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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”

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.


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).


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.


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.


Lecture Capture Systems in the Cloud


Sonic Foundry has an upcoming webinar that should be of interest, “Lecture Capture Systems in the Cloud: Why New York Law School Outsourced Hosting for Campus-Wide Capture” on March 22.

More information can be found


DePaul Newsline Is Now Online

DePaul Newsline is now online. You have a chance to win an iPod Nano if you complete a survey.....

2011 Symposium - Click: Emerging Media and the Empowered Consumer

KMG 2011

Date: 04/16/2011
Location: DePaul Center: 1 E. Jackson - 8th Floor
Online Registration:

The Kellstadt Marketing Group (KMG) is hosting its award winning third annual marketing symposium on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 from 9a.m. to 4:30p.m. entitled "Click: Emerging Media and the Empowered Consumer" at the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd.

Click will feature digital media executive and thought leader Robert Tercek, who most recently served as the President of Digital Media for the Oprah Winfrey network and "Why She Buys: The New Strategy Reaching the World's Most Powerful Consumers" author Bridget Brennan, who also serves as CEO of Female Factor Corporation. In addition to these two headliners, KMG is showcasing a variety of cutting edge marketing talent from Chicago area businesses including Arc Worldwide, Mobile Anthem, All State, Signal, Leo Burnett and more.

Bridget Brennan will hold a book signing immediately following her closing keynote speech at 4:30p.m.

KMG's 2011 symposium will bring together DePaul students, alumni and Chicago area marketing professionals for a day long exploration of cutting edge marketing content. It is Click's mission to examine the marketing implications of emerging media’s influence on today’s consumer. Click seeks to provide insight into the empowered consumer while shedding light on the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging media.

Topics examined include Interactive Marketing, Mobile Marketing and Brand. Tickets are $65 for KMG members and $89 for Non-KMG members. Breakfast, lunch, appetizers and drinks will be provided. The event is open to the public. Additional information and updates can be found on our Symposium event page.

The Kellstadt Marketing Group (KMG) is a community of DePaul University graduate students, faculty and alumni who are interested and involved in the practice and learning of marketing. KMG is focused on providing our members with the resources, knowledge and connections to become successful marketing professionals. In addition to providing a hub for professional networking, KMG also provides educational programs that enrich the graduate and experienced professionals’ careers. KMG is committed to upholding and promoting the highest professional standards in our industry.


Flourish 2011 - Linux & Open-Source Conference



From April 1 - 3, Free Technology Conference Brings Fifth Year of Insightful Talks and Hands-on Workshops about Open-source Software, Technology, and Culture

MARCH 15, 2011 — Chicago, IL 


An annual gathering of, for, and by enthusiasts of open-source software, technology, and culture, taking place at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

This year, you can also take your exams for certification by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and BSD Certification Group (BSDCG).  


Flourish! 2011's list of speakers include:

  • Chris Palmer, Technology Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on Internet decentralization efforts
  • Chris McAvoy, VP of Technology at Threadless, on "What Should You Build?"
  • Ryan "Icculus" Gordon, professional Linux 3D game developer 
  • Vinod Kutty, CME Group, on migrating to Linux on x86
  • Cathy Malmrose, CEO of ZaReason, on stress-testing Linux hardware
  • Mark Meeker, Principal UI Engineer for Orbitz Worldwide, on real-world Web development
  • Edward R. Swiderski III, partner at GreenCanyon, on "Is Software Licensing Still Relevant?"
  • Daliah Saper, Principal of SaperLaw, on the legal aspects of open source
  • Italo Vignoli, The Document Foundation, LibreOffice
  • Mitch Altman, CEO of Cornfield Electronics, on forming communities
  • Dru Lavigne, Community Manager of PC-BSD, on the PC-BSD desktop
  • Dean Wampler, Principal of Aspect Research Associates, on Scala

Complete list of speakers at


April 1 - 3, 2011

April 1, Evening Program 
  • Reception 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Keynotes start at 4:30 p.m. 

April 2, Day-Long Program 
  • Morning Reception 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
  • Main conference starts at 10:00 a.m. 

April 3, Mid-Day Program
  • Morning Reception 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
  • Day starts at 11:00 a.m 

Certification exams take place from 11am - 3pm. Go to the Flourish! website for more details: 

Complete schedule will be available at


UIC Student Center East 
750 South Halsted Street 
Chicago, IL 


Flourish! is organized by the Computer Science department of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC’s) School of Engineering, as well as the University's Linux user group and chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The conference is sponsored in part by GreenCanyon, Linux Journal, the Linux Professional Institute, Orbitz, O'Reilly, SourceForge, Times Two Technology, Threadless and Ubuntu. 


Registration is free at

Join Flourish on Facebook at  

Conference updates and conversation-starters on Twitter at


Human Resources Guide to Social Media Risks

Human Resources Guide to Social Media Risks

Jesse Torres was kind enough to send me a copy of his new book “Human Resources Guide to Social Media Risks.” This well researched and easy to read book is timely and informative. I would highly recommend this to both human resources professionals and social media mavens.

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