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Desire2Learn: For Faculty

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New Version of Desire2Learn for Spring 2014

There's a new version of Desire2Learn for Spring 2014. Click to watch this quick video to see the improvements!

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D2L Faculty Training

The faculty-training materials below are geared toward faculty at various levels of skill and interest in using technology-assisted teaching. Select the training materials that match your interests best!

In-Person Training In-person training sessions for D2L will be offered between March 31 and April 12, 2014. The training for the Desire2Learn system takes place over two 2-hour sessions. Each session will be offered several times, with Part A and Part B each repeated over a two-week period. All sessions take place in Room B 105. Here is the list of training offerings:

Part A (2 hours):

  • D2L Basics A (Creating Content, Grades, Discussions & Communication)
  • Retention Tools A (Intelligent Agents, Rubrics)
Mon, Mar 31: 10:00 a - 11:50 a
Wed, Apr 2: 4:00 p - 5:50 p

Part B (2 hours):

  • D2L Basics B (Dropbox & Assignments, Quizzes/Tests/Exams)
  • Retention Tools B (Offset Dates, User Progress, General Q&A)
Mon, Apr 7: 10:00 a - 11:50 a
Wed, Apr 9: 4:00 p - 5:50 p

How to Sign Up

  • Please sign up for both one Part A session and one Part B session (they do not need to be on the same day/time both weeks).
  • There is a maximum of 19 participants per time slot.
  • Registration is first-come, first serve. If you must cancel or change, please remove your sign-up.
  • Bring a portable USB drive containing your syllabus and any opther course files.
  • Sign up for Part A at and Part B at
  • Sessions with fewer than 5 registrants as of March 28, 2014 must be canceled, so be sure to sign up as early as possible in order to lock in your registration.
Self-Paced Training The D2L Instructor Self-Paced Training Guide NEW 3/18/2014 walks you through the training process, and includes a way to get credit for completing the training.

Expect to spend approximately 3 hours completing the self-paced training.

Bare Bones Guide

The D2L Bare Bones Guide assists you in creating a minimum set of face-to-face course-support tools in your Desire2Learn (D2L) course environment.

Training Support Materials The following materials were used to support the face-to-face Desire2Learn training; please use them as reference files for the self-paced training.

D2L Faculty Training - Presentation A NEW 3/28/2014
D2L Faculty Training - Presentation B NEW 3/28/2014
D2L Faculty Training - Handout NEW 3/28/2014

D2L Tools

These PDF-format Quick Guides and click-by-click videos walk faculty through the core functions of using the Desire2Learn (D2L) Learning Management System (LMS). If videos do not play automatically, select "Open" or "Play" in the resulting dialog box.

PDF Quick Guides
Click-by-Click Videos
Instructor Teach-Backs
Blackboard Conversion D2L Importing from Blackboard - Decision Tree
Bb to D2L Content Conversion Map
D2L Supported Components
Overview Organization-Level Navigation NEW 3/13/2014
Course-Level Navigation NEW 3/18/2014
D2L Overview Get Started in D2L (Jen Banas)
Get Organized in D2L (Jen Banas)
Course Management Master Course Shells
Course and Content Copy
Manage Dates
Course Activation NEW 3/14/2014
Manage Dates
Classlist Tool
Resources Content NEW 1/3/2014
Content NEW 1/10/2014
Instructional Design Wizard
Course Builder Tool
Competencies Tool
Banners, Icons, & Color (Lisa Hollis-Sawyer)
Content: Manage Files Tool (Roger Reinsch)
Calendar (Aaron Schirmer)
Checklist (Rachel Holtz)
Assessment Grades Tool Setup
Release Final Calculated Grades
Rubric Analysis & Statistics
Self Assessments
Quiz Setup NEW 1/17/2014
Quiz Questions
Quiz Analysis & Statistics
Quiz Random Sections NEW 3/18/2014
Import Publisher Exams to D2L NEW 3/18/2014
U of Wisconsin D2L Question Importer Tool
ePortfolio Instructor Guide
Grades Tool
Dropbox Tool
Quizzes Tool
Survey Tool
ePortfolio Tool
Attaching Forms to Assignments (Joyce Jennings)
Academic Integrity TurnItIn
Respondus Lockdown Browser
Important: Lockdown Browser must be downloaded and installed on computers where students are taking assessments. All NEIU on-campus labs have this software installed.
Release Conditions (Jane Peller)
Communication Discussion NEW 3/18/2014
Classlist & Email NEW 1/17/2014
Blog Tool
Discussion (Milka Ramirez)
News (Milka Ramirez)
Groups (Cris Toffolo)
Retention Tools Competencies
Intelligent Agents NEW 3/14/2014
View User Progress NEW 3/18/2014
Intelligent Agents
View User Progress

Still can't find what you need?

  • Browse the general D2L Help Feature: Click the word Help in the navigation area at the top of the screen, then click the Learning Environment tab.
  • Contact the CTL: E-mail or call (773) 442-4467.

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