Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grading Dropboxes in Desire2Learn

The process of moving from one student’s submission to the next while grading a dropbox has changed.  Instructors now remain on the Evaluation page for a student they evaluate after they click Publish, Update or Revert.

  1. When an Instructor evaluates a student’s submission and clicks the Publish button.

  2. They will now see a message that says “Saved successfully”.

  3. To view the next available submission, they will need to click the link “Next Student”.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bulk Uploading Feedback Files in Dropboxes

Instructors may wish to download files submitted to a dropbox, make comments, and upload the feedback file into Desire2Learn for each student. As opposed to uploading the file individually for each student, Instructors have the ability to upload feedback files in bulk by following the below steps:

  1. Download the user submissions you wish to provide feedback for.
    NOTE: For instructions on downloading files, please visit:
  2. Unzip the file containing the dropbox submissions you downloaded.
  3. Enter and Save your changes/feedback for each submission file.
    NOTE: Do NOT change the file name of the downloaded submission.
  4. In the dropbox, select Add Feedback Files.
  5.  Drag-and-drop and/or Upload any edited files.
  6.  Select Add. Students with feedback files loaded will have a status of Draft Saved.
    NOTE: To complete the grading process, you will need to select Draft Saved and enter a score for the user's submission.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Do you want to use discussion forums for your group projects?

Instructors can set up discussion forums at the same time they create groups in Desire2Learn. When creating the forum in this manner, a discussion topic will be created for each group and a restriction will be placed on the topic to ensure other groups will not be able to view topics for groups they are not in.

For instructions on how to create groups with dedicated discussion forums, please visit:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Moderating Discussions in Desire2Learn

Instructors have the option to require all threads and posts in a discussion topic to be reviewed and approved before they are displayed to students. This option can be turned on by selecting the "A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in a forum" option when creating the discussion board.

Upon review of the topic, Instructors will need to manually approve each submission by doing the following:

  1. Select the Number next tot he red alert triangle to view the new posts to be approved.
  2. Select the Downward-Facing Triangle of the thread you wish to approve.
    NOTE: Unapproved threads will be marked by a red bar on the left side of the thread.
  3. Select Approve Thread.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Using Release Conditions with Checklists

Desire2Learn Checklists can be extremely helpful tools Instructors can use to help students stay organized and ensure completion of the necessary assignments in a course. Instructors can also ensure accountability in a course using Release Conditions in combination with the Checklists tool in their course.

For example, if an Instructor wishes to have a student complete a Checklist before being able to access the next module in the course, a Release Condition can be added to the Checklist so that once every item on the Checklist has been checked, the next module will be viewable by that student.

For instructions on adding a Release Condition to a Checklist:

  1. After creating the Checklist, Navigate to the module you wish to add the completion condition to.
  2. Select Add Dates and Restrictions.
  3. Select Create.
  4. Select Checklist Completion from the Condition Type drop-down menu.
  5. Select the Specific Checklist from the drop-down menu.
  6. Select Create.
  7. Select Update.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Want to use the same news item each semester?

Instructors have the ability to turn off the display of the date for individual news items that are used throughout a semester. This allows an Instructor to create news items in a master course and copy them into a course each semester.

To remove the display date on a new item:
  1. Create or select the News Item you want to remove the dates for.
  2. Uncheck the box for Show Start Date.
  3. Select Save.

For more information on New Items in Desire2Learn, please visit:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Course Help Menu on the Navigation Bar

Do you need in-course assistance with various tools within Desire2Learn?

A Course Help menu is available on the course navigation bar at the top of the page within all courses using the default settings. This menu provides links to the eLearning Wiki for the most commonly used tools within Desire2Learn such as Discussions, Dropboxes, and Quizzes!