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: http://lcc-elearning.wikispaces.com/Releasing+Final+Grades

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Did you know that Students are able to review their submission information for quizzes they have submitted?

Students are able to review their submission information for quiz that they have submitted from within the quizzes area. Some quiz questions may require an Instructor to manually grade them, making quiz results not immediately available to students upon completion.

Please be aware that each submission review for a quiz may display different information for students. Instructors have the ability to customize what is displayed to students in a submission review, such as showing or not showing the correct answer for each question.

Reviewing Quiz Submissions:

  1. Select Quizzes from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Downward Facing Triangle next to the title of the quiz you wish to view submissions for.
  3. Select Submissions.
    Step 3: Select Submissions.
  4. Select the Attempt that you would like to view your submission for from the list.
  5. The submission information for your quiz attempt will be displayed.
    ***NOTE: Please be aware that each submission review for a quiz may display different information for students. Instructors have the ability to customize what is displayed to students in a submission review, such as showing or not showing the correct answer for each question.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do you need help your Concourse Syllabus?

eLearning has developed two videos that are now available to assist Instructors regarding editing a Concourse Syllabus and importing Concourse Syllabus from a previous course.

For more information on these resources, please visit: http://lcc-elearning.wikispaces.com/Using+the+Concourse+Syllabus+System

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Error When Using Start Dates and Due Dates in Content

When a due date is added to an item in content, such as a quiz or discussion forum, that date and item are automatically connected to the Desire2Learn calendar. If an Instructor also adds a start date to that content item and that start date is in the future, students will receive the below error message when they select the content button from the toolbar.

Internal Error Message Image

This is a known issue that has been reported to Desire2Learn. Until a solution is provided, there are several workarounds that can be used to allow students to access course content:
  1. Students will still be able to access content via the Content Browser widget on the default Course Home page. 
  2. The Instructor can remove the due dates for any content items with future start dates and add the due dates back onto the item after the start date has passed.
  3. The Instructor can remove the due dates and add end dates instead.
    ***NOTE: When using end dates, content items will not be accessible to students beyond the specified end date.
If you have any questions or need assistance with this issue, please contact the LCC Help Desk at (517) 483-5221.