Service Pack 10 Installed – What this Means for You

Service Pack 10 will be installed on Monday, Sept. 15. Service Packs are installed to resolve currently known issues with the system. Service Pack 10 will resolve the following issues:

  • Users no longer encounter an error when they open dropbox submission feedback files through Content.
  • The Print option in Content now correctly prints multiple pages for HTML topics.
  • In User Progress, the time spent in Content correctly displays number of days in addition to hours, minutes, and seconds.
  • When accessing Discussions topics through the Content area, users are now brought to the top of the page they navigate to.
  • Duplicate Calendar events are no longer created during the copy course process.
  • Users can now successfully open dropbox submission feedback files through User Progress.

 

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Student Survey of Instruction Now Available

The Student Survey of Instruction (SSI) has been automatically populated to your courses for the Fall semester in D2L. By default, the SSI will appear in a module titled Student Survey at the bottom of your Table of Contents.

ssi

 

Can I move the SSI to another area in my course?

Yes.

Video: Rearranging Content

What are the dates for my SSI?

Website: SSI Administrative Dates

How do I adjust the dates for my SSI?

Step-By-Step: Changing Your SSI Dates

 

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Releasing Final Grades in MyCourses

The Final Calculated Grade (overall grade for a student) does not display by default. If you do not release this grade item to the students, they will not know their overall grade as they progress through the course during the semester. Releasing the final grade to your students is a simple process: Releasing the Final Calculated Grade. You will need to do this in each of the courses you are teaching in MyCourses each semester.

Also, check out the links below for some additional tips on managing your gradebook in MyCourses.

  1. Once the due or end date has been reached for an assignment, it is a good idea to push a zero into the grade item for those students that did not complete the assignment. This insures that a student has a true grade to date for the course. There is a batch process for doing this: Batch Process for Pushing Zeros into the Gradebook.
  2. The gradebook view from an instructor’s point of view is very different than a students. You can get a preview of the student’s view of the gradebook without ever having to login as a student. You can preview each individual student: Preview of Student View of the Gradebook.
  3. Sending an email reminder to students who have not completed an assignment can sometimes push the student to get the assignment completed before the due or end date. This task can be completed within the gradebook: How to Send Email Reminder to Student.
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TurnItIn Tutorials for D2L

TurnItIn has been a widely used feature in ANGEL and will continue to be available as we migrate to D2L in the coming months. The tutorials below will demonstrate how to enable this feature on your dropbox folders in D2L as well as how to view the reports generated once your students submit.

Enabling TurnItIn on a New Dropbox

Enabling TurnItIn on an Existing Dropbox

Viewing Originality Report as an Instructor

Viewing Originality Report as a Student

 

 

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Gradebook Tips

The Desire2Learn gradebook has a number of features that make managing the grades for students more effective. The list below outlines four of these features.

  1. Once the due or end date has been reached for an assignment, it is a good idea to push a zero into the grade item for those students that did not complete the assignment. This insures that a student has a true grade to date for the course. There is a batch process for doing this: Batch Process for Pushing Zeros into the Gradebook.
  2. The Final Calculated Grade (overall grade for a student) does not display by default. If you do not release this grade item to the students, they will not know their overall grade. It is a simple process: Releasing the Final Calculated Grade.
  3. The gradebook view from an instructor’s point of view is very different than a students. You can get a preview of the student’s view of the gradebook without ever having to login as a student. You can preview each individual student: Preview of Student View of the Gradebook.
  4. Sending an email reminder to students who have not completed an assignment can sometimes push the student to get the assignment completed before the due or end date. This task can be completed within the gradebook: How to Send Email Reminder to Student.
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