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What’s New for the Fall 2021 Semester in D2L for Instructors

What's New for the Fall 2021 Semester in D2L for Instructors - Text Version

Thanks for joining us and let’s see what’s new with D2L and the eLearning Department for Instructors in September.

First, eLearning surveyed students, and per their feedback a new Student Work to Do widget will be located above the System Announcements widget on the My Home page of D2L! This new widget provides an at-a-glance view of student’s assessments that are overdue and upcoming. The Student Work to Do widget Helps students keep track of upcoming course tasks, such as quizzes, assignments and discussions in one centralized location. The Student Work to Do widget also displays quizzes, assignments, and discussions that have set due or end dates for all current semester courses while providing quick access to an item by clicking on the link.

What does this mean for Instructors? Instructors will see the new widget on the System Home page and if an Instructor is not taking courses as a student, the widget will display an “All Clear For Now” message. If desired, the Student Work to Do widget can be collapsed by selecting the title drop-down menu, and then selecting Collapse this widget.

Also new for students, D2L Discussions will now allow users to tag other users in their posts. Just type an at symbol, and then type the name of a user to bring up a menu that you can select the user from. Tagged users in discussions are notified by alerts in the minibar.

Second, new for the fall semester is the Tech It Out series of multiple trainings developed by the eLearning Department for Instructors and students in D2L. Each optional training which can be completed in 30 minutes or less, currently available for Instructors, covers a topic of interest to Instructors in D2L including Adding the Activity Feed to a D2L Course and Six Challenges Students Face with the Setup of D2L Course Gradebooks. Additional training topics are in development and will be added to the Tech It Out course site in D2L each semester. Instructors can find the Tech It Out course listed in their My Courses Widget in D2L now, while student Tech it Out Trainings will be available later during the Fall 2021 semester. Watch your email and announcements in D2L for when new trainings are available in this exciting new training course!

Third, don’t forget that the D2L Faculty Feedback Form is available for faculty to provide input regarding D2L. There are multiple places that you can access this form from, including MyLCC, D2L, and the eLearning Instructor Resource Site. Each of these ways will take you to the form in 5Star Service Center where you may fill in the form and provide feedback on D2L. You may also provide your feedback in person during any of the eLearning Live! D2L Feedback sessions for faculty available during the Fall 2021 semester. Visit the eLearning Instructor Resource Site, select the D2L Assistance menu, and then select eLearning Live Sessions to view upcoming sessions and learn how to attend in Webex.

Fourth, as a best practice we recommend changing your Filtered By field to all messages when checking email in D2L, NOT just the folder associated with a course. This will help to ensure that no messages are missed in D2L. To filter D2L email to view all messages, access D2L email either from the Email icon from the Mini bar, or, from within a course, select the Communication menu and then select Email. Next select the Filter By menu and then select All Messages from the menu. Click on the link below to view instructions for viewing All Messages in D2L.

Fifth, while you may be familiar with the most used areas of a D2L course, such as Content, Quizzes, Discussions, and Assignments, there are many other powerful areas of D2L that you may not have used yet in your courses, but you may want to consider. Intelligent agents monitor a course for activity that matches the criteria that has been set by the instructor and then sends emails to the student that are personalized by the Instructor, providing automated reminders and feedback based on student actions.

Release conditions allow Instructors to create custom learning paths through the materials in a course. When a release condition is attached to an item, users cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition. D2L also provides statistics and data through reporting tools in Content, Discussions, Quizzes, and through the Class Progress dashboard. Each of these tools can enhance a course in D2L and provide Instructors with new avenues to evaluate and improve their courses. Interested in learning more? Click on the link below to make an appointment with an eLearning Instructional Designer today.

Finally, don’t forget to connect with us live in September during our eLearning LIVE! sessions in Webex, including D2L Updates for Fall 2021 on September 9th and Setting Up the Gradebook in D2L on September 23rd. Registration is required for all eLearning Live sessions. Click the link below to view upcoming sessions and links for registration.

Also, don’t forget that you can connect with the eLearning department in Webex every Wednesday afternoon during our Virtual Office Hours. Click the link below to view session dates and links to our Webex room online.

As always, please feel free to contact the eLearning Department at any time for assistance with D2L.


What’s New for the Fall 2021 Semester in D2L for Students

What's New for the Fall 2021 Semester in D2L for Students - Text Version

Thanks for joining us and let’s see what’s new with D2L and the eLearning Department for students in September.

First, eLearning surveyed students, and per their feedback a new Student Work to Do widget will be located above the System Announcements widget on the My Home page of D2L! This new widget provides an at-a-glance view of student’s assessments that are overdue and upcoming. The Student Work to Do widget Helps students keep track of upcoming course tasks, such as quizzes, assignments and discussions in one centralized location. The Student Work to Do widget also displays quizzes, assignments, and discussions that have set due or end dates for all current semester courses while providing quick access to an item by clicking on the link.

Also new for students, D2L discussions will now allow users to tag other users in their posts. Just type an at symbol, and then type the name of a user to bring up a menu that you can select the user from. Tagged users in discussions are notified by alerts in the minibar.

Second, did you know that there is a tool in D2L that lets you track your progress in a D2L course? The Class Progress tool allows you to check your progress in a course by tracking course-specific assignments and feedback, and through measuring nine progress indicators, including content, grades, quizzes, and more! From within a D2L course, select the Course Progress menu and then select Class Progress to access this tool.

Third, as a best practice we recommend changing your Filtered By field to all messages when checking email in D2L, NOT just the folder associated with a course. This will help to ensure that no messages are missed in D2L. To filter D2L email to view all messages, access D2L email either from the Email icon from the Mini bar, or, from within a course, select the Communication menu and then select Email. Next select the Filter By menu and then select All Messages from the menu. Click on the link below to view instructions for viewing All Messages in D2L.

Fourth, would you like to provide feedback on D2L? The D2L Student Feedback Form is available for you to provide input at any time. There are multiple places that you can access this form from, including MyLCC, D2L, and the eLearning Student Resource Site. Each of these ways will take you to the form in 5Star Service Center where you may fill in the form and provide feedback on D2L.

Finally, don’t forget to connect with us live in September during our eLearning LIVE! sessions in Webex, including D2L Updates for Fall 2021 on September 7th and Learning Online in D2L on September 21st. Registration is required for all eLearning Live sessions. Click the link below to view upcoming sessions and links for registration.

As always, please feel free to contact the eLearning Department at any time for assistance with D2L.


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