Use the Calendar tool to arrange and visualize your course events in multiple views and enable integration of course Content and your Calendar. You can use iCal to synchronize the Calendar tool to your personal calendars (such as Outlook and Google Calendar, as well as iPhone, Android, and Blackberry).
There are two different types of events in the Calendar tool:
A checklist is a way to highlight important or required assignments, readings, or other items to complete.
A checklist may list all the items you need to complete at once or may have items appear as you complete other items.
The Content tool is used to organize course materials, such as the syllabus, lecture notes, readings, etc.
Use the Content tool to create, edit, organize, and delete modules and topics in your course.
Using the Content tool, you can:
The Copy Components utility lets you copy quizzes, content, grade items, discussion forums, dropbox folders,
and nearly every other type of component from another course offering or a course offering’s parent template.
Copying components saves you from having to recreate your course’s resources from scratch and can significantly reduce the amount of work required to create or re-offer a course.
The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read, and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework.
Use the Discussions tool in your course to:
The Dropbox tool enables you to submit assignments in Learning Environment, eliminating the need to mail, fax, or email assignments.Simply upload your assignment to the appropriate folder.You can set up folders that users can submit their assignments to. This eliminates the need to collect assignments and helps you track when assignments are submitted.
The Dropbox tool allows you to see users’ submission times, download assignments to your computer, view submissions with the document viewer on the Leave Feedback page, associate dropbox folders to rubrics and competencies, and return submissions with grades and feedback.
You can set up separate dropbox folders for each assignment and restrict access to the folders by date and time, group membership, or special access permissions. Each dropbox folder's search and filter options enable you to find users'submitted files by username, submission history, and amount of feedback they have received.
ePortfolio is a personal portfolio tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on and sharing items that represent your learning. You can include documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. to demonstrate your improvement or mastery in a certain area. You decide what items you want to include in your portfolio, how you want to organize them, and who you want to share them with.When you share items with your peers, mentors, potential employers, etc. you can give them permission to view items, edit items,see or add comments and see or add assessments depending on what type of feedback you want.
*UW-P Seniors are now have the ability to export their D2L ePortfolio and take it with them when they graduate. myDesireLearn is a hosted ePortfolio service for students who are set to graduate and would like to retain and continue to use their ePortfolio after graduation. Students can export their ePortfolio to myDesire2Learn and continue to collect artifacts, create presentations and share their evidence of achievement with others. It is free and students are provided with 2GB of storage space.
For more information, click the link below:
- myDesire2Learn Instructions
Use the Grades tool to check your grades on assignments and tests. You can see your individual grades and comments, as well as class averages and feedback. You can also view your final grade and the grade formula used to evaluate you if your grades are released.
Course designers can set up grade books that reflect their approach to evaluation. You control the grading formula used to calculate grades, what projects, assignments, tests, etc. are graded, how grade items area associated with other tools, and when grades are released to users and what information they see.
Online Rooms, also referred to as Collaborate, is a synchronous online meeting place that lets you connect with your students, anywhere with engaging multimedia content. Collaborate can be used with a combination of voice, video, text and desktop sharing which presents a robust environment for online learning, meetings, training courses and on-demand presentations.
Use the News tool to read instructor messages, course information, and other news updates.
News items appear in the News widget, but you can also receive instant notifications about postings through email, SMS, and RSS feeds. See Setting your notifications to learn about creating instant notifications for news items.
The News tool enables you to create news items that help communicate course updates, changes, and new information to your users quickly and effectively. Since My Home or Course Home is the first page that users often see when they log in or access their courses, the News widget is a good area for displaying important information.
The Quizzes tool enables you to create and manage points-measured assessments. As part of your quantifiable assessment procedures, you can use quizzes to help evaluate users' learning progress and learning outcomes. Create and manage quiz questions from the Question Library or the Quizzes tool, and organize quizzes intocategories to make it easier to find assessments with similar or related content.
Use the quiz preview option to test the accuracy of content and grading before you release a quiz. In a preview, you can answer the questions, view allowed hints, submit the quiz, auto-grade answers, read feedback, and view report results.
Rubrics are an assessment tool used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.
If you are using Competencies to evaluate users, we recommend you set up rubrics before you set up your competencies, learning objectives, and activities since you cannot create an activity without associating it with a rubric and you cannot assess whether a user has completed a competency or learning objective without assessing the associated activities using the rubric.
Create surveys and use the statistics tools to monitor current course trends, seek opinions, and assess user satisfaction.
Surveys are an excellent way to solicit feedback from users regarding any aspect of your course. For example, they can be used as a method of collecting course evaluations, mid-year reviews, or researching users' learning style and content delivery preferences.
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