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.

topic-tabs

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.

quiz-timer

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.

automatic-grade

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.

random-section-preview

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.

delete-dropbox

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.

grid-view

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.

grid-view-settings

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.

discussion-bulk-delete

In Grades

Save and Close Buttons

The Save and Close button is now available in Grades.

save-and-close

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.

released-grades

 

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

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