Instructor Dashboard and Course Setup Checklist

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 set current courses as favorites for easier access. Instructors can also view a notification if their courses are not visible to students yet and access their own profiles from the Dashboard view. If an instructor needs to access their organization landing page, they can select the Classic Homepage link. Instructors can also choose their default landing page to be either the Classic Homepage or the Instructor Dashboard by clicking the Settings link. This will change which page they see when you log in to D2L Learning Environment. The Settings Link also allows you to reset the Welcome tour to view it again.

Instructor Dashboard

The Course Setup Checklist contains a list of suggested course setup tasks with shortcuts to the tools. Tours appear on those pages to demonstrate how to get started on the task. The Checklist lets instructors keep track of completed items. The Course Setup Checklist can also be accessed from the top of course homepages when there are still items to complete. This tool is ideal for new D2L users, as well as for experienced instructors, as it helps fast-track the process of setting up a course in D2L Learning Environment. The Instructor Dashboard must be enabled first for the required Course Setup Checklist permissions to appear. Administrators must set the permissions for instructors to view the Course Setup Checklist.

Course Setup Checklist

Only Desire2Learn instructors will have these two homepage options. Students only see the classic homepage.


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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Removal of ANGEL courses transferred to Desire2Learn

When Washburn initially transitioned the learning management system from ANGEL to Desire2Learn, ANGEL courses were migrated and converted into separate courses in Desire2Learn. Instructors then copied the transferred content into their upcoming Desire2Learn courses. Online Education Support will begin the process of removing these migrated courses from Desire2Learn. Three things for instructors to know about this process: […]

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