Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grading Discussions from the Gradebook

In addition to the Discussions Assessment tool, Instructors are able to grade discussion threads from the Enter Grades screen of the Gradebook. Grading from the Gradebook allows an instructor to quickly locate the students who have made posts and then assess them.

When you go into the Enter Grades screen of the Gradebook and locate a grade item associated with a Discussion Topic, you will see discussion icons next to each user's grade that indicates that the user has made a post. A blue asterisk indicates that there is an unread post by that student. Selecting that icon will open the Discussions Assessment window for that student.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Releasing Final Grades Anytime!

Did you know that you could release your final grades at the beginning of the semester so that students can track their cumulative progress all semester long? 

While the column may say Final Grades, it really is a running grade total throughout the semester and students cannot see it until it is released. Instructors do not need to wait until the end of the semester to release the final grades to students and releasing them now may cut down on the number of questions that you have to answer about grades later in the semester.

For instructions on how to release final grades, please visit:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Did you know that Students are able to review their submission information for quizzes they have submitted?

Students are able to review their submission information for quiz that they have submitted from within the quizzes area. Some quiz questions may require an Instructor to manually grade them, making quiz results not immediately available to students upon completion.

Please be aware that each submission review for a quiz may display different information for students. Instructors have the ability to customize what is displayed to students in a submission review, such as showing or not showing the correct answer for each question.

Reviewing Quiz Submissions:

  1. Select Quizzes from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Downward Facing Triangle next to the title of the quiz you wish to view submissions for.
  3. Select Submissions.
    Step 3: Select Submissions.
  4. Select the Attempt that you would like to view your submission for from the list.
  5. The submission information for your quiz attempt will be displayed.
    ***NOTE: Please be aware that each submission review for a quiz may display different information for students. Instructors have the ability to customize what is displayed to students in a submission review, such as showing or not showing the correct answer for each question.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do you need help your Concourse Syllabus?

eLearning has developed two videos that are now available to assist Instructors regarding editing a Concourse Syllabus and importing Concourse Syllabus from a previous course.

For more information on these resources, please visit:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Error When Using Start Dates and Due Dates in Content

When a due date is added to an item in content, such as a quiz or discussion forum, that date and item are automatically connected to the Desire2Learn calendar. If an Instructor also adds a start date to that content item and that start date is in the future, students will receive the below error message when they select the content button from the toolbar.

Internal Error Message Image

This is a known issue that has been reported to Desire2Learn. Until a solution is provided, there are several workarounds that can be used to allow students to access course content:
  1. Students will still be able to access content via the Content Browser widget on the default Course Home page. 
  2. The Instructor can remove the due dates for any content items with future start dates and add the due dates back onto the item after the start date has passed.
  3. The Instructor can remove the due dates and add end dates instead.
    ***NOTE: When using end dates, content items will not be accessible to students beyond the specified end date.
If you have any questions or need assistance with this issue, please contact the LCC Help Desk at (517) 483-5221.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Did you know there is a search option in the Content area of Desire2Learn?

If you need to locate a topic quickly, you can type a keyword into the search field in upper left corner of the Content area and Desire2Leanr will display any available items linked to Content that fit the search criteria. This is a great way to find specific materials when there are many modules open and available within a course.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Express Server Made Easier

If you need a place to store and subsequently play large files (e.g., Camtasia videos, Impatica, ISpring presentations, etc.) from your D2L course site, the Express Server may be the answer.

The Express Server is a service that allows faculty to incorporate large presentations into their online classes and not exceed quota (on the D2L server).

With the migration to Windows 7, access to the Express Server has become “buggy.”  Information Technology Services (ITS) has recently streamlined server access and eliminated the access problems.

New Procedure to Access Express (Windows 7 and up)

  1. Click on the Windows Start button and select Computer from the side menu.
  2. When Windows Explorer opens, click on Map network drive from the menu at the top of the pane.
  3. In the Map network drive window, click the Dropdown next to drive and select an unused letter to map the drive to (if in doubt use drive “Z:”).
  4. In the Folder box type “\\express\faculty\YourTUID”.
  5. Place a check mark in the Reconnect at login box.
  6. Click the Finish button.

New Procedure to Access Express (MAC)

  1. Type Command+K
  2. Then type “SMB://express/faculty/YourTUID” in the Server Address box.
  3. Click the Connect button to open the folder.

From this point, when you log in on campus, the Express Server will show up on your computer as just another disk drive.  If you are off campus, you can access the Express Server using the new Virtual Private Network (VPN).  For more information on accessing the VPN, see

If you are having Issues with the steps above, contact the Help Desk (517-483-5221) and request a file space on the Express Server.

To Link Express Files to the D2L Server:

  1. Open D2L and go to the class/module where you want to insert the link to the file.
  2. Click on the New button and select the Create a link item from the menu.  The setting window for the New link will appear.
  3. Type in a title for the learning object in the Title box.  In the URL Box, type the address of your file location using this format:  Substitute any folder name(s) and the name of the file for “myfile.mp3.”
  4. Finally, check the Open in a new window box (Opening the object in a new window will prevent the “mixed content” errors from occurring.)
  5. Click the Save button.

Blog Post Author: John Thommen