Faculty D2L Tutorials

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The Desire2Learn 10.3 Upgrade is Here!

Starting on September 2nd, NLU upgraded D2L to the latest version 10.3. Please watch this video for detailed information about the changes you can expect: https://oit.nl.edu/rich_content/LMS/TheUpgrade/The%20Upgrade/index.html

What's New in D2L 10.3?

NLU has upgraded from Desire2Learn version 10, to version 10.3. This newer version of D2L features many tool enhancements, and improved navigational features.  The following tutorials will introduce you to the new look and feel of D2L 10.3 on the NLU Online Campus.

In addition to the upgrade to D2L 10.3, we have also added Panopto and D2L's plagiarism tool "Turnitin". We've included links to all three tutorials below.


 What's New in D2L 10.3?
 Video Tutorial: What's New in D2L Version 10.3? (38:53)
 
PDF: Whats New in D2L 10.3?

 Panopto
 Video Tutorial: Getting Started with Panopto (45:00)
 PDF: Getting Started with Panopto

Turnitin
 Video Tutorial: Adding Turnitin to a D2L Dropbox (6:43)
 PDF: Add Turnitin to the Dropbox
 PDF: Turnitin View Originality Reports


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. 

FAQ's About the 10.3 Upgrade & General FAQ's


FAQ's Concerning the D2L 10.3 Upgrade:

Q:  When is the upgrade happening?

A:  The upgrade will begin September 2nd, and is expected to take around 3 days.


Q:  Do I have to wait to work on my fall courses until September 4?

A:  Definitely not.  In fact, since we will be down for what could be around three days, it would be a good idea to get any courses with September starts set up in advance of the upgrade.


Q:  Will I have to make adjustments to my course before it can run in D2L10.3?

A:  No. Everything your course has working in 10.0 will still work in 10.3. You may decide to make a few changes to take advantage of new features, but you don’t have to do it right away, or at all. Getting ready for the Fall 2014 term will be no different from getting ready for any new term.


Q: What benefits will we see when we come back up that make it worth the downtime?

A:  Your D2L team has leveraged this upgrade to integrate two third-party tools that provide functionality frequently requested by instructors. Turnitin will be our plagiarism-checking service. Panopto will provide a streaming video server along with site-licensed video capture and editing software.  Key tools in the LMS itself will receive a make-over. Both student and instructor views of Content have been reorganized and greatly enhanced. In Discussion, the grid/reading views are replaced with a single cleaner interface, and subscriptions are easier to manage. And in the Dropbox, NLU instructors will be pleased to see separate due date and end date options for assignments. 


Q:  Will I have to be re-trained?

A:   There is no required re-training. Open labs and specialty trainings during fall and winter terms will, however, incorporate new features of D2L10.3 for experienced instructors who would like to take advantage of such opportunities. New-to-online instructors will have new features seamlessly integrated into their basic training.


Would you like to see a side-by-side comparison of NLU’s D2L 10.0 and 10.3 environments? Here is a link to a presentation: https://oit.nl.edu/rich_content/LMS/TheUpgrade/The%20Upgrade/index.html

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 OIT 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 OIT 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 OIT 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 OIT 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 I.E. version 9. The OIT department has noted some video content in D2L courses may not load when viewing with Chrome. OIT 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 please check the academic calendar for specific final grade due dates).

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.

Getting Started PDF Guides: 


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 provided the following list of comprehensive tutorials to assist you in the building process. 


Building Content: 

  • Introduction to Building Content 

Video: Introduction to Content (4:28)‌ 

  • Building Content Modules & Topics & Quicklinks

Video: ‌Content Modules & Topics (3:22)‌ 
Video: How to Create Quicklinks (2:58)
PDF: Creating Quicklinks
PDF: Building Course Content Guide

  • Using the HTML Editor to Create Content

Video: ‌The HTML Editor (3:15)
PDF: HTML Editor Guide

  • Creating Accessible Word Documents & Content Pages:

      PDF: Creating Accessible Documents & Content (New!)

  • Managing Modules & Topics (Reorder, Move, Edit, Delete)

Video: ‌Managing Modules and Topics (3:07)

  • Building with Course Builder

Video: ‌Course Builder (2:45)‌     
PDF: ‌Course Builder Guide

  • Copying a Course

Video: Copying a Course (3:13)
PDF: Copying a Course


Building Tools: (Dropboxes, Discussions, Rubrics, Quizzes, Groups and Gradebook)

  • Building Dropboxes 

Video: ‌Dropbox Creating Folders (3:19)‌ 
PDF: Creating Dropboxes Guide

  • Building Discussions  

Video: ‌Creating & Managing Discussion Topics (5:46)‌  
PDF: Create a Discussion

  • Creating Analytic Rubrics 

Video: ‌Create an Analytic Rubric (2:42)‌  
PDF: Creating Rubrics

  • Building Quizzes

Video: Creating Quizzes (6:54)‌  
PDF: Creating Quizzes Guide

  • Building Self Assessments

Video: Self-Assessments

  • Building Student Groups

               PDF: Create a Group
               Video: Create a Group

  • Building Your Gradebook

PDF: Create a Gradebook
Video: Basic Gradebook Training (24:45)
Video: Advanced Gradebook Training (43:36)
Video: Create a Gradebook with the Setup Wizard (5:37)
Video: The Points Gradebook System (3:26)
Video: The Weighted Gradebook System (4:14)
Video: Creating Grade Items (2:53)
Video: Points Gradebook: Create a Category (2:40)
Video: Weighted Gradebook: Create a Category (2:41)

 


Manage Your Course

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 created this comprehensive list of tutorials to assist you in managing your D2L course. 


  • The Pre-Term Checklist

PDF Guide: Pre-Term Checklist

  • Making Your Course Active/Inactive for Student Viewing 

Video: Making Your Course Active/Inactive (1:18)
PDF: Making Your Course Active or Inactive

  • Copying a Course

Video: Copying a Course (3:13)
PDF: Copying a Course

  • Import and Export a Course

Video: Exporting Course Components (2:22)
PDF: Import Export Course Components

  • Tracking Student Progress

Video: ‌User Progress - Class Progress Report (2:02)
PDF: Tracking Student Progress Guide

  • Manage Course Dates

Video: ‌Manage Course Dates (4:44)
PDF: Manage Dates

  • View Your Course as a Student

Video: View Course as a Student (0:29)
PDF: View Your Course as a Student


Communicate With Students

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with communicating with your students in D2L, from posting to a discussion topic, to emailing your class using the classlist tool, we've created this comprehensive list of tutorials to assist you. 


  • Communicating with Students using the Classlist

Video: Classlist Communication (3:16)
PDF: Communicating Via the Classlist

  • Facilitate Discussions

Video: ‌Introduction to Discussions (4:35)
Video: Discussions Subscriptions & Notifications (3:39)
PDF: Facilitating Discussions Guide

  • Creating Calendar Events

Video: Creating Calendar Events (2:03)
PDF: ‌Course Calendar

  • Emailing

Video: D2L Email for Instructors (5:02)
PDF: Email

  • Posting News/Announcements

Video Guide: ‌News Annoucement Overview (1:25)
Video Guide: Creating News Annoucements (3:01)
PDF: Posting News Announcements


Assessing Student Learning

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with assessing students in D2L, from grading student dropbox submissions, to building a Gradebook in your D2L course, we've created this comprehensive list of tutorials to assist you.

Tutorials:


  • Dropbox: Viewing Student Submissions and Downloading Files

Video: View Student Submissions & Downloading (3:10)
Video: Grading Dropbox Submittions (5:36)
PDF: Grading Dropbox Submissions

  • Dropbox: How to Restore a Deleted dropbox
         Video: Restore a Dropbox (1:45)
  • Preventing Plagiarism with Turnitin 

Video: Adding Turnitin to a Dropbox (6:43)
Video: Originality Reports (4:05)
PDF: Add Turnitin to the Dropbox
PDF: Turnitin View Originality Reports

  • Facilitating and Grading Discussions

Video: ‌Moderating and Assessing Discussions (5:51)
Facilitating Discussions Guide

  • Grading with Rubrics

Video: ‌Grading the Dropbox with Rubrics (5:36)
PDF: Grading with Rubrics Guide

  • Grading Quizzes & Statistics (Blind Marking/Auto Grade included)

Video: ‌Quizzes Grading & Statistics (5:05)
Video: Quizzes Grade by Type  (5:05)
PDF: Facilitating Quizzes Guide

  • Managing & Entering Grades in the Gradebook

Video: ‌Manage & Enter Grades in the Gradebook (3:50)

  • Tracking Student Progress

PDF: Tracking Student Progress Guide


Build Student Collaboration Spaces

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with building student group and collaboration spaces in your D2L course for students.

Tutorials:


  • Groups Tool  

Video Tutorial:  Create & Manage Groups (15:11)

PDF: Create a Group

  • Wiggio Tool

Video: ‌Wiggio Overview Video (4:09)

Video: Wiggio Create and Manage Groups  (4:49)


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.

Capture Video with Panopto

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with creating and sharing videos with Panopto.

Tutorials:


  • Getting Started with Panopto  Panopto Example Image

    This video demonstrates how to install Panopto, record videos, and display videos in a course.

Video: Video Editing with Panopto (8:00 Est.)

Video: Making Effective Videos for Online Use (6:02)

PDF: ‌ Panopto Getting Started Guide

  • Additional Panopto Guides:

 PDF: Panopto Creating and Uploading a Recording Guide

 PDF: Panopto Create and Add a Screen Capture Guide

 PDF: Panopto Editing Guide

 PDF: Panopto Embed or Link a Recording Guide

 PDF: Panopto Creating and Uploading a Recording Guide

 


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.

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 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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