The Accessibility Checker is used to review content within the HTML Editor to ensure that the HTML page conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) and Section 508 accessibility standards. The Accessibility Checker will indicate if issues are detected and then offer suggestions to fix the identified accessibility issue(s). The Accessibility Checker is located on the HTML Editor bar which can be accessed anywhere the HTML Editor is available, including Announcements, Assignments, Calendar, Content, Discussions, and Quizzes.
With the Announcements tool, Instructors can create announcement items to communicate course updates, changes, and other important information, to students, quickly and effectively. Generally, My Home or Course Home is the first page students often see when they log in or access courses; therefore, the Announcements widget is a good area to display important information.
The Assignments tool allows Instructors to see student’s submission times, download assignments to a computer, view submissions with the document viewer, associate assignments to rubrics and competencies, and return submissions with grades and feedback.
Instructors can view students’ submissions and submission dates in the Assignments Submissions area. This eliminates the need to collect assignments and helps instructors track when files were submitted.
- Adding Date Restrictions to Assignment
- Associating Rubrics
- Creating Assignments
- Downloading Assignments and Bulk Uploading Feedback
- Emailing Users Without Assignment Submissions
- Grading Assignment Submissions
- Grading New Assignment Submissions
- Restoring Assignments
- Tips for Improving Assignments in D2L
- Using Annotations for Grading Assignment Submissions
The Attendance tool enables instructors to create registers to track attendance and activities within courses in D2L. Instructors can track attendance for any number of activities and customize the registers to suit individual needs.
Use the Attendance tool to create sessions to track and view attendance. Students can also view and track their attendance as data is entered into the register.
NOTE: Awards and Award release conditions will need to be re-linked as they do not copy over with a course copy.
- About Badges & Certificates
- Adding an Existing Badge or Certificate to a Course
- Adding Release Conditions to a Badge or Certificate
- Creating a New Badge
- Creating a New Certificate
- Hiding a Badge or Certificate Until Earned
- Manually Granting or Revoking a Badge or Certificate
- Viewing and Sharing Awards
The Checklist tool allows instructors to create checklists used to highlight important aspects of the course and course assignments to help keep students on track. Instructors can setup multiple checklists with many different categories and items. Each checklist must have one or more categories, into which checklist items are organized.
Checklists can be created to identify all of the items students need to complete within the week or module or per project. For example, you might have a “Week 1 Checklist” with items that include read course syllabus, complete syllabus quiz, post your response to the Introduce Yourself discussion board, etc.
The Classlist tool can be used to view all users enrolled in a course, check users’ online statuses, send email messages, view shared locker files, and read their blogs if they have one.
- Adding Publisher Content to a Content Module
- Content Reporting
- Content Viewer
- Converting Rich Text Format (.rtf) Files to Word Documents (.doc)
- Course Information
- Creating and Managing Content
- Creating and Managing Content Modules
- HTML Document Templates
- Listening to Documents with docReader
- Viewing Completion Summary Statistics in Content
- The copy components feature can be used to:
- Reuse course materials from a previous course.
- Add course materials created by colleagues into your own course offering.
- Set up standard course materials in a Master Course to copy into new course section(s) each semester.
ImportImport components created in other learning management systems, provided by content vendors, or created in a content creation program (like Respondus). To import components, the file containing the components must be in a format supported by the Import tool.
ExportExport components from a course offering to a file. This allows instructors to reuse these components in another D2L Learning Environment, or to store the components and then re-import them into another course offering or template at a later date.
The Discussions tool provides students and instructors the opportunity to communicate and discuss course topics. Instructors can set up forums and topics prompting students to discuss course content and assignments. There is also the option to create group discussion forums and topics that are only accessible by the assigned group members.
Important Note: Discussions can be accessed from either the Assessments or Communications drop-down menu.
The Email tool allows users to send and receive email to and from their D2L email account. Users can also organize received mail using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book.
The Equation Editor enables users to insert mathematical equations within the HTML Editor. It includes a graphical editor where visual equations can be created.
The FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) tool provides an area to list common questions and answers that might be useful to students. FAQs are organized into categories, and all questions and answers must belong to a category.
It is recommended that instructors create categories that group questions and answers by topic, or by similar contexts in which students often have similar questions. For example, some categories instructors might create are General Information, Technical Issues, Assignment Folder Submissions, Research and Citation Style Requirements, and How to Find Grades.
The gradebook tool allows instructors to customize the set up of the course gradebook to best reflect their approach to evaluation, including the grading system and grade scheme. Instructors select how grades display to students, how they update grade items, and how ungraded items will be handled. All graded assignments and course components should be included in the course gradebook, such as projects, assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc. Grade items can be associated with the corresponding assignment (e.g. Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions) for easier grading and automatic feed into the gradebook.
- Accessing Dropped Student Grades and Attendance
- Adding Dates to D2L Grade Item Names
- Bonus Grade Items
- Creating Grade Categories and Items
- Enter Feedback for a Grade Item
- Entering Grades
- Exempting a Grade Item
- Grades Setup Wizard
- Grading Assignment Submissions Using Rubrics
- Grading Discussions
- Importing and Exporting Grades
- Linking to Grade Items
- Releasing Final Grades
- Viewing Grade Item Statistics from the D2L Grade Book
- Weighted Grade Categories and Items
The Groups tool allows instructors to create group work areas for students. Instructors can create groups for projects and assignments, or create special work areas for students with different learning needs.
New D2L Widgets for Fall 2022!Explore the tabs below for an overview of these new D2L widgets that can be added to the course home page. For more detail on any of these widgets, please visit Self-Paced Trainings.
The Learner Awards Widget shows students the badges they’ve earned as well as unearned badges that are available in the course. Students can quickly gauge their progress and push themselves to earn all the badges in the course. For more information on implementing badges in your course, please visit the Awards page.
NOTE: This widget currently only displays badges, not certificates.
Highlights / Use Cases
- This widget requires that badges be implemented in the course.
- Pulls from already created awards—no extra configuration required!
- Badges are an excellent way provide motivation (and friendly competition) to learners who are extrinsically motivated.
- Allows students to easily view their awards directly from the course home page, rather than having to change course navigation to make them visible.
The Content Navigator Widget is a custom widget for easy and quick navigation to modules, submodules, and content. It allows students to quickly browse for specific modules and submodules, as well as quickly gauge their progress though a particular module with a visual representation. Students can quickly see their navigation history and visit their last viewed topic.
NOTE: Use either this widget or the current default Content Browser widget, not both. Using both is redundant and could cause confusion for students.
Highlights / Use Cases
- Great for giving students a quick visual way to navigate the course without sifting through pages of content.
- Automatically populates from your course modules and submodules—no extra configuration required!
- Compact, yet readable—excellent for a 2 or 3 column homepage layout.
- Particularly useful for non-linear courses—easily allows students to jump around to different content areas or review items they’ve already visited.
The Instructor Widget provides a way to quickly introduce students to the instructor of a course. With a custom editable photo, biography, and social media links, it’s a quick and easy way to start building connection and community with students from the beginning of the course.
NOTE: This widget does not use data from your D2L profile.
Highlights / Use Cases
- Perfect for if there’s only one instructor in a course. If there are multiple instructors, consider using the Instructors Widget instead.
- Add LinkedIn or Facebook profiles to allow students to connect on a professional basis outside of class and build their networks.
- Excellent place to add commonly requested info, such as contact info or office hours.
- Can be edited directly from the course home page—no need for complex editing.
The Instructors Widget provides a way to quickly introduce multiple instructors in a course. Integrating with the D2L classlist, it can display D2L profile information for anyone in the class with the Instructor role. Because the information is populated directly from users’ D2L profiles, it makes quick and easy to decide what information is shared with students, and start to form a connection from the first day of class.
Highlights / Use Cases
- Excellent for courses with multiple instructors, such as HHS courses. If there is only one instructor, consider using the Profile Widget instead.
- Pulls from information in Instructors D2L profile extra configuration required!
- The information shared can be customized on a course by course basis.
- Choose which users are displayed in the widget—so users with the Instructor role for peer review or other reasons aren’t seen by students.
The Photo Banner Widget is a great way to get attention of learners and make the course more inviting by adding a gallery of photos to the course home page. Created in a carousel, instructors can include images of relevant course info, or personal images to help build connections with students. Images can be made fully accessible by adding alternative text and can include links to further information.
NOTE: It is not currently possible to change the alternative text or the URL link of an image already in the widget. If a change must be made, remove and re-add the image.
NOTE: When copying the Photo Banner Widget to a new course, images will need to be re-added to the widget
Highlights / Use Cases
- Consider updating regularly if the course has a lot of image-related content. Provide context for individual weeks/modules right on the course homepage!
- Limit to 3-5 images—too many items make it less likely that students will navigate though the entire image carousel.
- Share images your students have collected to promote the development of a community of learners.
The At-a-Glance Announcements Widget reimagines how announcements are displayed on the course home page, presenting a concise, simplified view of multiple course announcements in a small area. Each announcement displays a picture, as well as brief snippet of text of the beginning of the announcement. This way, learners can be presented with essential information, and click through to view more details.
NOTE: Use this widget or the current default Announcements, not both. Using both is redundant and could cause confusion for students.
Highlights / Use Cases
- Put the most important information in your announcement at the front—this helps ensure students will see it, and can click to read more if necessary.
- If you don’t include an image in the announcement, D2L will add a default one. Include unique images in your announcements to differentiate them.
- Since this widget can display multiple announcements in a small area, it’s a good choice for instructors who use a lot of announcements in their course.
- Announcements with embedded videos will not display the video thumbnail in place of an image.
My Home: The My Home page is the first page when logging into D2L. Users can access the Minibar which contains links to email, notifications, user profile, and account settings. In addition, users can access the Nav Bar which contains links to Concourse Syllabus, Course Evaluations, LCC Resource Links, Online Tools, and Online Tutoring. The My Home content is organized into widgets for My Courses, Google Apps, and Announcements.
- Adding a User Profile Image
- Adding Widgets to Homepages
- Pinning and Unpinning Courses
- Student Work To Do
Course Home: The Course Home page is the first page when entering a course and consists of a navigation bar that provides access to course information and resources through links, menus, and widgets.
Intelligent agents monitor a course for activity that matches the criteria that has been set by the instructor. The criteria that the agents search for can include login activity, course activity, and release conditions in the Learning Environment.
- Emailing users with grades below a certain level.
- Checking for users that have not logged in within a specific number of days.
- Checking for users that view a specific content topic.
The Learning Object Repository is an online library for storing, managing, and sharing learning resources (learning objects). Learning objects can include quizzes, presentations, images, videos, or other kind of documents or files used to create course content and learning materials for online learning.
The Manage Dates tool enables instructors to view, edit and offset the availability of D2L course tools. Instructors can set the calendar status, from one central location, for all course content, including weekly/modules folders, discussion forums and topics, assignment folders, announcement items, and quizzes in your course.
The Manage Files tool is a file management system for each D2L course. Instructors can use this tool to organize and upload files associated with a specific course. It is recommended that the Manage Files area be organized into folders to ensure the organization of course files. This can be accomplished by creating a folder for each module of content.
- Organizing and managing files and folders.
- Performing basic tasks such as creating, editing, deleting, uploading, moving files and folders, and zipping and unzipping files.
- Creating topics from files.
- Creating topics using files from course content structure.
Navigation in D2L consists of system level and course level navigation. System level includes the My Home Page, while the course level includes the Mini bar, the Content Viewer, the Course Home Page, and Creating Custom Navbars.
Quick Eval allows Instructors to view assessment items for either all of their courses at once or just an individual course by filtering courses. Selecting a student submission from within Quick Eval brings up the assessment screen for that D2L tool, allowing Instructors to evaluate and grade that submission directly from Quick Eval, and then move on to the next. Quick Eval can be accessed either from the Online Tools menu on the My Home page of D2L or from the Manage Course menu within a D2L course.
The Quizzes tool allows instructors to create and manage points-measured assessments. As part of the quantifiable assessment procedures, quizzes can be used to help evaluate students’ learning progress and learning outcomes. Create and manage quiz questions from the Question Library or the Quizzes tool, and organize quizzes into categories to make it easier to find assessments with similar or related content. Use the quiz preview option to test the accuracy of content and grading before releasing a quiz.
Quizzes can be set to be auto-graded or be manually graded.
- The D2L system can auto-grade certain question types, including multiple-choice, true/false, multi-select, and matching.
- To set auto-grading, see the Assessment Tab section of the Creating a Quiz/Adding Questions page for proper set up.
- More qualitative questions, like written response and short answer questions must be graded manually.
The Reporting tool provides a useful interface through which instructors can create reports detailing system activity. Use the reporting tool to create reports by selecting from a wide variety of data and shape reports through filters and other parameters.
Rubrics are used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.
- Holistic Rubrics: Single criteria rubrics (one-dimensional) used to assess participants’ overall achievement on an activity or item based on predefined achievement levels.
- Analytic Rubrics: Two-dimensional rubrics with levels of achievement as columns and assessment criteria as rows. Allows instructors to assess participants’ achievements based on multiple criteria using a single rubric. Assign different weights (value) to different criteria and include an overall achievement by totaling the criteria.
Self Assessments is a formative assessment tool that provides students with a series of questions and gives immediate feedback. Question types are similar to those available within Quizzes; however, Self Assessment attempts are not graded and questions do not have point values.
Self Assessments are truly a student tool, as Instructors are unable to view self-assessment attempts, therefore, there is not a way to track who has or has not taken a self-assessment.
Create surveys, and use survey statistics to monitor current course trends, seek opinions, and assess user satisfaction. Surveys are an excellent way to solicit feedback from participants regarding any aspect of a course. For example, use surveys as a method of collecting course evaluations, mid-year reviews, or content delivery preferences.