Teaching and Learning Center D2L Sessions This Week

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October 14-18, 2013 Training Sessions

 D2L ePortfolio 101: My ePortfolio — This session is an overview of your ePortfolio.  It includes a look at your stream of content, what you can add, and what you can create in the system.

  • Thursday, October 17th @ 9:00 AM
  • Friday, Octover 18th @ 2:00 PM

Future October Sessions

D2L ePortfolio 102: Presentations — This session will take a look at some of the uses for “Presentations” in Desire2Learn ePortfolio, as well as, how they are created.

  • Wednesday, October 23rd @ 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, Octover 24th @ 10:00 AM

D2L Binder App — The new Desire2Learn Binder app just been released for iPad.  This app is designed for use by both faculty and students to take D2L content offline.

  • Tuesday, October 29th @ 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, October 30th @ 3:00 PM

As always, the full Teaching and Learning Center calendar is available @ http://www.jalc.edu/tlc/calendar.php.  You can also follow announcements for training sessions in these places:

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Best Practices: Assignment Grader App (iOS)

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Among the best practices I have found for the Assignment App are:

  1. Never logout: You do not want to log out of the app.  Instead enable the “Pin Lock” to protect the privacy of the files you have downloaded.
  2. Enable the “Pin Lock”: Use the “Enable Pin Lock” switch in the settings (the settings gear is in the upper right-hand corner of the app.  The 4 digit pin will provide privacy for the app without having to logout of the app itself.
  3. Synch early and often: Make sure to synch your app regularly, and especially when you think you might be loosing wireless access or moving to another network (i.e., boing between your office and the classroom, or school and home, etc.).
  4. Make sure to have a stable wireless connection before synching: Make sure you have a stable connection before synching to the server.  You can do this by connecting some other app or webpage before synching your Dropboxes.  It is possible for you to have a wireless connection, without being able to pass Internet traffic though that connection.  (I tested this and had an issue which caused me to receive a message that my credentials had expired, requiring me to logout of the app and log back in.  It was an issue with my wireless router, which I had to reset.  In the process, I lost the grades I had not synche–but not the feedback.  Although I have not tested it yet, this could be an issue on public wireless networks where you have to agree to their terms by opening a webpage before you can connect to other Internet based resources.  So test your connectivity before synching.)
  5. Don’t grade more documents between synchs than you are willing to loose:  There is a small chance you could loose the grades, feedback, and annotations you have added to assignments you grade if your “credentials expire”.  This is something we are trying to isolate and identify the causes.
  6. After grading a group of documents in a dropbox, synch the documents while still on the Class List page:  If you go back to the list of dropboxes and happen to click the download icon to the left of the dropbox’s name, it will re-download the documents and overwrite all of the assessments you have done since the last synch.

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Assignment Grader App for iPad

 

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Here are some links to the documentation available from Desire2Learn for the Assignment Grader app.  The first links below are to the getting started document (as a PDF or the html version) on setting up the app, signing up for an EduDentity account, and using the app.

The app is available from the iTunes App Store, and here is the iTunes Preview page with a download link.

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Teaching and Learning Center D2L Training Calendar

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October Training Sessions

D2L Binder App — The new Desire2Learn Binder app just been released for iPad.  This app is designed for use by both faculty and students to take D2L content offline.

  • Tuesday, October 29th @ 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, October 30th @ 3:00 PM

D2L ePortfolio 101: My ePortfolio — This session is an overview of your ePortfolio.  It includes a look at your stream of content, what you can add, and what you can create in the system.

  • Thursday, October 17th @ 9:00 AM
  • Friday, Octover 18th @ 2:00 PM

D2L ePortfolio 102: Presentations — This session will take a look at some of the uses for “Presentations” in Desire2Learn ePortfolio, as well as, how they are created.

  • Wednesday, October 23rd @ 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, Octover 24th @ 10:00 AM

D2L Grader App — This session looks at the Desire2Learn Grader app, which is designed for use with the iPad.  The app is used to grade dropboxes, and can even be used in “offline” mode.

  • Wednesday, October 9th @ 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, October 10th @ 2:00 PM

As always, the full Teaching and Learning Center calendar is available @ http://www.jalc.edu/tlc/calendar.php.  You can also follow announcements for training sessions in these places:

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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Assignment Grader App

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The Assignment Grader is an app developed for iOS devices to allow faculty to grade dropbox items in their classes.  The app allows grading of all the most common document types, and has the added feature of annotation tools not available within the D2L learning environment itself.  All of the tools available in the dropbox grading area are available, including rubrics, feedback, file reply, and audio and video feedback.  Another advantage right now is that the grader app will display rich-text documents (.rtf), at least for now, that file type does not display in the LE’s dropbox grading viewer.

Supported documents types include:

  • Microsoft® Office® (Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®)
  • Apple iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
  • Text based format (.txt)
  • Rich Text (.rtf)
  • Web Pages (.htm and .html)
  • Images: .png, .gif,.jpg, and .tiff
  • iPad-supported audio/video: eg: H.264, mp3, mp4

D2L website for the Assignment Grader App

Download the app @ iTunes

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“Mixed Content” Blocking In Firefox and Chrome Browsers

Are you having problems seeing some of you content in Desire2Learn?  Firefox version 23, which was just released, introduced “mixed content” blocking for the first time in the Firefox browsers.  Chrome did this a year ago.  You can tell the browser to show you the content in both browsers (see video examples below).

There are, however, some differences between the two.  The biggest difference is that Chrome will remember you approved the site for the whole time you are at the site.  Firefox, on the other hand, will request approval for each page you access on the site.

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D2L: Introducing the Desire2Learn Continuous Delivery Model

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Introducing the Desire2Learn Continuous Delivery Model

Desire2Learn values our relationships with our clients and it is our goal to make your experience with us as rewarding as possible.  As a rapidly growing organization we are constantly evolving to better serve you, with the goal of having you running the most robust version of our product to ensure the best user experience.  With that in mind we are introducing a Continuous Delivery model.

Continuous Delivery is a method of delivering updated technology to our clients that enables rapid, incremental delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality to users.  This new frictionless model makes it possible to increase collaboration with our clients and adapt software in line with user feedback and needs for incremental and easily integrated changes.

This more agile approach of incremental updates offers our clients the benefits of a greater code quality, as we remove the need to monitor a long list of historical releases.  This also provides extensive benefits from a support perspective as our teams can focus on the details of the current release and do not have to address issues that could be resolved in newer versions of the software.

We will be communicating more details around this Continuous Delivery model at FUSION in a session on Wednesday July 17th at 2:00 PM.  For those unable to join us at FUSION we will be holding a client webinar in the weeks following the conference. Should you have immediate questions about this program or you would like to coordinate a one-on-one discussion at FUSION about this we encourage you to reach out to your Desire2Learn Account Manager to coordinate scheduling.

Regards,

Jeremy Auger
CTO & Executive Vice President
Desire2Learn Incorporated

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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Inside Highe Ed: Desire2Learn Experiences Major Service Stoppage

Inside Higher Ed has an article about the massive service outage D2L has been experiencing. The story is here:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/04/desire2learn-experiences-major-service-stoppage

 

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