Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook

Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Customize the look and feel of your online course, integrate graphics and video, and become more productive using the learning environment's built-in assessment and collaboration tools
  • Recipes address real world challenges in clear and concise step-by-step instructions, which help you work your way through technical tasks with ease
  • Detailed instructions with screenshots to guide you through each task

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 206 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2012
ISBN : 1849693447
ISBN 13 : 9781849693448
Author(s) : Brandon Ballentine
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Cookbooks, e-Learning

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Your Course Ready for a New Semester
Chapter 2: Personalizing Your Course
Chapter 3: Getting Materials into Your Course
Chapter 4: Working with Multimedia
Chapter 5: Diving into HTML Code
Chapter 6: Managing Assessments
Chapter 7: Collaboration and Participation
Chapter 8: Working with the Grades Tool
  • Chapter 1: Getting Your Course Ready for a New Semester
    • Introduction
    • 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
    • Chapter 2: Personalizing Your Course
      • Introduction
      • 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
      • Chapter 3: Getting Materials into Your Course
        • Introduction
        • 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
        • Chapter 4: Working with Multimedia
          • Introduction
          • 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
          • Chapter 5: Diving into HTML Code
            • Introduction
            • Displaying external web content with frames
            • Using CSS to style content
            • Using Desire2Learn's accessible templates
            • Creating mobile-friendly content
            • Chapter 6: Managing Assessments
              • Introduction
              • 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
              • Chapter 7: Collaboration and Participation
                • Introduction
                • 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
                • Chapter 8: Working with the Grades Tool
                  • Introduction
                  • 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

                  Brandon Ballentine

                  Brandon Ballentine is an Instructional Technologist in East Tennessee. He is a D2L system administrator and provides faculty training on D2L and other educational tools. Brandon also teaches workshops on iOS Application Development and Mobile Web Design. Prior to working in the educational technology field, Brandon developed and managed interactive technologies for a financial institution. Brandon has a Master's degree in English from East Tennessee State University. In his free time, he enjoys travelling and photography. To learn more about Brandon and his latest projects, visit
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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Copy course materials from another class or previous semester
                  • Customize your course navigation bar
                  • Create a visually appealing course theme
                  • Quickly reorganize an existing course
                  • Embed videos from YouTube and other websites
                  • Create and display your own screencasts
                  • Make your content more mobile-friendly
                  • Streamline the quiz creation process
                  • Archive a copy of your final grades
                  • Monitor student participation

                  In Detail

                  Creating an engaging online or web-enhanced class in the Desire2Learn Learning Environment doesn't have to be difficult. The easy-to-follow recipes in this cookbook guide you through everything from getting your course ready for students to calculating final grades.

                  "Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook" offers recipes that will help you set up, customize, and conduct your online courses -- whether you're new to the system or a seasoned D2L user. The recipes are written for version 10 of the learning suite, although many of the examples are also applicable for version 9.4.

                  The cookbook is organized around tasks that instructors address during a typical semester, starting with a basic course setup and working towards calculating final grades.

                  Early recipes focus on creating a personalized learning environment by helping you customize the look and feel of your course and its content. Other recipes in the cookbook teach you how to integrate your favorite multimedia and social networking sites. Later chapters offer recipes for productivity in several of the learning environment's tools.

                  "Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook" is filled with screenshots and detailed steps to increase your productivity when working in the learning environment to create and facilitate your online courses.


                  Part of Packt's Cookbook series; if you don't have the time to work your way through a long tutorial, then this is the book for you. The step-by-step recipes are independent from each other so you can dip in and out of the book or follow it from start to end to build a higher education course.

                  Who this book is for

                  If you're familiar with D2L's basic tools but want to do more with your course, then this book is for you.

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