Thursday, February 26, 2015

Have you considered personalizing emails you send to multiple users?

In Desire2Learn, Instructors can use replacement strings to personalize email messages send to multiple students without having to create separate, individual emails by using Replacement Strings.  Replacement strings will dynamically change the information indicated by in the string (including brackets) with the information for the recipient of the email. For example, by using the {FirstName} Replacement String, each recipient will receive an email personalized with their own first name as stored in Desire2Learn.

The Replacement Strings available for sending emails are:
  • {OrgUnitName} - Enters the name of the course.
  • {FirstName} - Enters the first name of the recipient of the email.
  • {LastName} - Enters the last name of the recipient of the email.
  • {UserName} - Enters the Username (Example: smithj1) of the recipient of the email.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Did you know you can view Quiz Statistics from within Desire2Learn?

  1. Select Quizzes from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Quiz that you wish view statistics on.
  3. Select Statistics.
  4. Choose the Tab you wish to view the data for (Users or Questions).
    NOTE: Statistics and details can also be exported to CSV; however, Desire2Learn will only export the statistics from the tab you are currently viewing.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Did you know you can see who is viewing your content, how often, and when?

Viewing Content Statistics by User

  1. Select Content from the upper row of the navigation bar.
  2. Select Table of Contents.
  3. Select Related Tools.
  4. Select View Reports.
    NOTE: From this page you can view the number of users who have visited the topic and the average time they spent on the page.
  5. Select Users.
  6. Select the Name of the student you wish to view.
  7. Review the user's content access information.

Exporting Content Statistics

  1. Select Content from the upper row of the navigation bar.
  2. Select Table of Contents.
  3. Select Related Tools.
  4. Select View Reports.
  5. Select Export Statistics .

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Would you like to change the look of your course in Desire2Learn?

The eLearning Department has created three custom themes available in five different colors of Instructors to use in their semester courses. To apply an existing custom theme to your course:
  1. Select Edit Course from the manage course drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select Navigation and Themes.
  3. Select the Theme you wish to use from the Active Theme drop-down menu.
  4. Select Apply.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Would you like to provide feedback to the eLearning Department regarding Desire2Learn?

REMINDER: A Desire2Learn Feedback Form is available to suggest functionality changes within Desire2Learn that would improve efficiency for student learning/success and/or content delivery as it relates to Desire2Learn.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Managing News Items in your Course

It's a good idea to review the News Items posted in your course each semester, especially if you've copied a course from a previous semester.  News Items without an End Date will be visible to students, even if they were originally posted in a different course.  Checking the End Dates of News Items in your course will  show you which items are currently visible to students.

To manage News Items in your course:
  • Navigate to the News tool
  • Select the End Date column to sort by End Date
  • Review all News Items with a status of Published and assign an End Date or delete any that should no longer be visible


In this example, a news item published  December 6th, 2013 is still visible.  Students will be able to see the News Item until it is Expired or deleted.