The University of Scranton is currently in the process of transitioning to ANGEL, as the online Learning Management System (LMS), to Desire2Learn. The following FAQ is provided to answer the most common questions.
Q: Why is the University of Scranton switching from ANGEL to Desire2Learn?
A: Blackboard Inc. bought ANGEL, is no longer developing it, and will discontinue support for the product. The University has chosen Desire2Learn (Brightspace) as its next Learning Management System (LMS) after an extensive and in-depth evaluation process by the Learning Management System Evaluation Working Group.
Q: When will D2L be available?
A: D2L is available now via My.Scranton. In My.Scranton, click on the same icon you used to for ANGEL. You will see all converted ANGEL courses from semesters Fall 2011 through Fall 2013. On your D2L homepage you will see all converted ANGEL courses from Fall 2011 through Spring 2014. ANGEL Learning Object Repositories (LORs) have also been converted to D2L and will appear as regular courses and include the prefix "Personal". Spring 2014 are blank if you didn't use D2L in the Spring and Fall 2014 courses are blank until you rollover your last course into the Fall D2L course.
Q: When and how will ANGEL courses be converted to D2L?
A: Existing ANGEL courses from Fall 2011 through Summer 2014 have been converted automatically. These courses look different, and function differently than they did in ANGEL. Faculty are advised to check all needed courses and customize accordingly.
Q: How can instructors get training on D2L?
A: The CTLE will offer numerous workshops throughout the summer and fall to prepare you for the switch to D2L. There will be 2 types of offerings: training hands-on sessions and open "help" sessions. The hands-on sessions will cover basic functionality of D2L as well as the grade book, discussion forums, and assessments. The open migration workshops will provide one-on-one assistance in adjusting the converted content from ANGEL into D2L. The workshop schedule is available on the CTLE website, on the left navigation bar, or here
Q: Who will provide support for instructors (a.k.a. save your bacon) during the migration process and for D2L moving forward?
A: As always, the CTLE and ITDA will be available to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Please do not hesitate to call upon us at any time at (570) 941-4038.
Q: Where can instructors find additional information on D2L?
A: Additional information can be found by checking the resources shown below: