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.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Best Practice: Paging Quiz Questions

It is highly recommended that instructors administering long exams/quizzes separate the questions over a series of pages with no more than five questions per page. By utilizing the quiz paging, student answers will automatically be saved as they move to the next page. This can prevent the loss of quiz answers during the completion a quiz.

To set up pages on your quiz:
  1. Select Quizzes from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Quiz you wish to add pages to.
  3. Enter the Number of questions you wish to have per page in the Questions Per Page textbox. (Example: 5)
  4. Select Save. The quiz will automatically page the questions based on the number provided.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Grid View or Reading View for Discussions

Instructors and students can change the way messages are displayed in discussion forums and topics by choosing to display messages in either a Grid or Reading Style (default style). Each style presents posts in a distinctly different fashion without affecting content.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you access a discussion through the content area, the discussion will display in Reading View only through the Content Viewer. If you wish to use the Grid View, you must access the discussions through the Assessments or Communication drop-down menu on the Navigation Bar.

To change your viewing style:
  1. Select Discussions from the Assessments or Communication drop-down menu on the Navigation Bar.
  2. Select Settings in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select the Radio Button next to Grid View or Reading View.
    • Grid View - Presents a list of posts and replies in the topic that can be selected and individually displayed in the message pane below.
    • Reading View -  Presents each post and reply as a stream of messages, allowing for continuous reading of posts.
  4. Select Save.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How can Instructors copy content from a master course to a semester course?

Complete Course Copy in Desire2Learn

Example of a Course Copy in the Queue
Example of a Course Copy in the Queue

Complete Component Copy and Partial Component Copy