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.