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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Using the Equation Editor in Desire2Learn

Students may be required to use the equation editor in Desire2Learn to complete discussion posts or quizzes in their online or hybrid courses. The equation editor allows a student to create complex graphical equations that are not possible using standard keyboard functions.

The below video will detail how use the equation editor to create a graphical equation within a discussion post in Desire2Learn:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Viewing a Quiz Submission in Desire2Learn

Once you have taken and submitted a quiz in Desire2Learn, you can review the attempt information for that quiz. Your instructor will determine what information is available to review, but you will be able to see when the quiz was taken and that it was submitted successfully.

The below video demonstrates how to view a quiz submission in Desire2Learn:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Taking Timed Quizzes in Desire2Learn

Some quizzes in D2L may have time limits. When a quiz has a time limit, all of the questions must be answered within the amount of time listed on the quiz.  Before clicking the Start Quiz button, check to see if an amount of time is specified for your quiz. For the below example, a time limit of five minutes has been set.

It’s important to know that once you click the Start Quiz button, the quiz timer will continue to count down, even if you close the quiz.  Once the timer starts counting, it will not stop until the quiz is submitted. In the below example, the quiz has a five minute limit, and only three minutes remain in the quiz.  If the quiz were closed and opened again in ten minutes, no time would be left to complete the quiz.