D2L Video Mini Sessions for Instructors

Desire2Learn logoThe Learning Technology Center (LTC) has created a new video tutorial series for Desire2Learn (D2L) tools such as content, dropbox, discussions, quizzing and gradebook.  These videos are designed to help guide instructors through the basics of the D2L.

The video playlist is available below and can be found on our YouTube channel.

If you have any questions about D2L, please contact D2L Support.

Users Receiving Old D2L Notifications

Some users may have received several email notifications from D2L that were related to past courses. Learn@UW has inadvertently triggered notification emails this morning for non-UWM campuses.

Learn@UW is currently taking steps to stop the flood of old messages and to determine the cause of this event. The emails can be ignored and shouldn’t affect your courses. However, we apologize that some of you may be receiving many of these emails, especially if you had notification subscriptions set up in your past courses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

UWM Digital Futures Unconference – June 21

Join UWM’s Learning Technology Center for the Second Annual Digital Future Unconference that will be focusing on emerging technologies and identifying pedagogically effective ways digital technologies can be used across campus to enable active learning opportunities and improve the student experience.This event includes keynote speaker George Siemens, Associate Director, Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University.

The Unconference will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 10AM – 4:30PM, at the Hefter Conference Center.

Make sure to register for this event! Check out http://Unconference.UWM.edu for more information and watch testimonials from last years participants. If you have any questions regarding the unconference, please contact the UWM Learning Technology Center at LTC@uwm.edu

Copying Content into your New Course

The Copy Components feature in D2L allows instructors to replicate the course components from one course offering to another. These include all commonly used components such as — news, content, files, gradebook structure, quizzes/question library, discussion group structure, and more. You can use this tool to easily re-use the same content from one D2L course offering to another.

  1. In your new D2L course homepage, click “Edit Course” on the navigation bar
  2. Under the heading Site Resources, click on “Import/Export/Copy Components
  3. Next, click on “Copy Components” then click on “Start
  4. Under the Existing Offering drop down menu, find the course that you would like to copy components from. Then click on “Continue
  5. If you want to copy all of the components check mark “Select All Components” at the top of the list.
    If you only want to copy individual items check mark the category heading and click on “Select individual items to copy“.  It is important to remember that when you copy over the content, you MUST also copy over the course files.  If you only copy the content and not the course files you may receive errors when loading the content in the new course.
  6. When all the items and course files have been selected, click on “Continue
  7. Confirm the components that you would like to copy over by clicking on “Finish
  8. After you received all green check marks, click on “Done

We also have a video tutorial that will take you through how to copy components, or you can also visit our Instructional Wiki page for additional information.

If you have any questions regarding the copy components tool, please contact UW-W D2L Support.


D2L eGrading Process Now Open

The D2L eGrading process allows instructors to transfer final grades from their D2L Gradebook to their WINS Grade Roster in a few simple steps. This process is currently open and available for instructors to transfer their semester grades from D2L to WINS.

For more information on how to use this process, please see the following Instructional Resources wiki pages:

We also have a video available to guide you through the first 2 steps:

If you need additional assistance with your Gradebook or if you have eGrading questions, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

Did you know? – D2L Mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can learn on the go and interact with your courses wherever and whenever you’d like! Desire2Learn (D2L) mobile supports multiple tools like content, grades, discussions, drop box, and many others.

In order to access the mobile version, grab your smartphone or tablet and navigate to the D2L login page.  D2L will detect that you are using a mobile device and will display a mobile friendly version of your course material.

If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact D2L Support.

Do MOOCs really work?

Does teaching 10,000 students or more online really work? There has been a lot of hype about the effectiveness of massive open online classes (also know as “MOOCs”). The Chronicle of Higher Education conducted the largest survey of professors who have taught MOOCs and shows that the process is time-consuming but, according to the instructors, often successful!

Check out the full article “The Minds Behind the MOOCs” by Steven Kolowich that contains the survey results.

Instructional Technology Showcase – April 12!

UW-Extension, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, UW-Colleges and UW-Parkside are pleased to announce the UW System Virtual Showcase 2013, sponsored by the LTDC.  This webinar-style event will be held on Friday, April 12th from 8:45 am to 2:15 pm.  Keynote speakers, Patricia McGee and Scott Hamm will discuss active and mobile learning.  UW-Whitewater Faculty member Jeannine Rowe will share her ResponseWare Best Practices and John Reilly will provide his insight on “Flipping the Classroom.”

Session details, registration, and information on how to connect are available at: http://blogs.ces.uwex.edu/showcase

TurningPoint Hyperlinks Workaround (Clickers)

In Office 2007 and Office 2010, there is a known issue with hyperlinks in PowerPoint. Any time a hyperlink to an outside program is used in a presentation as a certain type of custom animation, this will cause PowerPoint to crash. Since TurningPoint uses these types of animations as their base for functionality, this issue is common among its users. While Turning Technologies is actively investigating this issue at this time, there are some useful and easy workarounds available.

Please view the TurningPoint Hyperlink Workaround PDF for more details about the hyperlink workarounds.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please Contact D2L Support.