Tag: Desire2Learn

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MSU D2L integrates Awards tool for issuing badges in courses

MSU IT integrated the Awards tool into MSU D2L enabling instructors to issue badges and certificates recognizing student achievements and encouraging engagement.

Badges and certificates can be issued manually or based on release conditions to reward students and introduce an element of gamification to courses (e.g., obtaining a high score, submitting a discussion post, helping classmates). Read Full Article →

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Check out tips on D2L course cleanup and finding missing files

New features in MSU D2L version 10.5 allow for easy cleanup of courses that are carrying extra baggage from previous course conversions or years of accumulating unused files.

The process listed below copies all associated files from content and activities, such as quizzes, leaving behind any lingering files not actually used in the course. Read Full Article →

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New MSU D2L features planned before spring 2016 semester

MSU IT is upgrading the D2L Learning Management System to version 10.5.2 before the spring 2016 semester.

Instructors who want to preview the new version before planning spring semester classes can visit the D2L Sandbox site.

New features

This upgrade will offer new features, some of which include:

  • Improved quiz statistics
  • A HTML 5 media player that makes it easier to insert and play back audio and video
  • More course group self enrollment options

Read “What’s New in D2L 10.5 for Instructors? Read Full Article →

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Learn about MSU D2L Gradebook features

Whether you are new to MSU D2L or an experienced user, we hope you find D2L Gradebook Tips useful. These tips highlight the various features and tools to set up and manage the gradebook more efficiently.

If you previously used the ANGEL gradebook, you will find that D2L provides many similar features for both points-based and weighted (percentage-based) grades. Read Full Article →


MSU community should save, migrate ANGEL data before May 15

ANGEL will be retired on May 15, as MSU moves to Desire2Learn for its centrally supported learning management system.

Please move from ANGEL any course, dev course, and group information that you want to save before May 15.

Course graded activities and grading data will be accessible in a read-only format for two years after the retirement to provide information in case course grades are contested. Read Full Article →


Check out D2L training and support options before ANGEL retirement

ANGEL will be retired on May 15, 2015, as MSU moves to Desire2Learn for its centrally supported learning management system. Many resources are available to support instructors and staff as they transition courses and groups to the D2L.

For a timely conversion, IT Services recommends any course materials and groups are converted from ANGEL to D2L prior to February 1, 2015, so users can experiment and get comfortable with the new system. Read Full Article →

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MSU to launch new Desire2Learn features for fall 2014

MSU IT Services is upgrading the Desire2Learn (D2L) Learning Management System to version 10.3 over the summer. In addition, to the upgrade several new integrations will be available.

This upgrade will offer many new features including:

  • The ability to upload, publish and share media directly from the D2L environment using the Kaltura MediaSpace integration.
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Access to university systems disrupted Saturday, January 4

Access to several core university systems – including ANGEL, Desire2Learn, and computer lab machines – was disrupted Saturday, January 4, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The source of the problem was traced to a device that was overloading IT Services’ datacenter network and disrupting traffic to the Shibboleth identity authorization system used by the affected services. Read Full Article →

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MSU launches D2L sandbox for instructors to try new version

IT Services launched a “sandbox” of the newest version of Desire2Learn (D2L) at next.d2l.msu.edu for immediate play and experimentation before the full upgrade in December.

This sandbox is only for trying out and previewing, not for live teaching. All content remaining in the sandbox will be lost in the next upgrade. Read Full Article →

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MSU is launching new Desire2Learn features for fall 2013

Starting in the fall 2013 semester, MSU is launching several new features in the MSU Desire2Learn (D2L) Learning Management System.

New features
  1. New gradebook feature: Upload grades from the D2L gradebook directly to the Registrar’s Office has been added. Faculty will still need to go into the Registrar’s system to submit final grades, but the process of moving the grades from the D2L gradebook to the Registrar’s Grade System can now be done by pressing a link.
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