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Desire2Learn: Version 10.1 Updates and Changes


This document offers a brief overview of the updates and changes that you can expect to see in Version 10.1 of the Desire2Learn learning management system at Michigan State University. Click the link below to download a printable version.

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According to the company, that learning environment has been updated with these features:

  • Video Note allows the user to use a webcam and then drop a video into the course content;
  • Universal Drag and Drop File Upload simplifies the addition of files into course content from external sources (such as the user's desktop);
  • The ability to create new material, such as assignments, quizzes, and discussions inside content without having to do it from within a popup or navigating to another function;
  • Inline document conversion and rendering for Microsoft Office and PDF files;
  • A beefed up HTML editor that allows for insertion of audio and video in place;
  • Quicker access to restrictions and date management;
  • A new class progress dashboard to provide student progress at a glance for instructors; and
  • A revamped User Progress function that improves on visualizations and streamlined navigation among users, courses, and tools.
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Seminars in Research and Instructional Technology brochure

MSU Seminars in Research and Instructional Technology to be held May 7-8

IT Services will offer two days of no-cost workshops on research and instructional technology on May 7 and 8, 2013. These seminars are also open to graduate assistants.

The workshops are designed to support faculty, academic staff, and graduate assistants in their teaching and research roles by providing seminars led by experts in online learning, and instruction in the use of a variety of software tools. Read Full Article →


EDUCAUSE Spring Focus Session: Learning and the Massive Open Online Course April 3-4th, 2013

Hosted at Wills House

Join us April 3 and 4 for the ELI Online Spring Focus Session 2013, "Learning and the Massive Open Online Course," where we will engage the teaching and learning community in exploring this new online course model. Tour institutional examples of MOOCs, various instructional designs and delivery models, processes, methodologies for setting up and evaluating the model, and implications for teaching and learning.  

Over the past year, the massive open online course (MOOC) has emerged as a significantly different course model. Read Full Article →


Converting your course from ANGEL to D2L


This page will prepare you for the D2L Conversion Lab.

  • Basic course conversion: 1 minute
  • Waiting time for conversion to complete: up to 24 hours
Why this is important

Each ANGEL course or group can only be converted to the Desire2Learn (D2L) system once using the D2L conversion tool. Read Full Article →

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Old ANGEL courses and groups to be removed May 10

Starting on May 10, 2013, courses that are two years old, development courses that have been inactive for two years, and groups that have been inactive for six months in MSU’s ANGEL system will be deleted.

Associated content and records for these courses will also be deleted.

The process

The ANGEL User Support Team is sending specific messages out to affected course and group administrators listing the courses and groups scheduled for deletion. Read Full Article →


Training Materials & Documentation

Faculty D2L Resources

D2L Faculty Help Documentation – A D2L produced self-help center that allows you to learn D2L features/functionality.  This resource is updated at the same time our system is upgraded so you always have the latest training materials.

D2L Faculty Quick Start Guide – This is an MSU produced quick start guide designed to help you get up to speed quickly. Read Full Article →


MSU Breakfast Series Schedule Spring 2013

MSU 2013 Breakfast Series – Conversations on Online Pedagogy and Best Practices, offered since 2002


Brought to you by IT Services –Teaching and Learning Division – Learn Design and Technology (formally known as vuDAT)

“Social Spring” – Embracing Social Learning Environments 

The Breakfast Series is a free event for faculty and academic staff that is offered six times per year on the second Wednesday of the month:

Social learning environments equips learners with the tools necessary to collaborate and participate with instructors and peers both inside the classroom (in person and online) and beyond the walls of regular class time. Read Full Article →

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IT Services Technology Training launches new site

IT Services Technology Training launched a new website to showcase its training opportunities to the MSU community. This new site includes broader training information, search functionality, and an updated design.

The new training site is part of the site that features technology services and resources.

Technology training

IT Services offers a variety of noncredit technology courses and workshops for the MSU community. Read Full Article →

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MSU account expirations to take place in April for past students, faculty, staff

MSU IT Services will go through the process of expiring email and AFS storage accounts for past students this spring. This time IT Services will also add past faculty, staff, and affiliates to the expirations.

Official retirees are not included in these account expirations. They will maintain their MSU email and AFS accounts. Read Full Article →


Copyright and Fair Use: Compliance Guidelines for Faculty

Reduce your legal liability by better understanding how to interpret and apply copyright law to teaching, research, and scholarship.

  February 14, 2013 – 1:00 to 2:30 (Agenda below) February 28, 2013 – 1:00 to 2:30 (Agenda below) North Conference Room (W449 Main Library)     How copyright and fair use laws apply to teaching, research, and publications is not always clear. Read Full Article →