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.‌ 

We have exciting news! We will be upgrading to D2L v10.5, December16th. Please expect D2L to be down the entire day. The changes from this upgrade are not major and mostly improve workflow and usability. View the Academic Computing blog for an upcoming list of improvements to D2L with this upgrade!

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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.

Getting Started PDF Guides: 

D2L Version 10.3

We upgraded our Desire2Learn Online Campus 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 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?

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

 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. 

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 Course 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 Checklists

Word Doc: Pre-Term Face to Face Instructor Checklist
Word Doc: Pre-Term Online and Blended Instructor 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

  • Updating Dropbox Due Dates & End Dates to the Current Term

Video: Update Dropbox Due Dates (1:58)

  • 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 Announcement Overview (1:25)
Video Guide: Creating News Announcements(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.


  • Dropbox: Viewing Student Submissions and Downloading Files

Video: View Student Submissions & Downloading (3:10)
Video: Grading Dropbox Submissions (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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

D2L LiveText Integration Guides

The following tutorials will guide you in the tasks associated with integrating LiveText, including how to log into LiveText via D2L, selecting LiveText Assignments in D2L, and how to transfer LiveText grades into a D2L Gradebook. 


  • LiveText D2L Integration Guides

Video: LiveText and D2L Integration Features (10:00 Est.)

PDF: D2L LiveText Integration Guide

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).


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