Welcome LuAnn Reece to Online Education Support

Please help me welcome LuAnn Reece to Washburn as a new employee in Online Education Support. LuAnn will fill the Online Education Support Specialist II position.  Her primary responsibilities will be support of faculty, students, and staff in the use of Desire2Learn and Respondus; as well as assisting Marc Routsong, Online Education Support Coordinator; in the administrative functions of Desire2Learn. LuAnn has extensive experience in support of an online environment, most recently through her position at the IQ Academy in Manhattan, Kansas supporting junior and high school students and teachers online using eCollege.  LuAnn started at Washburn on April 21st in Online Education Support.   Help us welcome LuAnn to Washburn. We are excited to have her join our staff!

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LuAnn Reece Office:  Henderson 3A
785-670-3296
luann.reece@washburn.edu

Desire2Learn Access

Faculty/Students,

The upcoming hardware maintenance for Banner scheduled to start this evening (Friday, March 14th, 2014), WILL NOT affect access to Desire2Learn.  There will be a short maintenance window of work performed by Desire2Learn scheduled for Saturday, March 15th from 1:00AM-3:00AM CST and access during this time WILL BE affected.

If you experience any further access issues with Desire2Learn beyond the 1:00-3:00AM Saturday scheduled maintenance, please send email to:  online-ed-support@washburn.edu

Link to Library Resources

Many instructors are taking advantage of the databases and online facilities that Mabee Library has to offer, some of which are new this year. Online Education Support does encourage you to incorporate links to those resources in your Desire2Learn course.

Some of these components are set up by their provider to not function within another website, such as Desire2Learn. To avoid this difficulty, Online Education Support recommends that any links to library resources be set to open in a new window.

When a Desire2Learn link is created or edited, a checkbox appears below the field where the instructor enters the target web address (URL). That checkbox is labeled ‘Open in New Window’ Checking it will cause the target website to open in a new browser window.

D2L Link Editor

After saving, an instructor can test the link’s behavior immediately by selecting the link in the content area.

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

Summer 2013 courses in Desire2Learn

Students,

In Summer 2013, we will begin our transition to Desire2Learn as our new learning management system (LMS) for online and web-assisted courses.  Some courses will use ANGEL and some will use Desire2Learn for Summer 2013.  By Fall 2013, all courses will use Desire2Learn.

Desire2Learn Logo Link

What this means for you:

  • Clicking on your course link in MyWashburn will take you to the appropriate environment for your course. (Either Desire2Learn or ANGEL)
  • There is a Student Orientation available on your Desire2Learn homepage that will assist you with navigation and use of the new LMS.
  • If your course is in Desire2Learn and the semester hasn’t started yet, you will be taken to your Desire2Learn homepage and that course will appear there as an inactive link with a date indicating when it will be available.
  • If you would like to go directly to Desire2Learn, you can click on the logo on the MyCourses tab in MyWashburn or go to: https://d2l.washburn.edu ; log in with your MyWashburn username and password.
  • If you would like to go directly to ANGEL , go to https://angel.washburn.edu and log in with your MyWashburn username and password.

Please contact Online Education Support at online-ed-support@washburn.edu or 785-670-2381 if you are experiencing any difficulties when accessing Desire2Learn or ANGEL for Summer 2013 courses.

Desire2Learn courses for Summer 2013

This past weekend Washburn connected our student information system, Banner with Desire2Learn (D2L) so courses, instructor assignments and student enrollments will flow (real time) to D2L for Summer 2013 courses and all Fall 2013 courses.  Students will be able to access the course link in MyWashburn for Summer 2013 courses taught in Desire2Learn and be linked to their D2L Homepage until the course starts.  When courses begin for Summer 2013, students will then be linked directly into their D2L course from MyWashburn.

Student online training materials will be available on every student’s Desire2Learn Homepage for information on navigation and general use of the Desire2Learn environment.

A total of 136 courses at Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology will be taught in Desire2Learn this summer 2013.  A total of 84 faculty/instructors at both campuses have chosen to teach in D2L for Summer 2013.  To date, we have had a total of 185 faculty/instructors/staff signed up, completed, or currently enrolled in Desire2Learn training to prepare for teaching in this new system.

More training opportunities are available for faculty and staff by signing up at: http://blog.washburn.edu/d2l/desire2learn-training-sign-up/

Sign up now and learn this exciting new system for online courses!

 

(Direct access to Washburn’s Desire2Learn can be found at:

https://d2l.washburn.edu

Login using your mywashburn username and password.)

 

 

 

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 training team

A team of faculty and staff have been identified to assist in the implementation and training of Desire2Learn for Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology campuses. Thank you to all who are participating in this exciting transition to Desire2Learn! All training team members will be attending a two-day session on campus provided by our D2L representative, Kerry O’Brien, Feb. 14th and 15th. From there, they will be working with Sue Taylor-Owens to provide specific training opportunities to meet your needs using Desire2Learn. There will be training opportunities fully online and a combination of online and face-to-face sessions to meet the variety of faculty schedules and preferred method of learning. Training opportunities will begin the week of March 11th. Additional sessions will be available April 15th and throughout the summer 2013. More details to come! Please look to this blog for further Desire2Learn information.

Desire2Learn Training Team
Sue Taylor-Owens
Keith Rocci
Vickie Kelly
David Pownell
Barbara Ginzburg
Becky Dodge
Janice Bacon
Keith Farwell
Donna Droge
Don Williams
Susan Jarchow
Marc Routsong
Jacq Kelley
Michael Newman
Ivy LaGrone