Setting Up SMS (text) Notifications

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This video demonstrates how to set up SMS (text) notifications for you Desire2Learn courses.  You can configure the settings to notify you when a News item has been posted or content has been updated or when a grade has been released.  Also, you can receive email notifications letting you know that a dropbox or quiz deadline is just two days away.

If you need to look up your carrier’s network because they are not listed on the pulldown (e.g., Net10, TrackPhone, StraightTalk) see this post.

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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Upcoming D2L Training

October 28-31, 2013 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

November and December Training Sessions

D2L ePortfolio 103: Sharing for Use in D2L and Beyond — This session looks at how to share artifacts from ePortfolio in the D2L Learning Environment and with the outside world.

  • Wednesday, November 6th @ 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 7th @ 9:00 AM

What’s New In D2L 10.3 — This session will focus on the changes in Desire2Learn between 10.1 (our current version) and 10.3 which is coming on December 13, 2013.  This is designed for current D2L users.

  • Tuesday, November 12th @ 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 13th @2:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 14th @ 9:00 AM
  • Tuesday, November 19th @ 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday, November 20th @ 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 21st @ 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 3rd @ 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, December 4th @ 3:00 PM

 Get Your Gradebook In Shape — This session will focus on getting your grade book all ready for finals, making sure your calculations are correct and any items to be dropped are set up appropriately.

  • Wednesday, November 20th @ 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, December 5th @10:00 AM
  • Friday, December 6th @ 2:00 PM
  • Monday, December 9th @ 11:00 AM

 Getting Started With Desire2Learn — This session is for those who are interested in try out D2L and possibly using it in Spring 2014.  No previous experience is necessary.

  • Thursday, November 21 @ 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, December 3rd @ 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, December 4th @ 2:00 PM

 Wrapping Up Your Fall D2L Course Site — In this session we will cover archiving your course site, copying your course forward to spring course sites, downloading a spreadsheet of your grades, bulk downloading student files, and downloading a spreadsheet of your attendance if you are using the attendance tool.

  • Tuesday, December 10th @ 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday, December 11th @ 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 12th @ 2:00 PM
  • Friday, December 13th @ 9:00 AM
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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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.
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 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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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

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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