Faculty D2L Tutorials


Thank you for visiting National Louis University's, Learning and Information Technology Services (LITS) website for its online campus, D2L. Click on the links below to view short videos and access PDF guides that explain how to use D2L. Select one of the menus below to access its resources.‌ 

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Getting Started with D2L

The following resources were designed to not only introduce you to the NLU Online Campus (Desire2Learn), but also to help you succeed as an online instructor. 

  • Faculty D2L Orientation
    The NLU Online Campus orientation shows you how to log into the system, set up your personal preferences, and navigate your online course content.

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If you need assistance with D2L, you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus.

What’s New in D2L?

D2L is constantly being updated! Information about the most important changes are linked below. For more information about recent D2L enhancements please visit the NLU Academic Computing Blog at: http://nluacademiccomputing.blogspot.com/.

Updates



If you need assistance with D2L, you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus.

Building Your Course

The following tutorials will guide you with the tasks associated with building a course in D2L. From building your course content to building an assignment dropbox, we've compiled the following list of comprehensive tutorials to assist you in the building process. 

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If you need assistance with D2L, you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus.

Pre-Term Instructor Tasks

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with managing a course in D2L, from copying a past term course into a new term, to how to activate your course for student viewing at the start of the term, we've assembled this comprehensive list of tutorials to assist you in activating your D2L course. 



If you need assistance with D2L, you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus.

Manage Your Course

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with managing a course in D2L. From communicating with students using D2L email, to tracking student progress, these resources will help you run your class effectively.

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If you need assistance with D2L, you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus

Assessing Student Learning

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with assessing students in D2L, from grading student Assignment submissions, to facilitating and grading Discussion posts, we've assembled this comprehensive list of tutorials to assist you.

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If you need assistance with D2L, you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus.

Advanced and External Learning Tools

The following resurces will guide you in using some of the more advanced and external tools offered through D2L. From creating and sharing videos with Panopto, to assessing student's work with Tutnitn plagerism detection, we've compiled the following list of resources to assist you.

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If you need assistance with D2L, you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus.

General FAQ's


General D2L FAQ's: 

Q:  When should I open a help desk ticket?

A:  Faculty should enter a help desk ticket for any D2L support issues, including: technical issues, error messages, broken links, login problems, and questions and/or concerns. In the event a help desk support member cannot assist in your D2L question or issue, they will escalate the issue to the LITS technical support team so we can assist.  Please be sure to use the help desk for requesting this kind of support rather than sending a direct email in the event that the individual you are contacting is not in the office.  A help desk ticket will go to all LITS D2L support staff members. The NLU help desk is available 24x7, at 1-866-813-1177. When you call we suggest having your 5-digit CRN on hand, and be sure to let the technician know that your course uses Desire2Learn. 


Q:  Where can I find information about Instructor D2L Training at NLU?

A:  Throughout the year LITS is offering a variety D2L training opportunities including: full D2L training, specialized D2L training topics, and open labs for individual assistance. We also have a fully online self-paced D2L Faculty Training course house in D2L for those faculty interested in training online. A schedule of training sessions, and open labs is sent out via email to  faculty, and is posted to the LMS Faculty Support page titled NLU Online Campus (D2L) Faculty Training and Workshops. If you are interested in being enrolled in D2L faculty training please contact Learning@nl.edu. 


Q:  Why did I get an error message when responding to a student email in D2L? (Error “Recipient can't receive/you are not authorized to send email externally”).

A:  The reason D2L issues this error message is that you are attempting to email an external (nl.edu) email address rather than a D2L email address. D2L mail does not allow users to send messages to external email addresses. To email students in D2L, you should use the student’s internal D2L email address. An easy way to ensure you are emailing students D2L email is to use the “Classlist” tool in D2L, check off the recipient’s names and the system will automatically select the internal D2L addresses. 


Q:  How can I share my course (or portion of a course such as a rubric) with another instructor? 

A: You can share can share a D2L course or individual course components such as Rubrics, Quizzes, and Content with others by creating an export file. In your D2L course go to the “Course Administration” area to create the export. For a quick guide to creating a course export in D2L visit the LITS YouTube Channel here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/oittutorials 


Q: What Internet browser should I use with D2L?

A D2L recommends the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari version 5.1+, and Microsoft Edge (Latest). The LITS department has noted some video content in D2L courses may not load when viewing with Chrome. LITS has also noted in Internet Explorer version 7 and 10, there are buttons such as the “Submit” button which are not functional.  


Q: How do I submit final grades if I’m teaching in D2L?

A: Faculty must enter final term grades into Banner for students. If you wish to also post final grades in D2L you can but all faculty are to post final grades for students in Banner by the end of term deadline (typically one week after the last meeting date).

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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