Faculty Desire2Learn (D2L) Tutorials

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Mark your calendars!

Starting on September 2nd, NLU will be upgrading D2L to the latest 10.3 version. While we get ready for this exciting upgrade, 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.

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Below are listed the training opportunities for D2L for the month. If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please RSVP by emailing your requested date and session to learning@nl.edu. Please note, it is very important that you RSVP as we need to know how many will be attending so we can ensure enough space and computers for everyone in the class.

For a full listing of workshops, open labs, and dates please download:

D2L Training Opportunites in July

D2L Training Opportunities in August

D2L Training Opportunities in September

OIT Training Descriptions:

Online Self-Paced D2L Orientation Course (Self-Paced - Open enrollment)

A fully online self-paced D2L faculty training course in Desire2Learn.

Full Desire2Learn Training (3 hours)

In this session, we will run through the basics of D2L from beginning to end. This session is designed to give you a ’30,000 foot view’ of the most common features of D2L. Specifically, we will cover basics of D2L such as logging in, uploading a syllabus, adding content to your course, and communicating to your students though news, calendar and email.

D2L Basic Gradebook (2 hours)

Does the gradebook in D2L elude you? Are you having trouble finding your way through the grading process? This training will cover the gradebook, its features, navigating the gradebook tool, planning your gradebook, setting up your gradebook based on your preferences, and entering student grades. This session is designed for faculty whose gradebook needs are simple and straightforward. It will equip faculty to move from an excel spreadsheet or paper grade book to the D2L gradebook. This session will benefit faculty who are teaching face to face courses and faculty who have smaller, less complex gradebooks. Note: This training will cover Basic features of the gradebook. If you are already familiar with the gradebook, we recommend attending the Advanced training.

Download the pre-workshop planner here: Gradebook Pre Workshop Planner

D2L Advanced Gradebook Training (3 hours)

In this training we will provide a more in depth look at the D2L Gradebook features. You will first receive a brief review of the Basic Gradebook Training. In addition to a basic review, you will also learn more advanced tasks such as, how to associate other D2L tools with the gradebook, creating custom grade schemes, and grading with different D2L tools. The Advanced Gradebook session would be ideal for faculty members who have fully online courses or a more complex grade book, and are looking for more options and flexibility. Note: This training will cover advanced features of the gradebook. If you are not yet familiar with the gradebook, we recommend you begin by attending the Basic Gradebook Training.

Dropbox Training (2 hours)

Are you tired of your email inbox overflowing with student work submissions, or having to carry around a bag full of paper copies? Come explore the D2L Dropbox tool. The Dropbox tool within D2L provides a place for your students to submit their assignments within your D2L course shell. In addition, the Dropbox tool allows you to grade and provide feedback in one convenient location. In this training, you will learn how to build and manage Dropbox folders for your assignments, and provide feedback to each student. The Dropbox tool provides convenience and efficiency to both students and instructors.

Open Lab

Open Labs are offered on a walk-in basis and do not require an appointment. During Open Labs, a member of the OIT team will be available to answer any questions you may have about any D2L features.

Learn about the new NLU Online Campus Desire2Learn (D2L) platform.  Below you will find helpful how-to guides and videos designed to give you a thorough introduction to the various areas of The NLU Online Campus D2L platform.

Tutorial Topics:OIT Desire2Learn Guides Video Guides             

Getting Started with D2L:
Getting with D2L Faculty Orientation
Faculty Orientation
How to Log into D2L:
Login Guide
D2L: Get Started Guide
Login tutorial 
How to Log in via the
MY NLU Portal and Navigate D2L
Navigation Guide.
D2L: Navigating D2L Guide
 Navigating D2L
How to set up your Personal
Preferences in D2L
Personal Menu Guide.
D2L: Setting up Your
Account Preferences
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
D2L:  Help Guides
Faculty Support Guide
Faculty Support Guide.
D2L: Community Site
Support Resources Video 

Course Administration Guides
Make Your Course Active
for Students:
Making a Course Active Guide.
D2L: Course Offering Information
 Making Your Course Active
Course Copy:
Course Copy Guide.
D2L: Copying course
 Course Copy
Course Export:
Course Export Quick Guide
D2L: Exporting course components
Course Export

Course Tool Guides

Calendar Tool Guide.
D2L: Calendar Guide
Calendar Overview 
Checklist Tool Guide.
D2L: Checklists
 Checklist Overview
Classlist Tool Guide.
D2L: Classlist
Classlist: Emailing the Class
Discussion Tool Guide.
D2L: Discussions
Discussions Tutorial
Dropbox Tool Guide.
D2L: Dropbox
D‌ropbox Overview 
Grades Tool Guide.
D2L: Grades
NLU OIT Grades Tutorial 
Groups Tool Guide.

D2L: Groups

Groups Tutorial 
News /Annoucements
News Tool Guide.
D2L: News
News Tutorial 
Quiz Tool Guide.
D2L: Quizzes
Quizzes Tutorial 
Rubric Tool Guide.
D2L: Rubrics
Rubric Tutorial 
Survey Tool Guide.
D2L: Surveys
Survey Tutorial 
HTML Content Editor
HTML Editor Guide
D2L: HTML Editor
HTML Editor Guide 

Course Content Guides

Course Content Overview
Course Content Guide
D2L: Course Content
Course Content Overview 
Manage Course Content
Manage Content Guide

D2L: Course Content

Course Content
Build Course Pages (HTML Editor)
HTML Editor Guide
D2L: HTML Editor
Creating Course Pages
With the HTML Editor 
Course Builder
Course Builder Guide
D2L: Course Builder
Course Builder Tutorial

Comprehensive D2L Tutorials (20-30 training videos)

Basic Gradebook
This training will show you how to navigate the D2L gradebook,  select your gradebook settings, create your gradebook, enter grades, and release final grades. 

 D2L Basic Gradebook Training Video

 * Gradebook Pre Workshop Planner
Advanced Gradebook
This training will give a brief review of the basic features of the D2L gradebook, and an overview of some more advanced features.
D2L Advanced Gradebook Training Video
Learn how to set up groups in your course, manage group enrollments, add group areas such as group dropboxes and discussions, and how students use the groups tool.
D2L Groups Training Video
Learn how to create, manage and grade student work using the
Dropbox in D2L. 
D2L Dropbox Training Video 


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. 

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

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.

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 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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