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.

Instructors can allow iPads for LockDown Browser quizzes

Instructors have the option of allowing students to take a Respondus LockDown Browser quiz on an iPad. By default, requiring the LockDown Browser means that a student must use a Mac or Windows computer.

If you wish to allow your students to take a LockDown Browser quiz on their iPads, you will need to opt into that permission in the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor Dashboard.

Information about how to access the Dashboard and access the LockDown Browser options is available in Desire2Learn in Faculty Resources in the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor Dashboard module. In that module are documents outlining how to add the Dashboard to your course and how to change the iPad option.

This post indicated to students how to download the Respondus LockDown Browser to their iPad.

Respondus LockDown Browser for iPad

A version of the Respondus LockDown Browser is available for the iPad. An instructor that requires the LockDown Browser for a quiz can choose to allow students to take it on an iPad. A quiz requiring Respondus Monitor (which requires use of the LockDown Browser) can also be released to be taken on an iPad.

The Respondus LockDown Browser app for the iPad can be downloaded here from Apple iTunesOnce the LockDown Browser app has been downloaded and installed:

  1. Enable iPad’s “Guided Access” by selecting iPad > Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Turn on Guided Access and set a passcode (you need to remember this passcode to exit Guided Access after an exam). The setup for Guided Access only needs to be done once.
  2. Start the LockDown Browser app.
  3. The first time the app is used, you will be prompted to select your institution and server. (If you later need to change the institution or server, select the settings icon on the LockDown Browser toolbar.)
  4. Triple-press the iPad home button to start Guided Access and enter LockDown Browser.
  5. After completing the exam, triple-press the home button and enter the passcode to exit Guided Access.
  6. Press the Home button again to return to the Home page.

These steps are provided on the iPad during this process as well.

 

Issues with Macmillan LaunchPad

Macmillan Higher Education has reported that their LaunchPad application has connection problems with Washburn’s current version of Desire2Learn. The Macmillan imprint includes Bedford/St. Martin’s, WH Freeman, and Worth Publishers. If a D2L course uses a textbook from one of these publishers and the instructor incorporates the accompanying online materials, those materials will not be accessible through the course.

Instructors and students can still access LaunchPad directly, navigating to Macmillan’s site rather than accessing materials through Desire2Learn. Users will be required to sign into that site, and grade data will not transfer to the Desire2Learn gradebook.

Online Education Support will update this blog as this situation changes.

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.

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.