Update to Daylight on May 22

Desire2Learn has a visual new look and feel called the Daylight Experience. This new interface was built with a responsive design—it adapts to different screen sizes and looks great on laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

The core functionality will not be changing, but you will notice visual improvements:

  • Simplified navigation design that is responsive for smaller devices
  • Wider page layout for your content so that it’s the focal point of the page
  • New fonts, icons, colors, and simpler formatting of widgets provide a consistent experience
  • Responsive homepage layout that works best with two columns
  • New widget for Pinned Courses to make it easier to organize and focus on your current courses

As part of this change, we will also begin referring to D2L as D2L Brightspace to align with the re-branding that occurred in 2014, when D2L re-branded its learning environment as Brightspace.

Drop-In Help Sessions

Online Education Support will be providing drop-in help sessions for anyone who feels they need a little help after the change.

  • Thursday, May 24th, from 12:00-1:00, in Henderson room 108
  • Friday, May 25th, from 12:00-1:00, in Henderson room 108

Course Prep Information

A noteworthy change that will require your attention is a new menu in the navigation menu called “Syllabus”. This menu will provide both a link to the University Syllabus (so you no longer need to include it in your syllabus online) and to the Course Syllabus. The Course Syllabus link will direct students to the “Overview” area of Content. We will be renaming “Overview” to “Syllabus” during the change. If you are currently preparing your course for a future semester, we encourage you to place your course syllabus in the “Overview” area so that link works correctly.

Daylight Overview

The following video will show you around the new interface.

Below are some screenshots showing the new Daylight interface.

My Home

screenshot of the D2L home page

A. Course Selector: New course selection icon, shown expanded below

B. Pinning Courses: Ability to organize courses by “pinning” current, past, or future courses for easy access.

C. Inactive Courses: Inactive courses are clearly identified for instructors.

D. Online Education Support: Contact information is clearly shown and downtime will be announced here.

E. Calendar: Upcoming dates for all courses will be shown here.

My Home with Course Selector Expanded

D2L course selector menu expanded

Course Homepage

D2L course homepage with various parts indicated

A. Home Button: New home button that will return you to the My Home.

B. Course Homepage Link: The course title is the link to course home page.

C. Course Navbar: Course navbar includes menus that are organized by function

D. Course Banner Image: The thumbnail from the D2L My Home page for the course will become the course banner.

E. Online Education Support Information: By default this widget will be on all course homepages to help faculty and students know how to contact support.

These Are Screenshots from a Mobile Device

My Home

Screenshot of mobile version of D2L homepage

A. Menu: Navigation menu

My Home with Menu Expanded

Screenshot of mobile D2L homepage with menu expanded

Course Homepage

D2L in mobile view showing a course homepage

Course Homepage with Menu Expanded

D2L in mobile view showing a menu expanded