Master Syllabus Addendum to Course Syllabus

Instructors are encouraged to include additional Washburn University information with their course syllabus. This Master Syllabus is located at this link off of the VPAA webpage: http://www.washburn.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-resources/policies-forms/forms/master-syllabus.docx

The updated Master Syllabus is also available for Desire2Learn instructors to link to from within their courses. Linking to the Master Syllabus provides the benefit that any changes made to the original will appear the next time a user selects the link. Additionally, if contents are copied from one course to another course, the copied link will continue to point to the most up-to-date material.

The steps to link to the Master Syllabus from with a D2L course are:

  1. Go to the module where you place your course syllabus
  2. Click the New button
  3. Select New Link from the menu
  4. Type University Syllabus Additions in the Title box
  5. Delete http://from the URL box
  6. Copy and paste the following text into the URL box: https://d2l.washburn.edu/shared/Master-Syllabus/master-syllabus.html
  7. Click the Create button

 

Instructor Dashboard and Course Setup Checklist

The Instructor Dashboard and Course Setup Checklist is a landing page and workflow for instructors that provides a welcome tour and task list for a quick and easy way build out upcoming Desire2Learn courses.

The Instructor Dashboard is part of a Personal Dashboard tool. The dashboard displays an instructor’s full course list, with the ability to set current courses as favorites for easier access. Instructors can also view a notification if their courses are not visible to students yet and access their own profiles from the Dashboard view. If an instructor needs to access their organization landing page, they can select the Classic Homepage link. Instructors can also choose their default landing page to be either the Classic Homepage or the Instructor Dashboard by clicking the Settings link. This will change which page they see when you log in to D2L Learning Environment. The Settings Link also allows you to reset the Welcome tour to view it again.

Instructor Dashboard

The Course Setup Checklist contains a list of suggested course setup tasks with shortcuts to the tools. Tours appear on those pages to demonstrate how to get started on the task. The Checklist lets instructors keep track of completed items. The Course Setup Checklist can also be accessed from the top of course homepages when there are still items to complete. This tool is ideal for new D2L users, as well as for experienced instructors, as it helps fast-track the process of setting up a course in D2L Learning Environment. The Instructor Dashboard must be enabled first for the required Course Setup Checklist permissions to appear. Administrators must set the permissions for instructors to view the Course Setup Checklist.

Course Setup Checklist

Only Desire2Learn instructors will have these two homepage options. Students only see the classic homepage.

 

October’s Continuous Delivery Updates

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.)

Copy Course Components – improved copy content settings

The Content Display Settings copy the settings controlled by course configuration, including Content Arrangement and Navigation display options, and completion status tracking. You can access these settings from the Content > Settings popup window. Previously, if you selected Content display settings from the Copy Selected Components workflow, these items were not properly copied. This update ensures that the Content Settings are all copied as expected when you use the Copy Course Components option.

The middle part of this dialog (Content Authoring) contains user settings that are not included in a course copy.

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Bulk Course Configuration – Content Display Settings

QuickLinks tool no longer inserts http:// by default

The URL field in the Quicklinks tool no longer has http:// automatically inserted to assist users in forming URLs with correct syntax. The field is now blank before you enter a URL.

User Progress – Identify when learners access their courses

In the User Progress tool, instructors can now easily identify when learners access their courses. From the new Course Access indicator, instructors can view detailed course access information such as when a learner last accessed the course and the total number of days they accessed the course.

The Course Access indicator in the User Progress tool

The Course Access indicator in the User Progress tool

User Progress – Identify if learners download content

In the User Progress tool, instructors can now identify if learners download content at the topic, module, or table of contents level. Instructors can view download metrics from the Summary and Content indicators for a specific course. When combined with other content access metrics, this provides instructors with a more detailed picture of learner engagement.

Content Progress showing a download from Table of Contents (all course files), a Module download (Week 2), and individual Topic downloads

Content Progress showing a download from Table of Contents (all course files), a Module download (Week 2), and individual Topic downloads

 

Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor Dashboard Update

The Respondus LockDown Browser & Dashboard has been moved inside Desire2Learn. This change was mentioned in August’s Continuous Delivery Updates.

This interface is accessible to instructors through Assessments > Quizzes. On the Quiz List, the fourth tab is labeled Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor.

These options being located where instructors control quizzes will make the Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor Dashboard widget obsolete, and it will be deprecated and eventually removed.

Enrollment in the IRB Course in D2L

Any Washburn user who has a Desire2Learn account can access the (IRB) Institutional Review Board course. A user who is enrolled in the IRB course accesses it through the course link on their D2L homepage in the My Courses widget under All Semesters. If you need to access the IRB course and do not see that course link, you can Self Register for that course.

To Self Register for the IRB course, navigate to your Desire2Learn homepage. This can be done by selecting the My Home link on the upper left anywhere in D2L.

  1. From the homepage navbar, select Resources, then Self Registration from the drop-down menu.
  2. Under Self Registering Course Offerings, select the link for IRB (Institutional Review Board).
  3. Under Description, select Register.
  4. Under Registration Form, your first name, last name, and email will populate the corresponding fields. Select Submit.
  5. Under Confirmation, select Finish.

Please see the Washburn Institutional Review Board webpage for additional information about IRB.

September’s Continuous Delivery Updates

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most.)

Changes to Copy Selected Components

In order to mitigate the risk that large courses may result in a timeout for users, the process is moving to an asynchronous workflow. Moving the selected components workflow into an asynchronous job avoids copy timeouts when you are copying large courses. You are able to start the copy process and check the progress on the History page, which enables you to perform other tasks while the copy process is underway.

Copy Course Components, Import/Export/Copy Components page showing the ability to select View History

Copy Course Components, Import/Export/Copy Components page showing the ability to select View History

Copy Course Components - View History

Copy Course Components – View History

Groups – Usability and administration enhancements

Enhancements have been made to the Groups tool that enable learners to join groups more easily, and give instructors and administrators the option to set up and manage groups more efficiently. The enhancements are as follows:

  • When creating or editing a group category, the Enrollment Type called # of Groups of # – Self Enrollment has been changed to # of Groups, Capacity of # – Self Enrollment to clarify its usage.
  • When creating or editing a group category, a Group Prefix field is now present.
  • When creating or editing a group category that supports self enrollment, a Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date option is now available.
  • When creating or editing a category, and when Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date is selected, the Allocate unenrolled users after Self Enrollment Expiry Date option can also be selected.
  • Once a category and groups with capacities have been created, capacity markers display (in the form x/y where x is the number of enrolled students and y is the capacity).
  • Learners can now see the names of the members of each group before they enroll.
  • Learners can now leave a group after they have self enrolled if they choose to enroll into a different group.
  • When enrolling learners in groups, there is a configurable Advanced Search Options link that opens a custom search and enroll page, if instructors want to use additional data to create groups of learners.
  • New configuration variables have been added that can be turned on to enable enhancements.
Updated Enrollment Type called # of Groups, Capacity of # - Self Enrollment  and Group Prefix field on the New Category page

Updated Enrollment Type called # of Groups, Capacity of # – Self Enrollment and Group Prefix field on the New Category page

Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date option and Allocate unenrolled users after Self Enrollment Expiry Date option

Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date option and Allocate unenrolled users after Self Enrollment Expiry Date option

Capacity marker and Leave Group option on updated Groups page

Capacity marker and Leave Group option on updated Groups page

Configurable Advanced Search Options link on Enroll Users page

Configurable Advanced Search Options link on Enroll Users page

My Awards tool featuring Badges and Certificates

The new My Awards tool enables Instructors to automatically award Badges and Certificates based on release conditions, or to award or revoke them manually.

To add a new badge to a course, the instructor can complete the New Award page (under Assessments > Awards > Add Award to Course > Create Award) and define the name and description of the award, and set attributes for the award type, sharing, expiry, notification, the location of the image library to use to create the badges, and Issuer information. The image library contains some default icons you can use to create badges and default templates for certificates.

Adding an Award. The image shows the New Award page that the Administrator uses to add new awards to the system.

Adding an Award. The image shows the New Award page used to add new awards.

After Badges and Certificates are added, Instructors can click the Edit Properties link under the Award to set the conditions of earning the Award.

Classlist awards page, showing the listing of awards given to Learners in the course

Classlist awards page, showing the listing of awards given to Learners in the course

Learners can see a list of the awards they have received and the available awards by going to Assessments > My Awards.

The My Awards page lets learners view the badges and certificates that they have achieved, or are available if they meet the eligibility requirements.

The My Awards page lets learners view the badges and certificates that they have achieved, or are available if they meet the eligibility requirements.

News – Recover deleted News items

Users can now restore deleted news items.

The Restore option from the More Actions button on the News page

The Restore option from the More Actions button on the News page

The Restore News page showing a News item that was accidentally deleted

The Restore News page showing a News item that was accidentally deleted

User Progress – Better metrics for time viewing topics

In the Summary and Content Progress pages, User Progress contains statistics on the amount of time a learner spends in a content topic. The update to this feature corrects the inaccuracies that can occur when a user session times out or loses connectivity. As a result, the statistics for the amount of time a user spends in a content topic are accurate to the default frequency of 10 minutes. The time spent statistics for other scenarios (such as viewing a content topic and then browsing to the next topic or to another tool) continue to capture the exact duration.

This solution also improves how User Progress tracks time spent in a content topic when the user switches between browser tabs.

Pass This to Students/Faculty New to Desire2Learn

We have created a page on the Washburn website to help direct new users of Desire2Learn how to get into the system and show them getting started videos. We hope this will be helpful to pass along to students and new faculty at the beginning of a semester. You can find it here: D2L Getting Started.

App Finder available to instructors

Brightspace App Finder shows instructors what third-party applications are available for use with Desire2Learn as well as which applications are already integrated with Washburn’s D2L.

A widget to access App Finder is placed on instructors’ Desire2Learn home pages. Students do not see the widget.

App FinderSelecting the App Finder icon in the widget will launch App Finder in a new tab.

The App Finder shows instructors what third-party integrations currently exist and allows them to search for particular kinds of third-party applications. Selecting ‘My Apps’ shows the instructor what integrations are already in place with Washburn’s Desire2Learn environment.

Adobe Presenter in Desire2Learn

Adobe Presenter files do not appear correctly as Desire2Learn content depending on in which browser the presentation is viewed. The most common issue is appearing very small on the webpage.

All presentations appear correctly in Google Chrome and Safari. Many but not all will appear correctly in Firefox. Adobe Presenter presentations appear reduced or are otherwise incorrect when viewed with Internet Explorer.

Online Education Support continues to work with both Adobe and Desire2Learn to resolve this issue across all supported browsers. At this time, this issue concerns only Adobe Presenter files. Articulate, Captivate, OfficeMix, and other products do not seem to be affected.

Removal of ANGEL courses transferred to Desire2Learn

When Washburn initially transitioned the learning management system from ANGEL to Desire2Learn, ANGEL courses were migrated and converted into separate courses in Desire2Learn. Instructors then copied the transferred content into their upcoming Desire2Learn courses.

Online Education Support will begin the process of removing these migrated courses from Desire2Learn. Three things for instructors to know about this process:

  • Any course content that was copied from the transferred courses to actual semester courses will persist in those courses. Only the original converted ANGEL course will be removed.
  • At any point in the future, any ANGEL course’s material can be migrated or remigrated into Desire2Learn.
  • This removal does not affect what students can see.