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:

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 made to the original will appear the next time a user selects the link. Additionally, if contents are copied from one course to another course, the copied link will continue to point to the most up-to-date material.

The steps to link to the Master Syllabus from with a D2L course are:

  1. Go to the module where you place your course syllabus
  2. Click the New button
  3. Select New Link from the menu
  4. Type University Syllabus Additions in the Title box
  5. Delete http://from the URL box
  6. Copy and paste the following text into the URL box:
  7. Click the Create button


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


(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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September’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Copy Course Components, Import/Export/Copy Components page showing the ability to select View History

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most.) Changes to Copy Selected Components In order to mitigate the risk that large courses may result in a timeout for users, the process is moving to an asynchronous workflow. Moving the selected components workflow into an asynchronous job avoids […]

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Pass This to Students/Faculty New to Desire2Learn

We have created a page on the Washburn website to help direct new users of Desire2Learn how to get into the system and show them getting started videos. We hope this will be helpful to pass along to students and new faculty at the beginning of a semester. You can find it here: D2L Getting […]

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August’s Continuous Delivery Updates


(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most.) In Discussions Top Score Details screen now has consistent appearance All locations of the Topic Score Details screen in the Discussions tool now have a consistent presentation across all incidences of the screen. Instructors have access to the Topic […]

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App Finder available to instructors

App Finder

Brightspace App Finder shows instructors what third-party applications are available for use with Desire2Learn as well as which applications are already integrated with Washburn’s D2L. A widget to access App Finder is placed on instructors’ Desire2Learn home pages. Students do not see the widget. Selecting the App Finder icon in the widget will launch App […]

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Adobe Presenter in Desire2Learn

Adobe Presenter files do not appear correctly as Desire2Learn content depending on in which browser the presentation is viewed. The most common issue is appearing very small on the webpage. All presentations appear correctly in Google Chrome and Safari. Many but not all will appear correctly in Firefox. Adobe Presenter presentations appear reduced or are […]

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