Thursday, October 16, 2014

Disabling Emails and Alerts in Quiz Settings

In the quiz settings, Instructors have the ability to disable access to Desire2Learn email and alerts during a quiz by selecting the "Disable email and alerts" checkbox in the Optional Advanced Properties of the Properties Tab of a Quiz.This can be a useful option if an Instructor is using timed quizzes with only one attempt allowed to keep a student from accessing other areas of Desire2Learn during their quiz.

It is important to note that this option impacts Desire2Learn email and alerts in ALL COURSES, not just the one that the quiz is being given in. As such, if you are allowing students to exit and return to quizzes or offer multiple attempts, it is recommended that this setting not be used as it can impact a student's access to email in their other courses as seen in the image below.

If you have any questions regarding using this setting, please feel free to contact the eLearning Department at (517) 483-1839 or

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Listening to HTML Content with ReadSpeaker

Fully integrated with Desire2Learn, ReadSpeaker will read an HTML page to a user by simply selecting the Listen button in the ReadSpeaker toolbar at the top of a page in the Content Viewer.

For more information on how to use ReadSpeaker, please visit:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Download Entire Modules from the Content Area

Users are able to download all of the available content in a module at once without having to go into each individual topic separately.  

To download entire modules:
  1. Select a Module form the Table of Contents.
  2. Select the Downward-Facing Triangle next to the module's title.
  3. Select Download from the menu. 
  4. Save the Zipped File containing all of the downloadable topics to your computer.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paging Quiz Questions

Paging questions in a Desire2Learn quiz means breaking up the questions into different pages within the quiz itself. This helps to reduce the amount of questions on the screen at one time while also auto-saving student responses as they move to the next page of the quiz. This helps to reduce the chance of students losing their answers if their computer crashes while taking a quiz.

To Set Up Paging for Quiz Questions:
  1. Select Quizzes from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select a Quiz from the list.
  3. Under the Quiz Questions heading, enter a Number of questions per page in the field.
  4. Select Apply.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Streaming Video Available from LCC Library

Looking for videos to help students understand curriculum concepts?  Do you have students who are visual or auditory learners? There are now thousands of streaming videos available through the Library that can be integrated into your Desire2Learn courses. Streaming videos even include transcripts and citation help for students.

Use the Find Videos page to search for all videos available through the Library, or search directly in our two streaming video databases:
  • NBC Learn provides educational videos on a variety subjects that can be viewed on your computer and embedded in faculty course management accounts. Sign up for the NBC Learn newsletter to get ideas for how to integrate video into your courses.
  • Films on Demand provides NBC News and historic film and video archives with more than 12,000 stories from the 1920s up to current day. Also includes NBC News resources for Higher Education, current events, and original science videos.

Then, follow the instructions for Embedding Videos in Desire2Learn and Linking to Videos in Desire2Learn and learn how to:

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: