Thursday, April 16, 2015

Did you know that you can review files you’ve submitted to D2L dropboxes?

It is recommended that students review their dropbox submissions right after the file is submitted. This will verify that your file was submitted correctly and that there were no issues with the upload process.

In order to view a file you’ve uploaded to the dropbox:
  1. From within your course, select Dropbox from the Assessments drop-down menu.
  2. Select the Number in the submissions column to the right of the name of the dropbox you want to verify your submission for.


  3. The Submission History page will show the files you’ve uploaded to the dropbox.
  4. Select the Name of the file to make sure it opens and that it is the correct version.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Need Assistance with Writing at LCC?

The LCC Writing Center is there to help you! Students can set up face-to-face or online appointments with Peer Writing Assistants to work through specific assignments resulting in an improvement of your writing skills as a whole. 

The Peer Writing Assistants are or have been LCC Students who are specially trained to work with you regarding writing for your LCC courses including:
  • Brainstorming Ideas
  • Generating a Rough Draft
  • Polishing Your Writing
  • and more!

To view the services offered by the LCC Writing Center and/or schedule an appointment with a Peer Writing Assistant, please visit: http://www.lcc.edu/as/writingcenter/services/.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Did you know that audio may be recorded in dropboxes and discussions?

Desire2Learn features an audio recorder in both of discussions and dropboxes that can be used to record up to four minutes of audio content for sharing in a course. Users must have Adobe Flash installed on their computer and a microphone available in order to use this feature. Also, be sure that your Instructor will accept audio submissions prior to using the recorder for any graded assignments!

Instructions for Recording Audio from a Dropbox:

  1. Select Dropbox from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Dropbox you wish to submit an assignment to.
  3. Select Record Audio.
  4. Select Allow to allow Flash to access your computer’s microphone.
  5. Select Close.
  6. When you are ready to begin recording, select the Record Icon.
    NOTE: Your recorded message must be less than four minutes long.
  7. Speak into the microphone.
  8. When finished, select the Record Icon again to stop the recording.
  9. Select Add.
  10. Select Submit.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Smart Uses for Smartphones

Smartphones have become an important part of our daily lives, helping us stay connected to information, entertainment, and each other. Let’s face it, for many of us it’s the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing we see before falling asleep! With the almost unlimited number of apps and features available, smartphones have become custom-tuned devices that can help students in a course:

  • Reminders, Reminders, Reminders! – Most smartphones come with a calendar and reminder system that can be used to help remind students of important dates for courses, such as exam and project dues dates. After reading the syllabus or schedule for a course try entering a few important dates in your calendar and set reminders to pop up before that date to keep you aware of them.
  • Location, Location, Location! – If your device supports location-based reminders, you can use those to set reminders to pop up when you reach a specific location. For example, you could set up a reminder to study for the Chemistry midterm to pop up when you get home. Please see the documentation for your device to see if location-based reminders is an available feature.
  • Lights, Camera, Notes! – Using you smartphone camera is a great way to capture lecture items from a whiteboard and use them to help supplement your own notes. You can then pull up the whiteboard pictures when you are studying to help recall a specific lecture. Be sure to let your Instructor know what you are doing ahead of time just to make sure that they approve of photos being taken in their classroom.
  • There is an app for that! – Lansing Community College has a mobile app available that provides access to the college’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), the Library, and Desire2Learn features including Grades, Content, and Discussions. Look up LCC Mobile in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Blackberry World to find and then download to your device.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Notification Options in Desire2Learn

The notifications tool in Desire2Learn enables you to:
  • Receive instant notifications about course activity such as grades, new discussion posts, upcoming quizzes and more.
  • Subscribe to receive a summary of activity for each course and/or a daily email about quizzes, dropboxes, new emails, and more.
  • Specify how you would like to receive your notifications, by email or text message.
To set up your notification settings in Desire2Learn:
  1. Select the Personal Menu (your name) in the Mini Bar.
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Review your Contact Methods.
  4. Select your Summary of Activity option.
  5. Select the Checkbox next to each type of Instant Notification you wish to receive.
    NOTE: If you did not set up a mobile number, you will not be able to select the SMS options.

To set up text notifications, please visit: http://lcc-elearning-student.wikispaces.com/Setting+Text+Notifications

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Are you ready for your midterm exams?

Lansing Community College offers several locations on campus where students can study using computers for their digitally enhanced courses:
  • The LCC Library is open Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am - 9:00 pm, Friday from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, and select Saturdays and Sundays for students to use. The library contains multimedia rooms and floor computers. The library also provides assistance through the reference librarians for using the library databases.
  • The LCC Main Campus Computer Lab is open Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am - 10:30 pm and Friday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm for students to use. Some of these computers contain custom software you may need for your digitally enhanced course. You must have your StarCard to use the computers in the computer lab.
  • The LCC West Campus Computer Lab is open Monday - Thursday from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm. Similar to the LCC Main Computer Lab this area is available for students to use but located at the West Campus for those who live, work, or have classes in that area. 
    
Those students taking online course who have to come to campus in order to take their midterm exams should also be aware of the Assessment Center.
  • The LCC Assessment Center is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm and Friday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Students should be aware that the last test will be given out one hour before the close of the Assessment Center.
  • Need an Off Campus Proctor? Those students who qualify can set up an off campus proctor at: http://www.lcc.edu/assessment/off_campus/proctor_request_form.aspx.