LMS Update

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What's New in D2L 10.4

Online Rooms (Blackboard Collaborate)

D2L Quickstart (PDF)


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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!

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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What's New in D2L v10.4

On May 9, 2015 D2L was upgraded from 10.3 to 10.4.

Here is a video that covers some of the highlights in the recent D2L upgrade.

D2L v10.4 Overview

The basic functionality is the same in v10.4, but there are some minor user interface changes associated with this upgrade. Primarily the user interface changes provide a better, more consistent user experience across the D2L tools, including:

  1. Content
  2. Discussions
  3. Dropbox
  4. Quizzes
  5. Grades
  6. Misc

D2L v.10.4 Enhancements


File Management Options

  • A new popup asking where to put files when you drag and drop to upload

html editor (WYSIWYG)

  • Rearranged buttons. Table now before equations. Font style controls separated to allow wrapping. 
  • A new flyout when adding tables
  • Now uses native browser spell checker. Misspelled words underlined in red.


  • Added Video and Audio topics
    • New Add Video or Audio button
    • Can embed videos in Video/Audio topic
    • Some sites allow pasting the URL only
    • 1 GB file size
    • Added support for .mp4, .m4a, .ogg
  • Added previous/next buttons at the bottom of a topic to navigate
  • Added tabs to organize content when viewing/editing a topic
  • PDFs are now rendered inline. PDFs are searchable, selectable, and hyperlinks work
  • A Welcome Message added in Content area first time you visit a course. Gives next steps.
  • Directed back to content after linking to edit another tool


  • Posts are now marked read when you scroll instead of on load. 
    • Creates more accurate statistics and easier to keep track of what you did and didn’t read
  • Added a More/Less button that expands the preview of longer posts.
  • If Assess Individual posts is turned on you now have the ability to assess topics directly in the thread
  • Added ability to delete multiple Forums and/or Topics at once.
    • Delete button in the More Actions drop down 


  • Added ability to delete multiple dropbox folders at once


  • Added new user statistics
    • Standard deviation
    • existing class average for overall quiz
  • Added new question statistics
    • Standard deviation
    • Discrimination index
    • Point biserial
    • existing class average for overall quiz
  • Added question details statistics
    • Standard deviation
    • Discrimination index
    • Average grade achieved per question
  • All Stats are now calculated against the latest question version and the first attempt
  • Added ability to preview Random Question Sections from the Edit Quiz screen without opening the section then clicking the preview.
  • Settings on the Restrictions tab in Edit Quiz now reordered to be more intuitive
  • Settings on the Assessment tab in Edit Quiz now reordered to be more intuitive
  • Reorganized the Timing section to be more intuitive
  • Quiz timer now displays seconds for students
    • > 1 hour timer now flashes at ten minutes and one minute
    • < 1 hour timer now flashes at five minutes and one minute
  • Spell checker disabled for Short Answer and Long Answer questions



  • Added a closed eye icon when adjusted grades have not been released
  • Moved the # per page drop down to the left side of the gradebook so it visible in large grade books.


  • Mini-bar search courses now is alphabetical if user is enrolled in <25 courses and most recently accessed if >25.
  • New advanced search feature in mini-bar course search
  • All student lists are now alphabetized by last name by default across all of D2L
  • Restored “Now” button when selecting dates
  • New Microsoft Office 365 System Widget
  • Ability to have links visible in the Navbar specific to different roles

Manage Dates

  • Filter by tool is now unchecked by default

Copy Course Tool

  • Custom Navbar and home pages are now activated by default when you copy a course

Import Course Tool

  • New ability to import only selected elements when importing
    • Added ability to be notified by email when your course is finished importing
    • Improved Importing from popular LMSs

Intelligent Agents

  • Now can turn on/off in bulk without first accessing

If you have any questions contact us at idwt@ship.edu or x1816,