The University of Scranton is currently in the process of transitioning to Desire2Learn as the online Learning Management System (LMS). 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. recently 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 access ANGEL. 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 courses are blank if you didn't use D2L in the spring. Fall 2014 courses are blank until you rollover your last course into the Fall D2L course.
Q: How can instructors get training on D2L?
A: The CTLE will offer numerous workshops throughout the fall and winter to prepare you for teaching with D2L. There will be 2 types of offerings: hands-on format sessions and drop-in "help" sessions. The hands-on sessions will cover the basic functionality of D2L as well as the grade book, discussion forums, and assessments. The drop-in workshops will provide one-on-one assistance for developing your courses in D2L. The workshop schedule is available on the CTLE website, on the left navigation bar, or here
Q: How can instructors merge their courses in D2L?
A: From my.scranton.edu, instructors will find the link to merge courses under the Academic Links channel. This link is only used to request merging of MULTIPLE sections of similar D2L courses into one course. You must be the assigned instructor for these courses in order to submit a merge request and the merge will only be in effect for one semester. The merge process runs at 12 Noon and again at 3:00AM. Contact CTLE if you have any questions regarding the merging of courses
Q: Who will provide support for instructors using 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: