Utilizing D2L Groups for Class Projects

Are you thinking about setting up groups for your class this semester, but you’re not sure how it works? Check out this new, short video that explains how you can utilize groups in D2L to create group dropboxes, discussion forums, and lockers for your class projects.

If you would like to start using the groups tool in D2L, visit our Instructional Wiki pages on:

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

D2L Quiz Tips

We have a few tips and tricks for you to keep in mind the next time you take a quiz in D2L.  The items below will help you avoid the most commonly reported issues with quizzes.

  1. You should always “Save” a  response after you have answered a question.
  2. If you close out your browser while taking your quiz the timer will not stop.
  3. Know when the quiz ends and how much time you have to take the quiz so that you can plan accordingly.
  4. Be aware of how many attempts you have to take a quiz.
  5. Before you submit your quiz, click on the “Save all Responses” to make sure that all of your answers have been saved.

If you have any questions please, Contact D2L Support.

TED Studies Instructional Material

A new free resource is now available to help integrate content from TED talks into your courses called TED Studies. TED Studies combines recorded TED video sessions on a given topic and adds essays, key terms, debate topics, assignment questions, activities, and other instructor materials to round out each set of programs.

TED teamed up with publisher John Wiley & Sons to create PC and iPad-based content that can be used to support lessons on happiness studies and statistics, with more on the way. Additional topics planned for future release include:

  • Government and Politics: Cyber-Influence and Power;
  • Linguistics: Exploring the Evolution of Language;
  • Marine Biology: Deep Oceans;
  • Media & Journalism: Covering World News; and
  • Urban Design: The Ecology of Cities.

For more information about more courses that are available, please visit Ted Studies.

If you have questions on how to best use this in your course, contact the Learning Technology Center.

Did you know? – D2L Browser Support

Having issues with D2L? Did you know that in order for D2L to work to its full potential, it needs to run on a supported browser?  We recommend that if you are having issues make sure that your browser has been updated to a supported version before contacting D2L Support. Below is a list of the browsers that are supported by D2L:

Operating System Browser Version Status
Windows Internet Explorer 10 Investigation
9 Supported (recommended)
8 Maintenance
7 Unsupported
Firefox Newest Supported (recommended)
10.0 Maintenance
Chrome Newest Supported
Operating System Browser Version Status
Mac OS X Safari 5.1 Supported
5.0 Maintenance
4.0 Maintenance
Firefox Newest Supported (recommended)
10.0 Maintenance
Chrome Newest Supported

A complete list of supported browsers and portable/mobile devices is available at: D2L Platform Requirements.

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

March 13th Technology Showcase: Get Real with Technology

The Central Regional Instructional Technology Showcase for Spring 2013 presents “Get Real with Technology” on Wednesday, March 13,2013 at UW-Stevens Point from 8:45AM to 3:15PM. This event includes keynote speaker, Dr. Rovy Branon, from the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison, breakout sessions, a panel discussion and final group activity.

Registration is requested by March 9, 2013, and is limited to 80 attendees.

This event is free and includes lunch. Details and registration are available at: http://www.uwsp.edu/infotech/Documents/Faculty%20Services/2013UW-SystemCentralRegionalConference.pdf

Did you know about D2L account profiles?

Did you know you can create a personal profile through the Profile tool in D2L? This feature is a great way to get to know other students that are in your class. Click on your name in the top right corner and then click on “Profile”.  You can enter information about your social networks, contact information, education and work, and personal details such as your birth date, hobbies, favorite things, and download a profile picture.  You can further customize your account be going to the “Account Settings” option.

For any additional questions about D2L visit FAQ for Students or for technical support Contact D2L Support.


Copying Grade Items in D2L

Currently we are aware of an issue where instructors cannot copy gradebook items and/or categories from any previous course offering using Copy Components.  The workaround is to use Export and Import Components functions instead. Learn@UW is pushing for a fix to have the Copy functionality restored for Gradebook items.

  1. Navigate into the old course that you would like to Export grades from
  2. Click on “Edit Course” and in the course administration page click on “Import/Export/Copy Components
  3. Check mark “Export Components” then click on “Start
  4. Check mark “Grades” and you can can either export all of the items or select individual items to export. Then click on “Continue
  5. Confirm the components to export and then click on “Continue
  6. Once you see the green check marks then click on “Finish
  7. Under the Export Summary, click on the blue link that says “Click here to download the export Zip package” and save it to your computer. Click on “Done
  8. Next, navigate to the new course that you would like to import the Zip package to
  9. Click on “Edit Course” and in the course administration page click on “Import/Export/Copy Components
  10. Check mark Import Components and “Browse” for the Zip package file. Next Click on “Start”
  11. Once you see the green check marks then click on “Continue
  12. Select the components from the file you would like to import and then click on “Continue
  13. Once you see the green check marks then click on “Finish“. Then click on “Done

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