Preparing for the D2L Upgrade
The PASSHE system is moving from D2L v10.0 to v10.2 on December 14, 2013. The D2L system will be unavailable from 12:01am, December 14 until 6:00pm, December 14. Although we expect to have a smooth transition, it is suggested that faculty export their grade book prior to Dec. 14 and download any student work from the dropbox that has not been graded because of the timing of this upgrade.
To prepare for the upgrade you'll need to perform the following tasks:
- Back up your Grades area by Exporting the gradebook.
- Back up student submissions in the Dropbox area (if desired)
Exporting grades to a Desire2Learn course produces a comma separated values file (.csv), with the students' information separated by commas. This file can then opened with Excel and saved as an Excel file (.xlsx).
NOTE: To maintain an up-to-date backup, export a Grades List several times during the semester as well as at the end of the semester
- On the Course Home Page navigation bar, click the Grades link. The User List screen appears.
- Click the Export button. The Export Grades pane appears.
- In the Export Options section, select the desired options.
- In the "Choose Grades to Export," sections, select the appropriate grade items.
- Click Export to CSV at the bottom of the page. The "Export Grades" dialog box appears.
- Click the grade link. The "File Download" dialog box appears.
- Click the Save button. The "Save As.." dialog box appears.
- Find and select the desired save location.
- Click the Save button. The "Download complete" dialog box appears.
- Click Close. The grades are exported.
Save Student Work from the Dropbox
- On the Course Home Page navigation bar, click the Dropbox link. The Dropbox area appears.
- Click on a Dropbox folder link.
- On the Users tab, click on the Select All checkbox. (Suggestion: Change the number users on the page to 100 to ensure that you have selected all student work from the Dropbox)
- Once all checkboxes have been selected, click on the Download submissions from selected users icon.
- D2L will generate a zip file. Click on the zip file link to save the file to your hard drive.
- When the file has downloaded, click on the Close button in the dialog box.
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