Student D2L Tutorials

Thank you for visiting National Louis University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) website for its online campus, Desire2Learn. Click on the links below to view short videos and access PDF guides that explain how to use Desire2Learn (D2L). Select one of the menus below to access its resources.

Please note: if you are having trouble selecting the menus below, you may be using a browser that is blocking content. To unblock content so you can select the links below, look for a pale gray shield on the left (Firefox) or right (Chrome) side of the browser address bar at the top of your page. Use the dropdown menu on the shields and choose to allow blocked content, or allow insecure content. 

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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Student Orientations for D2L, Online Learning, and our Student Demo Course:

The following orientations are designed to not only introduce you to the NLU Online Campus (D2L), but also to help you succeed as an online student. Learn specific tips and strategies to get the most out of your online course. 

  • NLU Online Campus (Desire2Learn) 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.

  • NLU Online Learning Orientation  
    The NLU Student Online Orientation provides strategies for how to succeed as an online learner. In addition, you will learn about many of the academic and technical resources NLU has available for students.

  • Student D2L Demo Course
    In this Online Campus demonstration course, you will learn how to submit assignments, access course content, and attempt quizzes in a safe online practice environment. Dive in and gain the experience you need to be successful in any of your online or blended classes! To access the demonstration course, go to https://d2l.nl.edu/. To enter the demonstration course, please use these credentials: Username: demostudent, Password: demostudent.

This Fall NLU 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.

 Tutorials:


  Video Guide: What's New in D2L Version 10.3?

  PDF Quick Guide: What's New in D2L 10.3?


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 Personal Settings includes four areas: your Profile, Notifications, Account Settings, and Progress.

  • Profile is an area where you can upload an image, and share information about yourself that others can see in the Classlist.

  • Notifications is an area where you can set up alerts concerning course activities such as new discussion postings.

  • Account Settings is an area you can customize as to how it is formatted for your view. 

  • Progress is an area that contains reports and summaries of your progress in all areas of the course you're enrolled in.

Tutorials:


Set up Your D2L Notifications, Profile and Account Settings

Video Guide: Set up your D2L Profile, Notifications, and Account Settings (3:16)

PDF Quick Guide: D2L Profile, Notifications and Account Settings 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.

The Classlist tool enables you to view who's enrolled in your course, check users' online statuses, send email or pager messages, view shared locker files, and read their blogs if they have them.

Tutorials:


Find Your Classmates & Instructor in the Classlist

Video Guide: ‌Classlist Overview (1:55)

PDF Quick Guide: Classlist 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.

The Course Home Page is where you can access Announcements and Course Updates, Discussions, the Dropbox, Grades and more! Course content is where you go to view course materials, such as the syllabus, lecture notes, readings and more. In the update to D2L version 10.3, course content got an updated look and feel. There are also several new features in content such as the ability to see what course content topics you have completed. To learn more click on the tutorial links below.  

Tutorials:


Navigate the Course Home Page

Video Guide: ‌Navigate the Course Home Page (2:54)

PDF Quick Guide: Navigate the Course Homepage


Navigate Course Content

Video Guide: ‌Course Content Overview (1:49)

PDF Quick Guide: Navigate Course Content


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.

The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read, and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework. Recently D2L's discussion tool had some significant changes due to the upgrade to D2L version 10.3, to learn more click on the tutorial links below.

Tutorials:


Participate in Discussions

Video Guide: ‌Discussions Overview (2:10)

PDF Quick Guide: Participate in Discussions


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.

The Dropbox tool enables you to submit assignments in Learning Environment, eliminating the need to mail, fax, or email assignments. To learn how to upload your assignment to a dropbox folder click on the links below. 

Tutorials:


Uploading an Assignment to the Dropbox:

Video Guide: ‌Dropbox Overview (2:10)

PDF Guide: Submit an Assignment to the Dropbox

Uploading an Assignment to a Dropbox with Turnitin: 

When you are submitting papers to the Dropbox, your instructor may use Turnitin. Turnitin is an online plagiarism detection service. It compares your papers to a large database of writings and looks for matching text.

Video Guide: Student Guide to Turnitin

PDF Guide: Turnitin & Turnitin Originality Reports: Student 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.

The email tool in D2L allows you to send and receive  emails within the D2L Learning Environment. You can spell check your email message and send attachments. You can also organize your received  email using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book.The Email tool allows you to send email from within Learning Environment. You can also organize received mail using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book.


Send and Receive Email 

Video Guide: ‌D2L Student Email  (5:17)‌

PDF Quick Guide: Send and Receive Email


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.

If your instructor divides the class into groups, use the Groups tool to possibly enroll in a group, or view the group(s) in which you are enrolled as well as the other members of your group. Groups tool is used to create group work areas for you and your peers. Your instructor may assign groups to work on projects or assignments, or to create special work areas. 

D2L also has a tool called Wiggio, where you can set up  your own groups, share files, manage a group calendar and more. 

Tutorials:


D2L Groups Tutorials:

Video: How to Enroll & Participate in Student Groups

PDF Quick Guide: Participate in Groups

Wiggo Collaboration Tool for Student Groups

Video: Create and Manage Groups (4:47)‌

Video: Creating Wiggio Events (3:10)

Video: Create a To-do List and Assign Tasks (3:34) 

Video: Schedule and Hold Virual Meetings in Wiggio (4:39)

Video: Add and Share Files in Wiggio (5:06)‌


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.

The D2L Quiz tool allows you to take a quiz, review your quiz results, and depending on your instructor's selections, see the class statistics for a quiz.  To learn more about quizzes‌ including how to interpret quiz information, how to take a quiz, saving your progress, and submitting and seeing the results of your quiz and feedback, please view the video and pdf guides below.


Quiz Tutorials:

Take a D2L Quiz and View Quiz Feedback

Video Guide: ‌Taking a Quiz Overview (2:26)‌

PDF Quick Guide: Taking Quizzes


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.

Use the Grades tool to check your grades on assignments and tests. You can see your individual grades and comments, as well as your final grade and the grade formula used to evaluate you if your grades are released. To learn more about how to view your grades in D2L review the following video tutorial and .PDF handout. 

The dropbox is where you submit assignments, and it is also where you can feedback from your instructor about the files you submit to the dropbox.  To learn how to view dropbox feedback view the video tutorial below. 

Tutorials:


View Your Grades:

Video Guide: Grades Overview (1:43)‌

PDF Quick Guide: View Your Grades

View Dropbox Feedback:

Video Guide: View Dropbox Feedback  (1:38)‌


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.

In this Online Campus demonstration course, you will learn how to submit assignments, access course content, and attempt quizzes in a safe online practice environment. Dive in and gain the experience you need to be successful in any of your online or blended classes! 

To access the demonstration course go to https://d2l.nl.edu/

To enter the demonstration course:

Username: demostudent
Password: demostudent

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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