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 Score Details from the following locations:

  • Assess Student link in the context menu of a thread or reply post.
  • Topic Score link on the Users tab of the Access Topic
  • Student link on the Assessments tab of the Access Topic
  • Submissions button in the Grades tool on the Enter Grades
  • Submissions button in the Grades tool on the Grade Student The Top Score Details screen is available when you click the student’s name from the Enter Grades area.
  • Submissions button from the Grade Category page, available when you click Grade All from the context menu of a category from the Enter Grades or Manage Grades
  • Submissions button from the Grade Item page, available when you click Grade All from the context menu of a grade item from the Enter Grades or Manage Grades

Note: There is one incidence of Topic Score Details that was not changed to be consistent with the other incidences of the page. The instance available when you select a post from a topic, and then select More Actions > Assess has some behavioral differences from the remaining Topic Score Details incidences. As a result, no changes were made to that incidence.

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In Dropbox

Track deleted submissions

The File Submissions area of Dropbox has a log that can be filtered to determine if and when a learner submitted a file, and whether the learner or instructor deleted the submission. If a submission was accidentally deleted, you can restore it from the submission log.

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In Respondus

Respondus Dashboard Integration Enhancement

Instructors can access all the browser settings from a single location in the Quiz Management interface. There is one location in the Respondus dashboard, which removes the ambiguity over where to enable or disable the requirement. Instructors with Edit Quiz Properties or View Quiz Setup permissions can access Respondus Dashboard from Manage Quizzes if Respondus LockDown Browser is enabled for a course.

Improved quiz workflow

This optional update significantly streamlines the user’s experience in taking a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. When an assessment is configured to require Respondus LockDown Browser, the browser will launch in a new window. If the Respondus LockDown Browser is not already installed, the user is prompted to install it before starting their quiz.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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 improves workflow experience by saving users a click from the previous workflow, which required users to click on a thread before assessing a learner.

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In Assignment Grader iPad App

D2L Assignment Grader – Hide courses past their end date

Instructors can now hide courses that are still active but past their end date when viewing and grading assignments in D2L Assignment Grader. This feature helps filter the Dropbox folder list in D2L Assignment Grader to display current courses only.

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In Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser® – Improved quiz workflow

This update significantly streamlines the user’s experience in taking a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. When an assessment is configured to require Respondus LockDown Browser, the user now launches directly into that assessment within Respondus LockDown Browser without leaving their current browser. If the Respondus LockDown Browser is not already installed, the user is prompted to install it before starting their quiz.

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 directly in the Content tool. Video and audio topics are listed in modules with a special icon to distinguish them from other types of files and link topics. There are shortcuts for some websites, enabling users to create videos by simply copying and pasting the URL of the video. Others can be created by pasting its HTML embed code in the Enter Url or Embed Code field. There is an option to upload video files directly to the course HOWEVER we advise that if you want to upload videos, utilize the Washburn Video Server (which directly integrates with Desire2Learn) by contacting video@washburn.edu. Also learners can now listen to audio topics without having to download them first.

User interface improvements for topics

D2L updated the user interface for viewing content topics and activities with the goals of improving usability and minimizing clutter. Previously, all information surrounding Activity Details, Learning Objectives, and Completion Summary displayed on content topic pages as three stacked, collapsible areas. Now, these areas display as separate tabs, improving discoverability of different areas, progressive disclosure of information, and aesthetics.

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In Quizzes

Quiz Item Analysis

Additional statistics are now available in the Quiz Statistics area to assist instructors in evaluating how well students perform on quiz questions after the questions are submitted for evaluation.

  • User Stats includes the standard deviation and existing class average for the overall quiz.
  • Question Stats now includes standard deviation, discrimination index, and point biserial per question, along with the standard deviation and existing class average for the overall quiz.
  • Question Details now includes standard deviation, discrimination index, and average grade achieved per question.

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Restrictions Tab

D2L reorganized the Timing section in the Restrictions tab that displays when creating and editing quizzes. Changes include reorganizing the order of form fields and re-labeling form fields to be more descriptive and accurate.

Quiz timer

The Time Remaining clock in a quiz now displays seconds as well as minutes and hours to provide better information to users taking a quiz. The clock also subtly flashes for the following times:

  • If a quiz is set for more than an hour long, the clock flashes when there are 10 minutes remaining.
  • If a quiz is set for less than an hour long, the clock flashes when there are 5 minutes remaining.
  • Regardless of the set timer, the clock flashes when there is 1 minute remaining.

If the quiz uses an unenforced time limit and displays a clock, the timer ticks upwards instead of downwards to indicate how much time has been spent.

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Assessment Tab

D2L repositioned the “Automatic Grade – Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion” option. Previously, the positioning of this option caused some users to miss it when configuring or editing quizzes. The option is now at the top of the page so that it is immediately noticeable and less likely to be missed by users when configuring or editing quizzes.

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Ability to Preview Random Question Sections

D2L improved the process for previewing random question sections so that it is easier. Now, users just need to access the Edit Quiz page for the quiz with random sections they want to view and click the section name in the Quiz Questions area to review all random questions assigned to the quiz.

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In Dropbox

Delete Individual Dropboxes

We improved the workflow for deleting dropbox folders from the main Dropbox Folders page to align with established web patterns. Instructors can now delete dropbox folders from their individual context menus or from the More Actions button.

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In Discussions

Reintroducing Grid View

D2L reintegrated the grid view in the Discussions tool after receiving feedback from our users indicating that this view is essential for easily identifying learner and instructor participation, unread content, new content, and themes within Discussion topics.

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Users can now set their preference to use grid view as default instead of reading view when viewing topics in the Discussions tool if they have the appropriate permissions. The ability to select grid view as their default view for topics is now located in Account Settings as well as in the Discussions Settings area.

For example, if a user selects grid view as their default view, but wants to view a topic using reading view, they can select View Topic in Reading View from the context menu of the topic. Selecting View Topic or clicking on the topic name will allow the user to view the topic using grid view.

Similarly, if a user selects reading view as their default view, but wants to assess a topic using grid view, they can select View Topic in Grid View from the context menu of the topic they want to assess. They can also select View Topic or click on the topic name to assess the topic using reading view.

Users can customize their Discussions settings for using grid view. They have the ability to set whether they can see descriptions for discussion topics and if posts appear as threaded or unthreaded, among other settings.

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Bulk Delete Forums and Topics

This change allows users to maintain forums and topics more efficiently by giving them the ability to delete multiple items.

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In Grades

Save and Close Buttons

The Save and Close button is now available in Grades.

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Repositioned # Per Page Drop-down List

D2L made the # per page drop-down list on the Enter Grades pages more discoverable for instructors by moving it more to the left of the page. Previously, instructors frequently missed this control in large grade books because discovery of it required left-to-right scrolling. Now, the option of increasing the amount of users displayed on the page is more apparent for instructors, improving the page’s usability for large grade books.

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Identify Hidden Final Grades

Previously, when Final Grades were released to students, an open eye icon (open-eye) displayed in the Final Grade column of the Enter Grades page. Now, a closed eye icon (new-closed-eye) displays in the Final Grade column beside unreleased final grades and an updated open eye icon (new-open-eye) displays in the Final Grade column beside released final grades.

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Desire2Learn Online Training Location

The online (self-paced) training moved at the end of Spring semester. You can find it by doing the following:

  1. Log in to D2L using your MyWashburn login information OR, if you get to D2L through MyWashburn, click the My Home link in the upper left
  2. Click the Help menu
  3. Choose Training & Orientation

 

This is also where you can direct your students to see the Student Orientation (we will be notifying them also).

Spring Training Opportunities

In Person Training

Sign-up is NOT required. Come to any or all training sessions. All training will take place in Henderson 108.

Lite Training – Covers communication tools, file upload, link sharing, and gradebook. (You only need to go to 1 session.)

  • Tuesday, April 15 from 3:00-5:00
  • Thursday, April 24 from 3:00-5:00
  • Friday, May 2 from 1:00-3:00
  • Wednesday, May 7 from 3:00-5:00
  • Monday, May 12 from 3:00-5:00
  • Wednesday, May 21 from 1:00-3:00

Desire2Learn Upgrade Sneak Peek

As you may have heard, we are going to be upgrading our Desire2Learn to a new version. There are some changes with this update. In order to prepare, we are offering sneak peeks of the new version. You can view it online or we will be offering in-person sneak peeks on the following dates and times at the TLC (Bennett Computer Center room 102).

  • Tuesday, April 29th from 3:00-4:00
  • Thursday, May 8th from 11:30-12:30
  • Friday, May 16th from 10:00-11:00

ANGEL to D2L Migration Workshop Recording

I recorded today’s Distance ANGEL to D2L Migration Workshop so it may be of help to anyone who can’t attend a workshop. You can find the recording here – http://washburn-its.adobeconnect.com/p8f48iwyin8/

Information for Faculty who migrated courses from ANGEL to D2L

If you had your course files migrated from ANGEL by Online Education Support, you will have an extra course in Desire2Learn with that content in it. You will need to copy the files from that course into your Summer or Fall shell. Here is a video explaining how to do that: http://washburn-its.adobeconnect.com/copycourse/.

If you need help with this process or have any other questions, please feel free to drop by the TLC (Bennett Computer Center room 102) on the following days and times for additional assistance:

  • Mondays from 2:30 – 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays from 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Thursdays from 2:30 – 5:00pm
  • Fridays from 8:00am – 12:00pm