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

Navigational Training Available and Training Update

Desire2Learn Navigational Training will be available online beginning Monday (March 4th) at: http://blog.washburn.edu/d2l/navigational-training/

It will cover the following topics:

  • Logging in
  • Navigating the homepage
  • Profile, Notification settings, and Account settings
  • Email

We will also be providing in person Desire2Learn Navigational training in the TLC lab (Bennett Computer Center, room 102) on the following days and times:

  • Monday (3/4) at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00pm
  • Tuesday (3/5) at 11:00am, 12:00, and 1:00pm
  • Wednesday (3/6) at 1:00 and 2:00pm
  • Thursday (3/7) at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00pm
  • Friday (3/8) at 3:00 and 4:00pm

You will need to go through the Navigational training before attending any of the other training sessions we will be providing. We will begin inviting faculty and support staff to sign up for the rest of training next week (it will be an online signup process, please don’t send requests directly to me). There will be 2 different types of training using 2 different methods, giving you 4 options to choose from:

  • Full Online Desire2Learn Training – This online course provides instruction on how to use all the major tools of Desire2Learn. This course provides online modules to review on your own time. Take this course if you need to learn all about Desire2Learn and would like a fully online training experience.
  • Full Desire2Learn Training – This 5 week course provides instruction on how to use all the major tools of Desire2Learn. This course provides both an online component (so you can review training materials on your own time) and a face to face training session each week. Take this course if you need to learn all about Desire2Learn and would like a fully face to face or a combination of face to face and online training experience.
  • Lite Online Desire2Learn Training – This online course provides instruction on how to upload a file (such as a syllabus) and use the Gradebook in Desire2Learn. This course provides online modules to review on your own time. Take this course if you need to learn how to upload a file and use the Gradebook in Desire2Learn and would like a fully online training experience.
  • Lite Desire2Learn Training – This 2 week course provides instruction on how to upload a file (such as a syllabus) and use the Gradebook in Desire2Learn. This course provides both an online component (so you can review training materials on your own time) and a face to face training session each week. Take this course if you need to only learn how to upload a file and use the Gradebook in Desire2Learn and would like a fully face to face or a combination of face to face and online training experience.

There will be general Desire2Learn drop in hours from 3/11 – 5/24 in the TLC lab on the following days and times:

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

Putting it all together

Admin and Train-the-Trainer trainings are now behind us. We are now going to use what we learned to start putting Washburn’s Desire2Learn environment together and create the training materials for our campus training sessions. Lots of work to get done in the next few weeks.

Desire2Learn Update

As we began our semesters and new courses for the 2013 year, we also began the planning and implementation of our new learning management system, “Desire2Learn (D2L)”.  An implementation team kicked off their first meeting with D2L staff on Friday, Jan. 11th and are already working through the process to get our D2L environment configured and running to begin testing in February and throughout the spring semester.  Another team of individuals (faculty and online education support staff) are gathering as a “training team”.  This team will attend train-the-trainer sessions provided on-site by D2L, Feb. 14th & 15th.  They will be working with Sue Taylor-Owens on creating online training modules, as well as providing face-to-face training opportunities for the campus later in the spring and summer.
To help facilitate the communication to our campuses on the progress of this important transition to Desire2Learn, we have created a blog that you can access at:   http://blog.washburn.edu/d2l/ to find more information about the Desire2Learn implementation, teams, timelines, training, migration strategy, and more.  We hope that you join us in this exciting change to Desire2Learn and the new opportunities for our campuses for online learning!

Implementation Team
Brenda White
Tim Peterson
Marc Routsong
Floyd Davenport
Sue Taylor-Owens
Rusty Taylor
Eileen Brouddus
Gail Kenefake
Kevin Halgren
Bob Stoller

Desire2Learn Selected

Washburn University has been evaluating three vendor products (Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Canvas) to replace our current learning management system ANGEL. At the end of November, the Faculty IT Advisory Council, the Online Education Committee, and the Technology Steering Committee met to discuss the input from faculty, staff, and students, and to recommend an LMS for our campus. The recommended system is Desire2Learn and was approved by the Board of Regents on Friday, Dec. 7th, 2012. An additional Analytics tool-set from Desire2Learn was also recommended for tracking and reporting learning outcome data.  The committees and council also voted to recommend required training for faculty who will use it to teach fully online courses given its more robust features and complex navigation.  Many of you attended the presentations from Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Canvas, worked online in the sand-boxes, reviewed the recordings, participated in conference calls with the vendors, and have provided valuable feedback during this evaluation process and we THANK YOU for your participation in this very important process/evaluation for our campus! We look forward to this new system and will be working diligently to transition to Desire2Learn and to provide many learning opportunities for the campus community in the near future. Again thank you for your input and participation