LMS Update

Desire2Learn 

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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Purging Courses in D2L

In accordance with the PASSHE System-wide D2L Course Retention Policy, Shippensburg University will be purging (deleting) all courses from Spring 2008 through Spring 2011 from the system during the week of April 21, 2014. Purged courses will be “Gone for Good.” Instructors will need to back up any course content and/or student work/data they would like to retain from those courses.

Saving Student, Content, and Grade data 

Instructors who want to save student information from course shells should back up student work (Discussions, Dropbox, Quizzes area), download a copy of your gradebook (Grades area) and export (copy) your course shell (Edit Course > Import/Export/Copy Components) to your hard drive (Note: Exporting backs up course content only). Instructional Design & Web Technologies staff is available by appointment to help you. Please send an email to IDWT@ship.edu or call x1816 to schedule an appointment.

To back up your entire course and all student interaction you'll need to perform the following tasks:

  1. Back up your Grades area by Exporting the gradebook. 
  2. Back up student interaction in the Discussion area (if desired) 
  3. Back up student submissions in the Dropbox area (if desired) 
  4. Save student quiz data (if desired) 
  5. Back up your uploaded course materials using the Import/Export/Copy Components feature  

Exporting Grades

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.

  1. On the Course Home Page navigation bar, click the Grades link. The User List screen appears.
  2. Make sure that you are on the Enter Grades tab.
  3. Click the Export button export button.The Export Grades pane appears.
  4. In the Export Options section, select the desired options.
  5. In the "Choose Grades to Export," sections, select the appropriate grade items.
  6. Click Export to CSV. The "Export Grades" dialog box appears.
  7. Under Your file is ready to download. click the grade link. The "Do you want to open or save..." dialog box appears.
  8. Click the down arrow on the Save button save button, and select Save as. The "Save As" dialog box appears.
  9. Find and select the desired save location.
  10. Click the Save button. The "...download has completed" dialog box appears.
  11. Click Open folder to verify that your file is listed.  If so, the grades are exported.
  12. Click on the Close button in the grade link dialog box.

Save Student/Instructor Interactions in the Discussions area

  1. On the Course Home Page navigation bar, click the Discussions link. The Discussions area appears.
  2. Change your Discussion Board view to Reading Style.

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  3. Enter a Topic area by clicking on the link.
  4. On the Topic bar click on the Settings button. The Discussion Settings dialog box appears. 
  5. Click on the radio button next to Reading Style.
  6. Click on the Save button. The changes are applied.
  7. Right-click anywhere on the white space within the Topic area.
  8. Choose the "Convert to PDF" option.
  9. Save the file to your hard drive.

Save Student Work from the Dropbox

  1. On the Course Home Page navigation bar, click the Dropbox link under Course Elements. The Dropbox area appears.
  2. Click on a Dropbox folder link.
  3. On the Users tab, click on the Select All checkbox. Number 1 (Suggestion: Change the number of users on the page to 100 to ensure that you have selected all student work from the Dropbox.) 

      Select all student work to download by first clicking on the Select All checkbox, then clicking on the
     
  4. Once all checkboxes have been selected, click on the Download submissions from selected users icon. Number 2 
  5. D2L will generate a zip file. Click on the zip file link to save the file to your hard drive.
  6. Click the down arrow on the Save button save button, and select Save as.  The "Save As" dialog box appears.
  7. Find and select the desired save location.
  8. Click the Save button.  The "...download has completed" dialog box appears.
  9. Click Open folder to verify that your file is listed.  If so, the Dropbox submissions are exported.
  10. Click on the Close button in the zip file link dialog box.

NOTE: These steps will need to be repeated for EACH Dropbox.​

Save Student Quiz Data

Student Responses - Question by Questions (CSV format) 

  1. On the Course Home page navigation bar, under Course Elements, click the Quizzes link. The Quizzes area appears.
  2. Click on the down arrow next to a quiz link quiz link
  3. Click on the Grade icon grade icon
  4. On the Users tab, click on the Export to CSV file to download quiz statistics for each student's response to a question.  The "Do you want to open or save..." dialog box appears.
  5. Click the down arrow on the Save button save button, and select Save as.  The "Save As" dialog box appears.
  6. Find and select the desired save location.
  7. Click the Save button.  The "...download has completed" dialog box appears.
  8. Click Open folder to verify that your file is listed.  If so, the grades are exported.

Overall Question Stats (CSV format) 

  1. On the Course Home page navigation bar, under Course Elements, click on the Quizzes link. The Quizzes area appears. 
  2. Click on the down arrow next to a Quiz link quiz link 
  3. Click on the Statistics icon statistics icon
  4. On each tab (User Stats, Question Stats, Question Detail), click on the Export to CSV file button.
  5. The "Do you want to open or save..." dialog box appears.
  6. Click the down arrow on the Save button save button, and select Save as.  The "Save As" dialog box appears.
  7. Find and select the desired save location.
  8. Click the Save button.  The "...download has completed" dialog box appears.
  9. Click Open folder to verify that your file is listed.  If so, the grades are exported.

NOTE: These steps will need to be repeated for EACH quiz.

Exporting Course Materials 

You can export components from your course offering to a file (zipped). User data is not exported. Associations between components will not be exported (for example, Quicklinks, links to grade items, release conditions, grade schemes, etc.).

The following components can be exported: 

  • checklists
  • competencies
  • content
  • course files
  • discussions (except student interactions)
  • Dropbox (except student work)
 
  • grades (except calculated grade items)
  • news
  • question library
  • quizzes
  • calendar
  • self assessments
  • surveys
 

Export an Entire Course

  1. Click on the Edit Course link on the red navigation bar.
  2. Under Site Resources click on the Import/Export/Copy Components link.
  3. Select Export Components. If you want to include any files associated with components, select Include course files in the export package.  Click on the Start button.
  4. Click on the Select All Components checkbox.
  5. Click on the Continue button.
  6. The Confirm Components to Export page appears. This page lists all the components that are included in the export. You can change the items selected within a component by clicking Modify. This takes you back to the Select Course Material page where you can follow the Export components instructions below if you do not wish to export the entire course.
  7. Click on the Continue button to begin the export.
  8. The Export Course Components page is displayed, showing the export progress.
  9. When a component has been successfully exported, a green check mark appears beside it. If any component fails to export properly, a red X will appear beside it. Please call IDWT at x1816 if a red X appears.
  10. When the process is finished, click Finish.
  11. A final Export Summary page is displayed where you can download the export file.
  12. To download the file, click on the link that says Click here to download the export Zip package. The "Do you want to open or save..." dialog box appears.
  13. Click the down arrow on the Save button save button, and select Save as.  The "Save As" dialog box appears.
  14. Find and select the desired save location.
  15. Click the Save button.  The "...download has completed" dialog box appears.
  16. Click Open folder to verify that your file is listed.  If so, the grades are exported.
  17. Click Done on the Export Summary page.

NOTE: If you do not download the file from this screen, it is lost.  You cannot download it later.​

Export components

  1. Click on the Edit Course link on the red navigation bar.
  2. Under Site Resources click on Import/Export/Copy Components link.
  3. Select Export Components. If you want to include any files associated with components, select Include course files in the export package. Click on the Start button.
  4. Select the components you want to export using the check box next to each component.
  5. To export only certain items from a component, choose Select individual items to export for that component. This allows you to select, for example, individual quizzes, FAQ sections, Dropbox folders, etc.
  6. When you are finished selecting components, click on the Continue button.
  7. If you chose “Select individual items to export” for any component in the previous step, the Select Items page appears for each of the components. This page lists all of the items and any sub-items contained in the current component. (For example, on the Select Dropbox Folders page, you will see all of the Dropbox folders and categories.)
  8. Select the individual items and sub-items you want to export.  To view sub-items, click the + icon next to an item or click Expand All at the top of the list. Not all components have sub-items.  When you are finished, click Continue.
  9. Repeat the previous step for any other components for which you chose “Select individual items to export.”
  10. After you click Continue on the last Select Items Screen, the Confirm Export Selections page appears. This page lists all the components that are included in the export file along with the number of items selected for each component that you selected individual items for. You can change the items selected within a component by clicking Modify. This takes you to the Select Items page for that component.
  11. Click on the Continue button to begin the export.
  12. The Export Course Components page is displayed, showing the export progress.
  13. When a component has been successfully exported, a green check mark appears beside it. If any component fails to export properly, a red X will appear beside it.  Please call IDWT at x1816 if a red X appears.
  14. When the process is finished, click Finish.
  15. A final Export Summary page is displayed where you can download the export file.
  16. To download the file, click on the link that says Click here to download the export Zip package. The "Do you want to open or save..." dialog box appears.
  17. Click the down arrow on the Save button save button, and select Save as.  The "Save As" dialog box appears.
  18. Find and select the desired save location.
  19. Click the Save button.  The "...download has completed" dialog box appears.
  20. Click Open folder to verify that your file is listed.  If so, the grades are exported.
  21. Click Done on the Export Summary page.

NOTE: If you do not download the file from this screen, it is lost. You cannot download it later.