Thursday, November 13, 2014

Restoring Deleted Grade Items in Desire2Learn

Occasionally grade items may be unintentionally deleted from Desire2Learn gradebooks.  If this happens, an Instructor can restore the deleted grade items by doing the following:

  1. From the Course Home page, select Grades.
  2. On the Manage Grades screen, select the More Actions menu.
  3. Select Event Log.

On the Event Log screen, the history of created and deleted grade items is displayed.
To restore a deleted grade item, select the Blue Restore Link for that item.  The grade item will be returned to the gradebook.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Randomizing Quiz Questions in Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn quizzes can be configured so that each student receives a different set of quiz questions, or the same questions delivered in a different order.  Both of these options make use of random sections of quiz questions. 

After creating a random section in a quiz and importing questions, the number of questions per attempt can be specified.  Some or all of the questions in the section can be used each time a student takes the quiz.  The quiz questions will always be delivered in random order as well, meaning that every student will see a different quiz, even if all of the questions in the section are used.

For instructions on how to set up randomization in quizzes, please visit the eLearning Instructor Help Wiki at:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Deleting Content in Desire2Learn

When an Instructor chooses to delete a content item or module from the Content area, two options are available when delete is selected:

If you wish to keep the associated files/activities (ex. quiz, discussion, etc.) but delete the link to the Content area only, select the first option of "Remove the topic from Content but keep the associate file or activity in the course".

If you wish to delete everything, including the associated files, the content link, etc., select the second option of "Perminantly delete both the topic from Content and associated file or activity from the course".

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Viewing Access Dates and Grades for Dropped Students

If an Instructor has a student that has been dropped from a course in Desire2Learn, some of the data for that student may still be available for an Instructor to access including grades and the last date that the student has accessed the course.

To Access Data for Dropped Students:
  1. Select Classlist from the Communication drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select Enrollment Statistics.
  3. Locate the Student you wish to view information for in the withdrawals section.
    NOTE: The last date that the student accessed your course will be listed to the right of the student's name.
  4. Select the Downward-Facing Triangle next to the student's name.
  5. Select Grades to display any recorded grades for the student.

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.