Desire2Learn (D2L) Workshops


Training workshops for Desire2Learn for faculty and staff are offered continuously throughout the year.

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Calendar of Desire2Learn Workshops


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Descriptions of Desire2Learn Workshops

  • Desire2Learn Basicsplus or minus

    This workshop will cover the following:

    Highlight the features of D2L, introduce the basic modules of D2L, as well as the policies and procedures for the system. You will learn how to get started using D2L, which will include navigation, course design, uploading your syllabus and course materials and creating dropboxes.

    Suggestion: Review some of the basic D2L tasks in the following link:

  • Desire2Learn "Open" Workshopplus or minus

    D2L Help Sessions are intended to provide individualized assistance with D2L courses. Instructors can attend the sessions anytime during the posted hours. 

    Please Note: These sessions are not intended to replace the Basics Workshop. We strongly suggest that iinstructors take the Desire2Learn Basics Workshop before attending any other workshops or sessions.

  • Desire2Learn Quizzes (Tests, Exams, etc.)plus or minus

    Quizzes can be used to help build engaging online learning environments, reinforce lessons, and evaluate student work. This workshop will cover the creation of quizzes within D2L. Instructors will learn how to create/edit a quiz, create question sets and pools, add question types from within D2L as well as from other sources, and how to regrade a question. 

    Prerequisite: Desire2Learn Basics

  • Desire2Learn Gradebookplus or minus

    The Gradebook interface in D2L allows instructors to track and display grades for D2L content items (quizzes, drop boxes, discussion forums and surveys) and for assignments handed-in outside of the D2L environment. In this workshop, instructors will learn how to view grades; enter grades and comments; configure gradebook preferences and import/export grades; manually create and edit gradebook categories, assignments, and grading scale; and weigh categories to compute an overall grade for each student.

    Prerequisite: Desire2Learn Basics

  • Desire2Learn Discussion Forumsplus or minus

    This workshop will cover the setup of discussion forums for your entire class, groups and/or individual Journals. The D2L discussion forum has many rich features that take advantage of online communication’s ability to enrich teaching and learning. Discussion Forums provide instructors with the ability to create interactive, peer-to-peer collaborative learning communities. Iinstructors will learn how to: create Discussion Forum forums that stimulate effective discussion; moderate discussion forums; grade and print posts; perform advanced searches and sorts of discussion forums.

    Prerequisite: Desire2Learn Basics

  • Desire2Learn Rubrics, Drop Boxes & TurnitIn.complus or minus

    All three will be highlighted in this workshop. Dropboxes in D2L are full featured and enhance instructors' ability to assess students. is another great tool for instructors and can deter plagiarism while at the same time reinforce proper paraphrasing techniques.  Grading rubrics provide instructors and other assessment evaluators with an efficient method of consistently grading subjective learner submissions for drop boxes, discussion forums, blogs, etc. and manually-graded assessment questions. Students also benefit from the use of grading rubrics in that they can see, in advance, the criteria against which their assignment will be evaluated. Grading discussion forums and assignments will both be covered in this workshop. Rubrics will also be the base of the pyramid for mapping instructional/course objectives, outcomes and competencies. That workshop is coming soon!

    Prerequisite: Desire2Learn Basics

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    It is strongly suggested that you attend at least the Basics Workshop. However, if you cannot attend any of these workshops, please contact Brian Snapp or Aileen McHale to schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance.