Respondus LockDown Browser for Students

Your Desire2Learn course may have a quiz that requires the Respondus LockDown Browser. This is a browser that restricts access to other resources on a computer when it is active. It launches as a separate application.

Your quiz requires the LockDown Browser if you are accessing it a common browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) and see this message:2015-02-03_09h32_56_2

If you are using a Washburn lab computer, the LockDown Browser is already installed. Minimize your browser and launch the LockDown Browser from the desktop icon.LDB icon - PCIf your own computer does not already have the LockDown Browser application installed, select the download link:download linkFollow the instructions on the Respondus LockDown Browser: The Student Experience page to install it on your own computer.

For more information, see the Student Quick Start Guide provided by Respondus.

Respondus Monitor available

Respondus Monitor is an application that works as an additional layer of security within Desire2Learn to create a video recording of students taking a D2L quiz. Monitor is currently available to Washburn instructors for use in any course with any Desire2Learn quiz.

See this page for general information about Respondus Monitor.

For a Desire2Learn quiz to use Respondus Monitor, that quiz must require the Respondus LockDown Browser. Further, to require that Respondus Monitor record student quiz sessions, students must have access to a webcam.

Instructions for how to activate Respondus Monitor for use in your course are available through the instructor Faculty Resources course. To access this material:

  • Log into Desire2Learn. Navigate to your Desire2Learn homepage.
  • In the My Courses widget, select Faculty Resources under the All Semester heading.
  • Under Content, locate the Respondus Monitor Information module.

Please contact Online Education Support with any questions.

Course Merge Request Form

As an instructor, you may find that you are teaching the same course or using the same course materials for two or more groups of students. If you wish, your Desire2Learn courses can be combined into one course. This process, called merging or crosslisting, consolidates your course rosters into one course from which you can administrate the online portion of two or more D2L courses.

Online Education Support provides an online form to facilitate course merge requests. To view or use the form, follow this Online Course Merge Request link. This form replaces previous methods for requesting course merges.

The Course Merge Request link is permanently located on the Online Education Support page in the left-side navigation. This link will always be active.

When the merge process is complete, only the merged course will be accessible to you and your students. Once students have begun interacting with a course, including course email, the merge process becomes less and less viable as an option. Please allow up to one week for the merge process to complete. Please submit any questions to Online Education Support at online-ed-support@washburn.edu.

Mock quiz for students to download and test Respondus LockDown Browser

The download link for the Respondus LockDown Browser is provided to students is through a Desire2Learn quiz that requires it. When a student navigates to that quiz in an ordinary browser, he or she sees this message:
Respondus LockDown Browser download Selecting the blue link takes the student to the Respondus LockDown Browser download page. Thereafter, when a student accesses that same quiz through the LockDown Browser, he or she is presented with that quiz rather than this message.

Many instructors choose to create a simple, non-graded test quiz in their course that requires the LockDown Browser. This gives the students the link to download the LockDown Browser before a grade-affecting quiz. It also provides the students with the opportunity to make sure they can successfully take a quiz that requires the LockDown Browser before the stakes are raised.

Jennifer McGraw joins Online Education Support

Please help us welcome Jennifer (Jenn) McGraw to ITS: as a new employee in Instructional Services-Online Education Support. Jenn fills the fulltime Online Education Support Specialist I position.  Her primary responsibilities will be supporting faculty, staff, and students in Online Education Support; providing training and support of the Desire2Learn Learning Management System (LMS), Desire2Learn Insights, Desire2Learn Learning Object Repository (LOR), Respondus, StudyMate, Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor.  Eventually this position will also help us extend our online education support hours more in the evenings and weekend.  Jenn is not new to Washburn University as she had previously worked in the Financial Aid office prior to starting her position in Online Education Support on Nov. 24th, 2014.  Jenn is also pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Saint Leo University.  Help us welcome Jenn to ITS-Instructional Services-Online Education Support.  We are excited to have her join our staff!

Jenn McGraw office:  Henderson rm. 3
785-670-2467
jenn.mcgraw@washburn.edu

 

Requesting Online Course Access for Deans/Chairs

Faculty/Staff,

As you progress through the semester and have a need to request access to online courses that you are not the primary instructor for, please follow the guidelines below to request that access.  These guidelines can be found under the Desire2Learn Tips and Guidelines section of Online Education Support’s website.

Online Course Access Guidelines

Typically this third party access is granted to Deans, Associate Deans,  or Department Chairs for a variety of reasons.

For questions, more information, or to submit your request, please contact:

online-ed-support@washburn.edu  .

Online Education Support can also be reached at 785-670-2381 .

 

 

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).

Desire2Learn upgrade to 10.3

Tomorrow our instance of Desire2Learn will be upgraded to 10.3 .  D2L will not be available May 22nd, 2014.  Some of the features/enhancements you will see in 10.3 include:

  • New locations for menu items, such as Change Role
  • New Widget-Book List
  • New left-side tab
  • Enhancements to: Add Activities in Content area
  • Change file option
  • Discussion-students can now grade each others’ posts, restore option
  • Dropbox-grade students before they have submitted a post, evaluate link
  • Quiz-new assessment tab, ability to set time limits for review

Remember Desire2Learn will not be available on Thursday, May 22nd; so please plan accordingly.

For support contact online-ed-support@washburn.edu .

 

 

Desire2Learn Users Conference-Fusion 2014

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Annual Desire2Learn Global Users Conference 

Main Conference: July 14 – 16, 2014          |          Nashville, Tennessee

Early Bird registration deadline until Wednesday, May 14!

Why should you attend?
With over 135 breakouts scheduled, there will be no shortage of opportunities to learn and talk about the important topics driving change in education. As an attendee, you can discover next-generation advances, new approaches, and practical skills to help drive success at your own organization.

•    Special guests Chris Hadfield, astronaut and former Commander of the International   Space Station, and Levar Burton, actor director, and literacy advocate, will be joining us!

•    Build your network of colleagues and share best practices

•    Participate in full-day and half-day hands-on training workshops

•    Learn about the latest Desire2Learn offerings and shape our future roadmap

Full Schedule now posted!

If you have any questions, please contact  Fusion@Desire2Learn.com,

New Streaming Server-Ensemble and D2L Integration

Our new streaming server is in the implementation stage and staff are busy setting up and training on administration of the new Ensemble Video  server.  The Ensemble Video staff have also been busy working on a deeper integration with Desire2Learn that will be implemented with our upgrade to D2L 10.3 on May 22nd, 2014.  Many of you will soon be receiving an e-mail about your current files, as we begin the process of identifying what we will migrate to Ensemble and what files will need to be captioned if they are shared publicly. Migration of files will take place during the summer.  We are excited about the possibilities this new server will provide, the easy user interface, and the integration with Desire2Learn.  Other key features of Ensemble will include; mobile device support, HD (High Definition) content delivery, privacy settings, sharing options, and integration with a captioning service to provide ADA compliant content.   End-user training will be developed and provided to you in the fall 2014 semester.  We look forward to helping you explore the new opportunities that Ensemble Video will offer to the campus and will be working diligently to make a smooth transition to the new streaming server. Look here for more announcements on the Ensemble Video implementation and migration schedule.