Plan Your Course
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Manage Your Course
Learn how to enhance your D2L course by incorporating media resources.
One of the most common uses of D2L is to provide course materials such as readings, lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, and other files for students. These tips will help everyone stay organized and help to ensure readings are accessible.
In D2L, you have a choice of several tools for adding web links to your course. This article describes the tools and provides suggestions for using them effectively.
Adding a syllabus to your course in D2L is as easy as uploading a file. This article describes what should be included in a syllabus and points you to a guide to help you upload it to your course.
Several useful calendar features are available in D2L. A personal calendar is accessible from the D2L home page and a separate course calendar is available for each course.
The Discussions tool in D2L is very customizable. This article describes notable features and settings in the Discussions tool and provides suggestions for implementing online discussions in your course.
Communicating with Students
Announcements are made using the News tool in D2L. Learn the benefits and strategies for using News in your course.
The Classlist, Profile and Who’s Online tools in Desire2Learn are all interconnected.
Accessing Student Work
Evaluation & Assessment
Homepages and custom widgets can be copied to other course sites just like other content. For more information please visit:
However, the new homepage links to the original widget, which means your students won't be able to see it. You will need to do the following in the new site after copying:
- Click 'Edit Course' on the far right on the navbar
- Under the General section, Click 'Homepages'
- Click the homepage containing the widget, then Click the section containing the widget (Header, Column #, or Footer).
- Click the 'widget in the Active Widgets column' and press < to move it to the Available Widgets column.
- Click 'Save'
Unfortunately, not. The information you provide will be displayed as will placeholders for other information, even if the information is not provided.
Step-by-step instructions on moving content from one course in D2L to another are available here:
Step-by-step instructions are available to assist you with changing the appearance of your course homepage at:
If you are an Instructor and you are not seeing a course listed, first confirm that you requested the course.
Review your inbox to see if you received an email confirming that the course was created. If you see a confirmation but are not seeing the course, send an email to email@example.com noting that you are not seeing the course in D2L. Provide your IdentiKey username and password as well as the course code, section number and title.
If you cannot confirm that you requested a course, request the course by completing the form available
through mycuinfo. You'll receive a confirmation when your course is created and you will see it listed under
the Courses section in D2L.
Step-by-step instructions are available to assist you with customizing your course homepage at:
Click on 'Edit Course'
Click on 'Navigation' on the Course Administration page
Find the 'course default' toolbar at the bottom of the page, and click on the double-sheet of paper icon to
Give the new toolbar a new name if desired, then click on the 'links' tab.
Click on 'add links' in the 'bottom left toolbar' area. This will add the tools to the blue navigation bar in
Choose the component you want to make available to students from the list and click 'add'
Click on 'navbars' and click on 'change' under 'active navbar'
Choose your new navbar from the dropdown menu and click 'apply'
For more information you can also visit the following website:
Click "Edit Course" on top tool bar
Click "Homepages" under General on Right hand side
Click on the Active Hompage
Click on "Content/Layout" tab
Click "Add Widget"
For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/sMuaYh
Step-by-step instructions for adding content to your course is available at: http://bit.ly/d2l-content.
The Intelligent Agents tool allows Instructors to setup automatic notifications to be sent to themselves, advisors, and students when specified course performance criteria are met. It can be a great way to both recognize student achievement (e.g., a high score on a quiz) and warn of potential problems (e.g., lack of online activity or poor performance on an exam). Setting up intelligent agents can help instructors monitor each student’s performance and provide students with feedback without a lot of additional follow up by the instructor.
For assistance with using Intelligent Agents visit:
You will need to provide very clear directions for students regarding which system you will use and where they should log in. Consider noting this in the syllabus and communicating it to students on the first day of class.
If you will be using D2L, feel free to use or modify the statement below.
This semester we will be using a new tool called Desire2Learn (sometimes referred to as D2L) which will
eventually replace CULearn. We will be using it to <<fill in the blank>>.
To access D2L, go to: https://learn.colorado.edu/.
You can log-in to the site using your IdentiKey username and password.
Once you log-in, click on our <<course code and title>> to go into our course.
If you run into any problems using D2L, contact the help desk at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303)735-HELP.
You will be able to access your courses for 2 years and archives will be maintained indefinitely. However,
student data is not retained and you should make back ups of any student data you may need in the future.
Profiles can viewed by those without access to D2L by adding it to an ePortfolio presentation. ePortfolio presentations can be made available outside of D2L via an Internet address.
Quizzes, Dropbox submissions, Grades and Competencies can be added to your student’s ePortfolio. To allow
students to add these items, from the properties tab, tick the: “Allow users to add this … to their ePortfolio”
Instructors can make a course active or inactive by:
- Choosing “Edit Course” on the right side of the navigation bar of the course
- Under the “General” heading, Click “Course Offering Information”
- Check the box next to Active to activate the course or uncheck the box to make it inactive and unavailable to students.
- In the same area you have the option to adjust the start and end date making it possible to open the course earlier or close it at a later date.
If you are enrolled as an instructor in both courses, you can copy content and course components from one to the other. For step by step instructions visit:
Yes, though currently it is not an automated process. For instructions on setting up sections yourself, visit:
It is possible to rename a tool in the navigation bar. Here's how:
Please contact one of our Academic Technology Consultants to request a demo student for your course.
Instructions for creating sections are available here: http://oit.colorado.edu/node/2217.
Instructions for using the demo student are available here: http://oit.colorado.edu/node/2370.