Thursday, September 18, 2014

Viewing Grades from the Dropbox

Did you know you can view your dropbox grades from within the dropbox tool? Viewing dropbox grades in this way can also allow you to access any written feedback or feedback files attached by an Instructor for more information on the grade you received.

To view your grades from the dropbox:

  1. Select Dropbox from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Once an item has been graded, the grade that an Instructor has assigned to the submission will be listed in the Score column.
  3. Select the View icon to view any available feedback.
  4. If your feedback is left within a file, select the Link to the file to view or download the feedback file.
  5. Select Done.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Listening to HTML Content with ReadSpeaker

Fully integrated with Desire2Learn, ReadSpeaker will read an HTML page to a user by simply selecting the Listen button in the ReadSpeaker toolbar at the top of a page in the Content Viewer.

For more information on how to use ReadSpeaker, please visit:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Streaming Video Available from the LCC Library

Are you a visual or auditory learner? Are you looking for ways to spice up your presentation? As an LCC student, you have access to thousands of streaming videos through the Library. You can use the videos as you do research for your papers, or even link to videos for class presentations. Streaming videos even include transcripts and citation help.

Use the Find Videos Page to search for all videos available through the Library, or search directly in our two streaming video databases:
  • NBC Learn provides educational videos on a variety subjects that can be viewed on your computer.
  • Films on Demand provides NBC News and historic film and video archives with more than 12,000 stories from the 1920s up to current day. Also includes NBC News resources for Higher Education, current events, and original science videos.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Viewing Desire2Learn Courses with the Newer Versions of Firefox and Chrome

With the release of the most recent version of Firefox (Version 23), the developers of the software have changed display settings for some content. This is also true of Google Chrome, and impacts webpages which have mixed content.

Mixed content is a combination of content from secure (HTTPS) and non-secure (HTTP) addresses, all present within one webpage. When Firefox and Chrome load a secure page which has embedded non-secure content, such as YouTube videos or links to other public web content, the non-secure content is prevented from displaying. 

How does this impact Desire2Learn? 

What this means for Desire2Learn users is that when using Firefox version 23 or Google Chrome and attempting to view content, an alert icon may appear in the address bar of the browser. This alert icon provides a warning that the page contains non-secure content, and until the below steps are completed, the non-secure content will not display. Use the following steps to allow the content to display:
  1. Select the Alert Shield Icon in the address bar.
  2. Select Disable Protection on This Page or Load unsafe script.
  3. The site will reload; if within Desire2Learn, users will be returned to the course homepage.
  4. Upon returning to the page or link in question, the content will now be visible.
    ***NOTE: that users will need to follow these steps each time they visit a page with mixed content.
Displaying Mixed Content in Firefox and Chrome

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Downloading Course Content

If you are experiencing long load times while previewing documents in the content viewer, you can also download the document onto your computer in two ways:

1. Scroll to the bottom of the content viewer and select the Download button.

2. Within the Table of Contents, select the Downward-Facing Triangle and then select Download.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Posting to a Discussion Topic

In the Discussions Area, you will see a list of available forums and topics. Once you select a topic, you will see a list of available threads created by users within the course:

  • Forums are used to organize discussions into categories.
  • Topics are the individual discussion subjects for each forum.
  • Threads are responses by a user to the discussion topic.
    NOTE: All replies to a thread will be viewable within that thread.

Composing a Discussion Thread

  1. Select Discussions from the Assessments or Communication drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Topic Thread you wish to post to within a discussion forum.
    NOTE: If you see the work Moderated below the topic title, the post will not appear until the Instructor approves it.
  3. Select Start New Thread from the toolbar. This will open a new window.
  4. Enter your message title in the Subject textbox.
  5. Enter your message content in the Message box.
  6. Select Post to submit the message.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Did you know there is a search option in the Content area of Desire2Learn?

If you need to locate a topic quickly, you can type a keyword into the search field in upper left corner of the Content area and Desire2Leanr will display any available items linked to Content that fit the search criteria. This is a great way to find specific materials when there are many modules open and available within a course.