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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Did you know there is a search option in the Content area of Desire2Learn?

If you need to locate a topic quickly, you can type a keyword into the search field in upper left corner of the Content area and Desire2Leanr will display any available items linked to Content that fit the search criteria. This is a great way to find specific materials when there are many modules open and available within a course.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Express Server Made Easier

If you need a place to store and subsequently play large files (e.g., Camtasia videos, Impatica, ISpring presentations, etc.) from your D2L course site, the Express Server may be the answer.

The Express Server is a service that allows faculty to incorporate large presentations into their online classes and not exceed quota (on the D2L server).

With the migration to Windows 7, access to the Express Server has become “buggy.”  Information Technology Services (ITS) has recently streamlined server access and eliminated the access problems.

New Procedure to Access Express (Windows 7 and up)

  1. Click on the Windows Start button and select Computer from the side menu.
  2. When Windows Explorer opens, click on Map network drive from the menu at the top of the pane.
  3. In the Map network drive window, click the Dropdown next to drive and select an unused letter to map the drive to (if in doubt use drive “Z:”).
  4. In the Folder box type “\\express\faculty\YourTUID”.
  5. Place a check mark in the Reconnect at login box.
  6. Click the Finish button.

New Procedure to Access Express (MAC)

  1. Type Command+K
  2. Then type “SMB://express/faculty/YourTUID” in the Server Address box.
  3. Click the Connect button to open the folder.

From this point, when you log in on campus, the Express Server will show up on your computer as just another disk drive.  If you are off campus, you can access the Express Server using the new Virtual Private Network (VPN).  For more information on accessing the VPN, see http://www.lcc.edu/cte/pdf/thommen_tips/Aug13T4_2013.pdf).

If you are having Issues with the steps above, contact the Help Desk (517-483-5221) and request a file space on the Express Server.

To Link Express Files to the D2L Server:

  1. Open D2L and go to the class/module where you want to insert the link to the file.
  2. Click on the New button and select the Create a link item from the menu.  The setting window for the New link will appear.
  3. Type in a title for the learning object in the Title box.  In the URL Box, type the address of your file location using this format: http://express.lcc.edu/faculty/YourTUID/myfile.mp3.  Substitute any folder name(s) and the name of the file for “myfile.mp3.”
  4. Finally, check the Open in a new window box (Opening the object in a new window will prevent the “mixed content” errors from occurring.)
  5. Click the Save button.

Blog Post Author: John Thommen

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: http://lcc-elearning.wikispaces.com/Downloading+Submissions.
  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: http://lcc-elearning.wikispaces.com/Creating+Groups