactivity in D2L is defined as not having clicked on a link inside D2L within 30 minutes. Users may need to enable pop-ups for D2L to see the warning in their specific browser.

We have encountered two specific cases when students may encounter the timeout notification:

  1. Students who are watching videos or reading materials may encounter this pop-up as they are passively watching rather than actively clicking.
  2. Users taking test may not have clicked links if the test is on one page. We encourage students to save their work after each question as doing so will not only save their work, but will also reset the timeout clock

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Next Tech Tuesday Session: i>clickers

i-clicker

Many professors are using classroom response systems for instant polling and assessment in the classes that they teach. These systems provide a productive way to ask questions on the fly, as well as to ask questions anonymously, or to create graded assessments that can be taken in class. This Tech Tuesday session will focus on using the i>clicker system at DePaul. Even if you have used i>clickers in your classes before, this will be a worthwhile session to attend. The session will cover:

  • Basic system setup and usage
  • Strategies for creating assessments
  • Troubleshooting
  • Student registration
  • Integrating i>clicker results with Desire2Learn

This will be a guest presentation by Josh Lund of FITS. Josh is the dedicated FITS Consultant to the College of Commerce. You may have met him already, or listened to his voice on the Desire2Learn video tutorials on the Teaching Commons website.

To RSVP, please visit the Technology Tuesdays webpage. When registering, please use the “Notes” field to pose specific questions or user scenarios that you would like answered during the session.

Details:


Date: Tuesday November 29
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: DPC 7406 (seventh floor of the DePaul Center)

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Video Posted for Essential Technology Tools for Teaching



On the 29th October, 2011, I gave a one-hour session on “Essential Technology Tools for Teaching” as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. Above is an abbreviated video (about 19 minutes in duration) that shares some of the essentials of what was covered. Move information (and a PDF handout) can be found on the Technology Tools page.

The upcoming Technology Tuesdays session will be on iClickers.
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Wimba and Browser Advice from FITS

FITS has this to say about Wimba and browsers:

Please be aware that systems (like D2L and Wimba) are not always able to keep up with the most recent version (many of them Beta) of popular browsers. For those of you using Wimba be aware that the most recent version of Firefox is not supported by Wimba.

For D2L browser compatibility see: https://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60/~/system-requirements-and-supported-browsers

For Wimba browser compatibility see: http://www.wimba.com/assets/resources/Wimba_Supported_Browsers.pdf
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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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Be Wary of Multiple-Answer Questions in D2L

Multiple Answer

The move to Desire2Learn has brought many advantages, but it has also brought the occasional problem. One that we are now discovering is how Desire2Learn scores multiple-answer questions (sometimes known as multiselect). Randy Fisher of Finance and Jan Costenbader of FITS first noticed a discrepancy in how D2L grades these types of quizzes. Here is how Jan has summarized his findings:

The important thing to realize is that incorrect answers that are not selected count towards the point total in Right minus wrong and Right answers



All or nothing


Students receive full points for the question only if they select all of the correct answers and none of the incorrect answers. They receive zero points if they miss any correct answers or select any incorrect answers.

Right minus wrong

Students receive points equal to the number of right answers they choose minus the number of incorrect answers they choose. For example, if each answer is worth one point and a student selects 3 correct answers and 1 incorrect answer, they will receive 2 points for the question (3 minus 1).

Note: To determine how much each answer is worth, the system takes the total number of points that the question is worth and divides it by the number of correct answers. For example, if a question is worth 4 points and has two correct answers, each correct answer is worth 2 points, and each incorrect answer is worth -2 points (students receive a minimum of zero on a question: they cannot receive a negative mark).

Right answers


Students receive points for each correct answer they select and for incorrect answers they leave blank. Incorrect answers selected and correct answers left blank are ignored.


Jan’s suggestions are particularly important if you have imported a multiple-answer quiz from Blackboard.

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Internet Explorer Cut and paste in D2L

Brian Maj from the School of Accountancy and MIS has this tip to share with those lucky/unlucky users of Microsoft Internet Explorer:

Trusted Sites

“Several people have asked about pasting messages into Desire2Learn, when using Internet Explorer, such as for news items or other text boxes. I uncovered the issue and would like to share the fix.



  1. Go to the Start Menu > Settings/Control Panel > Internet Options.
  2. Select the Security tab.
  3. Select the button, Trusted sites, the green checkmark icon.
  4. Select the Sites button and type *.depaul.edu. Uncheck ‘Require server verification’ then click Add.
  5. Click Close and click Okay to exit.

This “fix” enables all sites associated with depaul.edu to be trusted, allowing functionality of pasting messages into D2L using Internet Explorer. The window will look like the one below.”


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Access to DePaul's Blackboard ends June 30th

D2L and Blackboard

DePaul migrated Learning Management Systems at the end of 2010 to Desire2Learn. DePaul’s old LMS (Blackboard) has been available since then, but access will end on June 30th of this year. However, you can move files and courses off Blackboard and into D2L. FITS has a series of instructions that cover the process:

  1. If you need any of the course files (syllabi, discussion prompts, handouts, etc.), request that the Blackboard course be migrated to D2L using the course migration form
  2. If you need a record of student grades, download your gradebook and save it locally
  3. If you need copies of student work, download each assignment and save it locally

While Information Services will make an archive copy of courses currently on the system, these archives will NOT contain any student information so follow steps 2 and 3 above prior to the June 30th date if you would like to have an archive of student data available to you.

If you have questions about any of these steps, please contact fits@depaul.edu

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Summer and Fall Classes Available in D2L

D2L


Attention faculty, the Summer and Fall classes at DePaul have been loaded into Desire2Learn. You are now able to prepare these classes.

If you need additional training and support, FITS has several options that you can follow:

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Desire2Learn Capture: New Webcasting Tool

Desire2Learn (the company) announced a new integrated webcasting tool today. That tool is called “Desire2Learn Capture” - more information about use and capabilities can be found at:

www.Desire2Learn.com/capture

Desire2Learn is demonstrating the tool via a webcast on April 27th from 1:30 p.m. (CT) to 2:00 p.m. (CT). You can register via this link.
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Updates to Desire2Learn

D2L

Josh Lund of FITS has been playing about with some of the new features of Desire2Learn (after the recent upgrade).

The structure of QuickLinks has changed, and some older filepaths may not work. If links in a course you have copied across from a previous quarter are not working, it may be worth re-linking.

Importing grades from a spreadsheet has improved. Here is the process that Josh recommends:

First, export your grades to a CSV. When you are about to export, select the key field Username and uncheck everything else. When you open the CSV it creates, you’ll have one column with all the usernames in your course and the End-of-line indicator column. Hold on to that for a minute.



Josh downloads the sample import file to get the formatting right, but if you’ve already got a spreadsheet you can use that. Copy and paste the Username column from the export file into the leftmost column of the spreadsheet, and copy the end-of-line indicator into the rightmost column. Previously it had sometimes accepted columns for OrgDefinedID or First Name and Last Name, but Username works reliably.



Each column after the first one has to have only numbers or text in the cells. (You can use Copy/Paste Special if you need to remove formulas from cells but keep the values.) You can call the columns anything you like, but they have to end with the word Grade (capitalized too) if it’s Numeric, Symbol if it’s a Text item, or for Adjusted final grade and calculated grade, have two columns, one for (Adjusted, Calculated) Final Grade Numerator and one for (Adjusted, Calculated) Final Grade Denominator. That last word is what tells the system it’s a grade item and what kind. You don’t need the stuff anymore; in fact, if you have that code in there it will tell you the file can’t be imported. Also, delete any extraneous columns. This includes empty columns. Paste in the necessary data.



Be sure when you import that you check the ‘Create new grade item when an unrecognized item is referenced.’ Also, if you have any grade items in your spreadsheet with scores that are already in the D2L gradebook, you can import those too; it’ll ask you which data you want to keep, but I haven’t found the results to be reliable. Probably best to just remove those too, and only import new stuff to the gradebook.

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Adding TAs to DePaul D2L Courses

Adding TAs (Teaching Assistants) to DePaul Desire2Learn courses is considerably easier after our migration form Blackboard. There are two ways this can be accomplished:

1) A request to MPT
Simply click on the “Add DePaul User” link found on the LMS Request Forms page.



2) Self Service
Faculty can add Teaching Assistants to their D2L courses by:

  • In D2L, click on “Classlist”
    • Click on “Add Participants”
    • Click on “Add an existing user”
    • In the “Search For” textbox, type in the student name or student EmpID and click on “Search”
    • Select the student, change the “role” to “Teaching Assistant,” change the section to the appropriate section
    • Click on “Enroll selected users”
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Grading in Desire2Learn

A couple of D2L grading questions are coming through this week. These videos and handouts should be of help:

Calculating Final Grades





Adjusting Grades





More information (and handouts) can be found here.

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Desire2Learn Upgrade

DePaul’s Learning Management System (Desire2Learn, otherwise known as D2L) was upgraded to a newer version. FITS has sent out notification of the upgrades new enhancements (which I repeat here):

Email Notifications from Discussions
For those of you who missed this feature from Blackboard you will be excited to know that you can now subscribe to discussions in D2L and get new notifications sent directly to your email.

subscribeemail

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.

Course Names not Numbers
DePaul heard from many faculty that course numbers were confusing and hard to navigate so a change was made to show the PeopleSoft Course name on the My Homepage. For example, an accounting professor will now see Financial Accounting as their course offering name instead of Accounting 500. Course numbers and course names will now appear inside the course as part of the Default Navigation (see below for an example).

coursename

Attendance Tool
Need a convenient way to keep attendance for your class? The Attendance tool is now easily accessible in D2L. Use of this tool allows you to keep track of students who are present, absent, excused or late. Teaching Commons has more information on how to use the tool.

New Navigation Bars Available
DePaul has
listened to feedback and have heard from faculty and staff that the default course navigation includes more links than they really need or not the ones that they want. To make things easier faculty can now pick from 2 additional navigation bars shared from the University.

  1. Basic Navigation Bar: The basic navigation bar comes populated with links to Content, Classlist, Grades, and Attendance
  2. Collaboration Navigation Bar: This navigation bar comes populated with all the links in the Course Default as well as links to Chat and Groups for those instructors wanting to integrate collaborative tools in their classes

To use either of these navigation bars (in place of the Course Default), click on Edit Course and then Navigation and then Change. For more information about Navigation bars, including how to make your own, can be found here.

When you are ready for your students to view your course content, please remember to make your course active so your students have access to it. Here is a link to the documentation on making your course active.

For those of you working on building your course, there are a number of open labs scheduled on both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. These labs are a fantastic way to build your course with support. Simply reserve your spot and bring your course materials (and questions) and get help from one of the FITS trainers. Additional training sessions on Collaboration, Quizzes, Assessments and Personalization have also been scheduled. For dates and times as well as registration information please go here.

And don’t forget that print documentation and video tutorials can be found here. In particular you may find the Desire2Learn: Short, Short Version a good starting place.

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SNL's D2L Documentation

SNL

SNL (School for New Learning) has added to the excellent documentation found at the Teaching Commons website. SNL’s documentation and videos can be found here. Well worth perusing.

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Updated D2L Tips and Tricks

D2L Tips and Tricks

I updated the Desire2Learn Tips and Tricks PDF that I shared at last year’s Technology Tuesday session. I will continue to update this document periodically.

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Wimba and Desire2Learn

Wimba


FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Services) has updated DePaul’s Wimba documentation. There is a new three-page PDF handout on the Teaching Commons website that explains how to add the Wimba Classroom to your Desire2Learn courses. The PDF handout can be downloaded here.

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Firefox for Desire2Learn



FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Services) has recommended Firefox as the best browser for Desire2Learn. All university claassroom computers have Firefox installed, but you may have to search for it:

Click on Start / Internet Applications / Mozilla Firefox

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Student Training Videos for Desire2Learn on iTunes U

iTunes U

MPT (Media Production and Training) has posted a series of training videos for DePaul students on iTunes U. These videos introduce Desire2Learn, and the go into more detail on how to use the various functions within D2L.

I highly suggest that you subscribe and download.

These videos can be found by following this link or by going to iTunes and searching for “DePaul D2L student.”

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Part-Time / Adjunct Training for D2L

This blog post goes out to all part-time and adjunct faculty in Commerce.

As you may have heard, the University is moving to a new online learning management system for Winter quarter. Desire2Learn will replace Blackboard beginning in December 2010. The new system can be found at http://D2L.depaul.edu. Documents and course files from the 2009-2010 academic year have been copied across into a staging area in Desire2Learn. The staging area is under the “BBImports” tab. If you discover that courses that you need have not been copied across, then you can manually request a transfer with this online form:

https://www.itd.depaul.edu/website/forms/bb_desiretolearnbetaImprt.asp

To successfully use the new D2L system, a basic 2-hour training is strongly advised. The College of Commerce has set up three training sessions in November especially for our part-time faculty. Just click on the link below for the date/time you wish to attend. You are also welcome to sign up for day-time training sessions at the Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) webpage: http://fits.depaul.edu To learn more about our transition to Desire2Learn and for information regarding other teaching support resources please visit http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu.

Remember, ALL Winter Quarter courses will be taught in Desire2Learn (D2L). Blackboard will NOT be available for any courses – online or face-to-face. So, sign-up for training today!

Mon, Nov 8th , from 5:30-7:30pm; in Lewis 1307


Thur, Nov 11th , from 5:30-7:30pm; in Lewis 1308


Sat. Nov 13th , from 10am-noon; in DPC 6306




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Desire2Learn Official Announcement

Academic Affairs has just sent an e-mail to all faculty and staff, alerting them to the Desire2Learn migration. The text of the message is copied below:



This year we are very excited to introduce you to Desire2Learn - a new online learning management system that will enrich student learning and enhance your teaching efficiency.

This fall more than 100 faculty members from all of DePaul's colleges and schools are piloting Desire2Learn. This pilot program will help ensure that training classes and materials are well developed, support services are working well, and integration of the new system with PeopleSoft is running smoothly.

Desire2Learn can be found at
https://D2L.depaul.edu and will replace Blackboard at DePaul beginning in December 2010. Faculty and staff who are currently using COL Web will not be required to change for winter quarter, but will have the option to use Desire2Learn if they prefer.

Desire2Learn was selected via a thorough review process, led by faculty and staff at DePaul. You can read more on the selection process at
http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu/P_S_C/LMS/review.html.

In order to better assist you during the transition, the Instructional Design and Development (IDD) unit has been reorganized into the new Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS). Training and assistance for Desire2Learn will be provided by FITS. We invite you to visit the FITS webpage at
http://fits.depaul.edu to enroll in training.

Documents and course files from the 2009-2010 academic year have been copied to Desire2Learn from Blackboard, in order to assist you in building your courses. Desire2Learn training classes demonstrate how to re-structure your documents and course files in preparation for teaching your class. Migration of any course content from academic years prior to 2009-10 can be requested at
https://www.itd.depaul.edu/website/forms/bb_desiretolearnbetaImprt.asp.

To learn more about our transition to Desire2Learn and for information regarding other teaching support resources please visit
http://teachingcommons.depaul.edu. Your students will receive a separate communication regarding this transition. Information on student training can be found at https://www.itd.depaul.edu/website/students/training.asp.

Sincerely,
Academic Affairs

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D2L and CSS

I have been messing about with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) in D2L (Desire2Learn). My preference would be to identify a common shared folder on the D2L server, but until then the process of embedding a stylesheet with a Desire2Learn course works.

Instructions can be found here:

http://www.desire2learn.com/access/instructor_resources/HTML_templates/

and here:

http://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/841/~/accessible-html-template
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Desire2Learn (D2L) Resources at the Teaching Commons

Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn (D2L) is DePaul’s new Learning Management System (LMS). DePaul’s Teaching Commons has published a series of guides as PDFs. These can be viewed and downloaded from the Teaching Commons website.

The topics covered include:

  • Chat
  • Checklists
  • Classlist
  • Course Builder
  • Discussions
  • Dropbox
  • Grades
  • Groups
  • Homepages
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Navbars
  • News
  • Profiles
  • Question Library
  • Quizzes
  • Self Assessments
  • Surveys
  • Widgets

If you need help with any of these guides please do not hesitate to contact the Teaching Commons at dtc@depaul.edu or FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Services) at fits@depaul.edu

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Technology Tuesday: D2L Training

Desire2Learn

There is a change to the previously published description for the July 20th Technology Tuesdays session - the updated session will be a repeat of the July 6th session. No new material will be covered. You are free to attend on the 20th again if you attended on the 6th July (which may work as a useful review).

Melissa Koenig of FITS has very kindly agreed to provide this specialized D2L (Desire2Learn) training. Please RSVP as soon as possible to save your spot.

  • July 20th - D2L: How It Works
    Location: CNA 405 (computer lab – bring your DePaul ID for building access)
    Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
    Description: Desire2Learn (D2L) is the new Learning Management System (LMS) that DePaul will be adopting. This session will provide you will a thorough understanding of how the various elements in D2L operate. You will see how existing courses have been successfully copied from Blackboard to D2L.

This session will take place in CNA 405. CNA 405 is a computer lab – you will have the opportunity to test out the new system. Refreshments will be served.

D2L is the new learning management system that is scheduled to replace Blackboard at DePaul in January of 2011. D2L has been rigorously tested, and provides a better system to support Commerce’s mission and strategy. However, it is a new system and some training is required to capitalize on the improved functionality and features.

Commerce is by far the largest user of Blackboard at DePaul – over 84% of Commerce courses use Blackboard in some respect. These sessions (and future training) will be of use to all faculty and staff in Commerce. Space is limited at this session – to ensure your place please RSVP at:

http://www.depaul.edu/~jmoore/tech/

Or you can register for one of the many “fundamentals” sessions offered through FITS at http://fits.depaul.edu Click on the “see other events/dates” to get the full list of training sessions. You are welcome to join any. (FITS is the new IDD. The acronym stands for Faculty Instructional Technology Support).

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