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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:

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:

Activating Your D2L Course

  1. Go
  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:

Emailing Students Via D2L

Course Copies

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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