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Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook

Book Description

Gain expert knowledge of the tools within Desire2Learn, maximize your productivity, and create online learning experiences with these easy-to-follow recipes

  • 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

  • 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.

    Table of Contents

    1. Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Desire2Learn for Higher Education Cookbook
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewer
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      8. 1. Getting Your Course Ready for a New Semester
        1. Introduction
        2. Copying course materials from a previous semester
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more...
        3. Importing a publisher's course cartridge
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        4. Changing many due dates from one screen
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        5. Double-checking everything from the student view
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it
          3. How it works
        6. Configuring your web browser
          1. How to do it
          2. How it works...
          3. See also
      9. 2. Personalizing Your Course
        1. Introduction
        2. Using your profile to add personality
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        3. Customizing navbar links
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        4. Creating navigation groups
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Customizing your homepage with background images
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Using system variables to create customized content
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      10. 3. Getting Materials into Your Course
        1. Introduction
        2. Outlining a new course using Course Builder
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating objects
            2. Browsing objects
          5. See also
        3. Reorganizing an existing course with Course Builder
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        4. Getting the existing Microsoft Word documents into your course
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a PDF
          5. See also
        5. Working with PowerPoint presentations
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating PDF handouts on the Mac operating system
            2. Creating PDF handouts using CutePDF Writer
          5. See also
        6. Updating course files without deleting the original topics
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        7. Uploading folders to batch create course content
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Adding content from the Learning Object Repository
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Searching federated resources
        9. Using Google Docs to allow multiple download formats
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
      11. 4. Working with Multimedia
        1. Introduction
        2. Finding Creative Commons licensed images
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        3. Embedding web videos
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        4. Working with YouTube playlists
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Recording how-to videos with Jing
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Recording and editing videos with YouTube
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Additional resources
          5. See also
        7. Creating audio files with Audacity
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
      12. 5. Diving into HTML Code
        1. Introduction
        2. Displaying external web content with frames
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        3. Using CSS to style content
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
          4. See also
        4. Using Desire2Learn's accessible templates
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Creating mobile-friendly content
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. See also
      13. 6. Managing Assessments
        1. Introduction
        2. Streamlining the quiz creation process using quiz templates
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        3. Copying quiz questions to the question library
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Importing questions from the question library
          5. See also
        4. Giving students extra time on assessments
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Deleting a student's quiz attempt
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Using question feedback to help students learn
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        7. Using submission views and release conditions to create a learning experience
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Submitting a quiz on behalf of a student
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        9. Minimizing cheating by randomizing questions and options
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        10. Correcting quiz questions
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      14. 7. Collaboration and Participation
        1. Introduction
        2. Creating project/study groups
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Group discussion forums
            2. Group Dropbox folders
            3. Group e-mail
            4. Adding a Groups link to the course navbar
          5. See also
        3. Posting content for specific groups
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        4. Creating a technical question forum
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        5. Setting up a review session with Google Hangouts
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Facilitating collaborative note taking with Google Docs
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        7. Monitoring specific discussion topics using notifications
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Monitoring participation
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. See also
        9. Setting up Intelligent Agents
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        10. Using the BCC field to keep the e-mail private
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      15. 8. Working with the Grades Tool
        1. Introduction
        2. Dropping the lowest item in a gradebook category
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        3. Displaying an on-going total or mid-term report
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        4. Hiding grade items from students
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Setting up your grades view to minimize scrolling
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        6. Creating a new letter grade scheme
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        7. Calculating and releasing final grades
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        8. Previewing grades from a student's perspective
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        9. Viewing grades for students who have withdrawn from a course
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        10. Exporting a backup copy of your grades
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      16. Index