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 administrate the online portion of two or more D2L courses.

Online Education Support provides an online form to facilitate course merge requests. To view or use the form, follow this Online Course Merge Request link. This form replaces previous methods for requesting course merges.

The Course Merge Request link is permanently located on the Online Education Support page in the left-side navigation. This link will always be active.

When the merge process is complete, only the merged course will be accessible to you and your students. Once students have begun interacting with a course, including course email, the merge process becomes less and less viable as an option. Please allow up to one week for the merge process to complete. Please submit any questions to Online Education Support at online-ed-support@washburn.edu.

Mock quiz for students to download and test Respondus LockDown Browser

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:
Respondus LockDown Browser download Selecting the blue link takes the student to the Respondus LockDown Browser download page. Thereafter, when a student accesses that same quiz through the LockDown Browser, he or she is presented with that quiz rather than this message.

Many instructors choose to create a simple, non-graded test quiz in their course that requires the LockDown Browser. This gives the students the link to download the LockDown Browser before a grade-affecting quiz. It also provides the students with the opportunity to make sure they can successfully take a quiz that requires the LockDown Browser before the stakes are raised.

Desire2Learn Upgrade – No access May 22

Washburn’s instance of Desire2Learn will be undergoing a system upgrade beginning May 22nd. During this upgrade, Desire2Learn will be unavailable to any user.

For information regarding the semester scheduling surrounding this upgrade window, please see the Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 Academic Calendars.

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Outlook

The Respondus Lockdown Browser blocks communication and capture software and applications from running while the Lockdown Browser is running. There are some programs that the Respondus Lockdown Browser requires the user to close manually.

Some Washburn users may have Microsoft Outlook as their email client application. The Respondus Lockdown Browser requires that this application be closed before it will launch completely. Outlook can be reopened once the Lockdown Browser session is completed.

If you have any questions regarding the Respondus Lockdown Browser or its interactions with other applications, please contact Online Education Support at online-ed-support@washburn.edu.

Link to Library Resources

Many instructors are taking advantage of the databases and online facilities that Mabee Library has to offer, some of which are new this year. Online Education Support does encourage you to incorporate links to those resources in your Desire2Learn course.

Some of these components are set up by their provider to not function within another website, such as Desire2Learn. To avoid this difficulty, Online Education Support recommends that any links to library resources be set to open in a new window.

When a Desire2Learn link is created or edited, a checkbox appears below the field where the instructor enters the target web address (URL). That checkbox is labeled ‘Open in New Window’ Checking it will cause the target website to open in a new browser window.

D2L Link Editor

After saving, an instructor can test the link’s behavior immediately by selecting the link in the content area.