LMS Update

Desire2Learn 

Preparing for the Purging of Courses in D2L (April 21, 2014)

Preparing for the D2L Upgrade (May 10, 2014)

What's New in D2L 10.3

Online Rooms (Blackboard Collaborate)

D2L Quickstart (PDF)

D2L FAQ

D2L Goes Mobile

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Instructional Design & Web Technologies Workshop Schedule

Instructional Design & Web Technologies department offers a wide variety of workshops. Please  let us know if you have a specific topic you would like covered!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Register via email at idwt@ship.edu. Please include the name and date of the workshop in your email.

We're available for individual consultations!

Need help? Please call and we will schedule a session with you.

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Publishing Content

This tutorial contains the following topics:

 The Content Area

 Desire2Learn organizes content using Modules and Topics

Modules can be thought of as folders, where Topics are files such as  HTML, PowerPoint presentation, or a PDF document reside.  All Topics must be placed in a Module.  A Moduleone_icon can contain sub-modules two_icon and topics three_icon that help organize the course content.  Instructors can place restrictions on both the Module and Topic levels of a course.

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Adding a Module to the Content Area

  1. From the Course Home page click on the CONTENT link. The Manage Content pane appears.
  2. Click on the NEW MODULE button.  The New Module pane appears.

    new module
  3. In the Title text box type the module's title
  4. Short Title: Use a Short Title only if the Title of the Topic or Module is long.  The Short title appears in the side frame when students are viewing Content.
  5. To hide the numbering of this module, click on the checkbox next to Hide enumeration for this module.
  6. Select the Restrictions tab.  Moving one tab to another tab causes the content of that tab to be automatically saved.
  7. To conceal the Module from students, click on the checkbox next to Hide this module.  Setting date restrictions on the Module level controls any Topics placed in that Module.

    restrictions box

  8. To set Date Availability for the Module:
    • Click on the checkbox next to Has Start Date
    • Use the pull-down menus to select a date and time
  9. To set a date when the module will no longer be available to students
    • Click on the checkbox next to Has End Date
    • Use the pull-down menus to select a date and time
  10. To release the Module under a set of conditions, click on the Create and Attach button in the Release Conditions area.
  11. To save this module click on the SAVE button.
    To save this module and create another one click on the SAVE AND NEW button.
  12. Select the Comments tab.
  13. To create a personal comment enter text in the Personal Comments text box. The comments placed in this text box are only visible to the instructor.
  14. To create a note for an instructional designer, enter text in the Shared Designer Comments.
  15. Click on the Save button when finished.

Adding Topics (items) to the Content Area

There are four ways to add information to the Content area (shown below).

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Shared Settings

Although each option provides a different means for adding a new topic, three tabs, the Restrictions, Discussions and Topic tabs, are appear consistently within each tab. 

Restrictions Tab
  1. Select the Restrictions tab.  Moving one tab to another tab causes the content of that tab to be automatically saved.
  2. To conceal the Topic from students, click on the checkbox next to Hide this topic. 
  3. To set the Date Availability for the Topic
    • Click on the checkbox next to Has Start Date
    • Use the pull-down menus to select a date and time
  4. To set a date when the Topic will no longer be available to students 
    • Click on the checkbox next to Has End Date
    • Use the pull-down menus to select a date and time.
  5.  To release the Topic under a set of conditions, click on the Create and Attach button in the Release Conditions area.
  6. To save this Topic click on the SAVE button.  
Discussions Tab (Optional)

Faculty can link directly to the to a Topic that has been created in the Discussion area. Two options are provided, (1) a link that takes students to a discussion area, allowing students to participate in ongoing conversations about a topic or to a discussion area and/or (2) a link to a discussion help area which can allow students to work with each other to clarify concepts.    

  1. Click on the Discussions Tab.
  2. Click on the Topic Discussion: drop-down box to select a discussion topic.
  3. If desired, click on the Topic Help Discussion: drop-down to select a help discussion topic.
  4. Click on the Save button.

Students access the discussions area by clicking on the icons shown below in the Student View of the Content area.

discussion topic link

Comment Tab (Optional)

The Comment Tab allows instructors to make personal comments or comments to a designer about a specific topic. Personal Comments or comments made in the Shared Designer Comments are not visible to students.  

  1. Click on the Comments Tab.
  2. Enter personal comments only visible to the instruction in the Personal Comments textbox.
  3. Enter comments to a designer, in the Shared Designer Comments box.  
  4. Click on the Save button.

Creating a New File

This option creates a web page in a .htm file format. This file is native to D2L which means that if something happens inside the platform or the content is accidentally deleted a backup copy for this document does not exist.  Please copy and paste the text placed in D2L using this method in a word processing document such as Word or Notepad.

  1. From the Course Home page click on the CONTENT link.  The Manage Content pane appears.
  2. Click on the NEW TOPIC button.  The New Topic pane appears.

    new topic 1
  3. Click on the CREATE NEW FILE link.  The New Topic-Create New File pane appears.

    createnewtopicnewfile
  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu select the module this topic will appear under or click on the add module link to create a new Module. 
  5. In the Title text box type the desired title.
  6. In the Short Title text box type an abbreviated title.
  7. In the filename text box, remove any spaces in the filename.
  8. In the HTML Editor type the topic's content. Use tools within the Editor to alter the appearance and functionality of your text.
  9. To save this topic click on the SAVE button.
    To save this topic and create another new file click on the SAVE AND NEW button.
  10. Verify your link by clicking it within the Content area

Using an Existing Course File

Use this option to create a topic by adding an already-uploaded file to the current course.  Course files are any file that has been uploaded into the Content area.  These files are located in the Managing Course Files area.  This option allows for connecting to the already-saved files in the Manage Files area.

  1. From the Course Home page click on the CONTENT link in the red Navigation bar.  The Manage Content pane appears.
  2. Click on the NEW TOPIC button.  The New Topic pane appears. 
  3. Click on the COURSE FILE link.  The New Topic - Course File pane appears.

    course file 1

    newtopiccoursefile
      
  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu, select the module this topic will appear under or add a Module by clicking on the add module link.
  5. In the Title text box type the desired title.In the Short Title text box type an abbreviated title.
  6. To select the file:
    1.  Click on the BROWSE button. The Select a File dialog box appears.  
    2.  Locate and select the file by clicking on the radio button next to the document.   
    3.  Click on the SELECT FILE button.

      selectafile
        
  7. To save this topic click on the SAVE button.To save this topic and create another of the same type click on the SAVE AND NEW button. 
  8. Verify the link by clicking it within the Content area  

Uploading a New File

Use this option to create a topic by uploading a new file.

  1. From the Course Home page click on the CONTENT link in the red Navigation bar.  The Manage Content pane appears.
  2. Click on the NEW TOPIC button.  The New Topic pane appears.
  3. Click on the UPLOAD NEW FILE link.  The New Topic - Upload New File pane appears.

    upload file 1

    upload file 2
  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu select the module this topic will appear under or add a Module by clicking on the add module link. In the Title text box type the desired title.
  5. In the Short Title text box type an abbreviated title, if desired..
  6. To select the file that will be uploaded: 
    1. In the Content section, click on the BROWSE button.  The Choose file dialog box appears.
    2. Using the Look in pull-down menu locate and select the file
    3. Click on the OPEN button.  The path and filename of the file appear in the File to Upload text box.
  7. To save this topic click on the  SAVE button.
    To save this topic and create another of the same type click on the SAVE AND NEW button. 
  8. Verify the link by clicking it within the Content area.

Linking to Course Content with Quicklink or to a URL

quicklink

quicklinkurl

one_iconQuickLink allows linking to a course file, another area within the course, or a website.

insertquicklink   

Creating a topic with QuickLink also allows for linking relevant course material to its appropriate section in the Course Content page.  For information on how to use QuickLink refer to Creating Topics with QuickLink.

quicklinkquizzes

two_iconInstructors can add a URL to the Content area by placing a complete URL(including the http://, example http://www.ship.edu)  in the URL/Quicklink text box. Copy and Paste the URL directly from the address box in a browser. Click inside the Preview/view the content topic in a new window or tab checkbox to have the page display in a new browser window.

urlexample

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Adding Multiple Topics

When using this option instructors should have uploaded files in the Manage Files area before beginning the process of Adding Multiple Topics in the Manage Content area.

  1.   Click on the ADD MULTIPLE TOPICS button. The Add Multiple Topics pane appears.

    add multiple 1

    add multiple 2
      
  2. In the Properties section from the Parent Module pull-down menu select the module these topics will appear under or click on the add module link to create a new Module.   
  3. In the Course Files section select the files you want to use by clicking on the checkbox next to the item.  
  4.   OPTIONAL: In the Topic Short Title text box for each file type an abbreviated title for the topic  
  5.  When finished click on the ADD button.   
  6. Verify links by clicking them within the Content area.

Downloading and Printing Content

  1. Click Content on the navbar to access the Manage Content page
  2. Click View Content.
  3. Click Print/Download in the top tool menu.
  4. Select the topics or modules by clicking on the checkbox next to the item.
  5. Print the selcted item by:
    • Click on the Print icon then on the Print button.
  6. Download the selected item by:
    • Click on the Download icon.
    • Click the link in the Download Selected Items pop-up.