D2L Blog

Apr 17

April’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Learners can create posts, Activity Feed – Visual enhancements, Assignments – Notification improvements, Discussions - Align learning outcomes to discussion topics, Discussions - Assess discussion threads against learning outcomes, QuickLinks - Create Quicklink to Rubrics, & Rubrics - Align learning outcomes to rubric criteria

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Mar 21

March’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Daylight changes to attachment icons, Assignments – Annotate learner submissions, Assignments – Improvements in Assignments, Content – SCORM content report updates, & Rubrics – Rubric icon criteria changed

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Feb 21

February’s Continuous Delivery Updates

No updates this month

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Jan 17

January’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Assignment Grader – Evaluate On Paper and Observed in person submission types, Assignments – Improvements to Assignments List view, Document Conversion Service – Enabled by default, Groups – Create new submission types, HTML Editor – Descriptive error message for quicklinks to unavailable activities, Intelligent Agents – Export agent run history to CSV, & Rubrics – Improved rubric creation experience

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Dec 20

December’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Attachment icons display when editing scheduled posts, Assignments – Change assignment and submission type, Assignments – Evaluate submissions by clicking learner names, Assignments – Improved evaluation experience, Content – Create new assignment submission types, Discussions – Improvements to the rubrics grading experience, Quizzes – Add initial text to Written Response questions, & Rubrics – Improved rubric creation experience

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Nov 15

November’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Assignments – Anonymous Marking, Assignments – Evaluate submissions page displays in full screen, Homepages – Users can edit homepage banner image titles, Quizzes – Quizzes display in full screen, Video Note – Closed caption support, & Widgets – Visual updates to My Courses Widget course tiles

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Oct 17

October’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – New assignment types, Assignments – Anonymized learner names to remove potential grading bias, Assignments – New assignment types, Content – Send to Binder Removed, HTML Editor – Descriptive error message for quicklinks to unavailable course activities, Quizzes- Auto-save during quiz taking, Quizzes – Removal of Rubrics, & Rubrics – Improvements to features and workflows in the rubrics grading experience in Assignments

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Sep 21

September’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Content – Print/Download Function added to Syllabus, Discussions – Create groups and section threads in existing topics, Groups and Sections – Differentiate between similar learner names in groups and sections, HTML Editor – Add quicklinks to content modules, submodules and course overview, Import/Export/Copy Components – Copy awards between courses, & Release Conditions – Released final grade score condition type

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Aug 16

August’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Long posts include a ‘more’ link, Grades – Reorder grade items, Quizzes – Dynamic preview available in question pools, & Rubrics – Improvements to rubric feedback for learners

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Jul 20

July’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Assignments – New Text Submission type and workflow, Course grouping tabs in the My Courses widget, Improved widget style for homepages, & Quizzes – Removal of image and text information items

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Jun 21

June’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Assignment Grader – Assignment submission can now be annotated without EduDentity credentials, Copy Course Components – Date Offset, Grades – Linked discussion threads are now available, Groups and Sections – Interface improvements on Enroll Users page, HTML Editor – Emoticons available, Quizzes – Question pools replace random sections, Rubrics – Control rubric visibility for learners, Rubrics – Improvements to rubric feedback for learners, Rubrics – Display graded rubric feedback In Gradebook, & Rubrics – New interface for previewing rubric definitions

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

May 17

May’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Pin posts to top of feed, Grades – Locked Name column and header row, Manage Dates – Improvements to the Manage Dates tool, & Rubrics – New interface for previewing rubric definitions

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Apr 19

April’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Posts support simple HTML markup, Activity Feed – Instant notifications for posts and comments, Activity Feed – Minibar update alerts for new posts, Activity Feed – Minibar update alerts for new comments, Assignments – Rubric dialog pop-ups, Discussions – Grading discussions, Grades – Adding feedback in bulk, Groups and Sections – Create sub-groups from sections and group, HTML Editor – Advanced image editing, Manage Dates – Improvements to the Manage Dates tool, & Widgets – Custom widget rendering in iFrame

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Mar 15

March’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Image attachments display in feed, Activity Feed – Toggle comments on/off, Manage Dates – Manage due dates, & Quizzes – LaTeX editor added to the HTML Editor

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Feb 14

February’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Video attachments render and play inline, Exemptions – Additional launch points, HTML Editor – Advanced image editing, Manage Users – Preferred names support, Quicklinks – Self-Enrollment groups link, & Quizzes – Due dates available

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Jan 18

January’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Activity Feed – Upload file attachments to message posts, Private file indicator for Google Drive materials, Exemptions – Improvements, & Quizzes – Removal of confirmation buttons to start and submit a quiz

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By: Sue Taylor-Owens

Category: General

Aug 31

Respondus LockDown Browser Course Copy Requirement

When copying a Desire2Learn course’s materials into another course, instructors who have copied Respondus LockDown Browser quizzes must take an additional step for their quizzes to work correctly.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Mar 17

Grades Export

Desire2Learn instructors have the ability to export their grades directly from their course’s Grades area into Washburn’s student information system (Banner). This process, Grades Export, transfers the Final Calculated Grade or Final Adjusted Grade for each student from Grades to that student’s corresponding transcript location.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Feb 09

Viewing D2L Quiz Attempts with the Respondus LockDown Browser

Instructors have the option of requiring that students use the Respondus LockDown Browser to view Desire2Learn quiz attempt submissions. If the LockDown Browser is required to view a quiz attempt submission, the quiz attempt screen in a standard browser will display the message, “To view your results, you must use the Respondus LockDown Browser.”

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Sep 20

Desire2Learn Withdrawn Student Participation Information

Washburn instructors are asked to provide participation information for some students who have withdrawn from courses. When a student is withdrawn from a course, they no longer appear as active in the Desire2Learn shell for that course.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Sep 20

Video Drop Boxes and D2L Course Copying

The Desire2Learn course copy tool can be very useful for arraying a new course with the same structure as a previously taught course. Links to videos in your Washburn Video library are copied forward and do not have to be recreated. This is also the case for any Video Dropboxes you have created in your course.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Sep 29

Enrollment in the IRB Course in D2L

Any Washburn user who has a Desire2Learn account can access the (IRB) Institutional Review Board course. A user who is enrolled in the IRB course accesses it through the course link on their D2L homepage in the My Courses widget under All Semesters. If you need to access the IRB course and do not see that course link, you can Self Register for that course.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Jul 28

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.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Jul 22

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.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Feb 17

Course Merge Request Form

As an instructor, you may find that you are teaching the same course or using the same course materials for two or more groups of students. If you wish, your Desire2Learn courses can be combined into one course. This process, called merging or crosslisting, consolidates your course rosters into one course from which you can administrate the online portion of two or more D2L courses.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Dec 03

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Outlook

The Respondus Lockdown Browser blocks communication and capture software and applications from running while the Lockdown Browser is running. There are some programs that the Respondus Lockdown Browser requires the user to close manually.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General

Aug 29

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.

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By: Marc Routsong

Category: General