August’s Continuous Delivery Updates

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

In Discussions

Top Score Details screen now has consistent appearance

All locations of the Topic Score Details screen in the Discussions tool now have a consistent presentation across all incidences of the screen. Instructors have access to the Topic Score Details from the following locations:

  • Assess Student link in the context menu of a thread or reply post.
  • Topic Score link on the Users tab of the Access Topic
  • Student link on the Assessments tab of the Access Topic
  • Submissions button in the Grades tool on the Enter Grades
  • Submissions button in the Grades tool on the Grade Student The Top Score Details screen is available when you click the student’s name from the Enter Grades area.
  • Submissions button from the Grade Category page, available when you click Grade All from the context menu of a category from the Enter Grades or Manage Grades
  • Submissions button from the Grade Item page, available when you click Grade All from the context menu of a grade item from the Enter Grades or Manage Grades

Note: There is one incidence of Topic Score Details that was not changed to be consistent with the other incidences of the page. The instance available when you select a post from a topic, and then select More Actions > Assess has some behavioral differences from the remaining Topic Score Details incidences. As a result, no changes were made to that incidence.

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In Dropbox

Track deleted submissions

The File Submissions area of Dropbox has a log that can be filtered to determine if and when a learner submitted a file, and whether the learner or instructor deleted the submission. If a submission was accidentally deleted, you can restore it from the submission log.

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In Respondus

Respondus Dashboard Integration Enhancement

Instructors can access all the browser settings from a single location in the Quiz Management interface. There is one location in the Respondus dashboard, which removes the ambiguity over where to enable or disable the requirement. Instructors with Edit Quiz Properties or View Quiz Setup permissions can access Respondus Dashboard from Manage Quizzes if Respondus LockDown Browser is enabled for a course.

Improved quiz workflow

This optional update significantly streamlines the user’s experience in taking a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. When an assessment is configured to require Respondus LockDown Browser, the browser will launch in a new window. If the Respondus LockDown Browser is not already installed, the user is prompted to install it before starting their quiz.

July’s Continuous Delivery Updates

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

In Content

Overdue assignments list added to Course Schedule view

Learners can view an actionable list of overdue assignments in the new Overdue tab in the Course Schedule view of the Content tool. Course activities that have a due date appear automatically in the Overdue list as soon as the due date passes. Only activities with an end date later than the due date (or no end date) appear in the list, to ensure that learners have time to complete the overdue activities. Learners can access the activity directly from the list to complete it. Once the activity has been completed, it disappears from the list, and when all overdue items are completed, the Overdue tab disappears from the Course Schedule view.

The Overdue tab conveniently lists all overdue course tasks in one place so learners can more easily manage their time and workload. Overdue activities are sorted by most to least overdue.

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Copy Course Components – Include associated files

This update makes it easier and faster for instructors to include associated files when copying components from one course to another. Previously, instructors had to use the Course Files tool as well as select content in order to copy all associated files and prevent broken links. Now, when instructors use the Include associated files feature, D2L imports all files associated with selected course components to the new course. Users can select which content modules to copy rather than having to copy them all.

By default, this feature is turned on.

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When the box is checked, all course files associated with the course component are copied to the new course.

Links and images in copied files remain intact. In addition, for content topics and modules, the feature analyzes HTML, HTM, and CSS files to retrieve any files referenced within them, such as embedded images, media, JavaScript, and CSS files. All these files are also copied, maintaining links and styles.

At this time, only direct links to files are processed. A D2L Quicklink is not processed. Instructors must manually select assignments, discussion topics, and content outside the course to copy any items associated by Quicklinks. A warning alerts users to what files did not copy.

In Quizzes

Respondus LockDown Browser® – Special Access Override

This update significantly improves the instructor’s experience when granting users special access to a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. Instructors can now exempt individual users from requiring Respondus LockDown Browser when taking a quiz instead of having to exempt all users in order to accommodate one user’s needs.

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New option to exempt users on Add Special Access to Quiz page

User with special access shown on Edit Quiz page

User with special access shown on Edit Quiz page

June’s Continuous Delivery Updates

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

In Discussions

Discussions – Assess learners from a thread

The Assess Student context menu item is now available for the reading view in the discussion thread context menu on the Thread List (View Topic) page in Discussions. This change improves workflow experience by saving users a click from the previous workflow, which required users to click on a thread before assessing a learner.

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In Assignment Grader iPad App

D2L Assignment Grader – Hide courses past their end date

Instructors can now hide courses that are still active but past their end date when viewing and grading assignments in D2L Assignment Grader. This feature helps filter the Dropbox folder list in D2L Assignment Grader to display current courses only.

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In Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser® – Improved quiz workflow

This update significantly streamlines the user’s experience in taking a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. When an assessment is configured to require Respondus LockDown Browser, the user now launches directly into that assessment within Respondus LockDown Browser without leaving their current browser. If the Respondus LockDown Browser is not already installed, the user is prompted to install it before starting their quiz.

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