D2L is scheduled for an upgrade to version 10.3. The upgrade outage will start on June 4th, 2014 at 9:30 PM and end on June 5th, 2014 at 10:30 AM (all times CT). During this timeframe, D2L will be inaccessible. Please read the topics below for more information on what's new in D2L. We also have a video that highlights these new changes, and you can view it below.
Note: As we continue to work towards the upgrade and its documentation, this page will be updated with additional information, such as screenshots, links to specific documentation, etc.
Content Map and Navigation
The content map that was previously shown below Content items is now available as an expandable left panel.
You can quickly navigate to any topic in the module or to any topic in the entire course using this map. The panel also supports swipe gestures on tablets so that you can swipe left to expand and right to collapse the panel on your iPad or Android device.
Instructors can also drag and drop files directly from their desktop into the content map in order to upload and update topics without leaving the viewer.
Content reports are now directly integrated in the Content viewer, which enables you to see who has completed an assignment and easily assess student work directly. Instructors can also hover over any student's profile picture to contact the student, access their full profile, and view their overall progress in the course.
Create Activities through Content
You can now create new Checklists, Discussions, Dropbox folders, Quizzes, and Surveys directly through the Content tool.
When creating new documents in Content, instructors can now select from their course files to apply an HTML template. When you select a file as a template, your new document pulls all of the content and styles from that template, and you can start modifying your new document as desired.
Document Viewer Improvements
Documents within the Viewer automatically resize to fit the viewport, and you can view them in full screen without losing your current scroll point in the document. This means that you can move seamlessly between full screen and normal view with no disruption to the viewing experience.
Instructors can now notify students of changed content when they update or change a file from Content. They can also include a custom message with the notification and choose to reset completion tracking for students who have already completed the activity. Students who completed topics will see the word "Updated" beside the completion indicator to indicate they were reset.
Expand and Collapse Improvements
The Table of Contents now remembers the expanded or collapsed state of modules across sessions and includes option to Expand All or Collapse All modules with a single click.
New Discussion Structure/Hierarchy
In previous versions of D2L, the reading view of Discussions was a single list of all threads and all replies within a Discussion topic. With the upgrade, Discussions in version 10.3 separates the reading view into two new views: topic view and thread view.
The new topic view provides consolidated information and summarizes all of the threads within the topic. From this view, threads within a topic are called out individually, can be created inline, and display who last replied and when.
The thread view focuses on a single thread of conversation within a Discussion topic. Individual threads are separated from one another, and posts within a thread mark as read automatically when viewed.
Students Can View Discussion Rubrics
If a rubric is applied to a Discussion topic, students can now view the rubric within that topic.
This allows students to view what they will be assessed on beforehand.
Note: Rubrics applied to a Discussion topic are still not visible to students after they have been evaluated. The view of the rubric within the topic that students can now see is static.
Restore Deleted Discussions
Discussion forums and topics that have been deleted (inadvertently or otherwise) can now be restored through the Restore option in the More Actions menu.
Forum and topics that have been deleted will have a Restore button in the Action column. The Restore area tracks also who deleted each forum and topic and when.
Note: After restoring a forum or topic, you will have to manually reinstate any rubric associations and release conditions that were previously attached to the forum or topic.
Improved Options for Rating
Ratings can now be set on a per-topic basis rather than for the entire course. While editing a Discussion topic, the Rate Posts option is available under the Properties tab.
In addition to the traditional "5-star" rating scheme, two new rating schemes for Discussions have also been introduced, including "upvote/downvote" and "upvote only". The first scheme allows the class to vote posts up or down, giving each post a cumulative score. The second allows the class to only vote posts up as a way to show agreement or approval.
In both schemes, you vote displays along with the cumulative score for that post. You can also configure it to show only your vote for cases where you don't want students to see the cumulative score.
Must Post to Participate for Forums
Instructors can now also set the "Must Post to Participate" restriction at the forum level, which will then apply to all the topics within that forum. This option is available while editing a forum under the Properties tab. The checkbox is specifically labelled as Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic.
This is great for situations where you are making use of group topics. Now the option only has to be set once at the forum-level, rather than on each individual topic.
Add/Edit Questions Moved
In previous versions of D2L, questions were added and edited in a quiz through the Layout/Questions tab. The options available on that tab, including the Add/Edit Questionsbutton, are now located on the first tab, Properties.
Note: This has also changed for Surveys.
New Assessment Tab
All related options and information to quiz assessment, such as associating a Grade item, applying rubrics, and/or setting quiz attempts, are now located on the newAssessment tab.
IP Restriction Available for Submission Views
The same IP restrictions that can be applied to students taking a quiz can now be applied to a quiz's submission view.
You can add an IP restriction on submission views by clicking Add Additional View in the Submission Views tab and creating an additional view with the IP Restriction check box selected. This selcted check box will apply the same IP address restrictions used for quiz completion to quiz submission view.
Limit Submission View Duration
Previously, quiz submission views had a starting availability date and time that ended at a defined date and time. As a result, students submitting their quizzes at different times would have unequal access duration to the quiz's submission view. However, in version 10.3, when you want to create the same limited availability of the quiz submission view for all students, you can set a length of time in minutes the view is available in the Limited Duration area, and starting availability now begins at the time of an individual's submission.
It is now possible to evaluate a student from a Dropbox folder even if no submission was made. This supports the cases in which an instructor wants to assign a student a comment and a grade after the due date has passed or the submission occurs outside of D2L.
Note: In order to view all participants in a Dropbox folder, including those who don't have submissions, you'll need to select Show everyone in the Submissions drop-down menu then click the search button (as illustrated below).
Restore Deleted Dropbox Folders
Dropbox folders that have been deleted can now be restored through the Dropbox tool's Event Log. Click on the More Actions button then select Event Log.
If a Dropbox folder has been deleted, a Restore button will be listed next to the folder name. The Event Log page will list all changes (created, deleted, and restored) that have been made to the Dropbox folders in the course, including who made the changes and when.
Note: After restoring a Dropbox folder, you will need to manually reinstate rubric associations and release conditions.
Bulk Upload Feedback Files
In addition to the existing bulk download of student Dropbox submissions, you can now evaluate and annotate submitted work using the desktop software of your choice, such as Microsoft Word, and finish the process by bulk uploading these files.
This is done through D2L by assigning a unique identifier to the downloaded file's file name. An example is shown below.
Once you are ready to return the files to students, click the Add Feedback Files button.
If a file doesn't have an identifier (e.g., if you didn't originally download it from the Dropbox folder or accidentally removed the ID), the system will help you match your feedback to the student by showing you a searchable list of the students that have submitted to the Dropbox folder.