Thursday, April 10, 2014

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 3, 2014

Are you prepared to take an online class?

eLearning has a variety of resources available to students who are interested in or already taking online courses at Lansing Community College. One of these resources is the Online Course Readiness Quiz. This quiz will help you determine the best type of course for your learning style with questions about your:

  • Technology and Computer Skills
  • Independent Learning Skills
  • General Academic Skills
  • Expectations of Online Learning

To take the Online Course Readiness Quiz, please visit:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What does it take to succeed as a student at LCC?

The Library Student Success Guide contains many helpful tips and resources for a variety of topics to assist students in being successful when taking courses at Lansing Community College.

Need to practice reading? From the Reading page:
  • Check the availability of textbooks for reading classes.
  • Find fun and easy books to read.
  • Access Ace Reader, play vocabulary games, and do tutorials.

Haven’t used your math skills in a long time and want a refresher? From the Math page:
  • Access tutorials from the Khan Academy and Learning Express Library.
  • Find math textbooks, books, e-books and videos.

Are you in a writing class? From the Writing page:
  • Find websites and books that will help you with your citations.
  • Visit the Plagiarism page to review why citation is so important.
  • Check your spelling or pick the correct word for your essay with online dictionaries and the Visual Thesaurus.

Could you use some help managing your study habits? From the Study Skills page:
  • Use the Research Project Calculator to plan your schedule.
  • Access books, databases, websites and more that will help you improve test taking skills and offer study tips to improve your grades.

Has computer technology left you behind and you want to catch up? From the Computer Skills page:
  • Access basic, intermediate and advanced tutorials.
  • Find out how to get computer assistance on campus and around the Lansing community.

Are you an online student or thinking about taking classes online? From the Online Learning page:
  • Get live chat help from the eLearning Department.
  • Access training in D2L and the eLearning Student Wiki.
  • Read e-books and visit websites to help you be a successful student in online classes.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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.
To view video instructions for recording audio, please visit:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Binder App by Desire2Learn

The Binder App by Desire2Learn is an iPad application that allows Desire2Learn users to download content from their courses, enhancing the learning experience by adding a new way to access and use course materials.

The Binder can be used to:
  • Download course content onto an iPad.
  • Review downloaded content, such as PowerPoint and Word files, offline.
  • Annotate content with notes, highlighting, and more.
  • Share annotated content through email and/or printing.

The app is available for free and is currently only available for the Apple iPad with an Android currently in development.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Would you like to receive text message notifications for your course updates?

Desire2Learn offers a text message instant notification option for those users who wish to receive instant notifications through their mobile phone. This is an optional service that can help users stay connected with their Desire2Learn courses on the go!

To set up your mobile number to receive text message notifications:
  1. Select the Personal Menu (your name) from the Mini Bar.
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Select Register Your Mobile.
  4. Select the Country your number is from.
    NOTE: Only numbers from the United States or Canada are eligible.
  5. Select your Mobile Carrier.
  6. Enter your Mobile Number.
    NOTE: All standards text message rates apply based on your phone/data plan.
  7. Select Save. At this point, a text confirmation number will be sent to your mobile phone.
  8. Enter the Confirmation Number you received.
  9. Select Confirm.
  10. Select the Max Number of Message per day from the drop-down menu.
  11. Select Save.
For instructions on setting up other notification options, please visit:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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: