Learning the D2L Learning Environment
D2L Learning Environment Version 9.2
1. De Paul University Tutorials & PDFs (9.2)
This site provides numerous short "screen capture" videos, and a series of "Qickstart" pdf guides. The PDF's here povide excellent step-by-step instructions for setting up and using D2L tools. There are tutorials on the D2L system as a whole, and for individual D2L tools. For each tool, there is a brief description of its capabilities and possible uses and a downloadable PDF. Frequently asked questions about each tool are answered in the form of short video clips. View the De Paul PDF's on line.
2. Darton State College
D2L (9.2) Handouts
These clear, step-by-step, tool-specific handouts give detailed instructios about key D2L tools.
1. D2L Terminology: Compares Vista and D2L terminology.
2. Course Builder: The D2L Course Builder is an excellent tool for building a and organizing course materials.
3. Gradebook: Experienced D2L triners recommend setting up a course gradebook before building Quizzes, etc.
4. Creating a new quiz: You will have to learn how D2L manages Quizzes if you plan to use D2L.
5. Preserving Vista Student data and Content: Refers to Darton, but the instructions are valid for GHC Vista.
D2L Learning Environment Version 10x
GHC is upgrading to D2L version 10.2 in January 2013. Some of the changes you will see in version 10.2 include changes that were originally made in version 10.1. D2L provides overview of the new features in PDF documents. Links to both documents are below.
1. Desire2Learn Community site
For a 45-page pdf document showing the new features of D2L version 10.2 see:
Learning Environment (D2L) 10.1 Features Guide (pdf)
For a 35 page pdf document showing the features in d2L 10.1 see:
Learning Environment (D2L) 10.2 Features Guide (pdf)
2. University of Boulder Colorado OIT
D2L (10.2) Instructor Tutorial List
Information and step-by-step tutorials for instructors about how to use D2L. The tutorials are accompanied by screenshots, and are in the form of web pages. This site is clear, well-organized, and easy to navigate.
There are also a several informative introductory Camtasia screencapture videos made available by the University of Boulder, including a 10 minute Overview to D2L, posted to You Tube. There are three videos in all: just click the video start button below to begin (you will see all three in order).
3. Universityof Arizona D2L (10.2) Guide
D2L 10.2 Tool Help Guide
"Welcome to The University of Arizona's Desire2Learn (D2L) Help Pages. The information contained in this site is designed to answer questions you may have about D2L and to provide step-by-step instructions for using D2L."
4. D2L Help for Instructors (version 10.0)
D2L Help for Instructors (version 10.0)
University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse. This site provides a range of formats (video, Website, PDFs and Word) and covers many of the new features introduced in D2L version 10.0. While there are additional features in version 10.2, this site gives a great overview that will help you better understand the new version's changes to the "look and feel" of D2L version 10.
The Self-paced tutorial is a course in D2L and contains text and video tutorials taking you through the various parts of a course site in the D2L learning environment. It includes a 22-minute video overview, and numerous videos about the various tools in D2L. Primarily intended for student usrs, it gives a good overview of D2L's "look and feel" from a user perspective.
Self-paced tutorial Expected Outcomes
By the end of this tutorial, participants will have solid experience in and knowledge of the Desire2Learn essential course development and management tools used to develop content and to communicate with, assess and manage users. By the end of the course, you will be able to:
1. Effectively use course development tools located on the Course Home.
2. Incorporate key communication tools into your course design and delivery.
3. Edit existing content using Desire2Learn's editing features, including the HTML editor.
4. Optimize your course design for learner interaction.
5. Leverage the course management console to effectively manage your course.
6. Apply best practices and solid learning theory to course development and delivery.
An ePub version of the very extensive Instructor Help web site produced by Pearson, the company that owns D2L, is available in ePub format for use on E Readers that use this format. Please contact your GHC D2L Administrator for more information.
D2L Tutorials from the University System of Georgia are available at iTunesU. The tutorials are in-depth, each one lasts about an hour. They were produced by the USG D2L Trainer, Ginger Durham.
The following iTunes D2L Tutorials are available (more will be added during 2012/13):
5. Managing the Gradebook (@ sessions)
There are frequent D2L webinars available from Pearson. They are free, but online registration is require
University System of Georgia's Desire2Learn Online Help Center
The USG D2L Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year The Online Support Center site includes a knowlege base, and a search box. There are sections for students and instructors. You can also request technical support by calling a toll-free number. Please encourage students to check the knowledge base before calling tech support.
There is a D2L web site called Desire4Community with lots of interesting articles, including How-Tos and Tips-and-tricks.
Desire-2-Learn Template from Georgia Southern State University
This is a wonderful time-saver if you want to build a course from scratch!
You download a course "template" with pre-built components that provide a structural foundation for online courses in Desire2Learn. The template provides a pre-built module structure for a 16-week course. All you need to do is add content! This is a great time-saving, and the modules are accessible! When you have downloaded the D2L Course Template, you can import it to one of your Course Offerings in D2L.
You can see a demo of the course template in this mockup at Georgia Southern's site (it looks like the course will look when imported to D2L).