With winter break winding down, it's time to prepare for your spring courses. If you're planning on using Desire2Learn, we have some helpful tips to ease you into the new school year:
Desire2Learn has existed on the CU-Boulder campus for over two years now. During the 2013 fall semester, over 2,400 courses used D2L. With so many instructors utilizing D2L at CU-Boulder, the growing collective knowledge about D2L has contributed to increasingly effective uses of the feature-rich online learning environment.
The following video illustrates how instructors at CU-Boulder have tapped into the power of the Desire2Learn to heighten student engagement and achieve course learning objectives.
If you’re not using your smartphone to further your teaching and learning, maybe it's not so smart after all. But don’t tell your phone that. Instead, use this list of resources to raise the IQ of your phone and other mobile devices.
The goal of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is to provide the CU-Boulder campus with innovative, customer-focused IT support and core IT services. The services we provide to the CU-Boulder community run the gamut from antivirus software to virtual private networks and everything in between. And of course we also provide support when and where you need it.
Over Maymester 2014, the campus i>clicker software will be upgraded, requiring that the firmware on all base stations be updated too. If you have a base station and plan to teach with i>clicker after Maymester 2014, please exchange your base station for a new one at the IT Service Center located in the Technology Learning Center, starting during finals week of Spring 2014.
This website provides comprehensive information regarding the outages, evaluations and decisions for changes as well as path forward to ensure the campus has a technology environment with the stability and reliability needed to appropriately support teaching and learning activities of the campus.
D2L is CU-Boulder’s primary Online Learning Environment (OLE). In the spring 2013 semester, approximately 2,445 university courses relied on D2L, affecting over 25,433 students. Early in the spring 2013 semester, CU-Boulder was impacted by two significant outages of the Desire2Learn (D2L) collaborative learning environment, which also affected a many of D2L’s other clients.
With VoiceThread, people can have asynchronous group conversations around images, documents, videos and presentations they upload to the site. Once a user shares a VoiceThread, others can comment on it verbally (with a microphone or telephone), with text, by uploading an audio file or by recording a video with their webcam. Additionally, others can review the comments and see who made them.
CU-Boulder offers a campus wide license of VoiceThread. To access this technology, go to https://colorado.voicethread.com.
To learn about the capabilites of VoiceThread including how to create, comment on, and share a VoiceThread, please visit one of the following guides depending on your affiliation:
Should you have comments or feedback about VoiceThread that will be helpful as OIT continues to evolve this service, please e-mail Aisha Jackson at Aisha.Jackson@Colorado.EDU.
All support for VoiceThread is provided by the vendor. When logged in to your VoiceThread account, you can use the Help and Tutorials link to access extensive online training materials. VoiceThread also provides e-mail and phone contact information on this page, should you need to contact them for individual support.
The CU-Boulder Foreign Language Technology Program (FLTP) periodically offers workshops on using VoiceThread. CU Faculty and Staff are welcome to sign up for FLTP’s VoiceThread workshops. To see the schedule, go to the FLTP website and choose “Workshop Calendar.” Click highlighted dates on the calendar to see which sessions are offered. Course details and instructions to register are available on their site.
Many instructors immediately see the benefit of using clickers to ask students questions about the material in the middle of lecture, providing both students and instructors with instant feedback on students’ understanding. Just how the clickers are used in the classroom can have a huge impact – on student learning, as well as how receptive they are to this teaching technique. This section provides some suggestions and ideas for the effective use of clickers based both on educational research and the experience of seasoned instructors.
In order to provide a rich media experience to Desire2Learn courses, Kaltura has been integrated with the online learning environment. Use the links below to learn more about the many capabilities of this integration.
In order to provide a rich media experience to Desire2Learn courses, Kaltura has been integrated with the online learning environment. Use the links below to learn more about how you use this tool to enhance the content of your courses.
|Kaltura Media Console||The Kaltura Media Console is the back-end interface for Kaltura. Only staff, acting on the behalf of a university department or group shall have access to the Kaltura Media Console, known as rich media administrators. More information below.|
Kaltura is a rich media streaming service that supports audio and video streams.
Kaltura has been integrated into D2L, CU-Boulder's online learning environment. This integration allows instructors and students to upload video and audio files into their D2L courses for sharing. Visit the Kaltura - D2L Integration page to learn more.
OIT strongly encourages you to make a backup copy of your course. Desire2Learn does not offer a single course backup feature, so a few different export processes are necessary to get all course data. The following information will guide you in how to backup your course data.
*Remember: Course and grade book information are protected by the Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and as such should stored be according to the CU-Boulder Restricted Data Security Requirements.
D2L allows users the ability to export their course contents and components. This means that any files that exist in the course content section and the the course structure can be exported in a single .zip file. To learn about this process refer to Export section of the Import/Export Course Contents and Components tutorial.
The instructions below demonstrate how instructors can export their Desire2Learn grade book information as a roster that can be used with CUClickers' i>clicker software. And then it demonstrates how to import i>clicker results into your Desire2Learn grade book.
There are many types of questions in the Desire2Learn survey creator. The information on this page will aid you in creating questions for a survey. To learn more about how to create a survey please visit the Create a Survey tutorial.