Desire2Learn Conversion Labs to be held at MSU in February, March, April

D2L Conversion Labs will be held around campus to provide instructors with a hands-on course conversion experience to facilitate smoother transitions to Desire2Learn (D2L).

Conversion labs are held through MSU IT Services and co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development.

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Conversion lab details

D2L Conversion Labs will be held in computer labs around campus and openings per session will vary. These two- to four-hour labs provide the opportunity to dive right into converting courses from the ANGEL Learning Management System (LMS) to D2L.

Participants will be provided with a detailed tutorial in advance, so they can have copies of their courses available in D2L before the class date.

Advance registration for the free conversion labs through EBS is required to ensure that participants receive effective individual attention.

Conversion labs will be:

  • Friday, February 15, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., Computer Center, room 415
  • Tuesday, March 12, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Case Hall, room 337
  • Wednesday, April 10, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., Life Science, room A131

Lab and class outline

Two instructional designers from IT Services – Learning Design and Technology (LearnDAT) will spend the first half of the class going over the basic tools and ideas in D2L that you will need to understand in order to create a successful learning experience for your students.

The last half of class will be tailored to individual participants’ needs, as selected by the group and led by LearnDAT.


1 hour – An overview of D2L basics, including:

  • Getting started and navigating the system
  • Organization and course structure
  • Content types
  • Using the course builder
  • Communication tools and techniques
  • Assessments
  • Converting courses from ANGEL to D2L

10 minutes – Break
Remaining lab time – Customized instruction and sandboxing

Registration and training

To register, log in to EBS, click on “Training Opportunities,” and search for “D2L Conversion lab” in the search box. Further registration details are available online or by calling (517) 884-3000.

Additional D2L training opportunities are available and include MSU Seminars for Research and Instructional Technology running May 7-8.

Other D2L resources

The Distance Learning Services (DLS) Help Desk and LearnDAT consultants are available to help instructors evaluate what is the best approach for their content conversion. Post-conversion consultations are also available to assess the results of course conversions.

Call the DLS Help Desk at (800) 500-1554 or (517) 355-2345 to schedule an appointment or if you have any D2L questions.

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