May’s Continuous Delivery Updates

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.)

Discussions – Automatic Rubric Score Transfer

Automatic Rubric Score Transfer

A new feature has been added to the Discussions tool Topic Score Details dialog where the Overall Score of an associated rubric transfers automatically to the Topic Score. The transfer happens once the rubric has been filled in and at any time a change is made to the rubric’s Overall Score.

Both analytic and holistic rubrics that have a numeric score transfer to the Topic Score. Text-based analytic or holistic rubrics do not transfer a score.

When multiple numeric rubrics are associated with the topic, the first numeric rubric on the Topic Score Details dialog box is selected as the Overall Score and is transferred to the Topic Score.

Overrides

The Topic Score Details dialog box now highlights when the Topic Score field has been overridden. The Topic Score field is considered overridden when the associated numeric rubric has an overall score and an instructor has manually changed the Topic Score. An instructor can select Clear Override if he wishes to return the Topic Score to the calculated score from the rubric.

Accessibility Improvements

Rubrics associated to discussion topics have been redesigned with improvements to the user experience for instructors using screen readers and keyboards for navigation.

Discussions – Sum of post scores

The Sum of post scores option has been added to the Select a calculation method drop-down list. This option sums up the discussion posts’ scores for an entire topic. Instructors can use this option when setting up grading in Discussions.

D2L Terminology – Updated Language Term Defaults

  • News is changing to Announcements
  • Dropbox is changing to Assignments
  • Edit Course is changing to Course Admin
  • In Content, New is changing to Upload/Create
  • In Content, Add Existing Activities is changing to Existing Activities

Quizzes – Quiz attempts override for individual learners

This feature enables instructors to specify a different number of quiz attempts allowed for individual learners in the Special Access tab.

Quizzes – Selected quiz answers highlighted

This feature impacts how selected quiz answers display while learners are taking a quiz and while instructors are previewing quiz questions in Question Library. For Multiple Choice (MC), True/False (TF), and Multi-Select (MS) quiz questions, the entire area of the selected answer(s) is now highlighted blue. Other answers that users hover over are now highlighted gray to indicate that clicking anywhere within the highlighted area will change the selected answer.

Quiz page with highlighted answers for three types of questions

Quiz page with highlighted answers for three types of questions

April’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Course Access Summary indicating when a user last logged in and accessed the course.

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Awards – Added to Release Conditions Awards have been added to […]

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Grades Export

Desire2Learn instructors have the ability to export their grades directly from their course’s Grades area into Washburn’s student information system (Banner). This process, Grades Export, transfers the Final Calculated Grade or Final Adjusted Grade for each student from Grades to that student’s corresponding transcript location. This process is available to all instructors at the end […]

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March’s Continuous Delivery Update

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Quizzes – Export quiz event log of all quiz attempts Previously, […]

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February’s Continuous Delivery Update

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Release conditions – NOT operator support New release condition types that […]

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Master Syllabus Addendum to Course Syllabus

Instructors are encouraged to include additional Washburn University information with their course syllabus. This Master Syllabus is located at this link off of the VPAA webpage: http://www.washburn.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-resources/policies-forms/forms/master-syllabus.docx The updated Master Syllabus is also available for Desire2Learn instructors to link to from within their courses. Linking to the Master Syllabus provides the benefit that any changes […]

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Instructor Dashboard and Course Setup Checklist

Instructor Dashboard

The Instructor Dashboard and Course Setup Checklist is a landing page and workflow for instructors that provides a welcome tour and task list for a quick and easy way build out upcoming Desire2Learn courses. The Instructor Dashboard is part of a Personal Dashboard tool. The dashboard displays an instructor’s full course list, with the ability to […]

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October’s Continuous Delivery Updates

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(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Copy Course Components – improved copy content settings The Content Display […]

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Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor Dashboard Update

The Respondus LockDown Browser & Dashboard has been moved inside Desire2Learn. This change was mentioned in August’s Continuous Delivery Updates. This interface is accessible to instructors through Assessments > Quizzes. On the Quiz List, the fourth tab is labeled Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor. These options being located where instructors control quizzes will make the Respondus […]

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Enrollment in the IRB Course in D2L

Any Washburn user who has a Desire2Learn account can access the (IRB) Institutional Review Board course. A user who is enrolled in the IRB course accesses it through the course link on their D2L homepage in the My Courses widget under All Semesters. If you need to access the IRB course and do not see that course link, […]

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