July’s Continuous Delivery Updates

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most.)

In Content

Overdue assignments list added to Course Schedule view

Learners can view an actionable list of overdue assignments in the new Overdue tab in the Course Schedule view of the Content tool. Course activities that have a due date appear automatically in the Overdue list as soon as the due date passes. Only activities with an end date later than the due date (or no end date) appear in the list, to ensure that learners have time to complete the overdue activities. Learners can access the activity directly from the list to complete it. Once the activity has been completed, it disappears from the list, and when all overdue items are completed, the Overdue tab disappears from the Course Schedule view.

The Overdue tab conveniently lists all overdue course tasks in one place so learners can more easily manage their time and workload. Overdue activities are sorted by most to least overdue.


Copy Course Components – Include associated files

This update makes it easier and faster for instructors to include associated files when copying components from one course to another. Previously, instructors had to use the Course Files tool as well as select content in order to copy all associated files and prevent broken links. Now, when instructors use the Include associated files feature, D2L imports all files associated with selected course components to the new course. Users can select which content modules to copy rather than having to copy them all.

By default, this feature is turned on.


When the box is checked, all course files associated with the course component are copied to the new course.

Links and images in copied files remain intact. In addition, for content topics and modules, the feature analyzes HTML, HTM, and CSS files to retrieve any files referenced within them, such as embedded images, media, JavaScript, and CSS files. All these files are also copied, maintaining links and styles.

At this time, only direct links to files are processed. A D2L Quicklink is not processed. Instructors must manually select assignments, discussion topics, and content outside the course to copy any items associated by Quicklinks. A warning alerts users to what files did not copy.

In Quizzes

Respondus LockDown Browser® – Special Access Override

This update significantly improves the instructor’s experience when granting users special access to a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. Instructors can now exempt individual users from requiring Respondus LockDown Browser when taking a quiz instead of having to exempt all users in order to accommodate one user’s needs.


New option to exempt users on Add Special Access to Quiz page

User with special access shown on Edit Quiz page

User with special access shown on Edit Quiz page

Respondus LockDown Browser for iPad

A version of the Respondus LockDown Browser is available for the iPad. An instructor that requires the LockDown Browser for a quiz can choose to allow students to take it on an iPad. A quiz requiring Respondus Monitor (which requires use of the LockDown Browser) can also be released to be taken on an iPad. The […]

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Issues with Macmillan LaunchPad

Macmillan Higher Education has reported that their LaunchPad application has connection problems with Washburn’s current version of Desire2Learn. The Macmillan imprint includes Bedford/St. Martin’s, WH Freeman, and Worth Publishers. If a D2L course uses a textbook from one of these publishers and the instructor incorporates the accompanying online materials, those materials will not be accessible […]

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June’s Continuous Delivery Updates


(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most.) In Discussions Discussions – Assess learners from a thread The Assess Student context menu item is now available for the reading view in the discussion thread context menu on the Thread List (View Topic) page in Discussions. This change […]

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10.4 Upgrade Change List


(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most.) In Content Creating Video or Audio Topics In 10.3 and older, instructors needed to create either file or link topics to add a video and audio to their course. In 10.4, instructors can now create video and audio topics […]

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Respondus LockDown Browser for Students

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Your Desire2Learn course may have a quiz that requires the Respondus LockDown Browser. This is a browser that restricts access to other resources on a computer when it is active. It launches as a separate application. Your quiz requires the LockDown Browser if you are accessing it a common browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, […]

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Respondus Monitor available

Respondus Monitor is an application that works as an additional layer of security within Desire2Learn to create a video recording of students taking a D2L quiz. Monitor is currently available to Washburn instructors for use in any course with any Desire2Learn quiz. See this page for general information about Respondus Monitor. For a Desire2Learn quiz […]

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D2L upgrade scheduled May 21-22, 2015


Our learning management system, Desire2Learn is scheduled to be upgraded to version 10.4 on May 21 & 22, 2015.  This upgrade is necessary to prepare our campus for the continuous delivery method of updates that D2L is requiring all customers adopt by the end of the 2015 year.  This upgrade will require 48 hours of […]

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Course Merge Request Form

As an instructor, you may find that you are teaching the same course or using the same course materials for two or more groups of students. If you wish, your Desire2Learn courses can be combined into one course. This process, called merging or crosslisting, consolidates your course rosters into one course from which you can […]

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Mock quiz for students to download and test Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser download

The download link for the Respondus LockDown Browser is provided to students is through a Desire2Learn quiz that requires it. When a student navigates to that quiz in an ordinary browser, he or she sees this message:  Selecting the blue link takes the student to the Respondus LockDown Browser download page. Thereafter, when a student […]

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