Emailing Entire Class

Did you know you can easily email your entire class from Desire2Learn?

Here’s how:

  1. From MyCourses, click on your course
  2. Once in Desire2Learn, click on the Communication menu
  3. Choose Classlist
  4. Click the Email Classlist button
  5. Click the blue Send Email button at the bottom of the window
  6. Write your email
  7. Click the blue Send button at the top of the page

Note: Email sent from Desire2Learn automatically forwards to student’s Washburn email address.


You can still send email to your class from self-service Banner – MyWashburn.   Here are instructions on how to send email to your class from self-service Banner.

Email Tips – Creating a Contact Group

  1. On the Navigation bar, click People.
  2. People
  3. Under My Contacts (on the left), pick where you want to add the contact group.
  4. Click Home > New Contact Group.
  5. On the Contact Group window, in the Name box, type a name for the group.
  6. Click Add Members.
    Add Members
  7. Find and double-click each member until they are all listed in the Members box
  8. Click OK
  9. Click Save and Close.


Email Tips – Junk Email

There is a new junk email (also known as spam) filter with Office 365. You will find all your filtered mail in a folder called “Junk Email”.

The following steps are how you can help Outlook 2013 learn which messages should not be marked as junk:

  1. Select the Junk Email folder
  2. Look through the messages
  3. If you find a message that shouldn’t be junk
    1. Select the message
    2. On the Home tab, click Junk
    3. Select Not Junk
    4. If you want to always receive email from the sender, click OK
    5. If you don’t always want to receive email from the sender, uncheck “Always trust…” and click OK
    6. Repeat

The following steps are how you can help Outlook Web App learn which messages should not be marked as junk:

  1. Select the Junk Email folder
  2. Look through the messages
  3. If you find a message that shouldn’t be junk
    1. Select the message
    2. Click in the upper right of the message
    3. Select mark as not junk
    4. Repeat

Small Bytes Vol. 81 – Sue T-O’s Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Ctrl-X   >>   Cut
  2. Ctrl-C   >>   Copy
  3. Ctrl-V   >>   Paste
  4. Ctrl-F   >>   Find
  5. Ctrl-A   >>   Select All
  6. Ctrl-Z   >>   Undo
  7. F4   >>   In Microsoft Word, it repeats the last action performed. Read more about it in this article at Tech for Luddites.
  8. Windows-L   >>   Locks your computer (unlock with Ctrl-Alt-Del)
  9. Windows-D   >>   Shows your desktop (press again to bring programs back up)
  10. Alt-Shift-D   >>   In Microsoft Word, it enters the current date.

That’s all for this time. Stay tuned for the next Small Bytes!

OCD Vol. 9 – Online Resources and LMS Selection

You can now find the recording of the “Online Course Management Clear Expectations – Making a Clear Syllabus” presentation online along with a sample syllabus and a syllabus outline on the Presentations page of the Online Course Design section of the Online Education Support website. Please, let me know what other types of things you would like to see presentations about.

Did you know that as an institution we have access to a whole archive of online presentations via Starlink? There are some really amazing ideas out there. To gain access do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Place your mouse over the “Membership” option on the grey bar (you don’t have to click)
  3. Click “Create Individual Account” from the drop-down menu
  4. Fill in the form with your Washburn information
  5. Once you have logged in, click the E-Library option on the Members Page (should be the first page you are brought to after signing in)
  6. Click Archived Videos (after the paragraphs of text)
  7. A new window will open, select the collection you want to look through and start viewing

There is A LOT of stuff out there. It is definitely worth a few minutes to go take a look.

And finally, don’t forget, LMS selection is coming fast and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to have their say. All the vendor demonstrations are available for viewing. Log in to MyWashburn and go to the Technology Support tab. There will be a “LMS Search” area with a link to LMS Presentations. There is also a link to the LMS website where you can find the evaluation forms so you can let us know what you think of the different aspects of each platform.

Online Course Management – Clear Expectations; Presentation/Discussion

I (Sue Taylor-Owens) will be hosting the first in, hopefully, a series of presentations/discussions focused on Online Course Management – Clear Expectations. This presentation/discussion will be covering “Making a Clear Syllabus.” I will be presenting in the TLC (Bennett Computer Center room 102) and also via Adobe Connect, for anyone who wants to join us from home or their desk. If you are interested in joining us remotely, please send me an email and I will send you the meeting information when it becomes available. Please join in the conversation!!

Wednesday, September 19 from 12:00 – 1:30
TLC, Bennett Computer Center room 102
Contact me for online access

I will also be recording the session for anyone who is unable to attend.

OCD Vol. 8 – Discussions

I recently ran across a couple of great articles regarding discussions. The first, from Faculty Focus, concentrates on face-to-face courses but can easily be translated into the online course. It is “Five Reasons Getting Students to Talk is Worth the Effort“. The 5 reasons given are:

  1. Students learn content when they talk about it.
  2. Talking lets students learn from each other.
  3. Talking gives students the opportunity to practice using the language of the discipline.
  4. Talking connects student with the content.
  5. Talking connects students with each other.

I strongly recommend reading the entire article.

The other article, from Online Learning Insights, deals with a different issue in discussions, “How to get students to participate in Online Discussions…” It has some really great insight on how the course design plays into the student involvement.

ANGEL Tip – This tip probably comes a little late for those of you teaching this summer (sorry about that) but hopefully it is something that can help you in the future. In the Gradebook of ANGEL there is a setting which can change all assignments that have no grades to zeros. While this is typically not something you want to switch on for the entire semester (it tends to make the students nervous to be failing most of the semester) it does come in handy on that last day after everything has been graded so you don’t have to manually go through and zero assignments that weren’t turned in. To turn on this option, do the following:

  1. Go to the Manage tab
  2. Click the Gradebook link (first column, first link)
  3. Click the Preferences link (first column, middle)
  4. Check the first check box, which should read “Treat Ungraded Items as Zero”
  5. Click the Save button

Note: If you copy the course from semester to semester, after you copy it to the new semester, check to make sure this setting is turned back off.

Small Bytes Vol. 80 – Mozilla Thunderbird Address Book

Yesterday’s announcement about my new email address sparked a conversation about how to remove an old email address from Mozilla Thunderbird’s address book. By default, Thunderbird collects the addresses of anyone you send an email to and saves them so you can easily send an email to them again later. This is great until someone changes their email address or you don’t want them to show up in auto-fill suggestions anymore. To remove someone from the automatically collected addresses, try the following:

  1. Click  the Address Book button at the top of Thunderbird (next to the Write button)
  2. Click on Collected Addresses on the left side of the window
  3. In the Search box at the top right, type in the name of the person you want to remove
  4. Select the appropriate search result
  5. Click the Delete button
  6. Close the Address Book window

Did you know?… When in Thunderbird, you can press Ctrl+N or Ctrl+M to create a new email and Ctrl+Enter to send it.

That is all for this time, stay tuned for the next Small Bytes!

Small Bytes Vol. 79 – Oldies But Goodies

Looking through the archives I found a couple of tips I wanted to remind everyone about…

Did you know?… You can select an entire document by pressing Ctrl-A. Combine that with Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-V (paste) and you have a fast and easy way to select, copy, and paste an entire document more efficiently. And in Microsoft Word, there are easy ways to select an entire word, sentence, and paragraph.

  • To select a word, double-click anywhere in the word.
  • To select a sentence, hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and click anywhere in the sentence. (You must click off the sentence to before you can select another sentence in this manner.)
  • To select a paragraph, quickly click 3 times anywhere in the paragraph.

That’s all for this time. Stay tuned for the next Small Bytes!

OCD Vol. 7 – Active Learning

Faculty Focus had a great article a few months ago about the Five Key Principles of Active Learning. These are applicable in the online environment also. The five principles are:

  1. Learning involves the active construction of meaning by the learner.
  2. Learning facts and learning to do something are two different processes.
  3. Some things that are learned are specific to the domain or context (subject matter or course) in which they are learned, whereas other things are more readily transferred to other domains.
  4. Individuals are likely to learn more when they learn with others than when they learn alone.
  5. Meaningful learning is facilitated by articulating explanations, whether to one’s self, peers, or teachers.

Please read the article to find out more information about each principle.

ANGEL Tip – If you come to ANGEL via MyWashburn, make sure you have set your MyWashburn timeout settings. By default it is set for 15 minutes and most people find that is not enough time, especially when working in an online course. To set the timeout:

  1. Go to MyWashburn
  2. Log in
  3. Select the “My Account” link on the upper left.
  4. Under the “Change Timeout” section, choose your new timeout setting from the pull-down list. (It is recommended to set it to at least 120 minutes in order to accommodate idle time that may occur when reading assignments etc.)
  5. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom right of the screen