PacktLib: Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook

Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook


About the Author

About the Reviewer


Getting Your Course Ready for a New Semester


Copying course materials from a previous semester

Importing a publisher's course cartridge

Changing many due dates from one screen

Double-checking everything from the student view

Configuring your web browser

Personalizing Your Course


Using your profile to add personality

Customizing navbar links

Creating navigation groups

Customizing your homepage with background images

Using system variables to create customized content

Getting Materials into Your Course


Outlining a new course using Course Builder

Reorganizing an existing course with Course Builder

Getting the existing Microsoft Word documents into your course

Working with PowerPoint presentations

Updating course files without deleting the original topics

Uploading folders to batch create course content

Adding content from the Learning Object Repository

Using Google Docs to allow multiple download formats

Working with Multimedia


Finding Creative Commons licensed images

Embedding web videos

Working with YouTube playlists

Recording how-to videos with Jing

Recording and editing videos with YouTube

Creating audio files with Audacity

Diving into HTML Code


Displaying external web content with frames

Using CSS to style content

Using Desire2Learn's accessible templates

Creating mobile-friendly content

Managing Assessments


Streamlining the quiz creation process using quiz templates

Copying quiz questions to the question library

Giving students extra time on assessments

Deleting a student's quiz attempt

Using question feedback to help students learn

Using submission views and release conditions to create a learning experience

Submitting a quiz on behalf of a student

Minimizing cheating by randomizing questions and options

Correcting quiz questions

Collaboration and Participation


Creating project/study groups

Posting content for specific groups

Creating a technical question forum

Setting up a review session with Google Hangouts

Facilitating collaborative note taking with Google Docs

Monitoring specific discussion topics using notifications

Monitoring participation

Setting up Intelligent Agents

Using the BCC field to keep the e-mail private

Working with the Grades Tool


Dropping the lowest item in a gradebook category

Displaying an on-going total or mid-term report

Hiding grade items from students

Setting up your grades view to minimize scrolling

Creating a new letter grade scheme

Calculating and releasing final grades

Previewing grades from a student's perspective

Viewing grades for students who have withdrawn from a course

Exporting a backup copy of your grades